Author: Washington Adventist Hospital

Sleep Better, Be Healthier

Sleep better, be healthier During the month of May, healthcare professionals recognize the importance of something we’d all like a little bit more of – sleep. For National Better Sleep Month, health expert Nurse Rose Melendez, RN, director of the Emergency Department and Nursing Administration at Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital, reminds us how sleep is important to our overall health.  Why does sleep matter in terms of our health? Nurse Rose: Getting adequate sleep is critical to good health and well-being for a number of reasons. Healthy brain function and emotional well-being. Sleep helps your brain to form permanent...

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Nurses Inspire Young Heart Patient to Pursue Nursing

In November 2007, Linette Iloh, then 17, was admitted to Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital for open-heart surgery – something she never expected. Now, 10 years later, she is graduating from nursing school, all because of the compassionate nurses who cared for her. At the time of her surgery, Linette was studying to become a lawyer at Coppin State University in Baltimore on a full softball scholarship. After discovering that she had pericarditis, an enlarged heart, a specialist referred her to the skilled heart care team at Washington Adventist Hospital for open-heart surgery. She says this experience changed her...

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Recipe: Mayo-Free Avocado Chicken Salad

In this heart-healthy recipe, avocado replaces the higher fat alternative, mayonnaise. Avocado is a great source of the heart-protecting, monounsaturated fats. These help increase the good cholesterol (HDL) and decrease bad cholesterol (LDL), explains Meaghan Butler, RD, a registered dietitian at Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital. Avocados are also high in fiber. Fiber is also healthy for the heart, as it has been proven to reduce “bad” LDL and overall cholesterol. Tip: Serve your chicken salad in a whole grain pita pocket for some added fiber! Mayo-Free Avocado Chicken Salad (Makes 2 servings) Ingredients: 1/2 medium avocado Juice of...

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Healthy Ways to Get Fit for Summer

It’s that time of year when the weather warms up and we bring out the summer wardrobe. With people trying to slim down for summer, it’s important to make sure that you’re doing it in a healthy way including a balanced diet and exercise. Nurse Rose Melendez, RN shares her diet and fitness tips to get fit for summer and help get you swimsuit-ready. What should people do to prepare for summer dieting? Nurse Rose: Before you change your diet or fitness routine, take these steps to help you set healthy weight loss goals. Consult your healthcare provider. Talk to...

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Who’s at Risk for Stroke?

May is National Stroke Awareness Month, and with many adults now caring for their elderly parents, this is an important topic because stroke risk doubles every 10 years after age 55, according to the American Stroke Association. Nurse Rose Melendez, RN, head of the Emergency Department and Nursing Administration at Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital shares who is at risk of having a stroke and how to spot the signs.  Who is at risk of having a stroke? Nurse Rose: While stroke is more common in people over age 65 – even young adults, children and babies can suffer strokes...

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