Author: Washington Adventist Hospital

Fiesta de las Madres

Throughout May, we’ve paid tribute to women and mothers during well known celebrations including Mother’s Day and Women’s Health Week. Another event was Telemundo Washington’s annual outdoor expo, “Fiesta de las Madres,” or “Celebration of Mothers”. This vibrant, family-friendly event held on May 19 in downtown Silver Spring drew nearly 10,000 community members to celebrate Hispanic and Latina women and mothers. As a sponsor, Washington Adventist Hospital provided free health screenings, consultations, and wellness education covering areas such as diabetes and nutrition, breast cancer and breast health and maternal/child health. Free health screenings included body composition and a derma scan...

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Statins’ Effect on Exercise

A recent study published online in The Journal of the American College of Cardiology, suggests that statins, which are the most commonly prescribed cholesterol-lowering medications, may interfere with the fitness benefits of exercise. The New York Times reports that the study tested a group of overweight, inactive men and women who all had multiple symptoms of metabolic problems, including wide waistlines, high blood pressure or excess abdominal fat, before and after a supervised 12-week exercise program. Half of the group was also given a 40-milligram dose of statins. At the end of 12 weeks, the unmedicated group significantly improved...

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Heart Attack Facts

U.S. hospitals see more than five million people with chest pain each year. Unfortunately, a significant number don’t receive timely access to appropriate treatments, resulting in severe heart damage or even death. Remember, minutes matter! Calling 911 is the fastest way to get lifesaving treatment. If you or a loved one is experiencing any of the following symptoms, call 911 immediately: Chest Discomfort: Pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain for more than a few minutes, or goes away and returns. Discomfort: In one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach. Shortness of Breath: With or without chest discomfort. Other Signs: Cold...

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Staying Healthy in the Heat

With the current rising temperatures it’s starting to seem more like summer than spring. How does this sudden heat streak affect our health? “The actual change in temperature itself is not dangerous; however the secondary effects of it can be,” said Dr. Terry Jodrie, emergency physician at Washington Adventist Hospital. He explains that the rapid rise in temperatures causes pollen to go up exponentially. This can have serious effects for allergy sufferers. Learn how to beat spring allergies, here. “Also, we have a tendency to sweat more and get dehydrated,” said Dr. Jodrie. That’s why it’s especially important to...

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Margaret Thatcher Dies of Stroke at 87

A spokesman for Margaret Thatcher, Tim Bill, says the former British Prime Minister died Monday morning of a stroke. Thatcher was 87. Thatcher was the first — and still only — female prime minister in Britain’s history. The Iron Lady, as she was called, ruled for 11 years Flags were at half-mast at Buckingham Palace, Parliament and Downing Street as a show of respect, reports the Associated Press. The British government said Thatcher will receive a ceremonial funeral with military honors. Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in America and a leading cause of adult disability. A stroke occurs...

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