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5 Easy Ways to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

When it comes to ringing in the New Year, deciding what we will do differently over the next 12 months is the topic of conversation shortly after the ball drops. A new year is a fresh start and more often than not, striving for better health makes at least the short list of resolutions. However, even though we have the best intentions, research finds only 64 percent keep resolutions after the first month – 46 percent after six months.

Preventing Holiday Heart Attacks

The holidays are one of the best times of the year. From the decorations, to the festive music and gatherings, winter is a time marked with cheer and celebration for many. However, it is also a busy and stressful time of year for many – putting them at an increased risk of suffering a heart attack. Did you know there is a spike of heart attacks nationwide Christmas Day, the day after Christmas and New Year’s Day? Help keep you and your family safe by following these tips to prevent a holiday heart attack.

Winter Weather Health Safety

 

As the bitter cold temperatures remain in our area for the next several days, the lingering effects of the winter storm, which swept across the midwest Thursday, pose certain risks to your health. Make sure you are aware of extra precautions to take to keep you and your family safe and healthy.

Think Snow Think Heart

Thanksgiving Prep for a Healthy Holiday

 

It’s that time of year when we gather with friends and family and eat with our eyes as much as our stomachs, as holiday favorites return to the table. Who can pass up dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy or those hot buttery rolls? And that’s not even including dessert. The Calorie Control Councilsays the average American dishes up as many as 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat Thanksgiving Day. That’s a lot of turkey and pumpkin pie.

Born Too Soon - Premature Babies in Texas

One in nine babies in the U.S. are born prematurely, defined as born prior to 37 weeks gestation. Premature birth can lead to a number of developmental complications immediately following delivery and later in life for the child, but advances in medicine are producing better outcomes in recent years.

Putting Together the Pieces of Metabolic Syndrome

You may have never heard of metabolic syndrome, yet you could be one of the 20 to 25 percent of the American population living with it. The problem is metabolic syndrome can predispose you to the number one killer of men and women – heart disease.

“Metabolic Syndrome is a group of risk factors like being overweight or obese, having insulin resistance (high blood sugar), high blood pressure, high cholesterol and physical inactivity that predispose a person to diseases like heart disease, heart attack, stroke and diabetes,” says BSA Chest Pain Coordinator Michelle Fowler, BSN, RN.

Varicose Veins during Pregnancy

When you think of pregnancy symptoms, you probably think of the usual suspects – nausea, food cravings, maybe a few mood swings, and occasional back pain, right? For some expectant mothers, one symptom seems to sneak up pretty quickly and without warning – varicose veins.

Answering the Call – Lynch Family’s Journey to Benefit Future Pediatric Patients at BSA

“I feel as if The Lord placed a domino in front of us, and we just kicked it over,” says Judy Lynch of the day she will always remember – May 18, 2005. “Without Thomas and the Lord's greater purposes, there would never have been that first domino - at least not in front of us.”

What You Need to Know About Bone Density at Any Age

They are the scaffolding that gives us the ability to move through our daily lives, yet many us don’t stop and think about the health of our bones. As we age, women especially, should consider our bone health as much as we make sure to schedule annual physical examines and maintain a healthy lifestyle. In fact, 1 in 2 women over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis, a disease which weakens bones and increases the risk for fractures.

Chest Pain Center Accreditation

In April 2013, BSA became an Accredited Chest Pain Center. To become an Accredited Chest Pain Center, BSA engaged in rigorous evaluation by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) for its ability to assess, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.  Hospitals that have received this accreditation have achieved a high level of expertise in dealing with patients who present with symptoms of a heart attack.

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