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  • February 10, 2016

    The Conversation to Have with Your Doctor after a Heart Attack

    This year, an estimated 735,000 Americans will have a heart attack. It will be a first heart attack for more than 500,000 of those people. Navigating life after a heart attack can be filled with anxiety, uncertainty and questions. “Patients that have suffered a heart attack are at an increased risk for having another heart attack within the first couple of months,” shares Theresa King, RN, cardiac rehab nurse with the AACVPR-certified BSA cardiac rehabilitation program.

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  • January 27, 2016

    One Woman’s Message after Surviving Heart Attacks

    “I was supposed to take pictures at a wedding,” shares Amarillo photographer, Cissy Burch, 51. “But I didn’t know if I would be able to get out there.” Cissy looked through the window at the frozen landscape outside of her home. It was the Friday after Thanksgiving and, though not usually a busy wedding day, it was the date one couple set for their nuptials as most of their family would be together following the holiday. “We had an ice storm and they said on the news, ‘Unless it is an emergency don’t get out.’”

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  • December 16, 2015

    BSA Cardiac Rehabilitation Program Certified by Industry Leader

    BSA Health System is proud to announce the certification of its BSA Cardiac Rehabilitation program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). BSA Cardiac Rehab was recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care.

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  • December 14, 2015

    Ovarian Cancer Care At Home

    Sydna Hamilton, 65, lives and works on a farm. Staying active is not only a choice, it is part of her lifestyle. However, she started to notice something was a little off. “When I climbed the stairs, I began to notice I was tired,” Sydna says. “That’s the only difference I had seen in my health.” At her upcoming routine well-woman appointment, her gynecologist, Dr. Stephen Griffin, noticed something also. Her right ovary was enlarged and her blood work showed elevated CA 125, a protein known as a tumor biomarker. “I needed to have a hysterectomy.”

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  • November 18, 2015

    Diabetes Diagnosis Wake up Call for Weight Loss

    Throughout her adult life, Genia James struggled to control her weight. She tried many different diets with some success, but found they would only work in the short term. Prior to her weight loss surgery, she had been diagnosed as insulin-dependent diabetic. This diagnosis served as a wake up call and a strong motivator for her to seek out help.

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  • July 8, 2015

    New Pharmacy Programs Aim to Avoid Medication Errors

    According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), medication non-compliance is the number one cause of readmissions to hospitals. One study showed that more than half of patients at hospitals nationwide had an error in their medications, such as the wrong drug, the wrong dosage, the wrong frequency, or a potentially dangerous interaction with another drug. The BSA Pharmacy Department launched programs to tackle these important issues head on and thereby reduce errors and prevent unnecessary readmissions.

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  • June 19, 2015

    Healthy & Affordable Grocery Shopping for Men

    June is Men’s Health Month, so we reached out to our dietician to get some information for how men can eat right, but not spend too much money. Here are her ten tips for eating right in an affordable way:

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  • March 30, 2015

    Why do we suffer from allergies?

    After a lingering winter, spring is a welcome change. However, as warmer weather returns and the horizon is dotted with the fresh green color of budding leaves on trees, spring’s not-so-welcome companion, allergies, moves back in and takes a gripping hold on suffers of all ages. Allergies are physiological reactions caused when the immune system reacts to a foreign substance (allergen) that has been inhaled, touched or eaten by a person.

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  • March 12, 2015

    Thankful for the Correct Diagnosis

    Last week, the Cazares family came to the BSA Emergency Department to say “Thank you” - but what a thank you it was. One year ago on February 21, 2014, they brought their five-year-old son, Calen, to the Emergency Department for nausea and a headache located in the back of his head.  Dr.

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  • February 23, 2015

    BSA Cardiac Rehab Veteran Shares His Story

    Jimmy McClure’s journey to and through BSA cardiac rehab has taken its fair share of twists and turns. He initially began the program in 2010 to help with congestive heart failure. With medication and current treatment, “I just wasn’t getting any better,” Jimmy shares. That is when he met cardiac nurses Theresa King, RN and Susan Hunter, RN. “They are top-notch people. They did everything to help me and encouraged me to get the exercises done.

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