• June 18, 2014

    Weight Loss Warrior

    Many people who have difficulty controlling their weight say that they have been heavy their entire lives.  April Hernandez does not fit into that mold.  She was fit and active growing up.  She enjoyed activities such as running and hiking, and she was a baton twirler in high school.  So how does someone who is healthy and enjoys being active develop a weight problem?  A combination of factors led to her seemingly impossible uphill battle with weight.

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  • May 22, 2014

    New Research on Benefits of Mediterranean Diet for Blood Pressure


    It has been widely reported that following a Mediterranean diet is beneficial for heart health. Now researchers are looking into how it helps lower blood pressure. The British study was recently reported in Proceedings of the National Academy of Scienceswhere authors say it is the combination of unsaturated fats and nutrient-rich vegetables. This diet allows for a group of fatty acids to block a particular enzyme, resulting in lower blood pressure.

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  • May 14, 2014

    Be Ready for Summer with Safe Sitter Classes at BSA

    The beginning of summer is full of possibilities. For students, it is break from the classroom and open season at the pool, evenings at the ball field and time to dust off the lemonade stand. For parents, it is a break from the usual routine and a chance to enjoy longer days and possibly a few evenings out and about. The pre-teen and early-teen years are often a time children think about venturing into their own business during the summer break to earn extra money through babysitting.

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  • April 28, 2014

    BSA Recognized with Readers' Choice Awards

    Amarillo Magazine readers recognized BSA Health System with Readers’ Choice Awards in three categories: Birthing Suites, Lactation Specialists and Ultrasound. “I am incredibly honored and very excited,” shares lactation specialist Tiffany Batemen, IBCLC of the distinction and honor for BSA. “We have become a community resource since the program started 16 years ago.”

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  • April 9, 2014

    Retired Couple Embraces Lifetime of Service as Volunteers at BSA

    Bill and Sandra Hanna spend their Tuesday and Thursday mornings at BSA in the surgery waiting area. They are enjoying their retirement years, doing what they enjoyed professionally, although they did not work in health care. “We spent 40 years working with people,” shares Bill. “I worked in law enforcement and my wife retired from the restaurant industry.”  

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  • April 2, 2014

    Taking Care of Heart Health Earlier in Life

    New research published in recent weeks should have more people in their 20s and 30s paying attention to their heart health for better health, not only in their 60s and 70s, but also in mid-adulthood. While the news is plentiful regarding managing risk factors such as smoking, diet, exercise, blood pressure, and cholesterol to help prevent a cardiovascular event, today’s younger adults may brush that off to dealing with it when they’re older.

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  • March 13, 2014

    What your pregnancy could say about your heart health


    A new report published in the Journal of the American Heart Association says women who have a history of gestational diabetes during pregnancy may be at an increased risk for developing atherosclerosis later in life. Researchers say this may even be true of women who were not obese and who did not develop diabetes or metabolic syndrome after the birth of their child.

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  • February 20, 2014

    Inspired by High Intensity Workouts? Be Careful with Your Joints

    Are you familiar with the term HIIT? It stands for high intensity interval training. If you think it sounds like an exercise program reserved for Olympic athletes, don’t jump to conclusions so fast. HIIT programs are quickly rising in the United States, especially among the mainstream. The American College of Sports Medicine just released the top fitness trends of 2014. Topping the list at number one – HIIT in its debut year.

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  • February 9, 2014

    When Heart Disease Strikes, Cardiac Rehab Helps Rebuild

    At the age of 47, Annabeth Baker suffered a heart attack and permanent heart damage in August of 2013. “It was totally unexpected,” she admits. Unexpected, because she did not experience the traditional symptoms associated with a heart attack – chest pains, shortness of breath and pain in the left arm. “I misread the symptoms,” Annabeth remembers. “I had stomach nausea and like so many women, I waited to go in.” Thinking it was acid reflux, Annabeth said it wasn’t until 10 days after experiencing symptoms that she went to the Emergency Room.

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