• July 23, 2019

    Surviving a Summer Pregnancy in Texas

    A summer pregnancy in the Texas Panhandle may not always be the easiest. It is normal for expectant mothers to feel uncomfortable and overheated. While carrying your little one, your body is working overtime to cool down and the heat doesn’t help. That is why it is so important for pregnant women to take proper precautions, so overheating does not happen during pregnancy, which can lead to heat exhaustion and heatstroke. The most common symptoms of heat exhaustion (which can lead to heatstroke) include headache, dizziness, pale skin, profuse sweating, weakness and fainting.

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  • July 23, 2019

    Weight Loss Surgery at BSA Gives Mom New Lease on Life

    For years, Chylo Graham was on a diet rollercoaster and wanted desperately to step off.

    “I had tried all diets and my body just wouldn’t cooperate,” Graham explained. “Every time I would lose 15 pounds, I would gain back 30.”

    At 27 years old, Graham weighed 265 pounds. The mother of four struggled to keep up with her children and husband on hikes and when visiting amusement parks.

    “I got on a ride once and they told me I couldn’t ride because the seatbelt wouldn’t buckle,” Graham shared.

    The excess weight was also taking a toll on her feet.

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  • June 27, 2019

    Gruver Man is Thankful for BSA's Exceptional Care during Open-Heart Surgery

    Russ Chisum, 64, was on his way to meet his wife and sister in Panhandle, Texas, when he began experiencing severe discomfort in his chest.

    “During the drive I stopped for gas and when I got back into the car, something felt very wrong,” Chisum said. “It started feeling like there was a belt tightening around my chest.”

    This was not his first time experiencing discomfort in his chest. In the weeks prior, Chisum could barely catch his breath while walking or climbing stairs.

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  • June 27, 2019

    Hernias Happen – BSA Can Help

    A hernia occurs when there is a weakness or hole in the muscle wall, allowing a bulge of tissue to protrude through the muscle.

    The symptoms of a hernia may include a dull ache, feeling of weakness, heaviness, pressure or a burning sensation in the abdomen, groin or scrotum. A soft bulge may develop, typically getting worse as the day goes on.

    The most common types of hernias are inner groin, outer groin, belly button, surgical scar site and upper stomach. Inner groin hernias are the most common type of hernia, and account for 75% of abdominal wall hernias.

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  • June 27, 2019

    Summer: The Perfect Season for Men to Improve Their Health

    June, known for the start of summer, is also National Men’s Health Month. During summer months, men are encouraged to practice preventive health measures and improve their health. 

    As temperatures begin to rise for the summer months, one important preventive health measure men can practice is protecting their skin from the sun.

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  • June 10, 2019

    Mother of Three Survives Diabetic Coma at BSA Hospital

    When she woke up in BSA Hospital, Malinda Gomez was shocked to find out she had been in a diabetic coma for five days.
    “I have never been diabetic or even considered I could have diabetes,” Gomez explained.
    In January 2018, Gomez spent eleven days in BSA Hospital. Five of those days were spent in a diabetic coma. A diabetic coma is a life-threatening condition and results from either very high or very low blood sugar levels.
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  • Losing 160 Pounds to Gain a Healthier Lifestyle

    Weighing in at 343 pounds, Braxton Bjork experienced daily joint pain, difficulty standing for extended periods of time, high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. On July 20, 2017, Bjork made a life-changing decision to improve his health through bariatric surgery at BSA Hospital. Less than two years since surgery, Bjork has experienced an overall weight loss of 160 pounds.

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  • April 5, 2019

    Find Out How Your BMI Affects Your Health at the BSA Care Fair

    Do you know your Body Mass Index? If you don’t, you should.

    Understanding your Body Mass Index (BMI) and managing a healthy weight can help you lead a long and healthy life. BMI determines your level of body fat and is used as a screening tool for determining if a person is overweight or obese. Nearly 70 percent of American adults are either overweight or obese. Being obese puts you at a higher risk for serious health problems such as heart disease, stroke, sleep disorders, high blood pressure, diabetes and more.

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  • April 3, 2019

    Helping the Homeless, One Meal at a Time

    More than 25,000 people in Texas are homeless on any given day, according to the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness. BSA Amarillo Diagnostic Clinic Medical Lab Technicians, Jeff Parker and Mike Reeves, who work in the BSA Amarillo Diagnostic Clinic Facility Services department, prepare and deliver food to the homeless in Amarillo every day.

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  • March 28, 2019

    Nutrition’s Vital Role in Cancer Treatment

    BSA Harrington Cancer Center offers every patient access to personalized nutrition services to help them stay well-nourished. Proper nutrition is an important part of cancer treatment, according to Whitney Warminski, RD, CSO, LD. Warminski specializes in oncology nutrition at BSA Harrington Cancer Center.

    “Good nutrition improves quality of life,” Warminski explained. “Patients who have a good nutrition status during cancer treatments tend to have fewer complications and experience less toxicities from treatment.”

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