Blood Pressure Awareness
You might not know that you have high blood pressure. It doesn’t show, and it doesn’t hurt. But blood pressure can creep up slowly and silently and cause serious damage to your heart. Have your blood pressure checked. If it’s higher than what’s healthy, do everything you can to lower it.
For a limited time, Take Charge! at St. Mary’s is offering FREE health screenings. Take Charge! is a comprehensive screening program that helps you learn about your health and how you can reduce the risk of cardiovascular heart disease (CVD), stroke, and diabetes and improve your overall well-being. These screening usually cost $25 and take approximately 15 minutes per person. The screening includes:
- A lipid profile, measuring your total cholesterol and good cholesterol (HDL)
- Height & weight measurements
- Blood pressure
- Physical activity level
- Body mass index
A health professional will review your results and will discuss your results with you, offering health education accordingly. All results are strictly confidential and with your permission, a copy of your report can be provided to your primary care physician.
If you schedule an appointment in the months of April, May, or June, your screening will be free!!!!
Please call 777-8898 for an appointment.
Do You Salt Before You Taste Your Food?
The average American consumes twice the amount of recommended sodium per day – which adds up to over 7 pounds of salt a year per person. There are many other healthy ways to season your food. Learn more.
Can You Prevent High Blood Pressure?
Regardless of your age, gender, race, or heredity, there are things you can do to cut your risk for high blood pressure. Here’s how to get started.
Moderate Rise in Blood Pressure Linked to Drop in Thinking Skills
Researchers report that mild to moderate high blood pressure can slow thinking skills in seniors.
When Do You Need High Blood Pressure Medications?
If your doctor prescribes medicine to lower your blood pressure, be sure to take it as directed. And be sure to continue living a heart-healthy lifestyle.
Check Out a Sudden Rise in Blood Pressure
Usually, high blood pressure — called essential hypertension – develops over many years, with no known cause. But a sudden jump in blood pressure – called secondary hypertension – is something to discuss with your doctor. Often there is a cause – and it might be something you can fix.
Ear, Nose, and Throat Month
In case you’re wondering why the “ear, nose, and throat” are often mentioned together, it’s because they are all connected. Your ears are connected to your throat, which is connected to your nose and its nasal passages. So what infects one can infect the others. And what helps one can help the others.
Dr. Gregory L. Penner, Otolaryngologist (ENT) located at St. Mary’s Surgical Associates is accepting patients. Dr. Penner’s office is located at 99 Campus Avenue in Suite 303, Lewiston, Maine. Please call 207-782-5424 to schedule an appointment or consultation.
Childhood Hearing Loss — Be Alert
Childhood hearing loss is on the rise. Parents: Have your children’s hearing checked! Parents and kids alike: Learn the signs and causes of hearing loss.
Keep Your Nose Moist! Overcoming Nasal Congestion
Having a stuffy, congested, even a runny nose doesn’t always mean that you have a cold or allergy. It can actually be a sign of nasal dryness or irritation.
What to Do When You Wake Up With a Sore Throat
There are many potential causes for a sore throat that you have most mornings. First of all, see your doctor to identify the cause.
How to Protect Your Voice
Learn what you can do to keep your voice healthy and strong, as well as what to do when your voice changes for the worse.
Snoring — Minor Annoyance or Major Problem?
Snoring can be just a minor annoyance, or it can be a major health problem requiring medical treatment or surgery. See your doctor to find out if your snoring needs treatment.
If you’re feeling “blue,” depressed, or simply sad, know that it’s often normal. Life isn’t always smooth going. But if these feelings have lingered and are now interfering with your work or sleep or enjoyment of life, something could be wrong. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Seek help.
St. Mary’s offers the most advanced behavioral healthcare diagnostic and treatment services for children, adolescents and adults in both inpatient and outpatient programs. The treatment approach is multidisciplinary and individualized. Call Community Clinical Services Psychiatry Department at 207-777-8974 if you have any questions, or Call your primary care physician to scheduling an appointment with a Community Clinical Services Psychiatry provider.
Exercise, Endorphins, and Feeling Happy
Exercise helps keep your body healthy. That’s probably not a newsflash. But did you know that exercise can also make you happy? Learn how.
Anxiety Attacks — They’re for Real
Anxiety disorders are common and serious, and can be debilitating. But there’s good news: Treatment improves the condition most of the time.
If you’ve been feeling “blue” for an extended period of time, take the Depression Self-Test. Then learn about treatments and coping tips to help you get back on track.
Rejection Hurts — Literally
The survival of the human race has relied largely on the ability of diverse personalities to get along, work together, and develop social groups. So, when you are rejected or excluded from the group, the results can sometimes be traumatic.
Don’t Let Depression Drag You Down
For 19 million Americans, depression is real, serious, and mostly manageable. Find out how to help yourself and those you care about