When a stroke strikes, time is brain, literally. In each minute after a stroke occurs, 1.9 million brain cells are lost. Being able to recognize the signs and symptoms of a stroke can help save brain function, as well as open the window for treatment to potentially reverse the damage. Would you recognize if a loved one was suffering a stroke? Here is a simple acronym to help: FAST.
F is for Face Drooping. When they smile are both sides symmetrical or is one side drooping? Is one side of the face numb?
The U.S. Preventative Task Force Services made the recent recommendation that calls for primary care physicians to screen all adult patients beginning at the age of 45 for Type 2 diabetes. The recommendation rests on the evidence that diagnosing and treating elevated blood sugar levels before the full onset of Type 2 diabetes can result in reducing the patient’s overall risk of developing the condition, also a known leading risk factor for heart disease.
Lovelace Health System is proud to be the Official Healthcare Provider for the 2014 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Below is a list of helpful safety tips to help you enjoy your visit in good health:
1. Dress in layers. It is sometimes very cool in the morning, but after sunrise temperatures warm up noticeably.
2. Bring sunscreen. At a higher altitude you are at an increased risk for sunburn.
3. Bring appropriate eye protection. Sun and wind could be your enemies on a sunny or windy day.
The New Mexico Nursing Excellence Awards recognize excellence in nursing practice and honor nurses for the contributions they make to their organizations, communities and the state. Congratulations to each of the following Lovelace Health System nurses who were nominated for a New Mexico Nursing Excellence Award. All the nominees will be honored at an award dinner in October at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya.
Lovelace Medical Center
Curtiss Vavra, Case/Quality/Managed Care
Lovelace Rehabilitation Hospital
Kerry Flint, Long Term Care/Rehab
The Diabetes and Metabolism Care Clinic at Lovelace Medical Group/Southwest Medical Associates has received accreditation from the American Association of Diabetes Education (AADE).
AADE accredited programs must provide evidence that they meet or exceed the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education. AADE’s Accreditation Program requires the delivery of education content and also encourages behavior change, with the aim of improving the health status of people with diabetes.
Typically the flu season spikes in the winter months of January and February. Yet, that does not mean it is a good idea to put off getting your flu shot until then. An estimated 180 million doses of the flu vaccine have been produced this year, protecting against three of the four strains of the flu the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) predicts will be the most prevalent. That may sound like a lot flu shots and nasal sprays, but supplies may run low towards the end of the flu season.
Reyes Gallegos can recall the exact day she began her career – August 26, 1969 - at what is today known as Lovelace Rehabilitation Hospital. “I worked in dietary making salads,” she says.
Johnny Pethoud and his wife Pam Pethoud are grateful they were able to recently celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary at Heart Hospital of New Mexico at Lovelace Medical Center with sparkling grape juice. Just a few days before, while beginning their celebration at Angel Fire, Johnny started to feel tightness in his chest and have shortness of breath.
Enjoy health and wellness, spa, and jewelry vendors, mini manicures and massages, a Dillard’s fashion show, raffle and more! This year’s Girls’ Night Out will feature various “pampered in pink” activities to highlight breast cancer education and support.
Pink clothing and accessories featured in the Dillard’s fashion show.
Breast health education and breast cancer support organizations.
As of Friday, August 29, 2014, the ALS Association is reporting more than $100 million has been raised in the popular Ice Bucket Challenge. Lovelace Health System President and CEO Ron Stern, along with Lovelace Health System CFO Stephen Forney, accepted the challenge in true style!