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Minimally Invasive Heart Bypass Surgery: Bypassing Open Heart Surgery

Major heart surgery doesn’t always require a big incision and a machine to take over your heart and lung function. You don’t have to know much about medicine to have heard the term “open-heart surgery,” but what, exactly, does it mean? Open-heart surgery is any cardiac procedure in which the operating team stops the patient’s heart and connects them to a heart-lung machine, which does the job for those organs during the surgery. A coronary artery bypass graft (CABG)—also known as heart bypass surgery—is one of the most common types of open-heart surgery. “Typically, patients need CABG when at least one of their coronary arteries, which deliver blood to the heart, is blocked by plaque,” says Todd Chapman, MD, FACS, …


What You Need to Know About RSV

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (also known as RSV) cases have seen an uptick in Northern Nevada. To help keep both you and your family healthy this season, we want to share information you should know about the virus and the simple ways to stay healthy: RSV is highly contagious and spreads through large infectious droplets and contaminated surfaces RSV is a major cause of respiratory illness in babies and young children Through touch and kisses, RSV is primarily passed from adults and older children (with mild to no symptoms) to infants Fortunately, there are ways to prevent the spread: Wash hands often Clean surfaces and toys with a viral disinfectant everyday Do not allow individuals with cold symptoms around your child …


Work Hard, Sleep Hard

Any exercise can improve your health, but strengthening exercises may have the edge for improving your sleep. You may already know that getting enough sleep can lower your risk for diabetes, heart disease, and weight gain. But did you know that participating in strength or resistance training may improve sleep more than cardio activities such as biking or walking? A study presented at an American Heart Association conference looked at the effect of exercise on the sleep of overweight adults with high blood pressure. Participants were split into four groups: 1. Supervised cardio exercise 2. Strength training 3. Combined cardio and strength training 4. No supervised exercise At the end of the year-long study, all groups had improved sleep quality, …


Mission Possible: Breast Cancer Detection

Don’t let breast cancer be a secret agent. Early detection can save lives. Breast cancer is the number two cancer threat for women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to uncover breast cancer facts by learning some of the basics. Follow the Clues Get familiar with your breasts and do a monthly self-check to evaluate for the clues of breast cancer. Here’s what to look for: Breast or nipple pain Dimpling of the breast skin New lump in the breast or armpit Nipple discharge Pulling in of the nipple Redness or flaky skin on breast or nipple Thickening or swelling of the breast Detection Protocol The sooner breast …


Roll Up Your Sleeves and Get Your Vaccines

For good health, stay up to date on vaccines at every age. Getting vaccinated against diseases is a safe and effective way to help protect your health. While many people think this is most important for children, it’s also essential for adults to be aware of when to get certain vaccines as they get older. Which Vaccines Do Adults Need? In addition to an annual flu shot, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends vaccinations for: Pneumococcal disease, which includes pneumonia, meningitis, and blood infections—People 65 and older Shingles—People 50 and older Tdap shot to prevent tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough, followed by a Tdap shot every 10 years to continue protection against tetanus and diphtheria—All adults Why …