Doc Talk Archives - Carson Tahoe Health

Your Joint Pain Doesn’t Mean the End of Summer Fun

This summer, don’t let hip and knee pain hold you back. A multitude of things can affect how your joints feel, including the seasons. If your joint pain seems to fluctuate with the weather, it’s not just your imagination. It’s possible that warmer weather can help alleviate joint pain, while in contrast, cold rainy days might make joint pain worse.  “Warmer weather tends to lead to increased blood flow through increased blood vessel dilation known as vasodilation,” explains Paul Bindert, DPT, ATC, Physical Therapist at Carson Tahoe Health. “This can alleviate joint inflammation and reduce pain.” But why can your joints feel an oncoming storm? Research is still ongoing, but it may have something to do with changes in barometric …


CTH Welcomes Dr. Jeffrey Turner, Cardiac Electrophysiologist

This June, a new physician, Dr. Jeffrey Turner, will join our Cardiology team, bringing an entirely new field of heart care—Cardiac Electrophysiology (Cardiac EP)—to our region. Electrophysiologists are the “electricians” of the heart, diagnosing and treating abnormal heart rhythms, or arrhythmias, such as Atrial Fibrillation (also known as A-Fib) and Atrial Flutter. As the human heart beats, it pumps oxygen and nutrient-rich blood throughout the body, and carries away carbon dioxide and waste products. In a weakened or damaged heart, the electrical impulses of the heart may not function properly, leading to an irregular heartbeat. With state-of-the-art equipment and diagnostic tools, the faulty electrical impulses can be diagnosed and treated. An important procedure that will be a part of this …


How A Stress-Free Day Helps Your Kids At Night

Make stress management a before-bed priority to help your child sleep soundly. During the past year, excessive stress has become common for many families. As a parent, you may be facing worries related to work, health, and how to manage your child’s school instruction. Please know, you are not alone in your anxiety, as many parents across the nation (and world) are feeling the stresses of the last year fighting the pandemic. Chances are, if you are stressed, your child feels it as well, and as a result, their sleep may be suffering.  According to the Nemours Foundation, stress experienced during the day can cause kids to have bad dreams as they snooze. These nightmares are how your child’s subconscious …


Fun In the Summer Sun – Safely!

COVID-19 had many of us cooped up – for pretty much all of 2020 – causing us to avoid many of our normal, fun, social outdoor activities. But, 2021 is not 2020. With more and more people now fully vaccinated, we are packing our bags, hitting the road, and finding fun in the summer sun! Before you head out the door for your weekend adventure … don’t forget to grab the sunscreen … and an extra big hat! Right now, Carson Tahoe’s Health & Wellness Institute is offering no-cost skin cancer screenings during the month of June. With both the screenings and summer on the horizon, we thought now would be a good time to discuss skin cancer and everything …


Taking Sleep Problems to Heart

Struggling to get your z’s? That could be bad news for your heart. After a rough night of sleep, everything is a little off. You struggle to stay alert. Your attention is all over the place. You can’t remember where you left important things, such as your coffee. However, ongoing sleep problems affect more than your energy levels and focus. “There is a growing body of evidence that sleep deprivation and oversleeping both increase the risk for heart attack,” says David M.Baker, MD, Medical Director of Carson Tahoe Medical Group. “Roughly one out of three heart attacks results in death, and many of those occur to people without high cholesterol, diabetes, or other risk factors typically associated with heart disease.” …