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Women’s Health Outlook: Strokes

Women’s risk for stroke is related to your cardiovascular health. Strokes are usually caused by a blockage of blood flow to the brain, or less commonly, by bleeding in the brain, causing brain cells to die. More women than men have strokes each year, and women are less likely to survive them, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Some risk factors for stroke are the same for both sexes, including age, family history of stroke, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. However, women have additional risks more common in or exclusive to women, such as: Being pregnant, especially with a history of complications like gestational diabetes or preeclampsia Experiencing frequent migraine headaches with aura Having a …


Building a Safe Workplace & Community

Workplace Violence: (Defined by OSHA): Workplace violence is any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation, or other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs at the work site. Workplace violence is an important public health issue and a growing concern in healthcare, particularly since the COVID 19 pandemic. Many studies show that healthcare workers, specifically nurses, are at a much higher risk than most other professions. Here are a few facts to consider from The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH): 80 percent of nurses do not feel safe in their workplace. In a survey of 125 ED nurses, intensive care unit and general floor nurses at a regional medical center, 82 percent of ED nurses have been …


Upset Stomach? Might Be Stress.

Chronic stress affects gut health and several gastrointestinal conditions. Every time you feel “butterflies” in your stomach, that’s the brain-gut connection hard at work. This feeling is caused by millions of neurons in your digestive system that communicate with the brain. This brain-gut connection is the reason stress can cause a variety of digestive health conditions. Stress impacts gut motility, which is how the muscles and intestines move food through the gastrointestinal [GI] tract. Slow gut motility causes bloating and constipation, but stress can increase gut motility and cause diarrhea. Healthy bacteria in your digestive system can help prevent constipation and diarrhea, but chronic stress can alter these bacteria in the intestines. A state of chronic stress increases the body’s …


Spice Up Your Salads

When considering eating healthy, many people immediately think of iceberg lettuce and light dressing. But salads don’t have to be boring! What makes salads a fun (and delicious) way to eat healthy is trying different food combinations when the same old toppings get tiresome. Salads are a great way to get your daily recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables. Adding protein like beans, eggs, or meat can upgrade your salad from starter to a full meal. When you think salad greens, don’t just stick with basic iceberg lettuce. There are many different leafy green foundations for your salad bowl, such as romaine, cabbage, kale, and baby spinach. Many supermarkets sell bagged combinations, including spring mix, superfoods, or other bagged salad …


Taking Excellence to Heart

Enhancing cardiac care for Northern Nevadans, accreditation from the American College of Cardiology (ACC) places Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center among the top heart attack care centers in the country. If you or a loved one has signs of a heart attack—chest pain, sweating, fatigue, lightheadedness, or shortness of breath, timely treatment is critical. Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is a minimally invasive procedure to treat heart attacks. Using cardiac catheterization, the surgeon reopens a blocked or narrowed heart artery by inflating a small balloon in the blood vessel and, in some cases, placing a tube called a stent to keep the artery open. In December 2021, the ACC awarded Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center accreditation as a Chest Pain Center …