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Recovering from a Hernia Repair

Recovering from a Hernia Repair

by Shearly (SU)
Your body is not a machine which, after repair or replacement, can simply start up and run again. Although there is no standard or specific rule-set following a hernia repair, there are plenty of practical things you can do to ensure you heal as timely and as ideally as possible.

Intercoastal Medical Group: Family Medicine Practice

Intercoastal Medical Group: Family Medicine Practice

by Shearly (SU)
When it comes to your health and the health of your family, your primary care physician, or PCP, forms the foundation for your entire medical team. Family medical providers are primary care physicians who act as the point-person, treating your everyday healthcare needs, coordinating your care, and providing referrals to other specialists as needed.

5 Tips for Choosing Your Primary Care Doctor

5 Tips for Choosing Your Primary Care Doctor

by Shearly (SU)
A primary care doctor is your first line of defense when seeking treatment for illness or injury. A good primary care physician provides wellness care, screenings, immunizations, and treatment for non-emergency injuries and conditions. They also coordinate your overall care with other medical specialists, providing referrals when necessary. So how do you find a doctor that is right for you?

The Importance of An Annual Wellness Visit

The Importance of An Annual Wellness Visit

by Shearly (SU)
You see your doctor’s office phone number calling, and you know it’s a confirmation for your next visit. While it might be tempting to cancel your annual physical or wellness exam, or to not schedule one at all, you may want to reconsider. Having an annual physical and wellness exam is crucially important to your overall health.

Things You Should Tell Your Doctor During an Exam

Things You Should Tell Your Doctor During an Exam

by Shearly (SU)
When you are sick or getting a checkup from your doctor, it is easy to let something you may have noticed or had a question about slip your mind. Some people might also feel uncomfortable asking their physician a question because they are worried that they will sound silly or even stupid. In order to offer you the best possible care though, your doctor has to know what is going on. Besides which, no question is dumb. Most doctors want to answer your questions. After all, that’s why they became doctors. They like caring for people and part of that care is based on good communication.

Joint Replacement: What are Artificial Joints Made Out of?

Joint Replacement: What are Artificial Joints Made Out of?

by Shearly (SU)
Every day, people all over the world need to get some form of joint replacement. In the United States alone, a whopping one million people will have a total joint replacement procedure, and the numbers are expected to rise above four million per year in the next two decades. For an aging population coupled with more active lifestyles, precision-made replacement joints composed of specialized materials have created a surge in joint replacement surgeries.

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

by Shearly (SU)
March has been designated as Colorectal Awareness Month by the American Cancer Society. According to the Centers of Disease Control, or CDC – colorectal cancer, which affects both men and women, is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Each year about 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer. Of those, more than 50,000 will end up dying from causes related to the disease.

What does Your Primary Care Doctor Want you to Understand?

What does Your Primary Care Doctor Want you to Understand?

by Shearly (SU)
Primary care doctors or PCP (primary care physicians), are the first line of defense in the battle for your health. These caring physicians often have full caseloads, seeing patients from all walks of life and at all life stages. Primary care doctors assume different roles at various times, often doing a lot of administrative work on the patient’s behalf, providing daily medical care for a given patient’s ongoing healthcare needs. They also coordinate patient care as necessary, sending patients to the hospital or other specialized doctors that may need to be consulted in a particular case.

What is Pulmonary Hypertension?

What is Pulmonary Hypertension?

by Shearly (SU)
Pulmonary hypertension, or PAH is high blood pressure within the heart and lung system. Think of the heart as a two-sided pump with four chambers (two upper chambers called atriums and two lower chambers called ventricles). Every day the heart continuously feeds a closed system of blood vessels to send oxygen around the body so that cells can function and live.

What is a Pulmonologist?

What is a Pulmonologist?

by Shearly (SU)
A pulmonologist is a physician that specializes in conditions of the lung and respiratory tract including the throat, sinuses, nose, windpipe, or trachea, and sometimes conditions that affect the heart or other structures closely related to the respiratory system. The word pulmonology, comes from the Latin word “pulmo” which means “lung.” Pulmonology is a subspecialty of internal medicine. Pulmonologists have advanced training in infection, structural, neoplastic (tumors) and inflammatory disorders of the respiratory system.