October 15-19 is National Medical Assistant Week. Aveon health is proud to have such caring and hard working medical assistants. They are valuable members of our healthcare team. Many times our medical assistants are the first faces you see in our clinic. We thank them for their dedication to our patients at Aveon Health.
Flu season is starting. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) influenza is among the leading cause of death in the United States, and it’s not only something for the elderly to worry about. The flu vaccine is recommended for all individuals age 6 months and up. Prevention of the flu includes vaccination, routine hand hygiene, avoiding sick people and staying home when ill. Rapid tests can be performed in the office within the first few days for treatment with antivirals. Signs and symptoms of the flu include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills fatigue and sometimes diarrhea and vomiting. Ask your Aveon Health provider about getting vaccinated and if you or a loved one has symptoms, have them seen promptly for accurate diagnosis and treatment.
October 6-12 in National Physician Assistant Appreciation Week. Physician Assistants (PA) are highly trained medical clinicians who have the ability to diagnose conditions, create care plans, order and interpret labs and imaging, perform procedures, prescribe medications and counsel patients. Most PA graduates hold a Masters level degree, and many of them go on to obtain a Doctoral degree. Often a PA serves as the lead provider in patient care. Schedule an appointment with one of our dedicated and compassionate Physician Assistants Chantelle or Kim today.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that over 237,000 cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in women and 2,100 in men each year in the United States. Signs or symptoms of breast cancer can include palpable lumps or masses in the breast or armpit, changing in skin, nipple discharge or breast pain. Breast cancer screenings are important for females and males who are at risk. This can be done with imaging such as a yearly mammogram as well as with genetic testing for specific patients. Ask your Aveon Health provider about breast cancer prevention at your next visit.
Dr. Steven Tager is Aveon Health’s newest addition to our practice. He is a foot and ankle specialist, with a primary focus on treatment of the underlying cause of the multitude of lower extremity problems experienced today. Dr. Tager has many years of experience successfully treating children, adults, professional athletes and seniors from the daily walker to the elite professional. His motto “successful treatment of most foot or ankle problems lies in addressing the biomechanical function of the lower extremity“
Heart disease and stroke are two current leading causes of death in the United States.
Cardiovascular disease can affect people of all races, ages and backgrounds, but certain lifestyle choices such tobacco use, being physically inactive, obesity and alcohol abuse can increase the risks of cardiovascular disease. 47% of Americans have at least one of the three major risk factors for heart disease (High blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking).
Adults should incorporate at least 150 minutes per week of moderate aerobic activity with 2 days per week dedicated to muscle strengthening activity. Physical activity can be spread out over the entire week, so don’t feel the need to squeeze it all into one afternoon at the gym!
Symptoms of a Heart Attack
It is important to recognize that a heart attack has more telltale signs than experiencing chest pains; the other major signs that a heart attack may be imminent are:
If you or someone you know is having a heart attack, please call 911 immediately.
And remember for any questions come to the office to talk to one of our physicians. Aveon Health 480.300.4663