Choosing a primary care provider (PCP) is a very important decision.  Your PCP is your main healthcare provider.  They provide preventive care services as well as treat common acute and chronic medical conditions.  They will also be responsible for determining when you may need to be seen by a specialist and making those referrals.  Ideally, … Continue reading “Choosing a Primary Care Provider”

A fascinating study presented in October 2012 to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) revealed some alarming statistics regarding injury rates and athletic trainers. The results revealed that overall injury rates were 1.73 times higher in soccer and 1.22 times higher in basketball in schools without athletic trainers. Also, recurrent injury rates were 5.7 times … Continue reading “A Case For the Athletic Trainer”

by: Dr. David Vance You most likely know someone who has a pacemaker to help regulate his or her heartbeat. And chances are, you also know someone who has a defibrillator. Both are implantable devices that are placed under the skin just below the collarbone, and both are designed to regulate a patient’s heartbeat. Both … Continue reading “Pacemaker and Defibrillators: Know the Difference”

When people think about serious and life-threatening mental health conditions, they often refer to depression and drug or alcohol abuse. Most people can identify a person in their life who has suffered from one or both of these conditions. We all can think of situations where these conditions have led to life-destroying behaviors. But, did … Continue reading “What No One Tells You About Eating Disorders”

February is traditionally recognized as a month in which we celebrate love and friendship on Valentine’s Day. In addition, February is also National Heart Month and it is the perfect time to provide education on heart disease. Despite great strides in the field of medicine, heart disease remains the leading cause of death for both … Continue reading “Beginners Guide: Knowing the Symptoms of a Heart Attack”

by Dr. Barry Tedder and Lisa Tedder For over 20 years I have tried to figure out the best way to treat and prevent the ravages of cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular disease is still the leading cause of death in the U.S. and affects not only the heart, but all the arteries of the body, leading … Continue reading “Could you be at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease?”

by Dr. Shane Speights Okay, I’ve been asked to write a “blog”.  This is a bit new to me, so bear with me as I stumble through the syntax.  I’m more of a personal writer, not really one who would put out a book chapter, so here goes… The raw numbers say that 8 out … Continue reading “Antibiotics: More harm than good?”