family meal time

The importance of family meal time

Posted on March 10, 2017

At the end of a long day, sitting down for a family meal might be the last thing on your mind. But doing so benefits your family in a variety of ways. In the past, families spent lots of time together. Did you ever read Little House on the Prairie or watch The Waltons? If … »

back pain blog

When your back pain lingers…

Posted on March 6, 2017

Oh, my aching back! We’ve all been there — when it hurts to stand up after a long day at work. What can you do to reduce the ache? Most of the time, you can take basic steps to eliminate or reduce back pain. But occasionally, the pain may not go away, and the underlying … »

3 reasons wellness visits are important

Posted on March 4, 2017

You visit the doctor when you have a sore throat and take your son to the pediatrician when he suffers a playground injury. But visiting a primary care physician when you’re well is just as vital to your health. Why are wellness visits important? 1. Regular wellness visits help you build a relationship with your … »

bacteria blog

Beneficial bacteria: Prebiotics & probiotics

Posted on February 25, 2017

When you think of bacteria, you probably think of the bad kind — those pesky germs that bring illness. But not all bacteria are bad. In fact, your gut is filled with what we’ll call “good” bacteria. This type of bacteria helps protect your body against harmful, illness-causing bacteria, and helps the digestive system run … »

flexitarianism blog

Is flexitarianism the next big thing?

Posted on February 15, 2017

OK, so you’re asking yourself, “What the heck is flexitarianism in the first place?” Well, it’s a way of eating that’s making waves in the United States. So, what does it entail? It’s pretty simple, actually. A person who’s a flexitarian eats a mainly vegetarian diet but still occasionally eats meat or fish. Many people … »

heart disease aging

Stop heart disease as you age

Posted on February 8, 2017

Did you know heart disease is the leading cause of death for people in Tennessee? According to the American Heart Association, 1 out of 4 deaths is attributed to heart disease in our state. We all know good habits, like regular exercise and a low-fat diet, can make a big difference to our heart health … »

valve replacement Dr. Wiisanen

An exciting new alternative to valve replacement surgery

Posted on February 1, 2017

The Erlanger Heart and Lung Institute has made it its mission to bring new medical breakthroughs to our community and the medical community as a whole. As a part of its ongoing investment in the latest technologies, the Institute now offers Mitra Clip — a groundbreaking alternative to mitral valve replacement surgery. Why it’s important … »

what's the point of a pap smear? cervical cancer awareness

What’s the point of a Pap smear?

Posted on January 25, 2017

The Pap smear. You’ve been getting them done for years, but find yourself wondering whether they’re really necessary. The short answer: For most women, yes. Cervical cancer is largely preventable — and Pap smears are a big reason why. To understand the importance of regular Pap smears, you first need to understand cervical cancer. Cervical … »

dry skin

Winter & your skin

Posted on January 13, 2017

Baby, it’s cold outside. And with the colder temperatures brings a unique set of challenges for our skin. Whether you usually have oily, dry or combination skin, you likely find that winter makes your skin drier than usual. While dry skin typically brings a feeling of tightness, you may also experience flaking, cracking and even … »

healthy resolutions

3 steps for making healthy resolutions stick

Posted on January 11, 2017

Whether you formally set resolutions for 2017 or just have some goals in mind, you want to succeed. How can you make sure that your resolutions stick this time around? What health-related goals have you set for yourself this year? Do you want to quit smoking? Exercise more or lose weight? Eat healthier? No matter … »

low-carb diets

The truth about low-carb diets

Posted on January 7, 2017

If you’ve ever tried to lose weight, you’ve undoubtedly heard of low-carbohydrate or low-carb diets. Most of us have been trained to cut calories, sugars and fats. So, what’s the purpose of cutting carbs – and what foods are high in carbohydrates? Here’s some basic information about carbs and how they affect your diet. What … »

grocery shopping

5 steps to healthy grocery shopping

Posted on January 5, 2017

Last year, you resolved to start eating more nutritious foods, but you fell off the wagon midway through the year. Make it happen this year — starting at the grocery store! You have the best of intentions. You know you should fill your diet with fruits and vegetables supplemented by lean proteins and healthy carbohydrates. … »

Dr. Wiisanen, TAVR

Introducing TAVR, a new way to replace heart valves

Posted on December 23, 2016

If you could choose between traditional heart valve replacement surgery, or one that could be done faster with a faster recovery, which would it be? You now have both options right here at home. TAVR – or Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement – is a groundbreaking procedure that allows doctors to replace heart valves through one … »

staying active

4 ways to fit exercise into your busy schedule

Posted on December 20, 2016

With a schedule filled with work and family activities, it can be difficult to fit physical activity into your day. But your health — and your sanity — reap significant benefits when you do. Regular exercise has been shown to: • Help with weight management • Reduce the risk of developing heart disease, Type 2 … »

expiration dates

Understanding the “expiration” dates on food

Posted on December 16, 2016

You’re familiar with the date stamp on food packaging. It’s accompanied by the words “sell-by,” “use-by” or “best-by.” But what exactly do those labels mean? In the United States, food manufacturers typically use a system called “open dating,” which includes stamping a date on food packaging. This dating often has a twofold purpose — it … »

family history

Getting to know your family (health) tree

Posted on December 12, 2016

Need a conversation starter at your next family gathering? During your next get together, why not bring health into the conversation? Now, we’re not suggesting you spend hours chatting about the ins and outs of everyone’s health issues. But it is a good idea to know your family’s medical history. Take a little time when … »

cold and flu

What you can do to fend off the cold and flu

Posted on December 7, 2016

No matter what holiday you’re celebrating this December, nobody has time to be sick. Fortunately, you can take steps to help keep common winter illnesses away. First, let’s take a look at what makes colds and the flu more common during the winter than at other times of the year. You might think it’s the … »

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