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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 … »


independence in kids

No helicoptering: Instilling independence in kids

Posted on January 30, 2017

When it comes to raising kids, it can be difficult to strike a balance between being involved in their lives and overly involved. But it’s an important balance to strike when it comes to inspiring independence. “Helicopter parenting” is a phrase that emerged in the 1960s to describe parents that hover over their children like … »


bronchiolitis 101

Bronchiolitis 101

Posted on January 26, 2017

Bronchiolitis is a common respiratory infection affecting infants and young children, but many parents have never heard of it Here’s what you should know. Bronchiolitis is an infection in the small airways of the lungs, called bronchioles. It is caused by a viral infection and occurs most often in children younger than age 2. It’s … »


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 … »


Children's Hospital at Erlanger 2016

Erlanger Health System’s Top 16 in 2016

Posted on January 16, 2017

1. Believe Campaign for new Children’s Hospital at Erlanger launched – The Believe Campaign, the largest philanthropic initiative in Erlanger Health System’s history, was launched in January 2016 to help build a new Children’s Hospital in Chattanooga. 2. 18 new beds in Women’s Services at Erlanger East Hospital – New and beautifully decorated postpartum beds with room … »


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. … »


after the holidays

Back to school after the holidays

Posted on December 30, 2016

We know: It seems like the holiday break just began. But soon enough, it’ll be time for your little ones to head back to school. Just like your kids need time to get ready when school starts in the fall, they’ll need some time to get back into the flow after the holiday break. Here’s … »


car seats

Buckle up: Your guide to car seats

Posted on December 28, 2016

You know that a car seat is essential for keeping your child safe in the car. But not just any car seat will do. Read on for a look at what you should know about car seats. Car seats are often one of the first items parents add to their baby registry when they’re expecting. … »


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 … »


safe toys

Toy shopping? Safety first!

Posted on December 9, 2016

If you have little ones on your holiday gift list this year, you probably have toys in mind. Whether you’re looking at a classic toy that’s been around for years or this year’s latest fad, you want to be sure the toys you choose are safe. Believe it or not, toy-related injuries are common. In … »


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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