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Women & Heart Disease

Heart disease is not just a “man’s disease,” right? Cardiovascular disease affects millions of people each year, including women. Every minute in the United States, someone's wife, mother, daughter or sister dies from heart disease, stroke or another form of cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular disease continues to be a woman’s greatest health threat.

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Preventing Heart Attack with Aspirin

Is aspirin therapy for everyone? Patients at high risk for heart disease can benefit from taking a low-dose aspirin tablet. The American Heart Association recommends people at high risk of heart attack should take a daily low-dose of aspirin (if told to by their healthcare provider) and that heart attack survivors regularly take low-dose aspirin.

Protect Yourself Against Cervical Cancer… One Pap at a Time

Ladies, we understand that walking into your well-woman exam isn’t always the most exciting feeling. But knowing that cervical cancer is 100 percent curable if detected early through screenings? Now that is something to smile about.

With nearly 13,000 women in the United States diagnosed with cervical cancer each year, Lovelace Health System honors the importance of cervical cancer screening as part of a woman’s routine health care.

Urinary Incontinence- There is Help!

We’ve all been there. The kids are jumping on the trampoline and want you to join them. Or maybe when you feel a sneeze or cough coming, so you say a silent prayer that you won’t pee your pants. Urinary incontinence is common for women after childbirth and I always thought it was just the price we had to pay for having children. Women who are candid enough to talk about it often get knowing looks and laughter from other women who have experienced urinary incontinence, otherwise known as stress incontinence- the stressor being the cough, sneeze or jump.

Hats for Health

Join Lovelace Regional Hospital for a ladies night out, Kentucky Derby style!

This free event will feature women's health information, local vendors, cocktails and Southern fare. Plus a raffle featuring themed baskets you won't want to miss. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit The Roswell Refuge. Be sure to bring cash or checks if you want to purchase raffle tickets!

Bring your girlfriends, wear your fanciest hat and put on your best dancing shoes!

Lovelace Partners with National Sinus Institute to Treat Ear, Nose & Throat Conditions

Are you experiencing ear pain, balance problems or chronic allergies? You may need to receive treatment of ears, nose and throat conditions by seeing an otolaryngologist, also known as an ear, nose & throat (ENT) doctor.

Dr. Gregg Schmedes is an ENT in Albuquerque, New Mexico and is affiliated with the National Sinus Institute, a partnered provider of Lovelace Health System.

Keep reading as Dr. Schmedes speaks on the two main reasons for adult ENT visits, allergies and surgeries.

Preparing for Pregnancy with Folic Acid

Are you ready to try for a baby or just recently found out you are pregnant? One important thing a woman can do in preparation for her baby is to take folate (also known as folic acid). Folic acid is a B-vitamin and is essential for proper cell growth.

Melissa Moore, CNM, MS, RN is a certified nurse midwife and explains the role of folic acid in preparation for pregnancy.

“Folic acid is most important before conception to prevent neural tube defects,” explained Moore.

A Note on Holiday Emergencies from Lovelace

Celebrations, festive decorations and spending time with loved ones are hallmarks of the holiday season. The holidays also present serious risks that can quickly put a damper on your plans. Lovelace Health System encourages New Mexicans to celebrate the season safely.

Director of Nursing and the Emergency Department at Lovelace Medical Center, Glenn Swanson, advises patients and their families to take precaution when getting into the holiday spirit to avoid an unexpected trip to the emergency room.

Keep Your Home Safe This Holiday Season

Christmastime is a joyous time of year that brings families and friends together. Sadly, it’s also a lucrative time for burglars. Although summer is the peak season for break-ins, the spike in home burglaries during the holidays can leave families devastated and feeling not so merry.

Protect your residence by following these home security tips:

- Purchase an automatic timer for your indoor and outdoor lights. Keeping your home well-lit while you are away can help to effectively deter anyone from breaking into your home.

Steps to Fight the Flu

The holiday season is upon us and so is flu season! Although the duration of flu season can vary, influenza activity can begin as early as October and last as long as May. As we find ourselves in the midst of flu season, keep these precautions in mind to ensure the health and safety of you and your family.

Prevent the spread of germs