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Lovelace Cardiology Heart Month Healthy Foods

In honor of February being National Heart Month, Lovelace Women’s Hospital dietician teaches us what types of food can help us eat a healthy diet and which foods we should try to limit. Click here for some tips on heart-healthy snacks!

Compassionate Language

“Her urine test came back dirty. She is a drug user.”

OR

“She tested positive for an illegal substance. She may have substance use disorder.”

Heart Health and Baby Health

Pregnancy is a unique time for mom and baby. Women generally self-seek medical advice during pregnancy, making it an optimal time to start healthy habits. It’s even better to have a healthy heart before conception, however, starting anytime is better than not starting at all.

Managing Our Collective Grief

A friend came up with the best theme for 2020 that I’ve heard yet: “But wait…there’s more!” Between COVID-19, fires, hurricanes, loneliness, job loss and a presidential campaign, we are all feeling a little wearier and heavier of heart. There is a name for this feeling. It is grief. Certainly, many of us across the world have felt grief over losing a loved one, but grief is a deep sense of loss or connection to something significant in your life. A person can even grieve over something that is unhealthy if it was a substantial placeholder in his or her life.

Making True Apologies

Are you the one who never apologizes? Not because you are never sorry, but because it is just difficult to deal with all the feelings of an apology. Or, are you one who says “sorry” every five minutes? You are late: “sorry.” You bump into a chair on the way into the room: “sorry.” You sit next to someone and they look at you: “sorry.” Neither of these examples is the ideal for a true apology. Pent up feelings of either needing to give a true apology or needing to hear a true apology can affect our mental and physical health.

January: The month of changes

Did you have trouble finding a treadmill at the gym today? That can happen in January when everyone has made a New Year’s Resolution to lose weight. Do you have a new diet to go with your new year? My best friend has lost weight using the Keto method of dieting. My boss has lost weight with Weight Watchers. My husband has lost weight eating plant-based foods. Another friend has found new life and energy through intermittent fasting. I keep counting calories, eating the calories and then counting more. It feels good to lose weight, but weight is only one aspect of your health.

Unexpected Check-Up Leads to Life Saving Diagnosis

Donald Ortiz knows the importance of getting routine physicals done. So, when Dr. Fredie Diaz, primary care provider with Lovelace Medical Group, suggested he do a full work-up after missing an annual physical, Donald had no hesitance to do so. This full work-up at his visit was a critical part of his story.

Home visiting: Improving outcomes for children

What is home visiting? Home visiting is a valuable resource from trusted, knowledgeable community members for young families and it’s free!

What if time does not heal all wounds?

Time, by itself, does not heal anything. The pain lessons in intensity, but healing does not happen by just passing time. You may have heard the adage, “Time heals all wounds”. This is not a truth. Time helps ease the pain, but true healing means the wounds are still there with newness embedded into the fabric of your life. This notion is the first of many insightful, educational and compassionate concepts taught by Dr. Kiley Hanish, OTD. Her non-profit organization, Return to Zero: H.O.P.

Lovelace Medical Center Nurse Residents Graduate Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Alex Garnat, BSN, RN, stepped onto the truck and into the emergency at hand to care for his community of Albuquerque, New Mexico for more than 25 years as a paramedic. He fulfilled his purpose of caring for people in all situations, but his desire to bring his clinical expertise into the hospital setting continued to grow. With the encouragement of his wife, a registered nurse, Alex pursued his path to becoming a nurse.