Showing posts from November, 2015

6 Common Thoughts That Could Actually Mean Heart Attack

A recent study found that paramedics generally take longer transporting women to the hospital than men. The difference? Women often suffer from six sneaky heart disease symptoms that even professionals can miss:
You think: “I’m really out of shape.”
Think again: Suddenly you must take a breather in the middle of your usual morning walk. Or you can’t go up a flight of stairs at home without feeling winded. “A huge red flag is when a woman tells me she can’t exercise like she used to,” says Mary Ann Bauman, MD, an American Heart Association (AHA) spokeswoman.
You think: “It must have been something I ate.”
Think again: Eating a slice of pepperoni pizza brings on a sharp burning sensation in your chest, near your breastbone or ribs. Is the pain heartburn, or a sneaky symptom of a heart attack?
If you take a Tums and it completely goes away, it’s probably not your heart. But if that heartburn comes with other telltale symptoms, such as shortness of breath, sweating or arm pain, it might be a h…

3 Ways To Cut Calories And Boost Your Nutrition Today

Looking for some quick nutrition tips for your health? Try this advice from the Gwinnett Medical Center Diabetes & Nutrition Education Center:
1.  Reduce your calorie intake by ordering water, unsweetened tea or diet soda. A large regular soda or sweet tea has 200 to 300 calories.
2.  Ask for condiments to be served on the side so you can add only as much salad dressing, mayo, butter, sour cream, creamy sauce and gravy as you want. This can save you 100 to 300 calories or more. Choose fat-free or low-fat when you can.
3.  Have a sensible, healthy breakfast. Try whole-grain cereal topped with sliced banana and yogurt, a bran muffin and yogurt topped with berries, or peanut butter or hummus on whole-wheat toast and milk.
How Gwinnett Medical Center Can Help
The Center for Weight Management at Gwinnett Medical Center understands dieting and exercise alone aren’t the answer for every person, and that keeping the weight off can be a challenge. 
We offer a full spectrum of weight loss program…

One Minute To Better Health: 5 To Try Right Now

No one has enough time these days, especially moms. But if you can squeeze in a few seconds, you can take one of these measures to boost your health, or the health of your family.
Lather up. Hand washing is one of the easiest and most effective 3ways to prevent spreading cold and flu germs.
Fight the urge. If you’re trying to quit smoking, avoid sweets, or drink less, distract yourself. Distracting yourself for as little as 60 seconds can be enough for the craving to pass.
Turn it down. Protect your hearing by lowering the volume when you wear earbuds.
Put ‘em down faceup. Always lay infants on their backs for sleeping.
Schedule a wellness consultation. Sheila Warren, Gwinnett Medical Center’s women’s health navigator, offers free one-on-one wellness consultations. This free service includes heart health risk assessment, blood pressure check, body mass index calculation, a full lipid profile and blood glucose test, education and support about issues important to women, and a chance to ask her y…

Upcoming Community Classes and Events

All these classes and more will be offered by Gwinnett Medical Center. If a registration number is not listed, please call 678-312-5000 to register, or register online at
Scroll to the bottom of the list to see some of our support groups. A full list of support groups is available here.
FreshStart Smoking Cessation This four-week class, written by the American Cancer Society, will help participants learn about the benefits of quitting, strategies for quitting and participants will formulate a personal quit plan. Mondays, Dec. 7, 14, 21 and 28, 6:30 p.m Gwinnett Medical Center 1000 Medical Center Blvd. Lawrenceville, GA 30046 FREE: $3 parking

Breastfeeding Basics This single-session class will help parents get started with breastfeeding, including discussion about how your body makes milk, how to position and latch the baby, how to tell if the baby is getting enough breast milk and how to avoid problems. Dec. 7 (Mon.), 7 p.m. Gwinnett Women’s Pavilion 550 Medical …

Don't Gobble Gobble Gobble: 10 Tips Not To Overeat This Year

By Jessica Poole, Certified Athletic Trainer
Well, it’s the eating time of year again.
The holidays are here and in the next few weeks we will have our fill of all the fixings. From parties to get-togethers to multiple family celebrations of giving thanks we will eat and eat and eat some more. Bowl games, Sunday football, office parties galore -- we will all have more than one function that revolves around food.
Don’t get me wrong, this is the best part of fall and winter.
As a foodie and cook, I love to entertain and cook indulgent treats for family and friends this time of the year. I even give food gifts.
So, how do we keep our waists trim and our cholesterol down?
Today I want to share some tips to help us through the holidays. I mean, we love our cardiologists, but let’s control those risk factors, right?
Moderation is so important to holiday munching. Do you really need a third helping of dessert? Did you leave any for others (that’s my problem with my salted caramel chocolate peca…

Foodie Friday: The Minimalist Guide To Gluten-Free

Gluten-free foods seem to be everywhere these days. Restaurants and cafes regularly feature gluten-free dishes and pastries. Supermarkets offer gluten-free bread, rolls, and crackers.
Many people are reducing or eliminating their dietary intake of gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, barley, and some other grains. But only those who have celiac disease need to completely stop eating gluten. Celiac disease is a condition in which the immune system is abnormally sensitive to gluten. Others who have a gluten sensitivity may simply feel better if they eat much less of it. 
How to tell if gluten is affecting your digestive tract:
In people with celiac disease, gluten can damage the digestive tract. In particular, it harms the small intestine’s villi. Villi are small, fingerlike projections that soak up nutrients from food. If the villi are damaged, the body cannot soak up enough nutrients. You may begin to feel stomach pain, indigestion, bloating, and other unpleasant symptoms. Left untreat…

6 Ways To Help Kids Have A Healthy Body Image

It seems as if the age at which the media begin to influence an individual’s body image keeps getting younger. 
Parents can combat negativity by following this advice from the Department of Health and Human Services:
1.  If your child mentions weight gain, let him or her know it’s a natural part of development, especially during puberty.
2.  Watch what you say. Making disparaging statements about food, weight, body size or shape can put your child on a lifelong path of negative thinking.
3.  Let your kids make decisions about what to eat, but be sure healthful, nutritious meal and snack choices are available.
4.  Compliment your child on things unrelated to physical appearance, such as efforts in school, athleticism or other special talents.
5.  Restrict television viewing, and join your children in watching their favorite shows, so you can comment on the images and put them into perspective.
6.  Listen to your child – and talk to him or her. The more you understand what is going on in your …

The 5 Stages Of Change To Overcome Nicotine Addiction

Cigarette smoking is the single leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States. But because of the physical and psychological addiction to nicotine, smokers find it difficult to quit. This video offers important reasons to stop smoking and a framework of change to help you achieve your goal.
Learn the 5 stages of change, exactly why nicotine addiction is so bad for your health and get the motivation you need to quit smoking.

Foodie Friday: Cranberry Pumpkin Muffins

Enjoy the tastes of the fall season with our easy Cranberry Pumpkin Muffin recipe, below. 
It's sure to be a hit with both kids and adults. Children can help measure and sift the dry ingredients, and mix the batter together.
Cranberry Pumpkin MuffinsMakes 12 servings
Ingredients 2 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar (can be reduced to 1/2 cup if preferred) 3 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. cinnamon 3/4 tsp. allspice 1/3 cup vegetable oil 2 large eggs 3/4 cup canned pumpkin 2 cups fresh or frozen chopped cranberries
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Sift together dry ingredients (flour through allspice) and set aside.
Beat oil, eggs, and pumpkin together until well blended.
Add the wet ingredients (pumpkin mixture) to the dry ingredients all at once. Stir until moistened.
Fold in chopped cranberries.
Spoon into paper-lined muffin cups.
Bake at 400 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.

Each muffin contains about 200 calories, 7 g total fat, 1 g saturated fat, 35 mg cholesterol, 230 mg sodium, 32 g carbohy…

Would You Recognize These Pneumonia Symptoms?

Pneumonia is usually caused by bacteria or viruses, and it can often develop after another illness, such as a cold, flu or bronchitis. While those most at risk include the elderly and people with chronic health problems, even children can develop pneumonia.
Pneumonia SymptomsSymptoms of pneumonia can come without warning. At first you may think you have a cold or flu, but symptoms may get worse quickly, turning into pneumonia. Common symptoms of either bacterial or viral pneumonia may include:
Severe cough with green or yellow mucus that doesn’t improve or gets worseFever and chillsNausea, vomiting or diarrheaShortness of breath with normal daily activitiesIncreased heart rateChest pain or discomfort when breathing in or coughingHeadacheExcessive sweating and clammy skin

If you develop any of these symptoms, call your health care provider or visit an urgent care center. Imaging (chest X-ray or CT scan) and lab tests may be needed to diagnose pneumonia and for your health care provider to…

Cord Blood Banking -- What Every Parent Should Know

Cord blood banking is been a hot topic among parents-to-be. In the past, this stem-cell-rich blood was usually discarded. Today, though, it can be captured and “banked” in a procedure which takes three to five ounces of blood from the umbilical cord at birth and stores it for future use.
This stem-cell-rich blood can be a real lifesaver to people with certain diseases, like leukemia, lymphoma and sickle cell anemia.
However, sending your baby’s cord blood to a private bank for your family’s exclusive use can be expensive, and, may well be a waste of money.
Chances are very small that your child or a close relative will have a medical need that can be addressed by your baby’s cord blood. Many of the diseases for which stem cells are useful have genetic components, so the cord blood would have the same affected genes – not healthy genes for helping defeat that disease. The National Cord Blood Program has a more complete explanation about this online.
Plus, with current storage methods the …

Foodie Friday: Water Vs. Sports Drinks

After a workout, what type of drink do you reach for? Is it a cold bottle of water or a refreshing sports drink? Both are great, but each has different benefits.
WaterWater is the most important nutrient for active people because when you sweat, you lose water. You should drink water before, during and after exercising because it helps keep you hydrated and healthy. Water is great for all workouts but especially for shorter ones.
Sports DrinksSports drinks are better for activities longer than 90 minutes. Sports drinks contain electrolytes and carbohydrates, two very important ingredients that are lost during long periods of exercise. Plus, sports drinks provide extra energy that water doesn’t during long workout sessions.
Want to know more about hydration and exercise?
GMC’s Certified Athletic Trainer Jessica Poole (and guest blogger) has written extensively on workout safety, concussion, hydration, nutrition and more. Enter “Jessica Poole” into the search box on this blog site and you…

Diabetes Myths: Busted!

Every year researchers learn more about diabetes and GMC’s Diabetes and Nutrition Education Center (DNEC) puts those best practices to use in educating the community. 
GMC’s annual event, Gwinnett Takes on Diabetes will be held Saturday, November 7, 2015, and is free of charge. However, registration is required. 
Visit to learn more and to register for this event.
In the meantime, here are some common myths about diabetes, and the true facts:
Myth:Diabetes is all about what you eat. Fact: People with diabetes do need to adhere to a healthy diet, but they also need to follow any prescribed medication regimen and get regular exercise.
Myth:Eating sugar causes diabetes – and people with diabetes should never eat sugar. Fact: Diabetes is not caused by eating sugar. It’s a condition in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin, which can cause high blood glucose, or blood sugar, levels if not managed effectively. Also, contrary to popular belief, pe…