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Here's Why Obesity Is One of the Most Common Health Complications for Infants Jul 23rd, 2020

Infant weight is on the rise. In fact, close to 20% of infants are classified as obese. Mothers who are obese, have diabetes, or are over the age of 35 are more likely to have overweight infants. Physicians can detect obesity in infants as young as 6 months. Our board-certified...

5 Foods to Avoid to Lower Cholesterol Jun 29th, 2020

Heart disease is the primary cause of death worldwide, and high cholesterol is a major risk factor. For years, people avoided cholesterol-rich foods such as eggs in an effort to manage cholesterol. Today, we know that foods high in cholesterol aren’t the main contributors to elevations in blood cholesterol. Of...

Coronavirus: What You Need to Know Apr 1st, 2020

The news about the new coronavirus is sobering, and every state in the nation has been affected, including us here in Colorado.  Despite the seriousness of the situation, our physicians, nurses, and team members at WestMed Family Healthcare want you to know that you should avoid panicking. We’re here to...

Five Ways Life Changes After a Diabetes Diagnosis Mar 12th, 2020

Diabetes is a life-changing diagnosis, and if you make the right changes, it’s one that can lead to a healthier life. Each year an estimated 1.5 million people receive a diabetes diagnosis. While it may feel overwhelming and even scary at first, you should know that with the support of...

What to Expect From an EKG Feb 1st, 2020

Often abbreviated as EKG, an electrocardiogram is a test that measures the electrical activity of your heart through electrodes placed on your skin. An EKG shows how fast the heart is beating, the strength and timing of each beat, and whether the rhythm is steady or irregular.  At WestMed Family...

Start the Year Off Right With an Annual Wellness Exam Jan 1st, 2020

Modern medicine has come a long way. Americans are living longer thanks in part to advances in diagnosing, treating, and managing disease and chronic conditions. Still, the best way to maintain health is to prevent problems before they start.  That’s where annual wellness exams come in. These yearly checkups are...

Is Stress Causing Your Hypertension? Dec 1st, 2019

Hypertension is another name for high blood pressure, and it’s a serious threat to your health. It’s a silent condition that often causes no symptoms until it’s too late. That’s why many people with high blood pressure are completely unaware of it.  Talking with your health care team about blood...

When to Choose Urgent Care Over the Emergency Room Nov 1st, 2019

Emergency rooms and urgent care centers both treat many of the same injuries and illnesses, but when it comes to non-life-threatening health problems, urgent care is often a better option. Knowing when to go to urgent care and when your medical problem requires emergency services can save you time and...

Lowering Your Cholesterol Reduces Your Risk for These Chronic Conditions Oct 1st, 2019

Coronary heart disease is the main risk linked to high cholesterol. The cholesterol in your blood has a lot to do with your chances of developing heart disease. You’re at risk even if you’re young and otherwise healthy. Elevated cholesterol boosts the chances of developing certain other chronic conditions as...

What Every Woman Should Know About Heart Disease Sep 4th, 2019

As the No. 1 cause of death, heart disease is a threat for women of all backgrounds. Commonly thought of as a man’s problem, heart disease affects just as many women. Understanding the impact of heart disease in women can help you make the changes to keep your heart healthy...

Most Common Health Complications for Infants Aug 8th, 2019

It’s perfectly normal to worry when you wake up in the middle of the night to find your infant coughing and feeling unwell. You want to take the best care of your baby. Yet it’s normal during the first few days and weeks after you bring your baby home for...

The Link Between Diabetes and Obesity Jul 12th, 2019

Obesity and diabetes have reached epidemic levels with over 70% of American adults classified as overweight or obese and more than 100 million adults in the United States living with diabetes. There’s a strong connection between obesity and diabetes.  Carrying excess weight is a major risk factor for developing Type...

This is How Drinking Alcohol Affects Your Cholesterol Jun 20th, 2019

The habits you develop in your daily life contribute to your health in both positive and negative ways. If you’re looking to make some positive lifestyle changes to contribute to your health, start with choosing nutritious foods, getting plenty of exercise, and avoiding smoking. Your alcohol intake matters, too. In...

How Can Birth Control Treat PCOS? May 30th, 2019

Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) have a hormonal imbalance that causes symptoms affecting their overall health. The elevated levels of male hormones that accompanies PCOS can lead to missed menstrual periods, excess facial and body hair, trouble getting pregnant, and metabolic problems, such as insulin-resistance. While the exact cause...

Hypertension and Your Mental Health Apr 25th, 2019

You may not think of mental health disorders when you think about high blood pressure, but a connection exists. If you have hypertension, you’re more likely to experience mood issues, such as anxiety and depression than those with normal blood pressure. Hypertension is a manageable condition. There are ways to...

5 Great Tips for Lowering Cholesterol Without Medication Mar 21st, 2019

Lowering LDL, also referred to as “bad” cholesterol, is key to lowering your risk of a heart attack. It’s recommended that you aim to get your LDL levels below 100. Dropping your LDL below 80 provides even more protection. Taking charge of your heart health by making changes that lower...

What You Should Know About the Two Types of Hypertension Feb 11th, 2019

Roughly one in three adults in the United States have high blood pressure, but only about half are managing their condition appropriately. High blood pressure puts you at risk for heart disease, the leading cause of death among Americans. Most people who have high blood pressure have no symptoms, but...

Choosing a Birth Control that Works with Your Lifestyle Jan 9th, 2019

Deciding between the various forms of birth control can feel overwhelming. Birth control pills, intrauterine devices, and patches are just a few available options you can choose when you want to prevent pregnancy. And when it comes to birth control, not all methods are right for everyone. By asking yourself...

Understanding what high cholesterol does to your body Dec 18th, 2018

Adults with high cholesterol have double the risk of developing heart disease compared to those with normal cholesterol levels. And the worst part is that you won’t know it’s coming. High cholesterol doesn’t cause symptoms until the problem is severe enough to block blood flow. At WestMed Family Healthcare, we’re...

Lifestyle Changes to Help Manage Your Diabetes Nov 29th, 2018

More than 30 million people in the United States are affected by diabetes, and a whopping 84 million more are on the brink of developing this serious, systemic disease. If you’ve already been diagnosed, now is not the time to resign yourself to a life of compromised health. There are...

Nexplanon vs. IUDs: How These Birth Control Implants Differ Oct 26th, 2018

If you’re looking for long-lasting birth control that will allow you to “get it and forget it,” you may want to consider two options: an intrauterine device (IUD) and the Nexplanon® birth control implant. Both offer long-term protection from unintended pregnancy. In fact, these long-acting reversible forms of birth control...

How Hypertension Can Affect Your Health Sep 13th, 2018

Over 100 million Americans — almost one-third of the adult population — have high blood pressure. Though it’s a very common condition, there’s nothing ordinary about its risks to your health. Medically called hypertension, high blood pressure can be its own condition or a side effect of another condition or...

Foods That Will Help You Keep Your Cholesterol Healthy Aug 23rd, 2018

Scientists are learning ever more about how cholesterol functions within the human body. However, if you’ve been diagnosed with high cholesterol, you’re probably evaluating your diet and attempting to make adjustments. All too often, those adjustments involve avoiding foods you enjoy.There is a different way to approach changing your diet....

5 Things to Consider When Picking a Birth Control Jul 30th, 2018

When it comes to birth control, Westmed Family Healthcare offers numerous ways to help you prevent pregnancy. But, each option comes with its own advantages and disadvantages. So how can you choose the right one for you? These five questions can help you and your health care provider select the...