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The AnMed Health Blog hosts information about different service line offerings and system wide happenings. This is a place to share a spotlight on our staff and the medical services offered to our patients. We hope you take the time to read and learn more about the AnMed Health family.

Physical activity is an important part of daily life. It’s vital to overall health. Participating in a sport of any kind is a great way to engage socially while simultaneously providing the body with much-needed movement, blood flow and muscle strengthening. Sports always come with a risk of injury, however. For all of the benefits that sports provide, they also put muscles, bones, ligaments and tendons under an increased amount of stress. Understanding this risk is key to preventing some of the most common sports injuries. Recognizing the signs, treatment options and ways to prevent further injury in the future is essential to being able to participate in the sports that many people enjoy.

Incidents of illnesses and injuries can spike during summer months, with insect stings, heatstroke, food poisoning and sunburn topping the list. Emergency departments see a 14% increase between Memorial Day and Labor Day, according to the CDC. Many of the conditions that send people to the hospital are preventable, making this the ideal time to review simple steps to enjoy a safe and healthy summer. We’ve collected the most common illnesses and injuries our patients face each summer, as well as important information for each: how to prevent these illnesses and injuries from occurring and what you need to do in case one does happen.

June is Men’s Health Month, so now is a good time for men to setup their first visits or check in with their family doctors to help minimize illnesses and maximize their lifespans. The first step toward achieving both of those goals is to establish or maintain a health care home with AnMed Health Physician Network Services. There are many family doctors to choose from throughout Anderson and Pickens counties in South Carolina and Hart County in Georgia, and most are accepting new patients.

Whether you are scheduled for a diagnostic test or routine exam, getting ready for a colonoscopy can feel extremely overwhelming. At AnMed Health, we care about your well-being so our dedicated team of professionals has compiled this important information on how best to prepare for a colonoscopy. In the days leading up to your exam, please take time to review these recommendations and reach out to your doctor if you have any specific questions or concerns.

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in both men and women and the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women combined in the United States. The disease affects more than 4% of both men and women at some time during their life. While colon and rectal cancers are a reality for many Americans, early detection through screening can and does save lives, which is why the National Comprehensive Cancer Network recommends regular screening for colorectal cancer beginning at age 45. There are multiple colorectal cancer screening strategies your doctor may recommend. Here, we discuss the different colorectal screening types, how often you should get them, and what to expect during the screening.

How healthy is your heart? It’s a question that many people can’t answer honestly. They know they are not experiencing any of the symptoms you hear about on TV hospital dramas, so they figure everything is okay. Heart screenings ensure you know exactly how healthy your heart is and what you should be doing to prevent or treat cardiovascular disease and other heart-related problems. AnMed Health, designated an accredited Chest Pain Center by the American College of Cardiology, offers many types of heart screenings.

It's no surprise that weight loss is the primary goal for anyone undergoing bariatric surgery. But there are many other known bariatric surgery benefits, as well. In fact, these additional benefits—which can't be seen by stepping on a scale—can be life-changing and life-extending.

Many people understand that having high blood pressure can cause health problems. It puts you at risk for cardiovascular illnesses, stroke, dementia, and diabetes. However, there are also many falsehoods about high blood pressure that could put people at greater risk if they believe them to be true.

There are different types of weight loss surgery that all share the same goal —improve your overall health by reducing your weight—they just use different surgical techniques to help you achieve that goal. Once you and your doctor decide that you are a good candidate for bariatric surgery, the next step is to discuss the best weight loss surgery for you. Making an informed choice about which bariatric procedure will work for your body starts with understanding more about each weight loss procedure.

Weight loss surgery (also known as bariatric surgery) has become one of the most popular, safe, and effective types of treatment for severe obesity. But is weight loss surgery right for you? In this article, we provide a basic overview of what weight loss surgery is, who the ideal bariatric surgery candidate is, what the top weight loss surgery qualifications are, and what you should consider when deciding which type of weight loss procedure is the best fit for your goals and health needs.