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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.

Some patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) will breathe a little easier thanks to a minimally invasive procedure at AnMed Health Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine.

If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with diabetes, you’re not alone. Millions of people have been diagnosed with diabetes, and South Carolina ranks seventh highest in the nation for diabetes diagnoses. South Carolina had the sixth highest adult population with diabetes in the United States. In Anderson County, one in seven people have diabetes – a figure that continues to grow according to South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and AnMed Health wants to make diabetes education a priority in the community. AnMed Health’s certified diabetes educators help patients improve their health outcome by promoting the development of self-management skills.

As kids are getting back into the swing of school and homework, parents and caregivers have a little homework themselves. This time of year is a good time to anticipate children’s annual medical visits, as well as to reinforce healthy habits and prepare for the year ahead. Here is a little homework to set your child up for success – and good health – as they return to school.

When you or a loved one is feeling less than your best, it’s often unexpected. If you believe your condition or injury to be life-threatening, you should visit the nearest emergency room or call 911. If your situation is not an emergency, but you need help outside of business hours, or you can’t get an appointment with your primary care provider, you should try an urgent care clinic or an AnMed Health E-Visit. In the event that your condition or situation is mild or related to a chronic illness (so long as the issue is not critical), it may be wisest to visit your primary care physician.

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.

Take care of your colon

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. AnMed Health encourages everyone who is due for a colonoscopy to be proactive in their colorectal health and schedule a screening this month.

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You have an injury. All you can think about is the pain. Do you reach for the heating pad or the ice pack? Which will help the most? Warmth seems inviting, but you know that cold is a very helpful therapy. It may be hard to decipher especially when pain is clouding your mind. Making a thoughtful choice will help you feel better. Making the wrong choice can lead to adverse reactions and more pain rather than relief.

Screening for colorectal cancer should start at the age 50, according to the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force, an independent panel of experts in primary care and prevention that develops recommendations for clinical preventative services. About 90 percent of new cases of colorectal cancer occur in people 50 or older, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, the American Cancer Society began recommending screenings at age 45 for those at average risk in 2018 because of an increasing number of cases of colorectal cancer in younger adults.

Hands-Only CPR

If you can remember the beat to Lady Gaga’s ‘Just Dance,’ Adele’s hit ’Rumour Has It’ or even ‘Baby Shark’, you can help save the life of somebody in cardiac arrest. Cardiac arrest is the third leading cause of death in the United States, according to the American Heart Association. More than 356,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur each year in the United States, and 90 percent of them are fatal. But if hands-only CPR starts immediately, the person’s chance of survival can double or even triple, said AnMed Health Chest Pain Center Coordinator Monica Dickerson. Hands-only CPR, also called bystander CPR, includes chest compressions but not the mouth-to-mouth breathing of standard CPR.

You awake to a stuffy head, pressure behind your cheekbones and that annoying post-nasal drip. Or, after doing yard work or taking a hike through the woods, you notice a patch of raised bumps and blisters on your arm. Important deadlines are looming at work and your kids have to go to basketball practice. Plus, the last thing you want to do is to sit in a waiting room full of people who are coughing, sneezing and contagious. Good news. Thanks to AnMed Health’s E-Visits, a consultation with a health care provider for minor health concerns no longer requires a trip to the doctor’s office or urgent care.