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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.

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.

If you are new to Anderson County or have not yet chosen a primary care provider for you and your family, AnMed Health has several options for you.