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A detailed discussion on conditions requiring an anticoagulation clinic – WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

When a clot forms in the body, whether in the lower extremities or in the brain, medications available at an anticoagulation clinic are often prescribed. Learn more through a detailed discussion on types & symptoms, and how the care is individualized for each person.

What are blood thinners and what do they do on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Blood thinners – or anticoagulants – are medications that help keep blood flowing properly for people who’ve had strokes or blood clotting issues . SMH has 7 conveniently located anticoagulation clinics to help patients manage these medications.

Deep Vein Thrombosis, Genetic Clotting and other reasons you may need an anticoagulation clinic WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

People who are immobile for long periods of time, victims of a stroke or cancer patients are some of the more typical people who would use an anticoagulation clinic. Listen to find out some symptoms of these conditions, what medications options are available and what you can do to help.

Why you need to go to a clinic to manage anticoagulants on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

When administering anticaogulants like Wafarin, it is critical that they are kept within the correct therapeutic range. Clinics like SMH’s are staffed by experts that can help patients monitor the doses.

Getting comfortable with a new pediatrician – on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Whether you are in your third trimester or you have just moved into the area, meeting a pediatrician is always recommended. It also gives you an opportunity to get to know them,  and how they will become part of your family.

The difference between a cold, flu and a sinus infection on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Congestion that comes with a cold can sometimes lead to a sinus infection. Is it a viral or bacterial infection? How you can tell the difference and how you can help.

Dispelling the myths about the Flu vaccine with Dr. Tavarez on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

The flu vaccine is so important – especially for kids. Will you get the flu if you take the vaccine? Is the vaccine live flu? Is it the flu or a cold? Listen to Dr. Tavarez, Pediatrician, clear up some of the confusion.

Dr. Jose Tavarez, Pediatrician joins First Physicians Group – on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Originally from the Dominican Republic, Dr. Tavarez will replace the longtime Sarasota – and retiring – Dr. Bob Shamsy. He offers all of the same, high-caliber and attentive care in pediatrics. He also speaks Spanish. Find out more about him!

Types of summer time hazards to be aware of on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

During the summer, there are hazards associated with being out having fun. Apart from the always needed sun screen, there are other tips to avoid more uncommon pains like a skate sting.

Summer time mishaps and where you should go on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Summer is almost here, and when something happens – heat stroke, sprain or sever sun burn – you can visit one of SMH’s Urgent Care Centers. If you are showing signs of a stroke or heart attack or other serious medical event, one of the two emergency rooms is where you should go.

The nurse residency program in a nutshell on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

The 14 month program for newly licensed program was recently accredited. And when the newly hired nurse is assigned to one of the three designated residency unit, their journey begins. Listen in to find out what happens.

Opioids and how to treat chronic pain on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Opioids, while effective, have side effects that have lead them to be prescribed more carefully. Better understanding  of how the body becomes used to them has helped to discover new techniques in treating chronic pain.

Nursing Shortage on Health Check with Heidi Godman

A nursing shortage exists not only in Florida, but also at a national level.  Various reasons exist, including school capacity and nursing educators availability. Listen in on how SMH is being proactive.

Florida State University’s College of Internal Medicine Residents – on Health Check with Heidi Godman

With their 4 years of training at Florida State University’s College of Medicine completed, 13 internal medicine residents have been matched to Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s new graduate medical education program. Listen in to find out exactly what being a “Resident” means.

What to do with genetic test results? On WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Whether it’s a predisposition to cancers or another type of disease, genetic tests simply show the potential hidden within your genes. Depending on the results, therapies can be developed to help prevent development by early detection.

Who is a candidate for genetic testing on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Many people seek a genetic test for the benefit of their family members, or even their children. Family history, depending on your mother or grandmother’s genetic history can drive that decisions. Listen in on how to prepare properly.

Genetic Testing and Why on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Pregnant women, or people with heart disease or cancer in their family are some examples of people who could benefit from genetic testing. Answering questions about future ailments or discovering unknown genes are sometimes the outcomes.

Using interactive experiences in the Pavilion to assist in rehabilitation on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

From a hydraulic car for mobility training to a full furnished condo which helps people regain functionality their home – the Rehabilitation Pavilion has it all. Oh… and a full size grocery store!

Part 2 of Tips for a Safe and Happy Halloween on Health Check with Heidi Godman on WSRQ

From carving a pumpkin to the big event, kids (and adults) need to be aware of some the most common injuries that can happen. Listen in for tips to have a safe and happy Halloween.

Part 1 of Tips for a Safe and Happy Halloween on Health Check with Heidi Godman on WSRQ

From carving a pumpkin to the big event, kids (and adults) need to be aware of some the most common injuries that can happen. Listen in for tips to have a safe and happy Halloween.

What’s Inside the Rehabilitation Pavilion on Health Check with Heidi Godman on WSRQ

From the Mobility Garden to the state-of-the-art gyms, the new Rehabilitation Pavilion offers services for all types of patients. It has been designed to help patients regain their independence following strokes, brain tumors, brain injuries, broken bones, spinal fractures, amputation, surgery and trauma-related injuries.

A patient-centric cancer care facility on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

When SMH’s new Institute opens, it will provide a place for the entire cancer team to work on the individual patient’s care. The continuum of care will include all of the supportive care programs that currently exist – all in one place.

How to prevent falls at home on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Throw rugs, clutter, balance issues – even small pets – can pose a tripping or fall threat to older people. In fact, falls represent one of the top reasons for hospital re admissions. Listen in for some tips on how to create a safe environment.

The challenges that can arise at discharge on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Once a patient is discharged, they can have up to 8 medications to take. Side effects, dosages and simply remembering to take them are common problems once patients are home. SMH provides a very detailed discharge document, a hotline for questions, and caregiver support.

Elder care in the hospital… and at home on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

As a NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) designated Hospital, SMH has committed to elder care while in the hospital and before the patient goes home. The special markers will give health care providers enhanced skills to care for the aging population.

Ageing in Sarasota on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Sarasota Memorial Hospital has earned the special designation of NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders). With about 63 percent of inpatient admissions being 65 years and older, SMH wanted to go the extra mile in earning NICHE designation. Listen in to find out all the reasons.

Outpatient centers powered by the quality of SMH on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Sarasota Memorial Hospital and all it’s outpatient centers are  dual accredited – ensuring a high level of quality care. The staff at each of the outpatient centers have access to the patient’s Electronic Medical Records (EMR).

Stella’s Bariatric Surgery Story on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Stella shares her story about weight-loss surgery. From her childhood obesity struggles to the life-changing surgery, Stella describes her experience.

What are the types of weight-loss surgery? On WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

After a patient has been cleared for bariatric surgery, a personalized approach is initiated by the whole the team to fit the patient’s needs, goals, and lifestyle. Listen to find out about all of the types of weight-loss surgeries.

Who qualifies for bariatric surgery on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Weight-loss surgery is a life changing event. To qualify for bariatric surgery, a person’s BMI must be over 30. After that has been determined, the process begins. Listen and find out how it works.

All about weight-loss surgery on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

From gastric bypasses to sleeve gastrectomy, bariatric surgery helps patients lose weight safely and resolve many of the health conditions associated with obesity. Hear about what it is all about.

Determining Your End of Life Plans on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

You may have an idea – or complete documents – about your end of life plans. Informing your family, your caregiver and your Physician is also a very important step. Listen for tips on how to approach the subject.

“Being Mortal” by Atul Gawande has inspired many – on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Dying well and palliative care are terms that have become more prevalent in recent years. The book “Being Mortal” by Atul Gawande has inspired a local movement to help those navigating end of life.

Florida State University Residency at SMH on Health Check with Heidi Godman

Partnering with Florida State University’s College of Medicine, SMH will begin the first Internal Medicine Reisidency Program. In three years, the first 13 candidates will graduate. Listen to learn how they will benefit the community.

Big Developments at Sarasota Memorial on Health Check with Heidi Godman

Dr. Karen Hamad, Chief of Staff of SMH, brings a wealth of experience to our hospital. She was intergral in such big developments like the Trauma Center and an Urgent Care Center at St. Armands.

Protecting your bones – from smoking to ATVs on Health Check with Heidi Godman

Bone breaks are often preventable. Eating properly, wearing your seat belt when driving and exercise are among some of the ways you can help prevent a serious injury.

Behind the curtain in SMH’s Trauma Center on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

What are some of the more common injuries that preset themselves in the trauma unit? How can they repairs the bones? Listen in and find out.

Orthopedic Trauma Surgery on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

New SMH orthopedic surgeon Dr. Christopher Holden will spend part of his time in our Level II Trauma Center. Some of the cases that he sees are more complicated than others. Listen in to find out more about what happens behind the curtain.

Staying out of the hospital on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Are you currently on blood thinners? Have you had a heart attack? Do you have another cardiovascular condition? Listen in to find out ways to avoid having to make a return trip to the hospital.

Diet, Stress & Social Support on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

As your stress increases, so does your entire body’s systems. Stress management techniques, like meditation & yoga, can help bring calmness. Find out so more tips!

Reversing Heart Disease on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Lifestyle changes can help reverse heart disease – without medication or surgery. The Ornish Reversal Program, born in the 1990’s and proven by science, is now available on the suncoast. Listen in and find out!

on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Did you know that is you have Atrial fibrillation, the chances of having a stroke increase by 500%?  Find out about stroke education and how to manage the risks.

Wellbeing and how your environment affects it – Suncoast Living with Charlotte Reed

Florida’s suncoast is a paradise. And while the climate allows for  a wonderful, healthy and active lifestyle, being aware of the potential for dehydration, the need for skin protection and viruses like Zika is very important. Listen in to Dr. Karen Hamad, Chief of Staff for Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

Health, Fitness & Nutrition – The Focus of Wellness Coaching on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

When it comes down to the individual, sometimes motivation is lacking. That’s why Wellness Coaching is a game changer when it comes to accountability and expertise – tailored to the specific person. It’s an investment in a life changing program.

What is it like working with a Wellness Coach? On WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

At HealthFit, Powered by Sarasota Memorial, offers an innovative fusion of proven coaching techniques with health, fitness and nutrition expertise that is giving people a real and lasting blueprint for success. Find out how a 4 week program can your lifestyle back on track.