Tag Archives: lifestyle

End of life plans can change in an instant, and decisions can be difficult to make – on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

As life events happen, a living will or similar plan can change. But if a health event happens & the patient doesn’t have the ability to voice their wish, the family physician, family members or a Healthcare proxy can encourage the right decision.

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.

Preventative Medicine on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Lifestyle choices, from the earliest ages, will have a life-long influence on the health of a person. It isn’t avoiding the fun stuff in life, it’s about moderation. Listen for some tips.

From 2000 applications to 13 Medical Residents on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

SMH will receive over 2000 applications and will interview 200 candidates… to fill 13 medical resident spots. All the excitement comes down to National Match Day. Listen in!

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.

Can you prevent a stroke? Or heart failure? WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Doctors are experts at spotting the potential for a stroke or heart failure. But there are some things that we can do on our own that can help prevent these major health events from happening. Listen in!

Preventing blood clots on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Many patients suffer from irregular beats, which in turn can make the blood prone to clot. This can lead to a stroke. Blood thinners are usually prescribed, and that’s where SMH Anticoagulation Clinics come in. Listen in to find more.

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.

The Amazing Advancements in Back Pain Relief on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Compression fractures – or bone cracks – happen in the spine. There can be many causes of compression fractures. Hear Linda’s story and how she benefited from a new procedure that helped alleviate her pain.

Indentifying What Gives Us Pain on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Beyond diet and exercise, other areas in our active lives can affect pain. Keeping the mantra “Everything in Moderation” in mind, and the fun part of life can be enjoyed. Find out more.

Can milk cause pain? On WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

We all have pre-conceived notions when it comes to allergies. But did you know that allergies can cause pain? Find out how some products, like milk, can be the root cause of pain.

How to avoid pain on WSRQ’s Health Check with Godman

Our pain level can be linked by our lifestyle choices. Even though our bodies can put up with a surprising amount of damage, there are limits. Find out how some of those situations can affect your pain level.

The implantable telescope can restore vision on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

When the proper steps are taken to confirm the dry form of macular degeneration, the implantable telescope surgery prep can progress. Working with the new views in one eye is the last step in becoming comfortable with the new visual acuity.

Implantable telescopes could be available to more people – on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

With the advent of new treatments, more people can be eligible for the telescopic implant. And with new FDA rules, an even wider range of patients may be eligible in the future. Find out more.

The implantable minature telescope on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Leslie had macular degeneration for years. Since she had no prior surgery to correct it, Sarasota Memorial’s Marc Levy performed Florida’s first implant into a patient’s eye. Listen to the fascinating story!

What is Macular Degeneration? WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Being robbed of your vision is devastating. Macular Degeneration is leading cause of vision loss and 20 million Americans are afflicted with it. Find out about the types and warning signs… and much more.

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!

Fundamental Health Changes with the Ornish Reversal Program on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

After 5 heart attacks, Larry was added to a group of people going through the Ornish program. Larry has completely changed his lifestyle for the better.  It would have never happened without the Ornish Program.

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.

Kyphoplasty and how it helps Compression Factures – on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

In most instances, once compression fractures happen, they continue to deteriorate. If the patient’s case allows for the procedure, kyphoplasty is a solution that can provide instant relief from chronic back pain.

Back pain and their causes – on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Lower lumbar, or back pain, is one of the most common ailments. Some of the most common causes are Arthritis or muscle tightness. Other than narcotic solutions,  physical therapy and short-term use of anti-inflammatory medications can help. Listen to find out more tips!

Common sense and hidden issues on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

With a physician referral, patients can benefit from the expertise of a  physical or occupational therapist. They can help with getting proper nutrition, regular exercise & teaching good stretching techniques. However, some hidden issues like low protein or dehydration could be discovered, which can lead to more serious injuries in falls.

Fall Prevention – on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

When an older person falls, serious injury and even death can occur. And while the repercussions for an older person can be serious, people of all ages need to be aware of how traumatic a fall can be.

Reverse heart disease with the Ornish Reversal Program – on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Sarasota Memorial Hospital now offers the Ornish Reversal Program, the first proven lifestyle medicine approach to reverse heart disease without drugs or surgery. Participants enroll in a 9-week program that helps them adopt a healthy lifestyle based on four key program elements – a low-fat, whole foods, plant-based diet; 30 minutes of daily exercise; stress management; and social support.

Wellness is enhanced though motivation at HealthFit on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

The picture of wellness encompasses more than just nutrition and exercise. It is also about happiness, relationships & career – and how they affect the whole individual. HealthFit provides so many options to affect every part of one’s life.

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.