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February 22, 2017

Looking for a heart healthy, delicious dessert? Look no further! Check out this super easy, super healthy apple pomegranate crisp! Apple Pomegranate Crisp Yield: serves 4 Ingredients: 4 medium apples, peeled and cubed 1 cup pomegranate seeds 2 tablespoons brown sugar ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon cinnamon ½ teaspoon ginger or pumpkin spice 1 cup …

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February 21, 2017

Burn calories and elevate your heart rate in a number of creative ways. Here are some ideas to help get you moving out of your chair and towards a healthier heart! Be More Active. Here are 22 Ways How #1 – Mow the lawn. Depending on how much you have to mow as well as …

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February 20, 2017

It is true a diagnosis of poison ivy is much more common in the summer, primarily because people spend more time outdoors when the weather is warm than they do in the winter when it is cold and blustery. But, our weather this winter has been unseasonably warm and more people are spending time outside, …

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February 18, 2017

Fish are loaded with important nutrients, such as protein, vitamin D as well as omega-3 fatty acids. Aim to eat fish at least twice a week. Enjoy these two simple, healthy fish recipes any time for better heart health! Poached Cod with Potatoes & Leeks Ingredients 4 Servings 1½ pounds small Yukon Gold potatoes Kosher salt 2 …

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February 16, 2017

Influenza and other viral illness are currently widespread in the community; and when sick people visit our patients, they put both our staff and our patients at risk for infection. Help Keep Our Patients Safe: Sick Visitors Should Not Visit While WakeMed has not implemented widespread visitor restrictions this year, we strongly urge all patients, …

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February 15, 2017

Compassion has always been a hallmark of WakeMed nursing. It’s a true calling to care that makes a nurse successful at WakeMed and with his or her patients. But keeping that compassion at the forefront has become increasingly difficult for nurses. While they can and do improve clinical outcomes and help keep patients safe, new …

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February 14, 2017

WakeMed Health & Hospitals and Duke Health have signed a joint operating agreement, bringing together their renowned heart programs and expertise to create an innovative, integrated cardiovascular collaboration. The two organizations will work together to deliver highly-coordinated cardiovascular care, a broader scope of services and greater value and affordability to Wake County’s growing population of …

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February 13, 2017

Spring-like weather must mean flu season is over, right? According to diagnoses in our urgent care practices, flu season is most definitely not over.  In fact, we are just starting to see many patients be diagnosed with the flu, specifically influenza A. So, if you wake up in the morning feeling fine and feel like …

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February 13, 2017

Can you really suffer from a broken heart? Well….it’s complicated. Often, when we think of broken hearts, we think of an image of a heart split into two jagged pieces. In real life, a broken heart may not necessarily be a cause of death, but it can certainly have serious cardiovascular implications. Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy Takotsubo cardiomyopathy …

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February 09, 2017

Walk your way to a healthier heart. All you have to do is take that first step. As one of the few, low-impact activities around, walking is easy to start and is fairly low risk for injury. Besides this, walking has also been proven to be effective at reducing your risk for cardiovascular disease, stroke, …

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February 08, 2017

Forget Green Eggs & Ham! Add this green, heart healthy recipe as a side dish or as a filling for tacos or stuffed peppers or tomatoes. Green Rice & Beans Serves 4 Ingredients: 1 cup fresh spinach leaves 1 green chili – Serrano or jalapeno (or 4 oz. can of mild green chilies) 1 inch …

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February 07, 2017

Teens, do you love spending time with children?  Are you interested in earning spending money by babysitting? Safe Sitter Classes Teach Necessary Child Care Skills Taking care of children is a big responsibility.  When you accept a babysitting job, it’s not just a play date you are taking responsibility for a child’s life. We can …

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February 06, 2017

We’re starting to plan for our WakeMed Raleigh Campus Farmers Market 2017 season, and we are currently recruiting new vendors. Our market has a lot going for it and offers a unique opportunity for vendors selling a variety of produce, baked goods and hand-made items. What makes the WakeMed Farmers Market special? #1 – It’s …

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February 04, 2017

Looking for a heart-healthy, savory dish that’s delicious any time of the day? Try this one-of-a-kind Savory Steel-Cut Oats Pilaf recipe! Savory Steel-Cut Oats Pilaf Serves 4 Ingredients 1 tbsp. olive oil 1 small red onion, thinly sliced 1 zucchini, diced 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced ½ cup frozen green beans 1 medium …

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February 03, 2017

Do happier people have healthier hearts? While we often think of happiness as being the result of something, it can also have a causal effect. 3 Ways that Happiness is Healthier for You #1 – Happier people have fewer heart attacks. Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center studied the link between emotions and heart disease and …

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February 01, 2017

February is International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month. Below, WakeMed OB/GYN, Dr. Elizabeth Jarvis, discusses some of the common infections that mothers pass on to their unborn children as well as ways to prevent the spread of infection. What is International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month? International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month is recognized as a time to …

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January 31, 2017

Regarded as a somewhat taboo topic, erectile dysfunction is more common than you’d think. While it is often thought of as a condition affecting older men, erectile dysfunction can actually affect men as young as their 20s! Defining Erectile Dysfunction Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a urological condition affecting men. Sometimes referred to as ‘impotence’, ED is …

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January 30, 2017

What kind of pain should I expect after surgery? In part, this will depend on the type of surgery. Everyone is different and responds to surgery in a different way. There are some common issues about pain after surgery. Common Pain Issues You May Encounter Post-Surgery Day 1 After Surgery Many patients will feel bad …

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January 30, 2017

Perhaps you’re in your mid 30’s and you can hear that biological clock ticking…LOUDLY. Or, perhaps you’ve been trying for a while to conceive but have been struggling. Below, Dr. Chantel Roedner discusses common and not-so-common questions pertaining to women, men and infertility. What is Infertility? The definition of infertility is the inability to become …

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January 26, 2017

When I initially found out I was pregnant with twins, I always knew there was a good possibility my children would be born prematurely, but I never was prepared for my boys to make their entrance 15 weeks early. I had a check up and ultrasound on May 30th. Both boys were growing well, and …

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January 23, 2017

Do you work at a computer on a daily basis or sit at a desk job for most of the day? How many hours, on average, do you spend sitting? According to the Washington Post, the average office worker sits for about 10 hours a day – and that doesn’t even include the amount of time …

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January 20, 2017

**UPDATE – 1/23/17** We have received significant feedback to reconsider the Lullaby Chime that was to begin today at WakeMed Cary Hospital. Your feedback has encouraged us to review the impact the chime would have for all new moms and their families, and in hearing your heart-felt concerns, we have made the decision NOT to …

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January 19, 2017

The New York Times recently developed an interactive tool to help us see how hard it is to stay under the recommended max of 50 grams of sugar per day. This tool accompanied an Op-Ed written by an New York Times reporter who had successfully eliminated sugar from his diet for an entire month. For …

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January 16, 2017

On this Martin Luther King Day of Service, we would like to acknowledge the hard work, care and caring provided by our 1,500 volunteers.  Every year, volunteers dedicate more than 125,000 hours of service to our organization and the community we serve. Some of the roles volunteers fill at WakeMed include: Leading our Hospital Board …

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January 16, 2017

Parents usually teach their children about the danger of strangers, but it’s easy to overlook some unsafe things that children can encounter in the constantly changing digital world. Three big concerns include: Cyber bullying Predators Pornography Parents can help protect children by teaching basic concepts of how to use digital devices in a healthy, safe …

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January 12, 2017

Black-eyed peas and collards offer more than the promise of luck and wealth. When prepared without salt or salty pork products, they offer health benefits too. Also known as cowpeas, black-eyed peas are actually beans, and they are packed with health benefits, some of which are outlined below. 6 Health Benefits of Black-eyed Peas Black-eyed …

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January 11, 2017

This past October, WakeMed changed our primary blood product vendor from The Red Cross to The Blood Connection. This change was made to improve efficiency and supply, while saving money on this valuable resource for our patients. About The Blood Connection Headquartered near Greenville, S.C., The Blood Connection is the largest independently managed, non-pro?t community …

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January 11, 2017

WakeMed Cary is excited to welcome Dr. Gay Gooden as its new medical staff president. This will also be the first time that a female has led Cary Hospital’s medical staff in 25 years. Below, we chat with Dr. Gooden about her hopes and aspirations in her new role at WakeMed. How will your new role …

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January 10, 2017

Power outages can happen at any time throughout the year – whether you’re dealing with winter weather that’s iced down power lines, or you’re contending with tropical storm weather during hurricane season. Regardless of the season, if you think there’s a chance that the power could go out, it’s a good idea to be proactive. …

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January 09, 2017

WakeMed saw numerous winter-weather related injuries and patient visits to our emergency departments over the past few days (Jan 6-9). A breakdown of these injuries is as follows: 111 falls (compared to 53 this time last year) 60 sledding accidents 51 motor vehicle accidents So far, no cases of cold exposure or hypothermia patients have been reported …

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January 08, 2017

When the 16 layers of clothes have been shed from playing in the snow and the hot chocolate is all gone, what do you do to keep kids entertained inside? Here are eight creative suggestions to have fun inside with the little ones using things you have around the house – no crafty skills required. …

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January 07, 2017

By and large, falls are the number one injury we see in our Emergency Departments during winter weather. Never underestimate the impact of winter weather, and please take special precautions to ensure your and your family’s health and safety. 3 Winter Safety Tips to Follow The following are some helpful tips to keep in mind whenever there …

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January 06, 2017

Can you guess the number one reason patients visit our Emergency Departments during significant winter storms? If you guessed, injury from falls, you are correct! Injuries from falls are a major hazard during winter weather events. In fact, injury from a fall is the number one reason for seeking treatment in our Emergency Departments during …

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January 06, 2017

When it comes to winter weather, it’s best to be proactive. Regardless of what the weather predictions are, never underestimate or dismiss winter weather advisories, warnings, or watches. Take it seriously! By having all of the supplies and items you need ahead of time, you’ll be ready no matter what the weather has in store. …

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January 05, 2017

My husband, Christopher, and I were elated when we discovered that we were expecting. Every doctor’s appointment showed that everything was progressing as expected, …but on Mother’s Day, I was in an ambulance on the way from WakeMed Cary to WakeMed in Raleigh with the certainty that this child that we had hoped and prayed …

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January 04, 2017

With the new year officially upon us, many of us want to lose weight but don’t know where to start. While a quick Google search may yield dozens of diet programs, fad and detox diets, most of us know that these plans typically don’t work and often aren’t good for our long-term health. This leads …

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December 29, 2016

Pneumonia is a scary diagnosis that is often surprising for parents because children do not seem to be “that sick.” Parents expect a diagnosis of pneumonia in a child who has blue lips and skin, high fever or other dramatic signs of the illness. In fact, Pneumonia can be due to many different viruses and …

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December 23, 2016

Is your family expanding on the 25th to include a new dog or cat?  Vanessa Budnick, humane educator for the Society for the Prevention and Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of Wake County, helped us with an article in a past issue of Families First magazine. Budnick offered the following tips to ensure a happy, healthy …

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December 22, 2016

No matter the differences in medical complications or care between NICU babies, parents feel the same emotions: trauma, sadness, fear, guilt, happiness and most importantly love. An Unexpected Father’s Day Surprise My water broke unexpectedly on June 14th (my husband’s birthday), and I was rushed to WakeMed where they hoped I would stay for the next 7 …

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December 21, 2016

Big plans for the holidays, but a cold, flu, or stomach virus got you down? Find out when it is safe to join the party, and if you just can’t stay away, find out how to reduce your chances of sharing your illness with others. Flu & Cold Symptoms: Runny or Stuffy Nose Sore Throat Congestion …

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December 20, 2016

Have a safer holiday season this year by keeping the following tips in mind! #1 – Decorate Your Tree with Your Children in Mind. Children are curious and will want to play with the ornaments on the tree, so you might as well be prepared. Move the ornaments that are breakable or have metal hooks …

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December 15, 2016

We are excited to share with you the many accomplishments the Volunteer Services Department and The Volunteers at WakeMed Health & Hospitals have had this past fiscal year. During the past year, The volunteers have contributed more than 125,206 hours of their time, as well as their talents and financial support to augment the services …

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December 12, 2016

This week, WakeMed Cary Hospital celebrates a significant milestone in its history – its 25th Anniversary since opening on December 16, 1991. Originally known as Western Wake Medical Center, the facility opened with 80 beds nearly 10 years after WakeMed first sought permission to build the hospital in Cary. WakeMed (then called Wake Medical Center) …

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December 08, 2016

Looking for the perfect movie to watch with your little ones this holiday season? We’ve put together a list of family-friendly favorites! Click on any of the movie titles below to learn more about each film. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965), rated G Elf (2003), rated PG Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983), rated G It’s a Wonderful Life …

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December 05, 2016

When was the last time you worked out while angry? For most people, exercise improves your health and can provide relief from anger and other emotional stressors…but what if you’re already at high risk for cardiovascular disease? According to a study published in the journal of the American Heart Association (AHA), experiencing anger/emotional upset or heavy physical …

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December 02, 2016

WakeMed is pleased to now offer nitrous oxide as an option to manage pain during childbirth. Nitrous oxide, often referred to as “laughing gas,” is used to control labor pains and ease anxiety for moms-to-be while in labor. It is available to laboring mothers at WakeMed’s three hospitals in Raleigh, North Raleigh and Cary. At WakeMed, mothers-to-be can …

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December 01, 2016

Ginger and Brandon Baxley were enjoying a date night at their favorite restaurant when Ginger’s water broke. Ginger was just 28 weeks pregnant. She shares their birth story below. You can also view their birth story here. I was barely in my third trimester so immediately we knew this was not a good situation for …

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November 30, 2016

Having a baby is an exciting, life-changing experience. After your baby is born, many new parents are happily sleep deprived, which is why it is important to do a little prep work ahead of time. When bringing home a newborn for the first time, the following are some important (and helpful) tips to keep in mind. …

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November 28, 2016

Getting screened for lung cancer could save your life. This month, we are celebrating Lung Cancer Awareness by sharing news and information related to lung cancer and pulmonary health. Having a CT screening can help identify lung cancer in its early stages, when it’s most treatable. Locations for Lung Cancer Screening at WakeMed WakeMed is …

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November 23, 2016

One of the primary goals of asthma management is to ensure that all children with a diagnosis of asthma are able to lead a normal healthy life. A child with well controlled asthma should be able to sleep through the night without coughing or wheezing, should not miss school due to frequent asthma flares, and …

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