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August 15, 2019
Sizzlin’ Summer Seafood Your Heart Will Love

As North Carolinians, we’re incredibly fortunate to live relatively close to the coast. Just two hours away, there is an ocean full of abundant, heart-healthy seafood that can offer a great change of pace for your summer diet. From North Carolina snapper to catfish, blue crab and clams, indulging in the wealth of seafood our … [read more]

August 15, 2019
Recipe Corner: “Snappy” North Carolina Red Snapper with Avocado Salsa

This seasonal summer recipe was created by WakeMed executive chef Adam C. Smith and takes advantage of one of our coast’s most plentiful and heart healthy fishes. Flavored with cayenne pepper, the heat of the “snappy” dish can be easily adjusted by adding more or less cayenne. View a printable version of this recipe. INGREDIENTS … [read more]

August 07, 2019
Fight Child Hunger at the Farmers Market!

In North Carolina, 1 out of every 5 children is at risk of hunger. Hungry children face immense challenges at school: it is hard to focus on an empty stomach, and they are more likely to repeat a grade or suffer health problems. With the school year fast approaching, the Wake Med Farmers Market is … [read more]

August 02, 2019
WakeMed All Access App

WakeMed is now releasing a new app on both the Apple app store and the Google Play store called WakeMed All Access. The app includes a large number of features that will be of use to anyone thinking about their medical needs. Wayfinding at Your Fingertips One of the numerous features that is particularly interesting … [read more]

July 10, 2019
Erin Leanhardt: My Experience as a WakeMed Mothers’ Milk Bank Donor

My fourth child, a beautiful sweet baby girl, Lyra Noelle, was placed into our arms last October.  I was so relieved labor was over, yet one look in her tiny face told me something was different from my other children. “Down Syndrome” were the two words not yet spoken by anyone in the delivery room, … [read more]

July 10, 2019
Bariatrics Recipe Corner: Barbecue Turkey Meatballs

View a printable version of this recipe. Barbecue Turkey Meatballs Serving size: 4 meatballs and 1/3 cup tomato sauce Servings per recipe: 4 INGREDIENTS 2 tbsp. Splenda® Brown Sugar Blend 2 ½ tbsp. apple cider vinegar 1 tsp cumin ½ tsp paprika ¼ tsp ground cloves 1 can diced tomatoes with mild green chilis 1 … [read more]

July 09, 2019
Bariatric Recipe Corner: Apricot Glazed Ham

The following is a great and tasty option for bariatric patients or those considering bariatric surgery. Give this simple recipe a try today! View a printable version of this recipe. Apricot Glazed Ham INGREDIENTS 4 lbs cooked lean ham 2 cups diet ginger ale ½ cup Walden Farms Calorie Free Apricot Fruit Spread ¼ cup … [read more]

July 09, 2019
Eggs Plus Recipe

Eggs have received a bad rap for many years due to the saturated fat content that is found in the yolk. However, current research has shown that moderate amounts of saturated fats are essential for the body and aid in hormone production and boosting healthy HDL cholesterol levels. The Nutritional Value of an Egg Yolk … [read more]

July 09, 2019
Recipe Corner: Farmers Market Chopped Vegetable Salad

View a printable version of this blog post. Farmers Market Chopped Vegetable Salad Salad Ingredients: 4 cups mixed greens (mesclun, baby spinach, or arugula) 1/4 cup chopped carrots 1 diced tomato 1 diced fennel bulb 1 diced cucumber 1/2 diced red onion 1/4 cup roasted pumpkin seeds Avocado Dressing Ingredients: 1 avocado 1 cup Greek … [read more]

July 08, 2019
Mindfulness in the Work Place

The average American work day consists of nine “high stress” hours in a fast paced work environment.  Meeting a deadline, balancing conference calls, and a large amount of time spent staring at a computer screen has become the norm.  This new norm can negatively impact both your physical health and your mental health. Yoga and … [read more]

July 08, 2019
WakeMed ENERGIZE! Because Not Every Child is an Athlete

Tara, a fitness instructor, personal trainer and mother of three learned just as much as – if not more – than her daughter from WakeMed ENERGIZE!, and we are so pleased that she shared her experience with us. Below is Tara’s story. Have a story you’d like to share with us? Email us: info@wakemed.org and … [read more]

July 02, 2019
Beat the Heat: A Note About Heat-Related Illness

Most often, people heed warnings and stay inside when North Carolina’s humid, record-breaking summer temperatures first hit.  But as these temperatures settle in to stay a while, people may not be as cautious in avoiding extended exposure in the heat as they go about their daily routines.  3 Tips from WakeMed Physicians #1 – Stay … [read more]

July 01, 2019
Fireworks Safety Tips

Fireworks are often used to mark special events and holidays, such as the 4th of July. However, they are not safe in the hands of consumers. Fireworks cause thousands of injuries each year. People can enjoy fireworks safely if they follow a few simple safety tips: Fireworks Safety Tips DO… #1 – Always supervise children … [read more]

June 25, 2019
Water Safety, Rip Currents – Enjoy Summer Fun, but Stay Safe!

*source: Safe Kids NC It’s officially summer and the staggering statistics are out: Eight drowning deaths have been reported along North Carolina’s coast in the past month. The cause of six of them? Rip currents. More than 50 rip currents have been reported at North Carolina’s beaches so far in 2019. Twenty-five of them were located … [read more]

June 19, 2019
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) is when the prostate becomes enlarged and leads to trouble urinating. Roughly 90 percent of men between the ages of 45 and 80 years old suffer from symptoms of BPH. As an urologist with WakeMed Urology, I see patients who suffer from BPH, and offer the following information about this disorder. Symptoms … [read more]

June 18, 2019
Men’s Plumbing: By the Ages

Urologists are physicians who focus on the male and female urinary tract, and the male reproductive organs.  But when should men see a urologist?  WakeMed urologist, Dr. Ian Udell, MD, discussed some of the most common things he sees in men at various ages. Men in their 20s to 40s Testicular Cancer The average age … [read more]

June 11, 2019
Recipe Corner: Watermelon Mint Salad

View a printable version of this recipe. Watermelon Mint Salad with Fresh Blueberries Serves 4 INGREDIENTS 2 cups diced watermelon 1 cup blueberries 2 tablespoons chopped, fresh mint DIRECTIONS Place in a small bowl, and gently mix together watermelon and blueberries. Garnish with fresh, chopped mint. About Adam Smith, Executive Chef, WakeMed Chef Adam officially … [read more]

June 06, 2019
Grilling a Pizza? It’s As Easy as 1-2-3!

Grilling a pizza? That’s right! As if you needed a reason to make pizza…here are three: It’s easy to make. It’s cheap  It gets you closer to that brick oven pizza – just like you’d have in Italy…well…almost! Below, are some helpful instructions for how to properly grill a pizza. Join us at our next … [read more]

June 03, 2019
Erectile Dysfunction

More than 50 percent of men ages 40 to 70 have some degree of erectile dysfunction, which is the inability to achieve or maintain an erection sufficient for satisfactory sexual performance. Factors Leading to Erectile Dysfunction There are multiple reasons why erectile dysfunction can occur. These include the following: Aging Other comorbidities (ex: hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, … [read more]

May 30, 2019
Water Intake – How Much is Enough?

Is there a magic formula that fits everyone’s water needs?  The answer is no but being aware of your body’s health factors can help you better estimate how much H20 your body needs. The Importance of Water and Your Body Your body is composed of about 60% water. The functions of these bodily fluids include: … [read more]

May 30, 2019
Dangers of E-Cigarette Use and Vaping Among Teens

The rise of e-cigarettes use among youth and young adults in our country has been declared a major public health concern by the US Surgeon General.  E-cigarettes first entered the US market in 2006 and since then, it has been increasing in popularity. The National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) data showed a steep increase in … [read more]

May 23, 2019
5 Strategies to Add 10+ Years to Your Life

*This article originally appeared in WakeMed’s Heart to Heart Magazine. Do you want to really enjoy your golden years? Living longer can provide an opportunity to enjoy retirement, travel, spend time with grandchildren or simply take time to slow down while feeling your best. Most of us know adopting a heart healthy lifestyle can improve … [read more]

May 23, 2019
Prevent Heat Stroke in Vehicles

Sometimes babies are so peaceful and quiet in the backseat that we can forget they are even there, and it can be tempting to leave a sleeping baby in the car so we don’t have to wake them up while we quickly run into the store. But leaving a child alone in a car can … [read more]

May 14, 2019
National Women’s Health Week

During National Women’s Health Week, we wanted to take a moment to highlight some health care topics to help patients improve their overall health and live a healthy lifestyle. #1 – Annual Exams We cannot highlight enough the importance of the screening annual exam. During this visit, your physical as well as emotional well-being is assessed. … [read more]

May 13, 2019
Recipe Corner: Thai Noodle Salad Bowl

View a printable version of this recipe. This delicious, heart-healthy recipe was recently featured at the 2019 Thrive NC Festival. Give it a try, and let us know what you think! Thai Noodle Salad Serves 6 Rice Noodle Salad INGREDIENTS 5 oz rice noodles (vermicelli or flat noodles) 1/2 cup julienne cucumbers 1/4 cup julienne … [read more]

May 08, 2019
WakeMed NICU Participates in 2019 Kangaroo Challenge

For the past six years, WakeMed’s NICU has participated in the Kangaroo Challenge from Sunnybrook Hospital in Canada. This is an international challenge to see which hospital can log the most hours participating in kangaroo care. Each year for 15 days, we ‘challenge’ our parents with a Kangaroo-A-Thon to kangaroo their babies as usual—but this … [read more]

May 06, 2019
Physical Therapy for Vertigo/Dizziness after Stroke

View a printer-friendly version of this blog post. Balance, vertigo and dizziness issues are common after stroke. In many cases, vestibular rehabilitation performed by a specially trained physical therapist can help. The Vestibular System Many people are not familiar with the body’s vestibular (equilibrium) system. The vestibular part of the inner ear sends information to … [read more]

May 01, 2019
Can Vaping Derail ERAS Protocols in Cardiac Surgery?

Traditional cigarette smoking is a risk factor for poor postoperative outcomes with preoperative abstinence reducing this risk. Smoking cessation is one component of the Enhanced Recovery After Cardiac Surgery (ERAS) multi-modality approach to preoperative optimization. The current guidelines recommend cessation (quitting smoking) four weeks prior to a scheduled operation. Smoking as a Major Risk Factor … [read more]

April 29, 2019
BE FAST to Stop a Stroke

A stroke occurs when an artery that leads to or is inside the brain becomes blocked or damaged. A clot can block the artery or an artery can burst. This reduces or completely blocks blood flow to an area of the brain. In the South, stroke is the third leading cause of death and the … [read more]

April 29, 2019
Allergies: Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment

An allergy occurs when your body’s immune system sees a certain substance as harmful. It reacts by causing an allergic reaction. Substances that cause allergic reactions are allergens. There are many types of allergies. Some allergies are seasonal and others are year-round. Some allergies may be life-long. It is important to work with your health … [read more]

April 29, 2019
National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month and throughout the year, WakeMed encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Wake County, NC a better place for children and families. By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children, we can help prevent child … [read more]

April 25, 2019
Make Time for Play + Reading

*Originally printed in our Families First Magazine. Despite research that shows playtime is important for young minds, many children are spending all day in front of the TV or using digital devices instead of learning about the world from free play. That also means that many children aren’t reading books, which should be a part of every child’s daily … [read more]

April 25, 2019
Contraception and Family Planning

Today more than ever, women have a wide variety of non-surgical contraceptive options for preventing pregnancy. Research tells us that the most effective methods in preventing pregnancy are long-acting reversible contraception (LARC), which includes 5 types of intra uterine devices (IUDs) and the contraceptive implant (Nexplanon). Benefits of Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) LARCs are better … [read more]

April 17, 2019
Patient Profile: Christopher Perrott

ERAS Cardiac aims to improve recovery and prevent surgical complications by standardizing the care of heart surgery patients – before, during and after surgery.  Comprised of more than 20 individual steps that may have minimal impact on their own, once combined have proven significant improvements in the recovery process for surgery patients. Working 12-hour days … [read more]

April 14, 2019
Build a Healthy Easter Basket

Easter is on its way, but you can avoid a sugar overload by filling your kids’ Easter baskets with plenty of non-sweet treats. From baby to big kid, we’ve rounded up fun finds for children of all ages. Here are a few ideas: Time for an Egg Hunt! If you’re hosting an egg hunt, consider … [read more]

April 11, 2019
Tips for Getting Outdoors This Spring

Spring is HERE, and if you’re an outdoorsy person, then your bones are vibrating with excitement to get out there -the sun on your face, the wind in your hair, the trail at your feet. Oh SNAP! Umm, kids—you have those now, and you absolutely want them to experience these outdoor adventures that you love … [read more]

April 09, 2019
Recipe Corner: Carrot Banana Breakfast Muffins

View a printable version of this recipe. Carrot Banana Breakfast Muffins Makes: 10 muffins | Serving Size: 2 muffins INGREDIENTS 1½ cups grated carrots (about 2 large carrots) 1½ cups mashed banana (about 2-3 large bananas) ½ cup egg whites or 2 eggs or ½ cup applesauce 2 tsp. vanilla 1 cup buckwheat flour or whole … [read more]

April 09, 2019
Clostridioides difficile (C. diff)

Clostridioides difficile, also known as C. diff, is a germ that can cause diarrhea. The most common symptoms of a C. diff infection include: Watery diarrhea Fever Loss of appetite Nausea (sick on the stomach) Belly pain and tenderness Who is most likely to get C. diff infection? The elderly and people with certain medical problems … [read more]

April 02, 2019
A Physical Therapist’s Top Tips to Address Tech Neck

In an age with devices and screens everywhere, a common condition called “tech neck” has emerged and it’s here to stay.  For those of you who haven’t heard of it, chances are you’ve experienced it and overlooked it as a minor discomfort with no long-term effects. Wrong!  The long-term effects of tech neck include nerve … [read more]

March 30, 2019
National Doctor’s Day 2019

Physician Partners, In honor and celebration of Doctors’ Day, we offer our heartfelt gratitude to you for all you do. On behalf of our Board of Directors and the entire WakeMed family, I want to thank you for everything you do for your patients, for this community and for WakeMed. The personal sacrifices you and your loved ones … [read more]

March 28, 2019
History in the Making: Drone Transport Takes Flight at WakeMed

North Carolina is known for being “first in flight,” and now it will also be known as “first in unmanned flight”. On Tuesday, March 26, 2019, WakeMed made history, taking part in pioneering a medical drone program in Wake County, NC with UPS. The drone flight, which took place at WakeMed’s Raleigh Campus, marks the first time … [read more]

March 20, 2019
Recipe Corner: Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

A fun and simple way to gain bites of nutrition knowledge on a daily basis is through the free app, eaTipster. Created by the Dietitians of Canada,  eaTipster serves up daily tips about food and nutrition straight to your mobile device.  Additionally, eaTipster provides links to research and fabulous recipes to help keep you on … [read more]

March 20, 2019
Specialized Care for NICU Babies & Families

*Parts of this blog post were taken from our original blog post, written by Jim Helm and James Perciaccante, MD. Parents and caregivers recognize the importance and impact that developmental care has on the health and development of premature babies. The Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program (NIDCAP) is an approach to providing developmentally supportive care to infants … [read more]

March 19, 2019
National Certified Nurses Day

As we celebrate National Certified Nurses Day and our 41.26% of WakeMed Nurses who hold specialty certifications, I want to share some resources that can support your own certification journey and thank the WakeMed Foundation and employee donors who help support these efforts each year. Because of dollars donated to the Helton Scholarship Endowment & … [read more]

March 12, 2019
Why Sleep Matters: Signs You May Be Sleep Deprived

This is National Sleep Awareness Week, and this year’s theme “Begin with Sleep” highlights the importance of good sleep health for individuals to best achieve their goals. Below, we share some signs that you may be sleep deprived. 8 Signs You May Be Sleep Deprived #1 – You have trouble remembering things. When your body … [read more]

March 12, 2019
How much do you really know about concussions?

When it comes to concussions, how much do you know? Test your knowledge of concussions with these interesting myths and facts related to concussions. MYTH: Helmets are an effective way to prevent concussions. FACT: Concussions occur when the brain shakes inside the skull. The brain is surrounded by fluid and has space to move around, … [read more]

March 08, 2019
March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

Every March, the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) leads the nation in recognizing Brain Injury Awareness Month, a time to acknowledge and support the millions of Americans impacted by brain injury. The theme for the 2018-2019 awareness campaign is Change Your Mind. Every nine seconds, someone in the United States sustains a brain injury. … [read more]

March 06, 2019
Understanding Miscarriage

As an Ob-Gyn, among the most devastating news I can share with my patient is that they are experiencing a miscarriage or stillbirth. What is a miscarriage? A miscarriage is any pregnancy loss that occurs during the first 20 weeks of the pregnancy, which is around the 5th month.  Even though there is some awareness … [read more]

March 04, 2019
Mold Allergies: Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment

If you have an allergy that occurs over several seasons, you may be allergic to the spores of molds or other fungi. Molds live everywhere. Upsetting a mold source can send the spores into the air. Mold and mildew are fungi. They are different from plants or animals in how they reproduce and grow. The … [read more]

March 02, 2019
A History of Outstanding Cardiovascular Care

WakeMed has long been a leader in cardiovascular care. Below, Dr. Helton recalls some of this rich history. 50+ Years of Heart Surgery WakeMed began its esteemed tradition of providing high-quality and highly advanced heart care during WakeMed’s first decade.  The first open-heart surgery was performed at WakeMed (then known as Wake Memorial) on March 2, … [read more]

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