Thursday, February 4, 2016
Be sweet to your one and only, your heart, at Norman Regional’s healthy heart event. You can learn about heart disease and prevention from physicians as well as be screened for your risk of experiencing a heart attack. Light refreshments will be served. Activities include:
Tuesday, February 23
5pm to 7pm
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Healthy Heart Fair
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm – Expert Panel
Norman Regional Hospital Education Center
901 N. Porter Ave.,
Please RSVP 405.307.3176
Norman Regional is offering everyone who signs up for the Healthy Heart Fair a free lipid profile and A1C blood test. The blood test must be completed by Thursday, February 18th in order for the lab to send us your results in time for the event. Simply take this ad into any Norman Regional affiliated laboratory location during its normal business hours.
You must fast for 12-14 hours prior to this test.
Doctor's Park Building
500 E. Robinson St., Suite 1600, Norman
Findlay Medical Center
809 N. Findlay, Suite 101, Norman
Outpatient Diagnostic Services
901 N. Porter, Norman
HealthPlex Professional Building
3400 W. Tecumseh, Norman
HealthPlex Hospital Outpatient Services
3300 HealthPlex Pkwy, Norman
Norman Regional Moore Temporary Services
700 S. Telephone Rd., Moore
Friday, January 8, 2016
January is Thyroid Awareness Month and the perfect time to bring attention to thyroid disease. Many people know the term thyroid but do not know the important role it plays in keeping people active and healthy. The thyroid gland is essential in regulating the way our bodies function. All of the major organs require the appropriate amount of thyroid hormone in order to work properly. Disorders that result from a dysfunctional thyroid gland have been increasing in recent years.
What is the thyroid gland?
The thyroid is located below the Adam's apple at the base of the neck. It is a small gland that can be found in front of the windpipe and consists of two lobes resembling a butterfly. The thyroid produces several hormones that impact metabolism, growth and development and body temperature.
What problems can occur with the thyroid?
Problems exist when the thyroid gland produces an abnormal amount of thyroid hormones. An overproduction can cause hyperthyroidism while an insufficient amount can create a condition called hypothyroidism. It may be difficult to determine if the thyroid gland is working properly which causes many people to go undiagnosed. Disorders can vary from a small, harmless enlarged gland called a goiter, which does not require treatment, to advanced stage life-threatening cancer. Thyroid nodules can also develop. While anyone can suffer from a thyroid disorder, more women are affected than men and the risk will increase with age. At this time, there is no way to stop the onset of thyroid problems but early diagnosis and treatment can prevent it from becoming serious.
There is good news. Once a person has been diagnosed, they can begin treatment. There are conventional treatments available.
According to Dr. Tom Connally, the Medical Director of the Norman Regional Health System Endocrine Surgery Program and a pioneer in the area of minimally-invasive thyroid and parathyroid surgeries, "It is important to discuss your options with a physician to determine the most effective method for you based on your situation, age, health and medical history. If you are going to require thyroid surgery, you should seek a high volume endocrine surgeon for best operative outcomes."
Monday, November 23, 2015
The holidays are here and we wonder what the scale will look like come January. This is a time for family and friends to enjoy each other's company as well as partake in some delicious, traditional meals. With some planning, we can make it through these office parties, social gatherings and family meals without too much over indulging.
According to Teresa Brown RN, MPH, RD/LD, CDE, of the Health and Wellness Center and Diabetes Program at Norman Regional Health System, here are some tips for a healthier holiday season.
Monday, November 9, 2015
November is National Lung Cancer Awareness month. Lung cancer is the 2nd most common diagnosed cancer for men and women, but it is the leading cause of cancer deaths. In 2015 alone, there were 221,200 new newly diagnosed cases of lung cancer in the United States. However, if lung cancer is caught early, treatment can help people live a more productive and healthier life. More than 430,000 people alive today have been diagnosed with lung cancer at some point.
Risk of having a diagnosis of lung cancer can be reduced. Use of tobacco products is the largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in our country and contributes greatly to the risk of developing lung cancer. 80% of the lung cancer deaths are believed to have been caused by smoking. Changing behaviors related to tobacco use can increase chances of avoiding lung cancer, or surviving longer with a diagnosis of lung cancer.
The Great American Smoke-out is an annual event held on the 3rd Thursday every November. This year it will be held on November 19th. We encourage people who smoke to say “no” to use of tobacco products (for at least one day) on that day. Millions of Americans continue to smoke cigarettes, but many would like to stop. The good news: it is possible to stop smoking! NRHS can help provide you with the tools to quit. The desire to be free of tobacco is the first step toward change. Get support for the next steps to quitting by enrolling in our QuitSmart program. For more information about Quit Smart , please call (405) 307-3175.
The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline is another avenue to receive help. Primarily funded by the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust, or TSET, this hotline is a toll-free support line with an enhanced selection of services. You can receive free text and email support, phone and web coaching, patches, gum, lozenges and more. Please call 1-800-QUIT NOW or visit OKhelpline.com to register and receive nonjudgmental support from specially trained Quit Coaches who can help provide services tailored just for you.
The old saying that quitters never win is not always true. People who quit using tobacco products are winners. You can do it!
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
By 2035, it is estimated there will be 592 million people diagnosed with Diabetes – an increase over 50% from the amount of cases today. This number is astonishing. We need to act today to CHANGE TOMORROW!!! 70% of the type 2 diabetes cases can be prevented with simple lifestyle changes.
World Diabetes Day is November 14, 2015. The theme is Living Healthy and Diabetes with a goal to increase education so we can prevent, reduce or manage diabetes.
There are three types of Diabetes.
Diabetes is major cause of heart disease and stroke. According to the CDC, the risk for stroke is 2 to 4 times higher among people with diabetes. Diabetes is also the leading cause of kidney failure, non-traumatic lower limb amputations, and new cases of blindness among adults in the United States.
Diabetes is not something you can simply outgrow. However through education and making lifestyle changes, you can reduce and manage it better.
What can you do today to change tomorrow? It starts with a healthy overall lifestyle.
Norman Regional Health System is ready to help you. We have one of the Oklahoma’s only Diabetes Centers. Pre-diabetes education is so important. For people who have not developed type 2 diabetes but are showing the warning signs, we offer an evidence-based National Diabetes Prevention Program, developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Through trained lifestyle coaches, the program will teach you how to change your lifestyle to prevent type 2 diabetes. For more information, please contact NRHS Health and Wellness Center at 405-307-5733.