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Know Your Diabetes Risk

  • Posted Nov 07, 2017
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According to the American Diabetes Association, every 17 seconds, someone is diagnosed with diabetes. That’s why, during American Diabetes Month, Holy Cross Hospital would like to encourage you to care for yourself and your loved ones by reminding you of the importance of having regular health screenings to help identify your risk for type 2 diabetes. If you haven’t had your annual screening yet, make an appointment today! Click below to learn more about your diabetes risk. 

Click here for the pdf of the prediabetes flier.


Live Healthier and Lower Your Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

  • Posted Oct 24, 2017
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Did you know that by simply living a healthier lifestyle, you could dramatically reduce the possibility of developing type 2 diabetes? 

In fact, recent studies by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) report that by engaging in physical activity, eating a healthier diet, maintaining an appropriate body weight, limiting alcohol consumption and not smoking you can cut your risk of diabetes by as much as 80 percent.

November is American Diabetes Month and Holy Cross Hospital would like to take this opportunity to encourage you to care for yourself, and your loved ones, by reminding you of the importance of preventive care.  

NIH studies show that having a body weight appropriate for your height and age by itself reduced the risk of developing diabetes by 60 to 70 percent. Eating a healthier diet reduced the risk by about 15 percent and not smoking lowered the risk by about 20 percent.

Here are some tips from the NIH and the National Diabetes Education Program to help you make gradual lifestyle changes that can help you prevent type 2 diabetes:

If you are overweight, set a weight loss goal you can meet (check with your doctor before starting any weight loss plan). 

Aim to lose about 5 to 7 percent of your current weight and keep it off 

Keep track of your daily food intake and physical activity in a logbook and review it daily 

For support, invite family and friends to get involved


Make healthier food choices every day. 

Keep healthier snacks, such as fruit and vegetables, at home and at work

Pack healthier lunches for you and your family

Choose low-fat dairy products

Eat whole-grain cereals, breads, crackers, brown rice, pasta or oatmeal

Select lean meats and poultry

Choose more fish, beans, peas, nuts and seeds as protein sources


Strive to become more physically active. It’s easy to build physical activity into your day:

Take a brisk walk during lunchtime

Take the stairs instead of the elevator or park farther away from your office

Join a community program like the YMCA as a family and choose activities that everyone can enjoy


Restrict alcohol consumption. Your risk of developing type 2 diabetes rises with an increase in alcohol consumption. Limit yourself to no more than one drink a day.

If you smoke, quit (and don’t quit quitting). Smokefree.gov offers some great tips and a step-by-step guide on how to begin.

Be sure to embrace a healthy spirit. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), high levels of stress can have negative effects on your blood sugar levels. That’s why it’s important to practice good relaxation techniques. The ADA recommends the following: 

Breathing exercises – Sit or lie down and uncross your legs and arms. Take in a deep breath. Then push out as much air as you can then relax your muscles. Do these exercises for a minimum of five minutes at least once a day.

Replace negative thoughts with positive ones – If a negative thought is going through your mind, replace it with something that makes you happy or peaceful. You may also visualize a favorite nature scene to lessen anxiety and promote more serenity. 

Last, but not least, getting annual physicals and tests from your doctor is key in sustaining your health and helping prevent diseases like diabetes. Having a primary care physician (PCP) who can coordinate your care is vital to your good health. A PCP typically specializes in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine or General Practice. 

If you don’t have a PCP, finding one is easy! Just visit your insurance carrier’s website, look for the “find a doctor” area and follow the instructions or click here.

Holy Cross is committed to providing resources that promote well-being though body, mind and spirit and is dedicated to helping you Live Your Whole Life.

[Disclaimer: Trinity Health is a Catholic healthcare facility that is firmly committed to maintaining fidelity to its Catholic identity by closely conforming to the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services (ERDs). 

Smokefree.gov and the links it provides are independent sites and have no obligation to provide information that is always congruent with the ERDs. Trinity Health cannot guarantee their content and ask your discretion when using information from this site.]

 
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Behind the Scrubs: Meet Delia Guaqueta, MD, Hematology / Oncology

  • Posted Oct 10, 2017
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Sharecare.com spoke with Delia Guaqueta, MD an Oncologist at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida about why she chose to become an oncologist, how she stays healthy and more.

What made you decide to go into oncology?

I was curious about oncology because you don’t get much exposure to it in medical school. I decided to do an extra rotation to focus on oncology. Through the rotation I realized it was extremely exciting to learn about.

What do you love about your job?

I really love the doctor-patient relationship. You become a part of someone’s family. Although it can be emotionally draining sometimes, you do feel fulfilled, especially when you're able to get someone through treatment and see them with their family enjoying a healthy life.

What do you do to stay healthy?

Personally, I like to fundraise for the American Cancer Society. I try to do a half marathon every year so I spend most of my time training. I start hardcore training six months before. Most people there are running for a family member they lost, or a family member going through treatment. It can become quite emotional. When you cross the finish line you feel so fulfilled. To stay healthy, I also watch what I eat, keeping it as fresh as possible. 

Watch this video to learn more about Dr Guaqueta. 

 
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Breast Cancer Prevention Begins with You

  • Posted Sep 26, 2017
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Did you know that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women in the United States? 



October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month and Holy Cross Hospital would like to take this opportunity to encourage you to care for yourself, and your loved ones, by reminding you of the importance of preventive care.

Thankfully, breast cancer prevention begins with a variety of factors you can control, which include: 

•Managing a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese increases the risk of breast cancer. Eating a healthy diet and getting plenty of exercise can help reduce your risk.

•Breast-feeding. Breast-feeding your children may offer some protection against breast cancer. 

•Hormone therapy. If you're currently taking hormone therapy for menopausal symptoms, ask your doctor about options. According to the National Cancer Institute, long-term combination hormone therapy increases the risk of breast cancer. 

•Restricting alcohol consumption. Your risk of developing breast cancer rises with an increase in alcohol consumption. Limit yourself to no more than one drink a day.

While taking care of your physical health is a great way to help prevent any disease, so is maintaining a healthy spirit. For example:

•Staying positive. Research shows that happiness and optimism are associated with lower rates of breast cancer. Focus on your thoughts — stop negative ones and replace them with positive ones.

•Managing stress. Utilizing a few stress relievers, like deep breathing, muscle relaxation and keeping a journal, can be helpful in controlling the impact stress has on your body.

•Maintaining a balanced lifestyle. Don’t stretch yourself too thin – make sure to have time for proper nutrition, sleep, work and play.

•Creating a circle of support. Maintaining a close network of family and friends can provide you with emotional support when you need it. 

Lastly, getting health screenings and tests from your doctor is key in sustaining your health and helping prevent health conditions like breast cancer. 

Having a primary care physician (PCP) who can coordinate your care is vital to your good health. If you don’t have a PCP, finding one is easy! Just visit your insurance carrier’s website, look for the “find a doctor” area and follow the instructions.  Or use the physician finder at www.holy-cross.com!


Come to our Beyond Breast Cancer event on Thursday, October 5 at the Dorothy Mangurian Comprehensive Women's Center at Holy Cross HealthPlex. Register here or call 954-351-7804.
 


How can I reduce my cancer risk?

  • Posted Aug 29, 2017
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Dr. Omar Rashid, Surgical Oncology & General Surgery, offers tips on how to prevent cancer on Sharecare.com.

You can reduce your risk of cancer by following these recommendations for cancer prevention, based on the latest research and international consensus guidelines:

Fitness and weight: Maintain a healthy weight without being underweight.

Sitting is the new smoking: Avoid a sedentary lifestyle and maintain physical activity for 30 minutes a day.

Read more and follow Dr Rashid

 


Immunizations Are Preventive Care for All Ages

  • Posted Aug 01, 2017
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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the U.S., vaccination programs have eliminated or significantly reduced many vaccine-preventable diseases. However, some of these diseases still exist and may once again become common — and deadly — if we don’t get the vaccinations we need and when we need them.

August is National Immunization Awareness Month and Holy Cross Hospital would like to encourage you to care for yourself and your loved ones by reminding you of the importance of immunizations.

Immunizations aren’t just for youngsters. The CDC says we all need them to help protect us and our patients and coworkers from serious diseases and illness. In fact, according to the CDC, everyone over the age of six months needs a seasonal flu shot every year. The seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and others from the flu.

Other vaccinations work best when they are given at certain ages. Here are some general guidelines from the CDC: 

Young children: 

•Children under age six get a series of shots to protect against measles, polio, chicken pox and hepatitis. 

Pre-teens:

•All 11- and 12-year-olds need shots to help protect against tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough and meningitis. 

•Doctors recommend girls also get the HPV vaccine to protect against the most common cause of cervical cancer. 

Adults

•All adults need a tetanus shot every 10 years. 

•People age 65 need a one-time pneumonia shot. 

Talk to your doctor or nurse about which shots you and your family need. 

Besides preventing you and others from getting sick, there’s another great benefit associated with getting immunized. For a complete list of immunizations and a schedule for receiving them, visit the CDC Immunization Schedules website.

To ensure vaccines are held to the highest standard of safety and efficacy, the CDC has measures in place to test and continuously monitor them. To learn more, visit the CDC Vaccine Safety website

Locally, back-to-school immunization events will be held on:

Saturday, August 5 

•First Baptist Fort Lauderdale Global Event Center, 301 East Broward Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale, from 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

•Blanche Ely High School, 1201 NW 6th Ave. in Pompano Beach, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Friday, August 11

•New Season Worship Center, 7280 W. Oakland Park Blvd. in Lauderhill, from 4–6 p.m.

Saturday, August 12

•Vince Torres Memorial Park, 4331 NW 36th St. in Lauderdale Lakes, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

•Apollo Park, 900 NE 18th Ave. in Pompano Beach, from 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Holy Cross Hospital Dorothy Mangurian Comprehensive Women’s Center, 1000 NE 56th St. in Fort Lauderdale, from 9 a.m.–12 noon

Saturday, August 19

•Joseph C. Carter Park, 1450 Sunrise Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

The 2017 back-to-school immunizations events are offered in collaboration with: the Holy Cross Hospital's Community Outreach department; Arthur Ashe, Jr. Campus; Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church; First Baptist Fort Lauderdale Global Event Center; Blanche Ely High School; Sun-Ed High School; New Season Worship Center; Children’s Services Council; City of Lauderdale Lakes; the Broward Sheriff’s Office; and Mount Bethel Church.

 

[Disclaimer: Trinity Health is a Catholic health care facility that is firmly committed to maintaining fidelity to its Catholic identity by closely conforming to the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services (ERDs). 

CDC.gov and the links it provides are independent sites and have no obligation to provide information that is always congruent with the ERDs. Trinity Health cannot guarantee their content and ask for your discretion when using information from this site.]


Playing It Safe in the Summer Sun

  • Posted Jul 18, 2017
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Summertime is all about fun in the sun and promoting spiritual health by getting outside to commune with nature.

But, did you know that according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer, the most common type of cancer in the United States, and one dies of skin cancer every hour?

With the beautiful weather and days spent outdoors at the park, the beach and the golf course, your skin may be getting more sun exposure now than at other times of the year.

It's a great time to safely take part in outdoor spiritual practices like gardening and spending time in nature. 

While you're enjoying the great outdoors, it’s important to be aware of how much sunlight you get. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is the main cause of skin cancer and can also cause damage to your eyes. For these reasons, avoiding overexposure to UV light is the simplest form of prevention.

July is UV Safety Month. Here are some simple steps from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help prevent overexposure to UV rays:

  • Seek shade, especially during midday hours
  • Cover up with clothing to protect exposed skin
  • Wear a hat with a wide brim to shade the face, head, ears and neck
  • Wear sunglasses that wrap around and block as close to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB rays as possible
  • Put on sunscreen with broad spectrum (UVA and UVB) protection and sun protective factor (SPF) 15 or higher
  • Avoid tanning beds and sunlamps – the UV rays from them are as dangerous as the UV rays from the sun

You can also schedule a skin examination with your health care professional, including your Primary Care Physician (PCP), to catch early signs of cancer before they become a serious threat.

Getting annual physicals and tests from your doctor is key in sustaining your health and preventing disease. Having a PCP who can coordinate your care is vital to your good health. A PCP typically specializes in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine or General Practice.

If you don’t have a PCP, finding one is easy! Just visit your insurance carrier’s website, look for the “find a doctor” area and follow the instructions. Or, let Holy Cross Physician Partners help you.


Photo: courtesy of Sharecare.com




Maintaining Good Prenatal Care Key to Healthy Pregnancy

  • Posted Jul 11, 2017
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Are you or is someone you know expecting or planning to get pregnant? If so, it's important to remember that having a healthy pregnancy is one of the best ways to have a healthy baby. Getting early and regular prenatal care improves the chances of a healthy pregnancy.

It is essential to maintain regular medical care during pregnancy (including regular check-ups and prenatal testing).

Most women visit their health care providers once a month for the first 28 weeks and then every two to three weeks until week 37. After that, you will most likely have weekly appointments until the baby is born. However, the schedule may vary depending on the preferences of your individual health care provider and medical needs. 

Prenatal visits may include:

•Reviewing medical history

•Completing various blood tests, urine analysis and lab work

•Taking your blood pressure and listening to the baby's heartbeat

•Providing a nutritional plan, including a prescription for prenatal vitamins

•Developing an exercise strategy

Good prenatal care can help keep you and your baby healthy and alert your health care provider of any potential health concerns. Early detection and treatment can remedy many problems and prevent others.

Learn more about the Holy Cross Parenting Center educational offerings here. 

 

Lowering Your Risk for Disease

  • Posted Jun 06, 2017
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Did you know that according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics eating a healthier diet is one of the first lines of defense in the prevention of Type 2 diabetes and heart disease?

Holy Cross Hospital encourages you to care for yourself, and your loved ones, by reminding you of the importance of healthier eating, spiritual well-being and preventive care.  

The American Diabetes Association says that eating healthy is one of the most important things we can do to lower the risk for type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Additionally, research by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) shows that following a healthier diet can help prevent high blood pressure and may lower blood pressure that is already over the normal range.    

Below are some tips from the NIH to help you make healthier food choices every day:

•Keep healthier snacks, such as fruit and vegetables, at home and at work

•Pack healthier lunches for you and your family

•Choose low-fat diary products

•Eat whole-grain cereals, breads, crackers, brown rice, pasta or oatmeal

•Select lean meats and poultry

•Choose more fish, beans, peas, nuts and seeds as protein sources

Another great way to reduce your risk of developing disease is by maintaining spiritual wellness. According to Mental Health America, there is a connection between spirituality and health. Spirituality can reduce the stress that often drives disease. Holy Cross Hospital offers the following suggestions to keep your good health:

•Discover and rediscover what makes your life meaningful. Find what brings your life purpose and align your choices with it. Wherever your passion is, there you’ll find your purpose.

•Nurture your connection with God/your Higher Power through regular spiritual practices.  Some people choose prayer, others meditate, some read Scripture, others walk through nature. Whatever helps you in your relationship with the Divine, make time to foster your awareness of the Sacred.  

•Connect with others who share your values. Having meaningful relationships with others, which focus on what is important to us, reminds us that we are not alone and can often bring joy to our lives.

•Find opportunities to serve. Helping others in need, either through volunteer work or some other means, nurtures our spirit when we feel our actions make a positive difference for other people.  

Last, but not least, getting annual physicals and tests from your doctor is key in sustaining your health and preventing diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure. Having a Primary Care Physician (PCP) who can coordinate your care is vital to your good health. A PCP typically specializes in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine or General Practice. 

If you don’t have a PCP, finding one is easy! Just visit your insurance carrier’s website, look for the “find a doctor” area and follow the instructions. Or click here. Stay on top of your health education by subscribing to our e-newsletter.


Low Dose Genius™ 3D MAMMOGRAPHY™ Exams Available at Holy Cross Hospital

  • Posted May 09, 2017
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Holy Cross is the only East Broward Hospital with Low Dose Genius™ 3D MAMMOGRAPHY™ 

New low dose 3D™ exams are a more accurate breast cancer exam and are superior to conventional digital mammograms

Holy Cross Mother's Day Mammogram Special Now through June 30 : Screnning Mammogram for $100


Holy Cross Hospital is the only eastern Broward County hospital offering Low Dose Genius™ 3D MAMMOGRAPHY™ exams from Hologic, a global leader in breast cancer detection. In a conventional mammogram, overlapping tissue can hide breast cancers and normal breast tissue may appear abnormal, leading to unnecessary callbacks. Low Dose Genius 3D MAMMOGRAPHY™ exams are an advanced type of digital mammogram that offer better cancer detection, fewer call backs, minimal compression time and greater peace of mind at a dose comparable to a conventional digital mammogram.* 

Large clinical studies in the U.S. and Europe* have demonstrated the positive benefits of Low Dose 3D MAMMOGRAPHY™ exams including: 

•Earlier detection of small breast cancers that may be hidden in a conventional mammogram

•Greater accuracy in pinpointing size, shape and location of abnormalities

•Fewer unnecessary biopsies or additional tests

•Greater likelihood of detecting multiple breast tumors

•Clearer images of dense breast tissue

•Maintained 3D MAMMOGRAPHY™ exam performance, at a 2D-like dose

Low Dose Genius 3D MAMMOGRAPHY™ exams are recommended for women of all ages and breast densities. 

Holy Cross Hospital is committed to the fight against breast cancer. In offering the Genius low dose 3D MAMMOGRAPHY™ exams, Holy Cross provides the latest and most effective imaging tool for breast cancer screening. 

To schedule an exam, please call 954-202-0277.


About Low Dose Genius™ 3D MAMMOGRAPHY™ Exams

Breast tissue and structures in the breast can overlap and cause confusion when viewed with a conventional mammogram. Low Dose Genius™ 3D MAMMOGRAPHY™ exams enable doctors to more clearly see through overlapping tissue to detect cancers, often at an earlier stage.

While Low Dose Genius 3D MAMMOGRAPHY™ exams include a conventional digital mammogram for use during image review, they do not require an X-ray exposure to generate the conventional 2D image, as C-View™ software generates the 2D image from the 3D™ information. 

Low Dose Genius 3D MAMMOGRAPHY™ exams are only available on the Hologic Selenia® Dimensions® breast tomosynthesis system. 

 

*For example see the following studies on the benefits of low dose 3D MAMMOGRAPHY™ exams:

S. Zuckerman, E. Conant, et.al. “Implementation of synthesized two-dimensional mammography in a population-based digital breast tomosynthesis screening program,” Radiology. 2016 Jul 28. [Epub ahead of print] and D. Bernardi, P. Macaskill, et.al. “Breast cancer screening with tomosynthesis (3D mammography) with acquired or synthetic 2D mammography compared with 2D mammography alone (STORM-2): a population-based prospective study,” Lancet Oncology. 2016 Jun 23. [Epub ahead of print]

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