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Do you smoke? The risk is not just to your lungs.

Kentucky has long been known as a tobacco state. But the economic benefits of tobacco are far outweighed by the cost on human lives and health. In Kentucky, almost 30% of high school-aged youth use some sort of tobacco product, including nicotine-laced e-cigarettes. An estimated 8,900 adults die each year in Kentucky from tobacco-related illnesses—and many of them started smoking as teenagers.

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Self-awareness the best defense against breast cancer

In recent years, health professionals have urged women to be “self-aware” when it comes to preventing breast cancer. Being self-aware means knowing how your breasts normally look and feel. If you are self-aware, you can notice early on when something isn’t quite right.

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Steps to Recovery after Stroke

A stroke can be a traumatic, life-changing event. Many patients may suffer loss of language, difficulty with swallowing, problems with memory, or physical weakness. If the stroke is treated in time, most patients can recover fully or have less disability than someone who didn’t get to the hospital in time.

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WellNews is a health and wellness service of Med Center Health. The information contained herein is not intended for the purpose of personal medical advice, which should be obtained directly from a physician. For more information, call Med Center Health Community Wellness at 270-745-1010.

News from Med Center Health

Med Center Health Foundation’s “The Ball of the Year” Charity Ball to be held November 12

The Med Center Health Foundation has announced this year’s 18th Annual Charity Ball, “The Ball of the Year” benefiting The Community Clinic and The Dental Clinic, will be held November 12th at Sloan Convention Center. 

Amy Hardin, Executive Director of Med Center Health Foundation, stated, “We are excited to host the Charity Ball in person this year after two years of virtual events. We hope everyone will join us for this special event to support services that provide much-needed care to members of our community.” See More

First in Kentucky: Percutaneous Ultrasound Gastrostomy Procedures Performed at The Medical Center at Bowling Green

The first Percutaneous Ultrasound Gastrostomy (PUG) procedure in Kentucky was recently performed at The Medical Center at Bowling Green using ultrasound guidance with the PUMA-G device from CoapTech. PUG is a revolutionary new way to place gastrostomy tubes (G-tubes) in a patient who needs nutrition delivery directly into the stomach. PUG is a safer, simpler and faster bedside procedure for the minimally-invasive placement of a feeding tube.

In the past, a feeding tube would be placed using endoscopy in an operating room. “When you transport a critically ill patient, it can put the patient at risk,” said Karan Singh, M.D., pulmonologist with Western Kentucky Heart, Lung and Gastroenterology Associates. “Procedures are also best done by the team who knows the patient best. With this new technology, we can place the feeding tube a patient needs right at their bedside using ultrasound technology. This prevents a transfer between medical teams or a transfer from one location to another.”See More

The Medical Center at Bowling Green nationally recognized for its commitment to providing high-quality stroke care

The Medical Center at Bowling Green, flagship hospital of Med Center Health, has received the 2022 Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke Gold Plus Award with Honor Roll Elite Status and Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll. This is the fourth consecutive year The Medical Center has received the Gold Plus Award with Honor Roll Elite Status and the second consecutive year to receive the Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll award.

  • Gold Plus Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Quality Achievement Award for commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines.
  • Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite Award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet specific criteria that reduce the time between an eligible patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster alteplase. 
  • Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor RollTM Award. Target: Type 2 Diabetes aims to ensure patients with Type 2 diabetes, who might be at higher risk for complications, receive the most up-to-date, evidence-based care when hospitalized due to stroke.

Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the U.S. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs, so brain cells die. Early stroke detection and treatment are key to improving survival, minimizing disability and accelerating recovery times.See More

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For your good health

Protect your eyes from the sun

Exposure to sunlight over years can lead to vision loss from cataracts or macular degeneration. Protect your eyes with the right kind of sunglasses.

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Are habits hurting your heart?

Your heart is a vital organ that keeps your body functioning. But many people don’t treat it that way. They may not realize that their daily habits and lifestyle can overwork and damage their hearts. So, take care of your heart and yourself

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Is stress breaking your heart?

Since ancient times, the heart has been a symbol of our emotions. But scientists have uncovered a physical link between emotions and heart health.

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Featured Recipes

These recipes are the perfect touch for a tasty and healthy meal or treat!

Breakfast on the Run

Always finding yourself in a hurry and skipping breakfast? Try out this recipe that allows for a quick and easy prep that you will be able to eat on the go.

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Multigrain Chicken Soup

As the weather gets colder, we have the perfect recipe for you to try with your family! This multigrain chicken soup is sure to warm you up from the inside out.

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Blue-Green Canapés

Look out! We have a great appetizer idea that’s healthy and satisfying. Be sure to give it a try!

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