Being declared cancer-free is something to celebrate. But for many patients, that milestone comes with a mix of emotions – joy, anger, relief, sadness, confusion, and even guilt. Transitioning from patient to survivor is not a destination. Rather, it is the beginning of a new normal. By Guillermo Lazo, MD
Big Plans for a Heart-Healthy Valley
With the addition last year of a second full-time Rio Grande Valley pediatric cardiologist, the Driscoll Health System – Pediatric Cardiology clinic, located at Driscoll Children’s Medical Plaza-McAllen, has big plans to help improve the quality of life for the children and parents of the Rio Grande Valley.
New Ways to Find the Oldest Disease
Is cancer caused by our modern lifestyle? Or have humans virtually always had cancer? Researchers continue to seek answers, and in fact, British scientists recently found a 3,000-year-old skeleton with soft tissue cancer tumors throughout the body. In any case, it’s clear that modern medicine and science have dramatically improved our ability to fight, and detect early this ancient disease.
Men suffer heart attacks (also called acute myocardial infarctions) an average of 10 years younger than women do, and they’re more likely to die of a heart attack than women of the same age. The death rate for African American men is even higher than it is for whites. Sadly, half of the men who die of heart disease weren’t even aware that they had a problem. In fact, the most common symptom of a heart attack is, unfortunately, sudden death.
Diet and Exercise are not Always Enough to lose Weight: Weight loss surgery may be an option
Many have tried countless diets, calorie counting, low-carb, juice cleanses, and ultimately the weight one loses comes back all too often. For most people, a healthy balanced diet and regular daily activity are just enough to maintain oneself at a current weight. The prevalence of obesity is greater than 30% in the Valley. For these individuals, maintaining their current weight or gaining weight may lead to a cascade of health problems.
As for staying healthy, she offers what she has learned over the years: I maintain a healthy lifestyle by staying active, sleeping well, eating healthy and having a strong mind. It is easy to forget about exercising when you have a busy schedule, but we must make time for our bodies. Sleeping is something important because it gives our bodies time to restore. Eating healthy can also be challenging when you are always on the run, but what we put in our bodies has a tremendous impact on our overall health. They don't call it “beauty sleep” just for nothing. And we can't underestimate the power of the mind. Having a positive attitude will always give you a better perspective when facing life's challenges every da