Health Matters: Heartburn or Heart Attack?
Health Matters: Heartburn or Heart Attack?

It can come on suddenly and cause severe chest pain. “A lot of people don’t’ come in complaining of heartburn, they complain of chest pain, and they are worried it’s their heart,” said Dr. Andre Nye, a family medicine physici

Health Matters: Preventing Poisonous Accidents
Health Matters: Preventing Poisonous Accidents

From medication to cleaning products— Health experts are reminding families to keep potentially dangerous products out of the reach of children. “Unfortunately, kids are curious, and they are going to get into things,” said Sally Kreusch

Health Matters: New Projects Coming to Coconut Point
Health Matters: New Projects Coming to Coconut Point

For the last few months, these doors have welcomed thousands of patients into the new Lee Health Coconut Point. “These are visits and appointments that used to happen elsewhere and members of the community would have to travel 30 minutes or even lon

Health Matters: Medicare Wellness Visit
Health Matters: Medicare Wellness Visit

It’s a different type of wellness visit. “It’s a really great tool to get to know the patient. It’s is not physical. It is a screening with Medicare that we do once a year, it’s covered by Medicare,” said Jennifer Turza

Health Matters: Is Stress Making you Sick?
Health Matters: Is Stress Making you Sick?

It can cause stomachaches, headaches, even chest pain. “People come in with stress-related disorders all the time, but usually they think it’s something else going on,” said Dr. Andre Nye, a family medicine physician with Lee Health. If

Health Matters: Free EKG Screenings for Kids
Health Matters: Free EKG Screenings for Kids

Whether it’s a practice or a game, doctors say it’s important to make sure kids are healthy enough to play. “I think actually everyone’s biggest fear for their family or their children is that something catastrophically happens, es

Health Matters: The Truth about GMO's
Health Matters: The Truth about GMO's

You can find it printed on certain cereals, chips, vegetables, even canned goods---but what does the label really reveal about your food? “With many topics in the food industry it’s something to educate yourself on and make that decision at a

Health Matters: Rehab for your Golf Swing
Health Matters: Rehab for your Golf Swing

It’s a popular sport here in Southwest Florida, but health experts say it’s also one of the most common reasons patients visit a physical therapist. “We’re working with different golfers in the community, and we’re working on

Health Matters: Knowing your Risk for Pre-Diabetes
Health Matters: Knowing your Risk for Pre-Diabetes

One in ten people is living with the disease. The bad news is, you could be at risk and not even know it. “Having diabetes increases your risk for stroke, heart attack, kidney failure nerve damage, limb loss,” said Annette McClenahan, a diabet

Health Matters: Protecting Kids from Poisonous Products
Health Matters: Protecting Kids from Poisonous Products

Whether it’s bleach, dishwasher tablets, medications, even makeup, Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida child advocacy program coordinator Sally Kreuscher says many families don’t realize that these items are within a child&

Health Matters: Helping Cancer Patients Regain Independence
Health Matters: Helping Cancer Patients Regain Independence

“Fate whispers to the warrior, you cannot withstand the storm. The warrior whispers back; I am the storm.” Words, Margaret Heineman says to herself every morning since she was diagnosed with cancer. “My journey as we call it began when I

Health Matters: Lifting your Mood, Improving your Health
Health Matters: Lifting your Mood, Improving your Health

It’s a positive experiment designed to lift people’s moods. “You can tell me to think positively, you can tell me what’s good for me, but what this program really teaches you is why,” said June Hunter-Clark, a Project Life pa

Health Matters: Living a Life Well
Health Matters: Living a Life Well

While many patients come to the doctor to find answers to their medical questions—doctors are now asking patients to answer some important questions about their health. “Do you just want to be well without disease, or do you want to be optimal

Health Matters: Treating the Opioid Crisis
Health Matters: Treating the Opioid Crisis

It’s a medical problem that doctors and health experts are working hard to solve. “There’s a need, and hospitals need to recognize that and try to create programs. We can’t ignore the problem,” said Dr. Brian Hummel, a cardio

Health Matters: Recognizing our Volunteers
Health Matters: Recognizing our Volunteers

He’s known for his kind smile and amazing stories. Volunteering is a passion Fredrick Hoar Jr. has spent 20 years doing. “I enjoy helping people. It happened because of my wife. We were coming down to Florida, and my wife said to me, oh, by th

Health Matters: Hospital Sensory Rooms for Kids
Health Matters: Hospital Sensory Rooms for Kids

Filled with colors, bright lights, mirrors, toys, and a rocking chair, the new sensory rooms are popping up on every floor of Golisano Children’s Hospital. “It’s not a typical patient room. We have our vibrating acoustic chair, which I t

Health Matters: Keeping you Balanced
Health Matters: Keeping you Balanced

It’s a simple solution to a problem stemmed by multiple causes. “It helps them improve balance, prevents them from losing their balance, and prevents them from falling,” said Nathalie Grondin, a physical therapist with Lee Health. If pat

Health Matters: Know your Meds
Health Matters: Know your Meds

It’s advice health experts recommend all patients follow. “Know your meds, know your allergies, know you. It’s important because we want to help guide the patients and the community in knowing more about themselves to keep themselves pro

Health Matters: Change your Mind, Change your Life
Health Matters: Change your Mind, Change your Life

“By changing your perceptions, you change your life!” It’s an empowering message, Carolyn Beauchamp, a hypnotherapist on the medical staff of Lee Health, helps people achieve. “What I do, is I teach people how to balance the brain.

Health Matters: Screening for Lung Cancer
Health Matters: Screening for Lung Cancer

While the numbers are dropping, doctors say whether you’re a current smoker or a recent non-smoker, you are at risk for developing lung cancer. “We’re down in this country to the lowest percentage that we’ve ever been. Only about 1

Health Matters: Parkinson's Disease and Swallowing Therapy
Health Matters: Parkinson's Disease and Swallowing Therapy

It’s one of the most common symptoms related to Parkinson’s disease. “Almost 95 percent of people with Parkinson’s will have some sort of swallowing difficulty at some point in the disease,” said Courtney Welch, a speech-lang

Health Matters: Orthopedic Surgery, When to Fix and When to Wait
Health Matters: Orthopedic Surgery, When to Fix and When to Wait

They are common injuries seen at the Trauma Center. “As an orthopedic trauma surgeon, the majority of my injuries are high-speed motor vehicle collisions, motorcycle accidents, falls. A lot of the stuff is fractures of femurs, tibias, the pelvis reg

Health Matters: A Chronic Disease Workshop
Health Matters: A Chronic Disease Workshop

Diabetes, hypertension, arthritis—they’re just a few of the most common chronic diseases that affect millions of Americans. “The class focuses on things and skills you need to manage those illnesses,” said Lyn Carlson, a community

Health Matters: The Dangers of Sepsis
Health Matters: The Dangers of Sepsis

It can happen to anyone. “Nationally, about 50 percent of all deaths in a hospital are sepsis-related. When you look at the admission rate for sepsis it’s actually more than heart attack and stroke combined,” explained Dr. Kenneth Tolep,

Health Matters: Urodynamics, Testing for Children
Health Matters: Urodynamics, Testing for Children

It’s restoring peace to families like Andrea Cappucilli and her six-year-old daughter Rylee. “It gave all the answers that we needed.” Those answers were provided by urodynamic testing--a new piece of equipment at Golisano Children&rsquo

Health Matters: Understanding Asthma
Health Matters: Understanding Asthma

It can present with chest tightness, shortness of breath, even wheezing. “Asthma is one of the leading reasons for emergency department visits for children four and younger,” explained Teresa Summe, asthma and COPD management program coordinat

Health Matters: Speech Therapy for Parkinson's Disease
Health Matters: Speech Therapy for Parkinson's Disease

It can cause frustration, depression, even isolation. “It’s quite a shock and really confusing for a lot of people,” said Courtney Welch, a speech-language pathologist with Lee Health. It’s a common symptom caused by Parkinson &rsq

Millions of Fisher-Price sleepers recalled after more than 30 babies died
Millions of Fisher-Price sleepers recalled after more than 30 babies died

A week after they issued a safety warning, Fisher-Price recalled their nearly 5 million sleepers.

Health Matters: The Good and Bad Stress
Health Matters: The Good and Bad Stress

It can cause headaches, stomach aches, high blood pressure, and an increased heart rate. “About 33 percent of patients that suffer from stress don’t even mention it to their primary care physician,” said Dr. Jennifer Carrion, a resident

Health Matters: Staying Strong with Osteoporosis
Health Matters: Staying Strong with Osteoporosis

It may sound simple—but spending just a few minutes a day walking can help to keep your bones strong—and keep you safe from an injury. “Every time you take a step, vibrations go up your body and help stimulate bone healing,” said D

Health Matters: New Technology Helps Stage Colon Cancer
Health Matters: New Technology Helps Stage Colon Cancer

Using three different angles, these MRI images give doctors a closer look at any kind of rectal cancer. “Usually the patients present with physical symptoms and then that leads to a clinical examination. It’s usually diagnosed through a colono

Health Matters: Understanding Sepsis
Health Matters: Understanding Sepsis

It’s a life-threatening complication that can start from an infection. “Sepsis happens when a patient has an infection, and our body’s immune system, which is designed to fight the infection leads to some abnormal and adverse consequence

Health Matters: The Lift Project
Health Matters: The Lift Project

It’s a project that’s changing the way people think about their day. “We are lying in bed, we sit up to eat breakfast, we sit to drive to work, we sit at work, we sit and drive home, we sit and eat dinner, and we lie down to go to bed,&r

Health Matters: Head and Neck Cancer Program
Health Matters: Head and Neck Cancer Program

For many patients, it’s a life-changing diagnosis. “It affects not only the physical portion of the function but the emotional, the nutritional dynamics with family and work. With any cancer diagnosis, it’s not just treating the disease

Health Matters: Protecting you from the Number One Killer
Health Matters: Protecting you from the Number One Killer

It can affect any one at any time. “It’s something that every American should be concerned about. This is really a disease that starts early and develops over many years and usually manifests with significant symptoms and sometimes it even man

Health Matters: Helmet Safety
Health Matters: Helmet Safety

Whether they’re skateboarding, hoverboarding or bicycling, studies show helmets can keep kids safe and out of the emergency department. “More kids are seen in the ER between the ages of 5-15 for bike injuries than any other sport,” said

Health Matters: Common Foot Injuries for Active Adults
Health Matters: Common Foot Injuries for Active Adults

Whether you’re a seasoned runner or your just getting started—doctors say foot and ankle pain can strike at any time. “A lot of people when they move down to Florida, they start doing sports that they’ve never done before, and unfo

Health Matters: Understanding TAVR
Health Matters: Understanding TAVR

It’s a common heart procedure that you’ve probably never heard of. “It’s becoming more and more common. We do about five or six a week on average now, sometimes more,” said Dr. Brian Hummel, a cardiothoracic surgeon with Lee

Health Matters: Addressing Incontinence Concerns with Parkinson's Disease
Health Matters: Addressing Incontinence Concerns with Parkinson's Disease

Tremors, slow movement, and loss of balance are typically the symptoms we associate with Parkinson’s disease—but physical therapist Kristen Parisi says the most common symptom of Parkinson’s disease is often overlooked. “Most peopl

Health Matters: Improving your Sleep can Improve your Mental Health
Health Matters: Improving your Sleep can Improve your Mental Health

Tossing, turning, and thinking—health experts say if this happens when you go to bed at night it may be time to change up your routine. “A lot of times we will tell people to find an unwinding time for you. You can’t just come home and i

Health Matters: Plant-Based Eating
Health Matters: Plant-Based Eating

Improving your health can start in the kitchen. “It varies from person to person, but a lot of times people notice a difference in a week,” said Erika Graziani, a dietitian and outpatient nutrition program coordinator with Lee Health. A plant-

Health Matters: Medicare Wellness Visit
Health Matters: Medicare Wellness Visit

It’s a different type of wellness visit. “It’s a really great tool to get to know the patient. It’s is not physical. It is a screening with Medicare that we do once a year, it’s covered by Medicare,” said Jennifer Turza

Health Matters: Is Stress Making you Sick?
Health Matters: Is Stress Making you Sick?

It can cause stomachaches, headaches, even chest pain. “People come in with stress-related disorders all the time, but usually they think it’s something else going on,” said Dr. Andre Nye, a family medicine physician with Lee Health. If

Health Matters: Free EKG Screenings for Kids
Health Matters: Free EKG Screenings for Kids

Whether it’s a practice or a game, doctors say it’s important to make sure kids are healthy enough to play. “I think actually everyone’s biggest fear for their family or their children is that something catastrophically happens, es

Health Matters: The Truth about GMO's
Health Matters: The Truth about GMO's

You can find it printed on certain cereals, chips, vegetables, even canned goods---but what does the label really reveal about your food? “With many topics in the food industry it’s something to educate yourself on and make that decision at a

Health Matters: Rehab for your Golf Swing
Health Matters: Rehab for your Golf Swing

It’s a popular sport here in Southwest Florida, but health experts say it’s also one of the most common reasons patients visit a physical therapist. “We’re working with different golfers in the community, and we’re working on

Health Matters: Knowing your Risk for Pre-Diabetes
Health Matters: Knowing your Risk for Pre-Diabetes

One in ten people is living with the disease. The bad news is, you could be at risk and not even know it. “Having diabetes increases your risk for stroke, heart attack, kidney failure nerve damage, limb loss,” said Annette McClenahan, a diabet

Health Matters: Protecting Kids from Poisonous Products
Health Matters: Protecting Kids from Poisonous Products

Whether it’s bleach, dishwasher tablets, medications, even makeup, Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida child advocacy program coordinator Sally Kreuscher says many families don’t realize that these items are within a child&

Health Matters: Helping Cancer Patients Regain Independence
Health Matters: Helping Cancer Patients Regain Independence

“Fate whispers to the warrior, you cannot withstand the storm. The warrior whispers back; I am the storm.” Words, Margaret Heineman says to herself every morning since she was diagnosed with cancer. “My journey as we call it began when I

Health Matters: Lifting your Mood, Improving your Health
Health Matters: Lifting your Mood, Improving your Health

It’s a positive experiment designed to lift people’s moods. “You can tell me to think positively, you can tell me what’s good for me, but what this program really teaches you is why,” said June Hunter-Clark, a Project Life pa

Health Matters: Living a Life Well
Health Matters: Living a Life Well

While many patients come to the doctor to find answers to their medical questions—doctors are now asking patients to answer some important questions about their health. “Do you just want to be well without disease, or do you want to be optimal

Health Matters: Treating the Opioid Crisis
Health Matters: Treating the Opioid Crisis

It’s a medical problem that doctors and health experts are working hard to solve. “There’s a need, and hospitals need to recognize that and try to create programs. We can’t ignore the problem,” said Dr. Brian Hummel, a cardio

Health Matters: Recognizing our Volunteers
Health Matters: Recognizing our Volunteers

He’s known for his kind smile and amazing stories. Volunteering is a passion Fredrick Hoar Jr. has spent 20 years doing. “I enjoy helping people. It happened because of my wife. We were coming down to Florida, and my wife said to me, oh, by th

Health Matters: Hospital Sensory Rooms for Kids
Health Matters: Hospital Sensory Rooms for Kids

Filled with colors, bright lights, mirrors, toys, and a rocking chair, the new sensory rooms are popping up on every floor of Golisano Children’s Hospital. “It’s not a typical patient room. We have our vibrating acoustic chair, which I t

Health Matters: Keeping you Balanced
Health Matters: Keeping you Balanced

It’s a simple solution to a problem stemmed by multiple causes. “It helps them improve balance, prevents them from losing their balance, and prevents them from falling,” said Nathalie Grondin, a physical therapist with Lee Health. If pat

Health Matters: Know your Meds
Health Matters: Know your Meds

It’s advice health experts recommend all patients follow. “Know your meds, know your allergies, know you. It’s important because we want to help guide the patients and the community in knowing more about themselves to keep themselves pro

Health Matters: Change your Mind, Change your Life
Health Matters: Change your Mind, Change your Life

“By changing your perceptions, you change your life!” It’s an empowering message, Carolyn Beauchamp, a hypnotherapist on the medical staff of Lee Health, helps people achieve. “What I do, is I teach people how to balance the brain.

Health Matters: Screening for Lung Cancer
Health Matters: Screening for Lung Cancer

While the numbers are dropping, doctors say whether you’re a current smoker or a recent non-smoker, you are at risk for developing lung cancer. “We’re down in this country to the lowest percentage that we’ve ever been. Only about 1

Health Matters: Parkinson's Disease and Swallowing Therapy
Health Matters: Parkinson's Disease and Swallowing Therapy

It’s one of the most common symptoms related to Parkinson’s disease. “Almost 95 percent of people with Parkinson’s will have some sort of swallowing difficulty at some point in the disease,” said Courtney Welch, a speech-lang

Health Matters: Orthopedic Surgery, When to Fix and When to Wait
Health Matters: Orthopedic Surgery, When to Fix and When to Wait

They are common injuries seen at the Trauma Center. “As an orthopedic trauma surgeon, the majority of my injuries are high-speed motor vehicle collisions, motorcycle accidents, falls. A lot of the stuff is fractures of femurs, tibias, the pelvis reg

Health Matters: A Chronic Disease Workshop
Health Matters: A Chronic Disease Workshop

Diabetes, hypertension, arthritis—they’re just a few of the most common chronic diseases that affect millions of Americans. “The class focuses on things and skills you need to manage those illnesses,” said Lyn Carlson, a community

Health Matters: The Dangers of Sepsis
Health Matters: The Dangers of Sepsis

It can happen to anyone. “Nationally, about 50 percent of all deaths in a hospital are sepsis-related. When you look at the admission rate for sepsis it’s actually more than heart attack and stroke combined,” explained Dr. Kenneth Tolep,

Health Matters: Urodynamics, Testing for Children
Health Matters: Urodynamics, Testing for Children

It’s restoring peace to families like Andrea Cappucilli and her six-year-old daughter Rylee. “It gave all the answers that we needed.” Those answers were provided by urodynamic testing--a new piece of equipment at Golisano Children&rsquo

Health Matters: Understanding Asthma
Health Matters: Understanding Asthma

It can present with chest tightness, shortness of breath, even wheezing. “Asthma is one of the leading reasons for emergency department visits for children four and younger,” explained Teresa Summe, asthma and COPD management program coordinat

Health Matters: Speech Therapy for Parkinson's Disease
Health Matters: Speech Therapy for Parkinson's Disease

It can cause frustration, depression, even isolation. “It’s quite a shock and really confusing for a lot of people,” said Courtney Welch, a speech-language pathologist with Lee Health. It’s a common symptom caused by Parkinson &rsq

Millions of Fisher-Price sleepers recalled after more than 30 babies died
Millions of Fisher-Price sleepers recalled after more than 30 babies died

A week after they issued a safety warning, Fisher-Price recalled their nearly 5 million sleepers.

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