Hurricane Season: Are you ready if the lights go out?

Virginia is smack dab in the middle of the Eastern Seaboard, an area often threatened by hurricanes. Are you ready, should a storm threaten our region? The time is right for planning. Virginians are offered a sales tax holiday May 25-May 31, 2014, in time to prepare for the Atlantic Hurricane season which starts June … Continue Reading


Swimming and Arthritis

By Amy Gardner, PTA, ATRIC Arthritis can be very painful, which makes it difficult to find pain-free ways to exercise. Swimming is an great way to exercise without irritating your joints. The best thing is it can easily be done year-round if you join a gym with an indoor pool. Top five benefits of swimming: … Continue Reading


What is a Primary Stroke Center?

If you or a loved one suffers a stroke, you might think that just getting to the hospital is all you need to worry about. And that’s partially true – immediate, or “acute” treatment (within the first 3 hours) is crucial. It identifies the location and severity of the stroke, and it greatly improves the … Continue Reading


How to prevent stroke

The word “stroke” might sound scary, but the reality is that 80 percent of strokes are preventable. Eighty percent! By either managing key risk factors ahead of time, or through medical treatment, you can greatly decrease your chances. So, what can you do to prevent yourself or your loved ones from suffering a stroke? Be … Continue Reading


The Signs of Stroke


You’ve heard of strokes. But can you explain what it is? Many of us don’t fully understand what a stroke does, what causes one and whether we are at risk. But this stat gives you a reason to find out: Stroke is the 4th-leading cause of death in the country, according to the American Heart … Continue Reading


Keep Your Voice Strong for Life


How Speech Therapy Can Help By Mary Daddio, MA-CCC You are probably familiar with the term “overuse injury” referring to runners and athletes.  But did you know that people who use their voice all day can suffer an “overuse” injury of the voice?  Speech therapists see people every day who are having trouble with their voices, … Continue Reading


Are You Having Hip or Knee Pain?


By Tracey H.  Stallard, RN, ONC, Orthopedic Patient Navigator If you answered “Yes!” to that question, you are not alone!  According to the Arthritis Foundation, more than 27 million Americans suffer from a form of arthritis called osteoarthritis which can cause pain in the weight-bearing joints, like hips and knees. Osteoarthritis is one of the most … Continue Reading

Pollen, dust mites and pet dander! Oh, my!


Families struggling with the spring allergy season have a high-tech tool in the battle. The telehealth service, called Sentara MDLIVE, offers patients easy and immediate access to a team of board-certified physicians licensed in the state of Virginia, via Webcam, phone or email. These doctors can diagnose allergies and prescribe necessary medications during the “virtual … Continue Reading


Don’t let heel pain keep you off your feet!


By Erin Bertani, DPT, CSCS Are you experiencing heel pain that makes it difficult to do your job or doesn’t allow you to participate in workouts? One of the most common causes of heel pain is plantar fasciitis. So, what is plantar fasciitis? The plantar fascia is a thick tissue attaching to your heel bone, and … Continue Reading


Advance Medical Directives Help With End-of-Life Healthcare Decisions


Recognizing Sentara Advance Care Planning Week, April 14 – 18, and National Healthcare Decisions Day, April 16 By David Cochran, MTh Every day in hospitals, nursing centers and private homes, patients, residents and families make pivotal decisions about medical care at the end of life. These decisions range from demanding every high-tech tool in the … Continue Reading

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