September 29th is World Heart Day, and to honor it, we wanted to highlight a story about a recent Australian study that found text messages helpful in improving the lives of patients with heart disease. Yes, you read that right: text messages. 

About 350 patients received around four text messages per week that reminded them to do things such as exercise more, eat less salt or quit smoking. At the end of the study, researchers found these patients were more likely to remember to take medications, lose weight, quit smoking, increase physical activity and participate in other... Read More »

  If you are a parent, grandparent, or maybe an aunt and uncle, you know that a child’s safety is your number one priority when you drive with children. You’ve probably remarked at how many more safety features are available for children now than when you were a kid. Whether you are a little new to the updated world of child safety or a seasoned pro, here are some things you want to keep in mind when putting your child in the car and driving off:   Don’t buy a used seat from a stranger - Used seats purchased from a garage sale, Craigslist or thrift store are a risk for your baby’s safety. The... Read More »
Pregnancy is an exciting time. You’ll probably begin to notice a lot more people are offering you advice – whether you want it or not. Although people are well intentioned, some may be ill informed and may unnecessarily scare you with misinformation. We’d like to dispel a few myths about how to be safe during your pregnancy.    Dyeing or Perming Your Hair - Regardless of what others might tell you, the chemicals in these products have no effect on the health your baby. There is no need to alter the way you want to look during your pregnancy.   Sunbathing and Tanning Booths - Neither... Read More »

Ticks, mosquitoes, and fleas seem to run rampant in the summer, and chances are, you’ve experienced their bites. They’re not pleasant, and sometimes these creatures cause bacterial and viral diseases and are all found in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ticks, mosquitoes and fleas can cause some of the world’s most destructive diseases, but fortunately, these diseases can be prevented. Here are a few tips to remember this summer:

Be Aware: Some of the illnesses that are within the United States are... Read More »

Lyme disease is a tickborne illness that is caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi. It is contracted when the result of a black-legged tick (lxodestick tick) is infected with the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria. The tick must remain attached to the person for at least 24 hours in order for the bacteria to be transmitted. Although Lyme disease is rare in our state, researchers say it is possible to get Lyme disease in Oklahoma.

Some symptoms of Lyme disease, according to the Oklahoma government’s fact sheet are as follows:

A large, circular rash... Read More »

Are you happy and it shows? New research says yes. More than 3,000 participants aged 60 and older were assessed for their self-reported level of happiness and ability to perform daily activities such as bathing or getting dressed, along with their walking speed. Researchers found those reporting a low sense of well-being were more than three times more likely to have problems performing daily tasks. Additionally, results of the study found an association with overall enjoyment of life and a decreased risk of disability or loss of mobility in the future.

However, authors of the study... Read More »

Top heart health experts from across the globe are meeting in Dallas this week at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions. They are discussing the latest in research and how to prevent heart disease, heart attacks and strokes. A study presented Tuesday finds that what we may have held to believe about sudden cardiac arrest is not true – about half of the time.

According to the study presented by lead author Eloi Marijon, M.D., half of the men in the study presented symptoms of cardiac arrest up to one month prior to suffering the event, which stopped their hearts... Read More »

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month – a reminder that one in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime, according to current statistics. It is also an annual reminder for women over the age of 40 to schedule regular mammogram screenings or as prescribed by their health care provider if they are younger with high to moderate risk. At Hillcrest Henryetta, patients have access to the top technology in mammography screening to rest assured their breast health is proactively managed.

“It is sometimes assumed that because we are a smaller hospital than Tulsa,... Read More »