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Advance Care Planning

It’s YOU-Time: 7 Ways to Take Care of YOU in 2021

So much of 2020 was spent with an external focus, a focus outside of ourselves. We were glued to media sources and trying to find any sliver of normalcy and certainty in our days. When immersed in chaos for an extended period of time, we sometimes forget what ”normal” feels like and we get used to being hardwired with worry, which may take a toll l...

Diabetes

Leg Cramps or Weakness? It May Be Peripheral Arterial Disease

Content derived from DocTalk with Don Harris, MD and Omar Dorzi, MD from Valley Medical Center's Vascular Surgery Clinic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tb6fI7qTvmg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WXnhUU6I9I What is peripheral arterial disease? Peripheral arterial disease, also known as PAD, refers to blockages in the arteries to the legs. The leg...

Heart & Stroke

Leg Cramps or Weakness? It May Be Peripheral Arterial Disease

Content derived from DocTalk with Don Harris, MD and Omar Dorzi, MD from Valley Medical Center's Vascular Surgery Clinic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tb6fI7qTvmg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WXnhUU6I9I What is peripheral arterial disease? Peripheral arterial disease, also known as PAD, refers to blockages in the arteries to the legs. The leg...

LGBTQ

Promoting Wellness and Enhanced Services for Our LGBTQ+ Community—Valley is Honored to Receive the Healthcare Equality Leader Award for the 9th Year

Valley Medical Center is proud to announce that for the ninth consecutive year, we have been awarded the LBGTQ Healthcare Equality Leader designation from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Every year, HRC recognizes the healthcare facilities that participate in the Healthcare Equality Index  for their dedication and commitment to LGBTQ inc...

Mental Health

DocTalk: The New Normal as We Recover from the Pandemic

Content derived from DocTalk with Jamie Friddle, LMHC, Psychiatry and Counseling Center https://www.youtube.com/embed/_C2uunaXyrU At this phase in the pandemic, what exactly do we mean by “normal” now?The actual meaning of the word normal is “right angle” so it essentially can mean whatever is right for the moment. What was right for the moment bef...

Nutrition

It’s YOU-Time: 7 Ways to Take Care of YOU in 2021

So much of 2020 was spent with an external focus, a focus outside of ourselves. We were glued to media sources and trying to find any sliver of normalcy and certainty in our days. When immersed in chaos for an extended period of time, we sometimes forget what ”normal” feels like and we get used to being hardwired with worry, which may take a toll l...

Preventive Care

Should You Give Your Child Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen Before a Vaccine to Reduce Fever and Pain?

After reviewing evidence based on studies of more than 5000 children age 6 and younger who were immunized, a group of Valley Family Medicine Residency Program faculty and students have concluded that acetaminophen, also known as Tylenol™, works better than ibuprofen for both fever and pain when given in the first 24 - 48 hours after a vaccination,...

Primary Care

Pregnancy Planning for Potential Parents in a Pandemic

Content derived from DocTalk with OB-GYN Clive Liu, MD of Valley Women’s Healthcare Clinic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Enz9JqPWhSc What do you recommend now for those who are planning their family? Continue to consider social distancing practices, good hand hygiene, and ideally getting the COVID-19 vaccine. It is safe to start planning a family...

Rehabilitation

Injured, In Training or Getting Back to Pre-Pandemic Exercise? Sports Medicine can Help!

Content derived from DocTalk with Andy Ashbaugh, MD, Sports Medicine https://www.youtube.com/embed/VT0NnswQEEE What is Sports Medicine?Sports Medicine focuses on physical activity and how to prevent and treat injuries and conditions related to exercise, sports and aging. Do you only treat athletes, or do you also care for people with other conditio...

Safety

No More Pandemic Delay: Top Three Cancer Screenings Women Shouldn’t Miss

by Amanda Zorn, MD, Kent Primary Care The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted most of our routines and schedules over the past year, and unfortunately, many recommended cancer screenings were postponed. Now that we know so much more about how COVID-19 is spread, our clinics and other services have been set up with safety measures to make routine cancer scr...

Senior Health

FREE GoldenCare Membership—A Golden Opportunity for Your Health and Wellness

Are you 62 or older? Here are 6.2 reasons to join Valley’s GoldenCare membership program. 1. Virtual Seminars and EventsLearn about important health topics from Valley experts through our virtual DocTalks and webinars. After the pandemic ends, GoldenCare members will also receive invitations to special social and educational seminar events hosted b...

Sleep

Could Seasonal Affective Disorder be Behind Your Winter Blues?

Content derived from interview with Rachel Kopicki, MD, Family Medicine The Puget Sound and surrounding areas are known to be some of the cloudiest regions of the United States. Winters here boast rainfall an average of 18 days in a month, and during short winter days we may only see two hours of sunshine per day. All things considered, feeling dow...

Stress Management

DocTalk: The New Normal as We Recover from the Pandemic

Content derived from DocTalk with Jamie Friddle, LMHC, Psychiatry and Counseling Center https://www.youtube.com/embed/_C2uunaXyrU At this phase in the pandemic, what exactly do we mean by “normal” now?The actual meaning of the word normal is “right angle” so it essentially can mean whatever is right for the moment. What was right for the moment bef...

Weight Management

Injured, In Training or Getting Back to Pre-Pandemic Exercise? Sports Medicine can Help!

Content derived from DocTalk with Andy Ashbaugh, MD, Sports Medicine https://www.youtube.com/embed/VT0NnswQEEE What is Sports Medicine?Sports Medicine focuses on physical activity and how to prevent and treat injuries and conditions related to exercise, sports and aging. Do you only treat athletes, or do you also care for people with other conditio...