Today’s healthcare systems are constantly evolving to better meet the technological standards of today’s patients. With nearly everyone having access to a computer, smartphone, and the internet these days, HVI has adopted its own patient portal system to help give patients better access to their personal health information.
Caring for patients with cardiovascular disease takes a team effort. In today’s ever-changing healthcare landscape, with an increasing number of patients in need of cardiovascular care, the role of nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) has never been more important.
Now that the weather is starting to warm up and become “shorts & t-shirt” weather, it’s around this time of year where I start to get a lot of questions about varicose veins. For a long time, these had mostly been considered just a cosmetic problem, however, new research over the past decade has shown a link to deeper issues – particularly deep vein thrombosis.
Spring is finally here! The snow is all but melted, the grass is turning green, and the cold temperatures are starting to become a thing of the past. It also means more opportunities to get outside, get active, and spring into healthier habits. If you’ve spent a little too much time as a couch potato this winter, here are four HVI-recommended tips for getting back into a healthy routine.
Deer hunting season in Wisconsin is a Fall tradition that ranks right up there with football and pumpkin pie. Head to any Packer game at Lambeau Field in November and you’ll see as many people decked out in blaze orange and camouflage as you will in green and gold. This year alone, the Wisconsin DNR anticipates nearly 600,000 hunters will take to the woods during the nine-day gun hunt season from November 19-27 – with even more participating in this year’s bow and muzzleloader seasons.
Hunters up here mean serious business when they get in the woods, too. The Wisconsin DNR says hunters in Wisconsin spend upwards of $2.5 billion every year. From new cold-weather gear to the latest trail cams, deer stands, and everything in-between, you can be sure hunters in Wisconsin will be heading into the woods fully-prepared this year.
That said, as you start prepping your gear and planning your hunts, there’s one preparation that you can’t afford to overlook: your heart health.
If you have Medicare or Medicare supplemental insurance and are a patient at the Heart and Vascular Institute of Wisconsin, you may eligible for our new chronic care management program with ChronicCareIQ.
Have you heard your doctor mention the words “intermittent fasting” before? Maybe you’ve read about it online. Today, more and more people are turning to intermittent fasting — not eating, or limiting their food intake, for a period of time — as a way to lose weight. However, in addition to its weight loss benefits, there is growing clinical research which suggests that eating less at certain times of the day can also help improve your heart’s health.
Today we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! Earth Day is an annual event celebrated around the world on April 22nd to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, it now includes events coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network in more than 193 countries.
Updated March 28th – Updated the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Wisconsin and changed risk level.
As of March 28th, COVID is a serious threat in the state if Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and Governor Tony Evers have declared a public health emergency in the state of Wisconsin. So far, there have been 935 confirmed cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in the state, along with 16 deaths.
The DHS has created a webpage dedicated to tracking the number of coronavirus cases in Wisconsin. Below, you can see the latest data as of March 27th, with the latest information updating each weekday at 2 p.m.
What does this mean for you?
With the threat of coronavirus growing in northeast Wisconsin, it’s extremely important that you’re taking the proper precautions to avoid contracting the illness.
Influenza and other respiratory viruses are common in Wisconsin this time of year, so you should be following the proper preventative measures to stay healthy regardless. This means:
- Staying inside and avoiding contact with people
- Avoiding large groups of people
- Washing your hands frequently and using hand sanitizer
- Avoiding hand-to-mouth contact
- Covering your mouth with your elbow when you cough and sneeze
- Not sharing food or drinks
- Staying home when you are sick
If you plan to travel somewhere where the threat of the virus is higher, it’s important that you take further preventative measures – even going as far as cancelling all unnecessary travel plans for the time being. You can see the total number of coronavirus cases in each state by checking this up-to-date coronavirus map by the New York Times.
Heart and Vascular Institute of Wisconsin’s Coronavirus Stance
Heart and Vascular Institute of Wisconsin is closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreak to see what the best plan of action will be moving forward. This is a rapidly evolving situation and we promise to keep all of our patients updated as more information becomes available. At this time, we believe the threat in northeast Wisconsin is looming, but so far, we haven’t made any significant changes to our daily routine.
You can read our latest COVID-19 policy RIGHT HERE.