Posts from 2015

Could you handle a medical emergency while traveling?
Dec 29 2015

How to handle a medical emergency while you’re traveling

Travel Health  •  By Miles Varn

With all the planning that goes into travel, people usually spend very little time thinking about how they would deal with a medical emergency if faced with one while away from home. But having a plan and resources in place can help ensure you get the right care from experienced physicians in a timely manner.... Read More

Happy holidays from PinnacleCare
Dec 22 2015

Happy Holidays from PinnacleCare

Blog  •  By Miles Varn

All of us at PinnacleCare wish you and your family the healthiest and happiest of holiday seasons. We hope you have the time to relax and enjoy quality time with family and friends. We are here to help and guide you whenever you need us. Whether you’re working on a strategy to make 2016 your... Read More

Treatment for heart disease
Dec 15 2015

Men and women may need different treatment for heart failure

Disease Management, Personalized Healthcare  •  By Miles Varn

If you have heart failure, you receive essentially the same treatment whether you’re a man or a woman. But a new study conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine found that men’s and women’s hearts age differently. That raises the question—should treatment for heart failure be different for a man than... Read More

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Will your health insurance cover you while traveling?
Dec 8 2015

What does your health insurance cover when you travel?

Travel Health  •  By Miles Varn

Whether you’re traveling to visit friends and family for the holidays or for business, it’s wise to know what your health insurance will cover if you fall ill or are injured away from home. There are several questions you should ask your insurer well before your trip so you’ll be prepared if you get sick... Read More

stem cell
Dec 1 2015

Questions on Non-Surgical Treatment Options Before You Have Surgery

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

If your physician has told you that you need surgery, you may want to explore your non-surgical treatment options first. There are a number of conditions, from back pain to clogged arteries in the heart, for which there may be effective, non-surgical treatments. Questions to ask when surgery is recommended The first step is to... Read More

How to protect yourself from misdiagnosis
Nov 17 2015

The growing risk of misdiagnosis and how to protect yourself

Second Opinion  •  By Miles Varn

A recent report issued by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) included an alarming statistic: 12 million adults in the U.S. who seek outpatient medical care experience a diagnostic error each year in the form of an incorrect, missed or late diagnosis. The report’s authors conclude that most people will experience at least one diagnostic error... Read More

A second opinion could change your diagnosis
Nov 10 2015

Get the right diagnosis with a second opinion

Second Opinion  •  By Miles Varn

Misdiagnosis is a significant problem in the U.S. Studies have found that between 10 and 20 percent of cases are misdiagnosed and approximately 12 million people who seek outpatient care for a health problem experience a diagnostic error such as an incorrect, late, or missed diagnosis. The best way to protect yourself from these errors... Read More

parents have access to the doctors they need
Nov 3 2015

How to make sure the doctor shortage doesn’t impact your aging parents

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn

As the number of older Americans continues to grow significantly, many are facing problems finding physicians who are trained and experienced in treating the health problems that become more common with age. But there are steps you can take to help ensure that your parents have access to the physicians they need. Why can’t I... Read More

Oct 27 2015

Diagnosed with Cancer? Get a Cancer Second Opinion

Second Opinion  •  By Miles Varn

If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, one of the first steps you should take is to seek a second opinion on the pathology used to make the diagnosis. Why is a second opinion so important in this situation? A growing number of studies have found that a second opinion on pathology can help you avoid... Read More

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9 factors that may increase Alzheimer's risk
Oct 20 2015

How to combat the 9 factors that could raise your risk of Alzheimer’s disease

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn

There are about 5.3 million people in the U.S. living with Alzheimer’s disease and more than 33 million worldwide. As the U.S. population ages, the number is projected to increase 40 percent and reach 7.1 million people in just 10 years. But the findings of a recent study suggest there are steps you can take... Read More

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