April-Women's Conference, Foot Awareness

The month of April brings with it signs of spring and new life. It's also a time to shed light on a few things we don't think about often enough. Below are some thoughts and tips from TAMC providers on a range of topics.
Heart Disease in Women

The most common cause of heart disease in both men and women is narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries, the blood vessels that supply blood to the heart itself. This is called coronary artery disease, and it happens slowly over time. You think you may know the signs of a heart attack, but are those the symptoms for men or for women?

Heart disease is the number one killer of women today, causing more deaths than breast cancer and lung cancer combined. 90% of women have more than one modifiable risk factor for heart disease. Reduce your risk by seeing a medical professional regularly, knowing your family history, and understanding the signs and symptoms of heart disease that are not always associated with chest pain. Such as discomfort in your arms, back, neck and jaw; nausea or vomiting, and light-headedness.

Find out more about the risks associated with heart disease and other women’s issues and meet Amanda Rautenberg from TAMC’s Aroostook Heart & Lung at the County Women’s Health Conference on Saturday, April 14th at the Conference Center at TAMC.

Foot Awareness Month

It’s National Foot Health Awareness Month. According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, approximately 20 percent of the U.S. population has at least one foot problem annually. It may be caused by your choice of shoes, or foot pain as a result of an underlying health problem such as diabetes or obesity. You’ll need your feet to carry you an average of 115,000 miles in your lifetime, so avoiding foot problems should be a priority.

Aroostook County is a wonderfully active place to live. Most residents enjoy being active, self-sufficient, and taking part in all that County life has to offer. However, some may suffer from chronic foot and ankle pain that significantly limits their daily activities. You don’t have to live with pain. Most lower extremity pain can be resolved with proper shoe gear, physcial therapy, custom foot orthotics, or injection therapy. Occasionally, a same-day surgical procedure may be warranted to relieve severe pain or a significant deformity. Take care of your feet and you too can enjoy an active lifestyle in the County.

Dr. Jared Kohlbacher and Leane Saucier, FNP, both specializing in foot and ankle care at TAMC Orthopedic Services, will also be seeing patients at the Caribou Health Center on Bennet Drive beginning in June.

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Click the links to hear the audio versions: Heart Disease * Foot Health

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