Building Better Care

Measure Up / Pressure Down® Success Story

At the American Medical Group Association’s 2013 Institute for Quality Leadership (IQL) conference in Scottsdale, AZ, Dr. Francis Colangelo approached the Foundation table to learn more about the national Measure Up / Pressure Down® hypertension campaign. 

Premier joins Measure Up / Pressure Down initiative

High blood pressure (hypertension) is a leading risk factor for heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, and diabetes complications. Known as the “silent killer,” high blood pressure often has no symptoms until serious problems occur. Many people have high blood pressure and can go for years without knowing they have the life-threatening disease. Nearly one out of three American adults (68 million) has high blood pressure.

Five Tips to Control The Side Effects of Diabetes

In the United States today, 25.8 million children and adults currently suffer from diabetes. Maintaining a healthy blood glucose level is important, but if you suffer from or are prone to diabetes, you must be aware of other factors. 

These tips may help:

Why Breastfeeding Matters: Five Things for New Mothers

A recent study released in Pittsburgh indicated that more needs to be done in hospitals to support new mothers and encourage them to breastfeed. If you are a first-time mother, these tips may help:

Tackling Childhood Obesity — 5 Tips to Help Patients Manage Their Child’s Weight

It’s hard to read a newspaper or listen to the news today without hearing startling statistics about the rate of obesity among kids in our country. In fact, according to a study released in 2011, if a child is obese be- fore the age of 5, he/she will have a 25% chance of obesity as an adult. If he/she is obese by the age of 12, that risk jumps to 75%.

Take the Patient Pledge

When to See a Specialist

PMA specialists are doctors with many years of experience in their particular field of medicine. If your symptoms are specific to a part of the body ot type of illness, you may be best treated by a doctor who specializes in that area. A specialist is usually able to perform more detailed tests and administer more direct treatments than a family care physician. In addition to their expertise, PMA specialists posses the best equipment and staff to treat your particular ailment.

Know Your Radiologist

The key to fighting any form of cancer is early detection. Treating cancer in its early stages not only gives your body a better chance of fighting the infection, it also prevents the cancer from spreading to other parts of the body. There are many ways to detect cancerous tumors, but the best way to detect them in the earliest stages is through radiology. Radiology can detect tumors long before they are felt or seen by the patient, and can determine if they are potentially cancerous or benign.

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