Heart to Heart

Happiness is a Habit

By Julie Braciszewski, PhD

In the New Year we enter a transition and brief period of self-reflection. Reflections often turn into New Year’s resolutions, always made with the best of intentions. But, if we are honest with ourselves, we rarely

Why Vaccinate? It’s Just the Flu.

By Felix Rogers, DO

Years ago, a patient was telling me about her symptoms when her twin sister interrupted her: “would you stop telling the doctor that you have the flu? You only have the symptoms of the flu.” At

Handwashing 101: The When’s, How’s & Why’s

By Susan Varbedian Lucken, R.N., B.S.N.

Heart-to-Heart is a monthly offering of the Parish Health Ministry designed to help you care for your mind, body and spirit. This year, we are delighted to invite parishioners in the healthcare

Learn About Parkinson’s Disease

By Susan Varbedian Lucken, R.N., B.S.N.

What do Michael J. Fox, Alan Alda, Neil Diamond, Linda Ronstadt, Mu-hammad Ali and Janet Reno all have in common? If you guessed Parkin-son’s disease, you would be correct.

April: Autism Awareness Month

By Susan Varbedian Lucken, R.N., B.S.N.

April is National Autism awareness month according to Healthline. Au-tism spectrum disorder or ASD is a developmental disability caused by differences in the brain. Scientists do not know yet exactly

March: National Kidney Month

By Susan Varbedian Lucken, R.N., B.S.N.

March is National Kidney month according to Healthline. 30 million people or 15% of U.S. adults are estimated to have chronic kidney disease according to the CDC. 48% of those

Be wary of Heart Valve Disease this February

By Susan Varbedian Lucken, R.N., B.S.N.

February is American Heart month, so it is only appropriate that we discuss the topic of heart valve disease. In heart valve disease, one or more of the valves in

Hypothyroidism vs Hyperthyroidism

By Susan Varbedian Lucken, R.N., B.S.N.

According to the Cleveland Clinic, about 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease. People of all ages and races can get thyroid disease. However, women are 5-8 times

How to Avoid Acid Reflux this Christmas

Tis’ the season to be jolly, but for many people, living with gastroesophageal reflux ( GERD) can make it hard to join in on the holiday cheer. With the holidays comes holiday food and many of these foods

Stay Ahead of Urinary Tract Infections

By Susan Varbedian Lucken, R.N., B.S.N.

Urinary tract infections, or UTI’s, are responsible for nearly 10 million healthcare visits each year. A UTI is an infection in any part of your uri-nary system-your kidneys, ureters, bladder and