|Timothy Adams, MD||Mark D. Winton, MD|
|Kathryn Borgenicht, MD||Keven Comer, FNP|
|Michael Herring, MD||Mary Ellen Freeman, MSN, APRN|
|Pamela J. Hiebert, MD||Heather Hart, PA-C|
|Thomas Kelly, MD||Karen Izbicki, PA-C|
|James E. Loeffelholz, MD||Shannon Lester, FNP-CS|
|Steffan John May, MD||Ted Preiss, PA-C|
|John B. Robbins, MD||Carol Sisk, FNP|
|Cindy Sharp, MD||Joan Spannring, FNP-C|
|Michael Spinelli, MD||Sebastian White, NP|
ASK, ANSWER, LEARN
I’M GETTING OLDER, AND MORE CONCERNED ABOUT HOW TO STAY HEALTHY AS I AGE. DO YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS?
KATHRYN BORGENICHT, MD ANSWERED:
Here are five tips on how to age well:
1. Take a walk. Exercise is good not only for your body but also for your mind. We are not talking about hours of strenuous exercise at the gym: 30 minutes of walking 4-5 times a week works to help your mind and your body.
2. Do an activity. As with exercise, having a social interaction helps preserve your mind and your short term memory. Ideally, activity should be done with other people, but can also include doing crossword...[ read more ]
AS AN ADULT, DO I NEED IMMUNIZATIONS?
HEATHER HART, PA-C ANSWERED:
Keeping current with vaccinations is an important part of maintaining our health. As adults live longer, we can prevent a number of diseases through immunizations. For many active adults, staying current on tetanus every 10 years is important when we work, garden or play outside. The TDAP – tetanus diphtheria and pertussis – has been a big improvement as this also protects us from pertussis or whooping cough. Whooping cough has been traveling around for the last few years and pops up all over Montana....[ read more ]
WHAT IS A DOCTOR OF INTERNAL MEDICINE (INTERNIST)?
JAMES E. LOEFFELHOLZ, MD ANSWERED:
An internist is a doctor for adults—both in treating disease and keeping patients well. We are to grownups what pediatricians are to children. We are not interns (interns are doctors in their first year of training after medical school). Our training includes three additional residency years learning about adults and how to prevent, diagnose and treat illness in adults. As specialists in adult health care we care for our patients for life. Internists see patients—from teens through old age—in our offices or clinics. We also see...[ read more ]
WHAT IS HYPERTENSION AND WHO IS AT RISK?
JOHN B. ROBBINS, MD ANSWERED:
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a very common health problem for people over 55. Blood pressure monitoring measures the pressure when the heart contracts (systolic pressure) and when it relaxes between beats (diastolic pressure). Readings will vary depending on time of day and amount of activity. It’s also normal for blood pressure to rise in response to physical exertion and to stress. But blood pressure also creeps upward with age. By age 60 half of Americans have blood pressure that remains high even when the...[ read more ]