At The Fort Duncan Regional Medical Center Blog you'll find information you can use to improve your overall health and well-being, and stories about our amazing patients and Healthcare Heroes serving our community.

A Heart-Healthy Recipe for Salmon

January 30, 2024

Try this heart-healthy balsamic salmon with your favorite dinner side. 

Would You Recognize These Warning Signs of Stroke?

January 30, 2024

Here's how to spot a stroke and what to do.

Here Are 7 Signs You Might Have Heart Failure

January 30, 2024

Don't ignore these common symptoms of this serious heart condition.

This Is What a Heart Attack Really Feels Like

January 30, 2024

In real life, heart attack symptoms are usually more subtle than what you see in movies.

Is Your Eyesight at Risk?

January 30, 2024

Good eyesight is often taken for granted – until it is lost. A common eye disorder affects many people 50 years and older.

Winter Comfort Food with an Asian Twist

December 29, 2023

Bring the authentic flavors of Chinese cuisine right into your kitchen.

Weight Gain Isn't Always About Appetite or Willpower

December 29, 2023

If your yearly resolution has to do with reaching a healthy weight, it may be smart to check your thyroid.

4 Small New Year’s Resolutions to Inspire Change

December 29, 2023

Broad and big new year resolutions can be hard to stick with. Try these small habit changes that can lead to a healthier lifestyle.

Do Diabetes Drugs Help You Lose Weight?

December 29, 2023

Here's why drugs originally developed to treat diabetes are being used for weight loss.

4 Foods That May Help You Lose Weight

December 29, 2023

Stay fuller while eating fewer calories by making these satisfying foods part of your diet.

7 Good Reasons to Try Dry January

December 29, 2023

This may be the incentive you need to start the new year alcohol-free.

How to Quit Smoking Gradually

December 29, 2023

Ready to kick your habit? Instead of doing it cold turkey, here are tips to ease into a smoke-free life.

6 Ways to Care for Your Skin This Winter

November 30, 2023

Here’s why you should pay extra attention to your body’s first line of defense as temperatures drop.

Keep Illnesses Away from Your Holiday Gatherings

November 30, 2023

Getting sick slows you down and prevents you from enjoying the festivities. These tips can help you avoid it.

Watch Out for These Common Injuries During the Holidays

November 30, 2023

Don't let an injury ruin your holiday fun. These tips can help keep you injury-free.

Crohn's or Ulcerative Colitis? How to Tell the Difference

November 30, 2023

Here are similarities and differences between these conditions, as well as common symptoms.

Your Guide to Healthy Holiday Travel

November 30, 2023

Your guide to staying healthy during holiday travel.

'Tis the Season When You're Most Likely to Have a Heart Attack

November 30, 2023

Here's why your heart is more at risk during the holidays, and what you can do to protect it.

4 Strategies to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

October 25, 2023

A good night’s sleep can set the tone for the day. These factors play a role. 

How Risky Is Vaping?

October 25, 2023

E-cigarettes and smokeless nicotine were once regarded as a way to avoid lung cancer risk, but there are concerns.

The Best Time to Exercise If You Have Diabetes

October 25, 2023

All exercise is good if you have diabetes, but here's when it may help the most.

How to Save 1,000 Calories at Your Thanksgiving Meal

October 25, 2023

The average American consumes over 2,000 calories on Thanksgiving. Here's how to save half those calories!

The Best Way to Catch Lung Cancer Early

October 25, 2023

If you are a current or former smoker, here's how to protect yourself from lung cancer.

How to Ease Hip Pain

October 25, 2023

If you have pain, stiffness and inflammation in your hip joint, these tips can help.

What Does It Mean to Have Dense Breasts?

September 28, 2023

Those with dense breast tissue are at higher risk of developing breast cancer and other breast-related issues.

What You Should Know About Diabetes and Sugar

September 28, 2023

High blood sugar causes many of the symptoms and complications of diabetes. Here’s how to manage your blood sugar.

7 Things You'll Notice After Losing Weight

September 28, 2023

More than just the number on the scale will change when you lose weight.

The Scariest Health Hazards of Halloween

September 28, 2023

This holiday is all about having fun. Here are 5 ways to keep it that way.

The Do's and Don'ts of Supporting Someone with Mental Illness

September 28, 2023

Not sure what to do if a friend or family member has mental health issues? These tips may help.

These 10 Foods Help Fight Inflammation

September 28, 2023

Wondering what inflammation-fighting foods to add to your diet? Try these 10 powerhouses.

The Surprising Question That Might Prevent Teen Suicide

August 21, 2023

Today’s generation of teens are at high risk of suicide. Learn what you can do to intervene.

Are You Missing This Sign of Ovarian Cancer?

August 17, 2023

If you often feel full quickly when eating, don't ignore it.

These 9 Things Make It More Likely You'll Fall

August 17, 2023

Here's how to recognize common fall hazards so you can do something to lower your risk.

These Are the 3 Most Common Prostate Problems

August 17, 2023

If you're a man, here are three conditions that may affect your prostate as you age.

Here's Why AFib May Be Especially Dangerous for Women

August 17, 2023

Women need to be aware of this serious heart arrhythmia because early detection is important.

4 Frequent Causes of Knee Pain

July 26, 2023

Your knees aren’t getting any younger. Here’s how to keep them in order.

Don't Miss These Signs of Heat-Related Illness

July 24, 2023

Heat-related illnesses can be very serious, so it's important to recognize if they are happening

Don't Forget to Schedule These Medical Appointments

July 23, 2023

Now is as good a time as any to get these appointments on your calendar.

Should You Take These Vitamins Every Day?

July 21, 2023

Many people take multivitamins and other supplements daily, but do you need them?

Stay Safe on the Sports Field

July 20, 2023

Don’t let a sport injury keep you off the field this season. Here’s how to be safe before, during and after an activity.

How to Overcome Loneliness

July 19, 2023

If you are lonely, following these 5 tips can help you feel more connected to others.

Your Guide to a Safer Summer

June 8, 2023

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, and the most preventable, too.
 

The Simplest Way for Men to Improve Their Health

June 8, 2023

Men’s life expectancy is dropping. Their hesitancy to go to the doctor could be a reason why. 
 

The Timeline of a Stroke: Onset to Recovery

April 24, 2023

A stroke can cause chaos. Know what to expect from its start to the recovery process.

Understand Your Allergies

April 24, 2023

Let's dive into the reasons for your pesky itchy eyes and runny noses, and how to avoid them.

How to Tell if Heartburn Is Something More

March 16, 2023

GERD can start out as an annoyance, but can cause serious damage over time. Avoid long-term effects through simple lifestyle changes and possibly treatment.

What a Headache Could Be Telling You

March 16, 2023

It’s a broad term for a lot of experiences. Learn how to tell if yours are serious.

Which Colorectal Cancer Test Is Right for You?

February 21, 2023

Various colorectal cancer screening options can make diagnosis and early detection easier for ou.

The ABCs of Joint Replacement Surgery

February 21, 2023

Joint replacement surgery sounds so invasive, but what does it really entail? Here's the breakdown.

What Do You Know About Prostate Cancer?

February 16, 2023

Get to know the simple ways that you can stay a step ahead of this dangerous cancer.

It's Time to Get Back to the Doctor's Office

February 16, 2023

The things you love most require maintenance – your car, home, and, yes, your body. Take control of your health.

What Your Heart Is Telling You

January 23, 2023

Not all heart events are the same. Knowing what makes them different can be the key to surviving them.

The Surprising Connection Between Mind and Heart

January 23, 2023

Stress and anxiety could be negatively affecting your heart health AND heart disease can cause stress and anxiety. Here’s how to break the cycle.

Learn to Live With Diabetes

December 20, 2022

Diabetes doesn't mean you have to sacrifice quality of life.

RSV: What YOU Need to Know

December 20, 2022

This holiday season, when families gather and the risk of spread is high, be aware of common RSV symptoms, treatments and preventive actions.

The Keys to Successful New Year's Resolutions

December 19, 2022

The time to build healthy habits is here. Don't think too hard, we've come up with a list of resolutions worth keeping.

Lung Cancer: What You Know Could Save Your Life

December 19, 2022

Did you know that as many as one in five cases of lung cancer occur among people who never (or hardly) smoked in their lifetime?

Try These Steps to Defuse Holiday Stress

December 16, 2022

Put self-care at the top of your to-do list. Identify when stress is affecting you and how you can manage it.

Are You Struggling With Your Weight Loss Journey?

December 9, 2022

If your goal is to lose weight, but nothing seems to be working, bariatric surgery can get you where you want to be.

Stay Safe This Flu Season

November 15, 2022

Don’t miss any of the holiday cheer, avoid the flu this year.

Prediabetes Is Common, Often Overlooked, and Dangerous

November 7, 2022

It’s more common than you know. Learn how to avoid it turning into diabetes.

5 Ways Quitting Smoking Can Improve Your Life

October 31, 2022

Sometimes the big health reasons to quit smoking are not enough. These small perks might be the push you need to make the commitment.

Your Breast Cancer Screening Questions Answered

September 29, 2022

Is getting a mammogram at the top of your to-do list? If not, schedule it now. It may save your life!

Depression and Aging: Know the Facts

September 29, 2022

Depression is the most prevalent mental health problem among older adults and can lead to a decline in physical, mental and social functioning.

The To-Do Item Men Shouldn't Forget

August 31, 2022

Prostate cancer is the second-most-common cancer among American men, and often progresses with few outward signs. Screening for it is important.

The 10-Minute Test That Could Save Your Life

August 30, 2022

When it comes to maintaining heart health, early detection and prevention are key. This simple test can uncover a dangerous condition.

Get Your Kids Off to a Healthy Start This School Year

August 1, 2022

These recommendations can help ensure that your child is ready to learn and perform their best the entire year.

The Best Ways to Deal with Back Pain

July 31, 2022

It's the No. 1 cause of disability worldwide. Learn how to better deal with it.

Protect Yourself While Enjoying the Summer Sun

June 10, 2022

Want to protect yourself from skin cancer while enjoying the summer sun? Checkout these timely tips to indulge in the sun safely.

Summer Safety Essentials

May 12, 2022

Paying attention to the most common types of injury can help keep you and your family safe while getting the most out of the warm months ahead.

How COVID-19 Has Impacted Mental Health

May 10, 2022

COVID-19 has taken a heavy toll on mental health. If you are concerned about yourself or a loved one, here are ways to identify issues and get help.

9 Essential Screenings for Men

May 10, 2022

June is Men’s Health Awareness Month! Regular check-ups and screenings can help men stay healthy by indicating preventive health needs and catching issues before they become more serious.

5 Ways to Lessen Seasonal Allergies

April 22, 2022

Whether your allergy symptoms are frustrating or debilitating, there are steps you can take to enjoy rather than dread spring.

Recognition for our Remarkable Nurses

April 22, 2022

Nurses are on the frontline of most every healthcare interaction, from emergencies to routine checkins, and their lifesaving work has an incredible impact on patients, their families and communities as a whole. We celebrate nurses everywhere during National Nurses Week, May 6-12.

Take Control of Your Neurological Health

March 25, 2022

Knowing what’s happening in your head could save your life.

When You Need Care, Make the Smart Choice

March 25, 2022

Learn when to visit the emergency room versus urgent care.

Is Diabetes Putting You at Risk for Chronic Wounds?

February 15, 2022

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, talk to your doctor about ways to address and prevent chronic wounds associated with the disease, such as diabetic foot care. 

Joint Replacement – Is It for You?

February 15, 2022

If you suffer from chronic joint pain and medications are no longer working, you may be a candidate for joint replacement.

Could You Have Atrial Fibrillation?

January 12, 2022

What to know about this sometimes silent condition.

Heart Attack Symptoms – What’s Different for Men and Women

January 12, 2022

Knowing the signs and symptoms can save your life!

Could You Have Seasonal Depression?

December 16, 2021

Winter blahs and holiday stress have you down? Read more for helpful strategies to lighten your mood.

How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

December 16, 2021

Want a fresh start for 2022? Create realistic, reasonable goals to set yourself up for success.

An Active Life, Unexpectedly on Hold

August 17, 2020

When Jeannie Smith had a wound that wouldn’t heal, she turned to the Hyperbaric and Wound Care Center at Fort Duncan Regional Medical Center. There she found the treatment she needed, at a convenient, close-to-home location.

End-of-Summer Heart Health

July 30, 2020

A healthy heart is vital to good health. And while heart disease, unfortunately, remains the leading cause of death in the United States, there are things you can do to help keep this all-important organ in top form.

Community Steps up With Overwhelming Show of Support

May 21, 2020

As Fort Duncan rises to the challenge of treating those diagnosed with COVID-19, our community has shown their support in inspiring ways.

Ask the Doctor: Advanced Treatment for Diabetic Wounds

May 19, 2020

Hyperbaric Medical Director Ruben de Los Santos, MD, shares insights on advanced treatments for stubborn wounds, including those related to diabetes.

Health Screenings for Every Stage of a Man's Life

May 17, 2020

Routine physicals and preventive screenings are a key part of maintaining good health. See the screenings recommended for every stage of a man's life.

A Closer Look at Viruses

May 14, 2020

A timely primer on viruses, including how your body fights them off, what makes them different from bacteria, and why COVID-19 is considered "novel."