Show your love and learn the signs of heart attack

By , February 14th, 2013 | Women's Health | 0 Comments

Karen MeskimenKaren Meskimen, DNP, RN

In light of Valentine’s Day and American Heart Month, let’s spread awareness of heart attack signs and symptoms that could save a life. Since the symptoms women experience are often different than those a man experiences, awareness is truly the heart of the matter.

Most common warning signs of heart attack:

  • Uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing or pain in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes or goes away and comes back
  • pain that spreads to the shoulders, neck or arms
  • Chest discomfort with light-headedness, fainting, sweating, nausea or shortness of breath

Women may have other, less common, warning signs of heart attack:


6 Ways to Make your Next Doctor’s Appointment go Smoothly

By , February 7th, 2013 | Parenting | 0 Comments

6 Ways to make yoru next Doctor's Appointment go SmoothlyPreparation is key in getting the most out of any doctor’s appointment. These six tips can help improve your experience and minimize any anxieties you may have.

Bring your current insurance card and an I.D.

The doctor’s office may need your current insurance card to update your information, their billing system, for specific procedures, etc. Bring your insurance card just in case.  A government-issued I.D. is also crucial as some offices will require it at check-in.

Make a list of current medications.

Be sure to include over-the-counter medications, supplements, and dosages. This will …

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Career and College Readiness

By , February 5th, 2013 | Teens | 0 Comments

Career and College ReadinessNicole Trzynadlowski, Washoe County School District

If you have a child already in or going to high school, you know how frustrating it is planning to ensure graduation. Not only that, you want to make certain your child will succeed academically so the opportunities after graduation are endless.

You don’t want your child to have to enroll in and pay for remedial classes in college—those classes don’t even count toward graduation! And you want your child to be able to start preparing for a career. You want your child to be “Career and College Ready.” The Education Alliance of Washoe County wants to help you …

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