Chores can help your brain stay young!

Even if you don’t engage in vigorous exercise as you grow older, don’t discount the benefit of everyday activities for physical and cognitive health. Making the bed, taking out the garbage and sweeping the floor all add up, say University of Florida researchers. And the more energy you expend on those daily chores other, the […]

Tachycardia: Don’t let the beat go on!

by Dr. Fernando Boccalandro   As seen in the Odessa American Medical Matters: http://www.oaoa.com/people/health/medical_matters/article_75ef015c-95af-11e7-9558-1f74d39495d1.html Frequently patients complain of a rapid heartbeat. The medical term for a rapid heartbeat is tachycardia, which is a heart rate above 100 beats per minute. The term tachycardia comes from the Greek words Takhus meaning swift, and Kardia meaning heart. When the heart beats too fast, […]

Sports Physicals – One of the most important visits to your doctor

by Dr. Bonnie Carter   As seen in the Odessa American Medical Matters: http://www.oaoa.com/people/health/medical_matters/article_2c3a7a7e-9063-11e7-919c-133b45db6b47.html   It’s that time of year again …time for sweaty teenage boys and girls to flock to clinics and gyms for sports physicals. While parents and kids just want to get in and out as quick as possible, there’s a method […]

Some Like It Hot

by Dr. Bonnie Carter As seen in the Odessa American Medical Matters: http://www.oaoa.com/people/health/medical_matters/article_e4a67b46-8ab7-11e7-a364-833e575d9cdb.html   Well, it’s that time of year again … time for two-a-days, marching practice and heat illness. Heat illness is a very real threat, even in cooler climates than the Permian Basin. There are several risk factors for heat illness which I […]

When Your Pump Fails

by Dr. Fernando Boccalandro   As seen in the Odessa American Medical Matters:  http://www.oaoa.com/people/health/medical_matters/article_81202e92-8516-11e7-8a91-57b71afd1822.html Heart failure, also known as congestive heart failure (CHF) is a very common problem. It occurs when the heart muscle cannot pump blood to provide the rest of the organs with adequate blood supply. This happens when the heart is too […]