Health Care

Ask the expert: Should I take aspirin to prevent a heart attack?

This week you may have seen news headlines touting aspirin as a way to prevent heart attacks. But does that apply to you? OHSU experts are cautioning against a run to the pharmacy until you know whether you meet the specific criteria required to benefit from the regimen. Many people with existing heart disease are advised to take a low-dose aspirin every day to prevent blood clots, the cause of heart attacks and most strokes. … Read More

Your cardiologist is in the kitchen

If you are a patient at the OHSU Knight Cardiovascular Institute some typical questions you might ask your cardiologist could include: How is my blood pressure? Should I be concerned about my cholesterol? But how about… What should I cook for dinner? As part of the institute’s Heart Protection Kitchen cooking demonstrations, OHSU cardiologists are trading stethoscopes for aprons to show off their hidden talents in the kitchen. Usually led by OHSU’s executive chef along … Read More

Life after breast cancer: Discovering the new normal

For survivors, completing treatment and becoming cancer-free doesn’t mean their journey is over. At this year’s Komen Breast Cancer Issues Conference, Sue Best, L.C.S.W., M.S.W., of OHSU’s Palliative Care Team, will lead a panel of experts from across Oregon to answer the question: “What does the new normal look like after breast cancer?” Here are three topics attendees can learn about at the conference: For some, the physical and mental effects from treatment can linger or … Read More

Savor the flavor of eating right

All too often, I hear from patients that in order to eat “right,” they have to give up everything that tastes good. I wholeheartedly disagree! First of all, nothing is off limits on a healthy diet, but there are certainly foods to enjoy in moderation (such as highly processed foods). That leaves a plethora of plant foods that are packed with both flavor and nutrients. For those who feel that eating well means eating cardboard, … Read More

CNA’s quick thinking saves a life

Last November, Amelia Corwin was on a flight back to Portland after a trip to Florida when a flight attendant’s voice came on the intercom. “Is there a doctor or nurse on board?” Amelia, a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) at OHSU’s ambulatory surgery center at CHH, sprang into action. Below, she shares her experience in her own words. *** We had just taken off and were about 20 or 30 minutes into the flight when I … Read More

Heart attack symptoms, response differ in women vs. men

A woman’s heart attack can have different underlying causes, symptoms and outcomes compared to men, according to a new scientific statement released last week by the American Heart Association. The new statement from the American Heart Association is its first to address heart attacks in women, and the organization is concerned women are being undertreated. It notes that there have been dramatic declines in cardiovascular deaths among women due to improved treatment and prevention of … Read More

What you need to know about Zika virus

This post originally appeared on the OHSU Doernbecher Healthy Families blog. Medical and public interest has focused on Zika virus and its effects on the unborn babies of pregnant women. Zika virus is spread by mosquitoes; this virus has been detected in countries in Central America, South America, the Caribbean and Mexico. Zika virus usually causes mild disease (fever, rash, pink eye, joint pains) and goes away without the person needing much medical attention. However, … Read More

Eating well in the new year

Have you resolved to eat better in 2016, but you aren’t quite sure where to start? Last week, U.S. News & World Report released their annual review of 38 popular diets and chose the best based on ease, nutrition, safety, and effectiveness. The top ten best diets on the list are all safe, smart, and healthy eating plans. This report can be used as a guide for choosing a plan that will work best with your … Read More

OHSU’s Most Read Blog Posts of 2015

“OHSU has one purpose and that purpose is to improve the health and well being of Oregonians. And we live that each and every day across all of our missions and across all 96 thousand square miles of this state.” – OHSU President Dr. Joe Robertson From groundbreaking partnerships that advance global health to a seemingly simple act of heroism by an “off the clock” OHSU nursing student, this year was full of large and small stories that changed the … Read More

On 10K, a sister’s love carries on

The 10th floor of OHSU’s Peter O. Kohler Pavilion is a meaningful place for Maddie Collet. Her sister, Allison, was a patient in the unit after she was diagnosed with brain cancer. She passed away when Maddie was 13. Maddie, a Certified Nursing Assistant, now cares for patients on that same floor. Below, she shares her family’s story and the ways in which Allison continues to inspire and influence her own path. *** When my sister … Read More

Why 96,000 Square Miles?

OHSU Health Fair at Pioneer Square.

President Robertson is fond of saying that OHSU has a 96,000 square mile campus, serving Oregonians “from Enterprise to Coos Bay, from Portland to Klamath Falls.”

This blog aims to highlight that breadth. 96,000 Square Miles (96K for short) will focus on the people of OHSU, the Oregonians we serve and the ripple effect of our work in Oregon and beyond.

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