Migraine and Headaches, Neurosciences

Pain at the base of the skull can be from a minor strain or muscle ache, but sometimes it means more

Pain in the upper neck, back of the head and behind the ear can be a symptom of occipital neuralgia. True occipital neuralgia is rare, affecting an estimated 3.2 per 100,000 people per year. The symptoms of occipital neuralgia can impact a patient’s quality of life, depending on severity. Symptoms include: Shooting, stabbing or throbbing…

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Brand Feature, Heart, Heart Failure, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Obstetrics, Women’s Heart Program

Alexis’ heart was giving out after her 3rd pregnancy — a long-term solution would have to wait for baby No. 4

At age 25, Alexis Helm had been pregnant three times, and her heart was failing. The increased blood volume from her pregnancies and strain on her heart muscle had taken a toll, as it does with many women. With her fourth pregnancy, she knew she risked damaging her heart further but wanted to do all…

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Brand Feature, Ortho - Shoulder, Orthopedics

Indiana sheriff back on the job after shoulder surgery

Ken Haas, a corrections officer and SWAT team lead with the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office in Southern Indiana, was training police recruits in 2020 when a demonstration resulted in a shoulder injury. Training recruits in handcuffing It was a normal day on the job for this now 54-year-old, but as one of the recruits attempted…

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Brand Feature, Employee stories - Norton Healthcare, Recruiting

Buying a house is a first for his family

RaShaw Edelen faced a question from his uncle he didn’t know how to answer. RaShaw was excited to restore an old car, but his uncle asked him what he planned to do with it when it was finished. “Where was I going to put it? The side of the street wasn’t a great place to…

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Brand Feature, Neurosciences, Parkinson’s Disease, Patient stories - Norton Healthcare

Louisville man with early onset Parkinson’s gives back

It’s Friday evening, and Against the Grain Brewery in Louisville, Kentucky, is hopping. There’s food to serve, drinks to make and customers to keep happy. In the thick of it all is director of operations Jason Smith. You wouldn’t know it by looking at him, but Jason, 48, has been battling Parkinson’s disease for eight…

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Norton Community Medical Associates, Prevention and Wellness, Weight Management

New study shows ‘keto-like’ diet may be linked to higher risk of major cardiovascular events

Low-carbohydrate, high-fat diets have become popular ways to lose weight among many Americans, including celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Lebron James. A new study, however, shows “keto-like” diets may be linked to a heightened risk of cardiovascular events like chest pain, blocked arteries, heart attacks and strokes. The results of the study were presented at…

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Brand Feature, News, Patient stories - Norton Healthcare

‘Miserable’ pain, surgery couldn’t keep Amy James from the job she loves

Being a hairdresser is all Amy James ever wanted to be. “I remember styling my Barbie doll’s hair and telling my mom I wanted to be a beautician,” James said. Her dreams came true when she opened her own salon in 2000. So when James was faced with a possible career-ending injury, she was devastated….

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Heart, Women’s Heart Program, Womens Health

What are the signs of high blood pressure in women?

Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of blood vessels. High blood pressure, or hypertension, makes the heart work harder than normal. Left untreated it can scar and damage the blood vessels, and can lead to heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, eye damage and other dangerous conditions. Of the total adults…

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Sports Health

Jockeys are at a high risk for many types of injury — here’s how these athletes get care in the Derby City

Protected by a helmet and safety vest, jockeys sit atop thoroughbred horses and navigate tracks of dirt or turf. Each horse race has different weight requirements for riders and gear, but in general jockeys are between 108 and 118 pounds. Combine that weight with a 1,000-pound animal born to run at top speeds of around…

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Brand Feature, Employee stories - Norton Healthcare, Equity inclusion belonging, Norton Childrens Hospital

‘I am my ancestors’ dream’

Katina Griffith, R.T., a respiratory care coordinator at Norton Children’s Hospital, makes her impact helping sick kids recover in the pediatric intensive care unit and Jennifer Lawrence Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. As a registered respiratory therapist, she’s been a vital part of helping the hospital respond to surges of COVID-19, flu and respiratory syncytial virus…

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Epilepsy, Neurosciences

Epilepsy can’t be cured, but you still can enjoy life to the fullest

Epilepsy can severely affect your quality of life, and while there is no cure for epilepsy, there are interventions that can prevent symptoms, counteract side effects of medicines and control seizures. In other words, epilepsy doesn’t have to sideline you from the game of life. In order to determine the best treatment plan for managing…

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Cardiac Rehab, Cardiology, Diagnostics, Heart

It would have been a surprise heart attack, but new imaging technology revealed a hidden danger

Something just wasn’t sitting right with Tony Seadler. The 66-year-old Pewee Valley, Kentucky, native felt himself growing tired very easily, and the long walk down his 600-foot driveway had his full attention. “I had to stop two or three times on the way up the driveway,” Tony said. “My neck was hurting really badly. At…

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