(CBS4) -If you had told me I was going to have a heart attack someday, I would have thought you were kinda crazy. If you had told me I was going to have a heart attack that day, I would have thought you were really crazy.
A snapshot of June 2, 2019 shows a 64-year-old guy in really good health, physically active, healthy eater, normal weight, and blood pressure and cholesterol numbers that made my doctor happy. A cardiologist who had performed a stress test and cardiac scan three years before told I had the heart of a 40-45-year-old. I thought I was living the golden life. Well, that golden life almost screeched to an abrupt end that 2nd day of June, and I didn’t even recognize I was on the road to dying.
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LITTLETON, CO — Centura Health- Littleton Adventist Hospital received an A grade for hospital safety, according to new fall 2019 ratings released Thursday by the Leapfrog Group. The nonprofit group found that of the more than 2,600 hospitals graded in the country, 33 percent earned an A grade, a 1 percent increase from the last round of safety grades, released in Spring 2019.
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LAKEWOOD, Colo. — The Jefferson County Public Library is offering free meditation classes with the convenience of not even having to leave your home.
The library created a guided meditation call-in program for folks who wish to participate.
“We’ve decided to make it really easy and just have people attend by their phones,” explained Cecilia LaFrance, a coordinator with the Jefferson County Public Library.
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LITTLETON, CO — More than 40 percent of Americans live in areas with unhealthy air, according to a new report published Wednesday by the American Lung Association. Residents in Littleton appear to be among them, at least when it comes to smog.
Harold Wimmer, the group’s president, and CEO, said that after years of progress, there’s clear evidence of a “disturbing trend,” with many Americans seeing their air quality worsening due to wildfires and weather patterns. Climate change is fueling that trend, he said.
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The number of children and teens in the United States who visited emergency rooms for suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts doubled between 2007 and 2015, according to a new analysis.
Researchers used publicly available data from the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, administered by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention every year. From the 300 emergency rooms sampled, the researchers tracked the number of children between 5 and 18 who received a diagnosis of suicidal ideation or suicide attempts each year.
Diagnoses of either condition increased from 580,000 in 2007 to 1.12 million in 2015, according to the study, published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics. The average age of a child at the time of evaluation was 13, and 43% of the visits were in children between 5 and 11.
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One week from today, the Out of the Darkness Campus Walk will take place at Arapahoe High School. Unfortunately, no community is immune to the devastating impact of death by suicide. The Arapahoe High School community is acutely aware of this fact and is taking meaningful action by hosting this walk to try to combat this heartbreaking trend.
To learn more about how you can participate or support them in their efforts, click here:
According to a new Gallup survey released today, 1 in 4 Americans skipped a medical treatment because of cost.
9Health Fairs provide a low cost, convenient way for people to get the medical testing and treatment that they may be putting off.
The 9Health Fairs start this weekend. Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity offered in our local community.
There are many Littleton locations. Different locations offer different services and testing. Here are some links to easily see what’s offered in and around Littleton.
Learn more at the 9 Health Fair website.
As parents, we’ve all had those moments where we feel that something isn’t quite right with our kids. Call it Mother’s intuition or Father’s intuition, call it whatever you like but whatever you call it, be sure to listen to it.
If you have suspicions that your child isn’t where they should be developmentally compared to his/her peers then the Free Screening from Pediatric Speech Therapy Associates may be just the thing that you need. They offer a free 15 minute, face to face, in office screening with one of their certified speech/language pathologists, certified occupational therapist and/or certified physical therapist that will allow you to get a better pulse of what’s going on with your child.
They offer screenings to children ages 3-15. According to Michelle Jones, MA, CCC-SLP, their Director of Therapy, 10% of all kids have some type of speech or language delay. Fine motor skill issues like handwriting or shoe tying can be addressed, in addition to self-regulation issues like not being able to sit still or sit criss-cross applesauce. Don’t let the name fool you. They offer much more than just speech therapy.
Studies show that the earlier these issues are identified and treatment begins, the easier it is to treat them and the more likely you are to achieve a successful outcome. Pediatric Speech Therapy Associates has 3 locations (Littleton, Centennial, Aurora) and the screenings can be done at any of them, according to Bryan Shephard, President of Pediatric Speech Therapy Associates.
There are possible two outcomes from the screening, either of which, you will know by the end of the screening. The first outcome is that you get the all clear from the therapist and gain the peace of mind that you have been looking for. The second outcome is that you have your suspicions validated and get answers to some of your questions answered but are referred on for a complete evaluation to find out more. Either way, you will leave knowing more than you did 15 minutes earlier when you walked through the door. To us, this seems like time well spent and who can argue with free?
Visit their website @ Pediatric Speech Therapy Associates (www.ColoradoSpeechTherapy.com) to learn more.
Schedule your free screening today. (http://www.coloradospeechtherapy.com/free-screening/)