Less than two years after a mass shooting killed 14 people in San Bernardino, tragedy struck the California community again last Monday when an elementary school teacher was fatally shot by her husband in an apparent domestic violence incident. The abuser also killed an eight-year-old boy and wounded another child, before turning the gun on himself. Beth Brown, a licensed social worker at TriStar Centennial’s Parthenon Pavilion, an HCA affiliate and Nashville’s largest behavioral health facility, knows all too well the dangers of being involved in an abusive relationship. A domestic violence survivor herself, she is now using her voice… Read more.
Millions of people will gather around the television tonight to watch America’s Favorite Sport, as the NFL’s New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons go head-to-head in Super Bowl LI. And while the players gear up for the biggest game of their career – some with chronic aches and pains brought on by years on the turf – we’re left to wonder, what about life after the game? As an orthopedic surgeon at Southern Joint Replacement Institute (SJRI) on the campus of TriStar Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, many of the patients we see are former or current athletes. Football is… Read more.
The past couple of weeks, we have all struggled to make sense of the sudden and unexpected passing of beloved and notable entertainers – all of whom reportedly died of heart-related ailments, including, the most recent, Carrie Fisher, George Michael and Hollywood actor, songwriter, game and talk show host Alan Thicke. While fans pay tributes across the world, it is especially difficult for their loved ones during this holiday season. According to death certificate, Mr. Thicke died from a ruptured aorta three hours after experiencing a Stanford Type A Aortic Dissection. You may recall a similar situation surrounding the death of… Read more.
Valentine’s Day may be over, but some may have felt the sting of Cupid’s curse. So, as the 1960s love song would ask, “What becomes of the broken hearted?” The good news is, you can recover from a broken heart. But the medical condition known as ‘Broken Heart Syndrome’ is REAL. This temporary condition, known to medics as takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TCM) or stress-induced cardiomyopathy, is often triggered by an extreme emotional or physical experience, specifically, heart break, death of a loved one, sudden illness, natural disasters, or other life-altering traumatic events. Broken heart syndrome primarily affects women between the ages… Read more.
Diabetes by the Numbers Did you know 21 million Americans have diabetes? And every year, 1.7 million Americans aged 20 years or older are newly diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, the most common form of the disease? That means 4,660 people per day and one person every 19 seconds are diagnosed with diabetes. If this trend continues, it’s estimated as many as one in three Americans will have diabetes by 2050. November is National Diabetes Month, and at HCA’s TriStar Centennial Medical Center, we are joining the conversation to raise public awareness about this health challenge, provide ways to reduce… Read more.
My cancer diagnosis came in May of 2007 after months of feeling like something was not right with my health. I was getting sick frequently and the illnesses would linger for weeks at a time. I noticed that the lymph nodes under my jaw and in my neck were enlarged and I was always tired and could not get through an evening without a nap after work. I had seen a doctor for some tests, but nothing significant showed up. A few months later, I asked for a complete physical with blood work and that is when the red flags… Read more.