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Introducing WakeMed Heart & Vascular Physicians

New Name, Same Exceptional Heart Care

All of our heart and vascular physicians have merged into one practice, delivering exceptional, highly-coordinated care for our patients.

Together, Carolina Cardiology, Raleigh Cardiology, Carolina Cardiovascular Surgical Associates,  Structural Heart & Advanced Devices, Complex Arrhythmia and  Vascular Surgery are now WakeMed Heart & Vascular Physicians.

Learn all about our new, combined practice and watch video bios for our providers.


It’s Event Season at WakeMed

It’s officially event season at WakeMed, and we literally have something for everybody.  Please plan to join us for one of the following events presented by our health experts.

  1. Baby Maybe
    Thursday, September 24
    WakeMed North Women’s Hospital
    6 to 8 pm
    Perfect for anyone considering having a baby.  Learn about getting pregnant, what to expect once you are pregnant, preparing yourself for birth, finances, childcare and much more.
  2. Ladies Day
    Friday, September 25
    WakeMed North Women’s Hospital
    8:30 am to 2 pm
    Seminars on heart disease, breast health, weight loss, back pain, thyroid disease, pelvic disorders, plus FREE health screenings
  3. NICU Reunion
    Sunday, September 27
    Anderson Point Park
    1 pm to 5 pm NICU graduates and their families are invited to attend this fun event so we can see how much you have grown.
  4. Men’s Health Night
    Tuesday, September 29
    WakeMed Cary Hospital
    4 to 8 pm
    Seminars on hernias, prostate health, BPH & ED, Diabetes & Urology, plus free health screenings including PSA
  5. Stroke Aware Fair
    Wednesday, October 7
    Raleigh Campus
    10 am to 2 pm
    Learn about stroke types & symptoms, brain anatomy, risk factors & prevention stroke treatment information and more.
  6. Back in Motion: Treating the Arthritic Knee
    WakeMed Cary Hospital
    Wednesday, October 7
    Explore the causes of knee issues and the medical and surgical treatments to regain movements. Presented by joint specialist Demetri Economedes, DO, Cary Orthopaedics
  7. Operation Pumpkin
    Saturday, October 10
    Marbles Kids Museum
    10 – 11 am to 2 pm
    Come be a part of Operation Pumpkin at Marbles Kids Museum. WakeMed pediatric surgeons will be on hand for this special event to help carve pumpkins with the kids! Event is free with museum admission.
  8. Girlology
    Thursday, October 22
    WakeMed Raleigh Campus
    6 to 8 pm
    WakeMed Children’s is pleased to present Girlology – Something New About You – a program about puberty for 4th and 5th grade girls and their moms.

WakeMed is a Magnet Organization

Today at 2:45 pm, we learned that WakeMed has officially earned Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. This is a tremendous honor for our organization and a testament to the quality of care we provide to our patients.

Magnet designated organizations are proven quality leaders in nursing care and innovation.  Magnet organizations have low nursing turnover, a high level of nursing job satisfaction and nursing involvement in data collection and decision making in patient care delivery.

Though Magnet recognition is a nursing-led initiative, it is an organization-wide designation for us all to celebrate.


Staying Fit While at Work

If you work in an office, especially at a desk, you might not get the opportunity for too much movement or activity during the day. However, there are some things you can do in the office setting to build muscle, burn calories and work on your fitness. These ideas come courtesy of Hailee Wingfield, MA, CISSN, ACSM EP-C, GFI, AHC, a fitness specialist with WakeMed’s Healthworks Fitness & Wellness Center.
  • Take the Stairs: First and foremost, always take the stairs and avoid the elevator.  Imagine how many extra calories you can burn!
  • Park Farther Away: In another effort to add steps to your day, park farther away from your building, and walk farther to your office’s front doors.
  • More Walking: If you can, walk to lunch, walk around the parking lot or walk your workplace’s hallways during your lunch break.  In general, we should all be walking at least 30 minutes per day for good health.
  • Stand Up: Stand as much as possible while at your desk, for example, while reading or talking on the phone.  Research has shown that more standing leads to a smaller waistline.
  • Calf Raises: If you ever find yourself standing and waiting, either at someone’s door or for a meeting to begin, do some calf raises.  Go from tippy toes to flat feet several times in a row to help build your calf muscles.
  • Wall Push-ups: Choose a wall in your office or workspace, and do some push-ups against it.  Move your feet farther away from the wall to make the push-ups more challenging.
  • Back Strengthening: Just by sitting straight up in your chair, sitting nice and tall and pulling your shoulder blades back and toward each other, you can strengthen your back.
  • Seated Crunches: Also strengthen your abs while sitting in your chair.  Pull your knees up to your elbows and crunch!
  • Bicycle Legs & Climbing Stairs: With your legs under your desk, build a solid core by moving your legs in a circular “bicycle riding” motion or as if you are climbing stairs.
  • Sit-to-Stand Squats: In a non-rolling chair, slowly bring yourself from a sitting to a standing position.  This can be done multiple times in a row to help build your legs.

Identifying, Treating & Managing Diabetes in a Child

What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a metabolic disease by which your pancreas does not produce enough insulin or your body does not properly respond to the insulin that is produced. This causes sugar levels to rise in the blood because the body cannot break sugar down properly.
The most common types of diabetes are type 1 and type 2. In type 1, which is most commonly diagnosed in children to young adults, the pancreas produces little to no insulin, which requires a person to start insulin injections several times a day. In type 2, typically diagnosed in adulthood, the pancreas is still producing insulin but the body is not able to use it properly.

What causes diabetes?
Many questions continue to surround this question. Research has identified certain genetic factors that play a role in making someone more susceptible to developing diabetes, but environmental factors are also involved. Type 2 diabetes has more of a genetic component but is also influenced by lifestyle factors such as obesity and inactivity.

How does diabetes affect a child physically?
Kids with controlled diabetes can live a very healthy life, with few long term effects. However, they must carefully manage their diabetes when they are active, under stress or ill. Illnesses and stress increase blood sugar, while exercise usually lowers the blood sugar.

What are the signs and symptoms of diabetes?
The signs and symptoms of type 1 and type 2 diabetes include:

  • Extreme thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Sugar in the urine
  • Blurry vision
  • Increase in appetite
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Fruity breath
  • Labored breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Slow healing cuts or bruises
  • Tingling, pain or numbness in the hands and feet

What should you do if you suspect your child might have diabetes?
If you notice that your child has extreme thirst, is frequently urinating and is losing weight, take him or her to the doctor. Symptoms can quickly advance to a dangerous level, so it is important to have your child seen as soon as you possibly can.

How is diabetes treated/managed?
Type 1 diabetes is managed with blood sugar monitoring before meals, taking calculated insulin doses for foods eaten, and blood sugar balance. Insulin can be delivered through injections or a pump or pod device that holds the insulin for use when needed. Type 2 diabetes, depending on the severity, can be treated with oral medications, insulin, exercise and following a healthy meal plan. Meal plans and exercise are beneficial for both types of diabetes.

How will your child’s life and activities be affected after diagnosis?
A child with diabetes needs support from a team of caregivers, including their pediatrician, parents, teachers and coaches. Diabetes is a condition that must be considered 24/7, including everything from telling the school about your child’s condition, telling their friends and coaches, and managing relationships with other family members who may feel neglected because they do not get the same attention. Many kids can live a normal life with controlled diabetes, but it is important to have a plan for sleepovers, parties, sports activities, going to camp, etc. Learning how to adjust insulin doses for all of these situations can help a child with diabetes feel like their life does not have to be so different. Children with diabetes also need a care plan for school that includes having emergency supplies for low blood sugars and high blood sugars.

Julie H. Paul, MS, RD, CDE, is the WakeMed ENERGIZE! Program Coordinator. Learn more about ENERGIZE! and the children’s diabetes services offered at WakeMed.


WakeMed’s Angela Newman Named a “Woman of Western Wake”

Congratulations to Angela Newman, RN, MSN, CMSRN, for being named a 2015 Woman of Western Wake by Cary Magazine.  Nursing director of the Women’s Pavilion & Birthplace at WakeMed Cary Hospital and a Cary resident, Newman was chosen for this award due to her many accomplishments as a nurse leader and contributions to WakeMed Health & Hospitals as well as the patients we serve.

In an article about Newman included in the September/October 2015 issue of Cary Magazine, she was commended for her passion to lead and her efforts to share in a collaborative environment with her staff of nurses. The magazine also praised Newman for leading an effort in 2011 to create an outpatient clinic for patients needing blood transfusions at WakeMed Cary Hospital, which allowed them to spend less time in the hospital.  A few years later, she was named into her current position and thrives at taking care of, guiding and supporting a team of about 130 staff nurses who provide labor and delivery and post-partum/newborn baby care.  On average, her team at WakeMed Cary Hospital assists with approximately 2,300 births per year.  Additionally, Newman was praised for working with a committee of nurse advisors to ensure that all of her nurses feel comfortable coming forward with ideas that will enhance patient care and helping turn those ideas into reality.

Mother to young daughter Allie, Newman also works hard to balance her work life with her home life. She stays busy in the Cary community raising Allie and being involved in her daughter’s activities.

Congratulations again to Angela Newman; read the article about her in the September/October issue of Cary Magazine here.


Have Fun, Stay Active this Labor Day Weekend

Three-day holiday weekends often bring the inspiration to do something new and different, even if you don’t have plans to travel out of town. Since Labor Day weekend is just a few days away, you might be looking for some ideas. Luckily, Hailee Wingfield, MA, CISSN, ACSM EP-C, GFI, AHC, a fitness specialist with WakeMed’s Healthworks Fitness & Wellness Center, is offering this list of family friendly staycation activity ideas.

“Spend this holiday weekend having fun with your family, getting some exercise, and doing something that you don’t get to do every day,” said Wingfield.  “Three-day weekends give us all some extra time to relax and enjoy, so take advantage with those you love the most!”

  • Pool Time: Labor Day weekend marks the last weekend that many neighborhood pools will be open.  Enjoy a day swimming together as a family.  Pack a picnic, apply plenty of sunscreen and allow yourselves to spend the day splashing around together.
  • State Parks: Two state parks local to this area offer hiking trails and beautiful scenery.  Try visiting the William B. Umstead State Park in Raleigh or Raven Rock State Park in Lillington.  Spend the day exploring nature and hiking together!  Remember to pack sunscreen, healthy snacks and plenty of water.
  • Ball Games: Attend a local baseball game together.  Watch the game, walk the stadium and take in all the sights for the last time this year!  Baseball games are fun for all ages.  In fact, the Durham Bulls are playing at home in Durham all weekend. Check out their schedule here.
  • Festival Fun: Attend the North Carolina Apple Festival in Hendersonville, open September 4-7.  This annual street fair event includes fresh picked apples, arts & crafts, kids’ activities, and free entertainment.  Lace up your walking shoes and spend a day together at this fun event.

Understanding Gestational Diabetes – Now Offered in North Raleigh

As many as 10 percent of expectant moms develop high blood sugar, a condition known as gestational diabetes that only occurs during pregnancy.

If your doctor finds that your blood sugar levels are elevated, you may be diagnosed with gestational diabetes – even if you have never had diabetes before. When detected early, it can be controlled to help prevent health complications for you and your baby.

You can manage gestational diabetes with a healthy diet, eating on a regular schedule, daily exercise, monitoring glucose levels and with medication, if necessary.

Are you at risk?

You may be more likely to develop gestational diabetes if:

  • Your family has a history of diabetes.
  • You had a previous birth of a very large baby or a stillbirth.
  • You are overweight.
  • You had a previous pregnancy with gestational diabetes.
  • You are older than 25 years.

WakeMed Pregnancy and Diabetes Program – Now offered at WakeMed North Family Health & Women’s Hospital

The WakeMed Pregnancy and Diabetes Program is a great resource for women who have developed diabetes at any stage of pregnancy – or who have diabetes prior to conception. The program offers education and support to help mothers-to-be manage diabetes for a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.

Our dedicated nurses and dietitians partner with you and your physician to help monitor glucose levels and plan meals for the rest of your pregnancy. The program includes an assessment, nutritional counseling and individualized meal plans as well as post-partum care to help reduce your risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.

The program is also offered at WakeMed Raleigh Campus and WakeMed Cary Hospital.  Learn more about our program.


Back to School With Waverly Place Farmers Market and WakeMed

Now that traditional calendar schools are back in full swing, make plans to join us tomorrow, Saturday, August 29th from 9 am to noon at Waverly Place Farmers Market to ensure you and your family have the healthiest school year possible.  (Waverly Place Farmers Market is at the corner of Tryon Rd. and Kildaire Farm Rd., diagonal from WakeMed Cary Hospital.)

At the event, you can talk with WakeMed Pediatric Endocrinologist Bill Lagarde about healthy lunches and not drinking your calories.  Dr. Largarde is one of five pediatric specialists who now have offices in Cary, including Pediatric Gastroenterologist Sachin Kunde and Pediatric Surgeons Duncan Phillips, David Hoover and George Wadie.

Our rehab specialists will also be onsite to share backpack use and injury prevention tips.  In fact, they provided us with this helpful information in case you are not able to attend the event.
Choosing a Backpack

  • The most important step to backpack safety is choosing the right size backpack.
  • Padded straps are important. Padded shoulders straps will help distribute the weight across a larger area of the chest and shoulders and will make wearing the pack significantly more comfortable
  • Some backpacks have sternum and hip straps that help to further redistribute weight and bring the pack closer to the body.

Wearing Your Backpack

  • Always use both shoulder straps and tighten the straps snug against the back.
  • If your backpack has a waist strap — use it.
  • Never wear a backpack with the straps too loose and hanging or swinging on your back.
  • Distributing the weight inside the pack is very important. The heavier items should be kept close to the body where they will be more stable.
  • Never wear a backpack on one shoulder, this can cause muscle imbalances and develop serious back, neck, and posture problems
  • Never overload your backpack with greater than 15% of your body weight.  If the backpack causes the child to lean forward or backwards it is too heavy.

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow at Waverly Place Farmers Market!


Three Simple Steps to Improved Heart Health

To improve and preserve your cardiac health, a few simple lifestyle changes can make a big impact.

We always stress the importance of exercise, but for those who feel intimidated by that word, a simple place to start is to increase the amount of steps you take each day.  Try taking the stairs whenever possible, park at the back of parking lots, walk to the end of your driveway to get your mail. Walking is one of the best forms of exercise and helps with other diseases such as arthritis and pulmonary diseases. There are also many downloadable Smartphone apps that you can use can to monitor your daily steps, with the goal of increasing your steps each day. This is a great way to stay active and improve your cardiovascular health. Soon, you will see weight loss and feel more energized.

Diet is another important focus. If you have hypertension or heart failure, you should throw away your salt shaker. Focus on increasing your consumption of fresh foods like fruits and vegetables and limiting processed foods. You will notice improvement in your weight and blood pressure. Limit the consumption of sugary drinks like sodas and sweet teas as well. These are associated with both obesity and diabetes. Simply eliminating sugary drinks can contribute to significant improvement in your overall health and weight loss.

Lastly, if you smoke, quit. If you are not ready to quit, any cigarette you don’t smoke helps. Talk to your healthcare provider about coming up with a plan to quit. We understand how difficult this process can be, but we also know how harmful cigarettes are to your health. We want you to be successful and will help in any way that we can.

Learn more about Mary McNeely, PA-C, and WakeMed Physician Practices – Raleigh Cardiology.