Inpatient or outpatient? It makes a difference

When you go to a hospital, does it make any difference if you’re considered an “inpatient” or an “outpatient?” Yes, it does.

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Watch out for scams

Attention, seniors! Please be very careful in giving out personal information via computer, telephone and regular mail or in person.

Atrial flutter puts heart in overdrive

I have been diagnosed with atrial flutter. My cardiologist wants to perform a catheter ablation on me and says it’s a safe procedure. Do you agree?

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Senior Center’s beginning yoga class time changes

June is pure magic. It transforms Rim Country into a fairyland of blossom and birdsong.

Pseudogout is gout’s relative

I have pseudogout. It’s hard for me to explain to people, so I either tell them I have gout or I don’t tell them anything. Will you do me a favor and explain it in the paper?

Dr. Lowe awarded VA contract

Rim Country veterans can get some of their medical care close to home from Dr. Michael Lowe, with the award of a contract to provide satellite clinic services to veterans registered with the Phoenix Veterans Administration Hospital.

Coping with time-crunched physicians

Tips for patients to get the most out of their visit with their doctor

It’s not your imagination — you’re getting less time with your doctor.

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Seniors travel with Circle membership

Variety of trips planned through 2013 and 2014

Payson Regional Medical Center’s Senior Circle is a membership program committed to enriching the lives of adults age 50 and better.

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Something new at the Center

The mourning doves that have nested near our back yard in previous years are back — we hear their cooing morning, noon, and yes, even at night.

Volunteering at local schools enriching for everyone involved

A gentleman in Iowa has gone back to school, although not in the traditional sense. He’s found his way to the local elementary school, where he volunteers doing a variety of tasks — not just a few hours a week, but every day. He’s 74 years old.

When your doctor doesn’t take Medicare

What does it mean when a doctor tells you he or she has “opted out” of Medicare?

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Elderly have least control of hypertension

Most people older than 65 have high blood pressure, but this group also has the least success in controlling the condition, Dr. Jennifer Dumbolton told members of the Payson Regional Medical Center’s Senior Circle at a Lunch & Learn program April 24. Some 50 million people have high blood pressure, which increases the risk of strokes and heart attacks.

When skin patches lose all color

I have vitiligo, and it keeps spreading over my body. My father had it on his legs. I’m an older lady of brown complexion. This vitiligo is so embarrassing. I wear slacks every day, except to church. Do you know of any cover-ups for it?

Seniors conference due

Rim seniors, their families and caregivers can learn about the many resources available at the Senior Connections Conference next week. The deadline to register for the free program is Friday, May 3. Call (520) 836-2758 or 1-(800)-293-9393.

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IBS — uncomfortable, but not fatal

IBS — Irritable Bowel Syndrome — is uncomfortable, but it’s not fatal, Dr. Ihor Zakaluzny told Senior Circle members at a Lunch and Learn earlier this month. Zakaluzny, with Payson Surgery Associates, is a board certified general surgeon with extensive experience in gastrointestinal endoscopy and diseases, general gynecology, minimally invasive laparoscopic surgeries, as well as interest in surgical nutrition and surgical infection.