Pisgah Family Health



January 2009



*     Heartstrings Ride

*     New Baby!

*     Office Hours

*     Office Reminders


*     Go Red Day

*     Health Links




About the Newsletter



Help us support Asheville's Uninsured

On Saturday, February 7, 2009, Dr. Curran and the staff of Pisgah Family Health will put our legs on the line to raise money for Asheville's uninsured patients. We will be participating in the 2009 HeartStrings Ride for Buncombe County Medical Society's Project Access.

Our office has pledged to raise $800, and to ride an exercise bicycle for one hour at the Asheville Mall, along with other supporters. This money will go entirely to Project Access, which provides medical care for low income uninsured patients in Buncombe County. We also participate in Project Access by providing medical care to our patients who are enrolled in this program.

We are asking your help to meet our pledged donations. Please help us by donating any amount you can afford. We can accept cash or credit card donations as well as checks made out to Project Access. We need to receive these donations by Thursday, February 5, 2009.

You can also support us and Project Access by coming to the Asheville Mall on Saturday, February 7. The 2009 HeartStrings ride goes on throughout the entire day. We will be riding at 10am. Learn more about Project Access at www.BCMSonline.org.

Hello Baby!

Avery Elizabeth Browning

Please welcome our newest patient, Avery Elizabeth Browning. Avery was born to Lisa and Bob Browning on January 28, weighing 8 pounds, 4 ounces. She is the Browning's third child.

New babies are one of the happiest ways our practice grows. If you or someone you know is expecting, please request Dr. Curran for your newborn care.

Office Hours

*     We will be closed Friday, January 30 through Monday, February 2

*     We will be closed Friday, February 13.

*     We will be closed Friday, March 20

Our normal office hours are 9-5 Monday through Thursday, and 9-12 on Friday. Our answering service can be reached after hours at 251-4873. When the office is closed, emergency care is available at the Urgent Care Centers, and at Mission/Saint Joseph hospitals ER.  Telephone calls are handled by Dr. Curran’s call partners.

Office Reminders

*     Smoking is prohibited within 25 feet of our office. Please refrain from smoking while at Pisgah Family Health.

*     Please bring your new insurance card(s) to your next appointment so we can get updated information for 2009.

*     Have you had your yearly physical? If not, please call our office to schedule yours!

*     Is your child due for their Well Child physical or vaccinations? If so, please call our office to schedule your child's appointment.

*     Thank you for referring your family and friends to Pisgah Family Health!


Medical News

National Wear Red Day, Friday, Feb. 6, 2009


Go Red For Women celebrates the energy, passion and power we have to band together to wipe out heart disease and stroke.

Thanks to the participation of millions of people across the country, the color red and the red dress now stand for the ability all women have to improve their heart health and live stronger, longer lives.

What Are the Risk Factors for Heart Disease?

Risk factors are conditions or habits that make a person more likely to develop a disease. They can also increase the chances that an existing disease will get worse. Important risk factors for heart disease that you can do something about are:

*     High blood pressure

*     High blood cholesterol

*     Diabetes

*     Smoking

*     Being overweight

*     Being physically inactive

*     Having a family history of early heart disease

*     Age (55 or older for women)

Some risk factors, such as age and family history of early heart disease, can't be changed. For women, age becomes a risk factor at 55. After menopause, women are more apt to get heart disease, in part because their body's production of estrogen drops. Women who have gone through early menopause, either naturally or because they have had a hysterectomy, are twice as likely to develop heart disease as women of the same age who have not yet gone through menopause.

Family history of early heart disease is another risk factor that can't be changed. If your father or brother had a heart attack before age 55, or if your mother or sister had one before age 65, you are more likely to get heart disease yourself.

While certain risk factors cannot be changed, it is important to realize that you do have control over many others. Regardless of your age, background, or health status, you can lower your risk of heart disease-and it doesn't have to be complicated. Protecting your heart can be as simple as taking a brisk walk, whipping up a good vegetable soup, or getting the support you need to maintain a healthy weight.

Some women believe that doing just one healthy thing will take care of all of their heart disease risk. For example, they may think that if they walk or swim regularly, they can still smoke and stay fairly healthy. Wrong! To protect your heart, it is vital to make changes that address each risk factor you have. You can make the changes gradually, one at a time. But making them is very important.

Other women may wonder: If I have just one risk factor for heart disease-say, I'm overweight or I have high blood cholesterol-aren't I more or less "safe"? Absolutely not. Each risk factor greatly increases a woman's chance of developing heart disease. But having more than one risk factor is especially serious, because risk factors tend to "gang up" and worsen each other's effects.

So, the message is clear: Every woman needs to take her heart disease risk seriously-and take action now to reduce that risk.


Health Links

For more health information, check out these links:

*     Asheville Citizen Times Health listings: Local health news and calendar.

*     Mountain Express Health calendar: up to date local listing of health events in many categories.

*     WebMD.com A web service with health advice on hundreds of topics.

About our Newsletter

Dr. Curran and the staff at Pisgah Family Health are proud to publish the Pisgah Family Health News to our patients.  Our goal is to provide regularly updated information about the office and current medical topics.  We plan to publish a new issue each quarter with breaking news.  The newsletters will also be archived on our website, http://www.pisgahfamilyhealth.com/

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