Sacramento's Premier
Women's Event

Mark your calendars now - the
"must attend" women's event of the
year is back and better than ever...

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Know What's Behind
Your Headache

Throbbing pain in your forehead...
Stabbing behind your eyes...
Extreme sensitivity to light...

read more

Keep the Heat from
Affecting Your Heart

Summertime is upon us and here
that means soaring temperatures
and sun-filled, sweltering days...

read more

Getting Ready for Baby:
A Weighty Issue

Getting your body ready to carry
a baby is no easy task... There are
prenatal vitamins to take...

read more

Keep the Man in
Your Life Healthy

It's an unfortunate but typically
true fact of life - getting men
to go to the doctor is hard...

read more

A Great Summertime
Fun Spot

If you are looking for one-stop
shopping, dining, and entertainment
for your family - you're in luck...

read more

Unwrap a Treat for Yourself: Sacramento's Premier Women's Event

Mark your calendars now - the "must attend" women's event of the year is back and better than ever! Dignity Health's Care Begins with Me - Sacramento's premier health and lifestyle event for women - is scheduled for Tuesday, October 8. Tickets are available now! New this year, if you register early (before August 15) you will be treated to preferred seating.

If you've been to Care Begins With Me, you know it is the whole package - a night filled with friends, laughter and inspiration. If you haven't been before, this is the year you need to check it out! Treat yourself to delicious hors d'oeuvres and sample some of the region's great wines. Unwind with a relaxing chair massage. Stroll through the marketplace expo and check out local boutique vendors and the latest in skincare and beauty products. And then - settle in and prepare to be inspired by our keynote speaker, New York Times bestselling author and acclaimed blogger Glennon Doyle Melton. Conclude the evening with intimate care chats on topics that matter to you, led by Dignity Health doctors and healthcare experts.

Invite your girlfriends, your mom, your aunt - and share the gift of this amazing evening. It all happens Tuesday, October 8, 2013 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Sheraton Grand Hotel. Tickets are $20 in advance. Care Begins With Me members will receive a $5 discount. And remember, register before August 15 and you will receive preferred seating.

About speaker Glennon Doyle Melton:

Many of us first met Glennon through her wildly popular blog, Momastery, chronicling her inspiring journey as a woman, wife and mother. This year Glennon published her first book, Carry On, Warrior, which soared up the New York Times bestseller list. Glennon's message of hope, love and kindness has touched a chord with women around the world. Don't miss this opportunity to hear her story firsthand!

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Know What's Behind Your Headache

Kellie Zumot, PA, Dignity Health Neurological Institute

Throbbing pain in your forehead... Stabbing behind your eyes... Extreme sensitivity to light... Even nausea and vomiting. If you suffer from these telltale headache symptoms, you are not alone. According to the National Headache Foundation, more than 45 million Americans suffer from chronic, recurring headaches. June is National Headache Month - a great time to try and find a solution for your headache pain. But before you can stop headache pain, it is helpful to know what type of headache you are experiencing.

While there are more than a hundred different documented types of headaches, here are the most common ones.

Tension headache - This is the most common type of headache and is also called chronic daily headache or chronic non-progressive headache. This headache occurs when the muscles in your skull contract, causing mild to moderate pain. They tend to come and go over a prolonged period of time.

Migraine - Migraine headache pain can be moderate to severe and can be associated with sensitivity to light, noise or odors; nausea or vomiting; loss of appetite; and stomach pain. The pain is typically described as pounding or throbbing. Genetics may play a role in migraines.

Mixed headache syndrome - Also called transformed migraines, mixed headache syndrome is a combination of migraine and tension headaches. Both adults and children can experience this type of headache.

Cluster headaches - This is the least common type of common headache but also the most severe. Cluster headaches produce a profound, intense pain that may be described as having a burning or piercing sensation that can be throbbing or constant. The pain may be located behind one eye. Cluster headaches may occur one to three times per day during a cluster period, which may last between two weeks to three months. The headaches may disappear for months or years.

Sinus headaches - Sinus headaches are associated with a deep and constant pain in the cheekbones, forehead or bridge of the nose. Sudden movement of the head or straining of head or neck muscles may intensify the pain. Sinus headaches typically occur in conjunction with other sinus symptoms like nasal discharge and sinus congestion.

Hormone headaches - Often headaches in women may be linked to changing hormone levels associated with menstruation, pregnancy or menopause. Birth control pills, which chemically induce hormone changes, may also trigger headaches.

Chronic progressive headaches - This type of headache is the least common and may also be called traction or inflammatory headache. Chronic progressive headaches get worse and occur more frequently over time. They are typically the result of an illness or disorder of the brain or skull.

The Dignity Health Neurological Institute has a team of experts who treat neurological disorders, including headaches. For more information visit our website or call 916.733.3333 for a consultation.

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Keep the Heat from Affecting Your Heart

By Joseph Rahman, MD, Medical Director for Dignity Health Heart & Vascular Institute's Heart Failure Program

Summertime is upon us and here in the Sacramento region, that means soaring temperatures and sun-filled, sweltering days. While sticky weather can be uncomfortable, most of us are able to cope with the extreme heat. But for patients with heart disease - those who have hearts damaged by previous heart attacks or weakened by heart disease or heart failure - hot weather can be downright dangerous.

When faced with unusually high temperatures, your body tries to cope by igniting its internal cooling system. Blood will flow more rapidly, radiating heat out through the skin. The body will also sweat, in an attempt to lower its internal temperature. But both these actions - radiating heat and sweating - require the heart to work harder. On a hot day, our heart may move four times as much blood as it does on a cool day. In addition, sweating can steal minerals from the bloodstream, causing our fluids to get off balance. If your heart is healthy, it can adapt to this temporary strain. But for heart patients, this stress on vital body systems can compound, creating serious problems.

If you or someone you love has a heart condition, there are simple steps you can take to make periods of extreme heat more bearable and less dangerous.

Find Cooler Air:

First, identify an easily accessible place that is air-conditioned where you can spend time during the hottest part of the day. Hopefully, that is in your own home or that of a family member or friend. If an air-conditioned home is not an option, consider spend the afternoon at a local mall or movie theatre. If you are stuck in a warm house and you are already feeling the effects of the heat, a cool shower or bath can help, as can an ice pack under your arms or near the groin. A fan can help but only if the air it is circulating is cooler than your body.


Preventing dehydration is also key in keeping our body from feeling the full effects of extreme heat. Unfortunately for heart patients, this can be challenging. Diuretics, low fluid intake, a faulty thirst signal and stomach or bowel problems can all contribute to dehydration. When the weather is dangerously hot, aim to drink a glass of water every hour, even if you do not feel thirsty. (If you have heart failure, check with your physician first.) Try to limit sugary soda and juices, as they can slow the movement of water from the digestive system to the bloodstream. It's also important to cut back on caffeine and alcohol during very hot weather.

Limit Activity:

When it is hot outside, it is important to listen to your body and cut back on exercise and other strenuous activities. A daily walk can still be beneficial, if done in the early morning or late evening, when the air is cooler. When you do exercise, increase your hydration too.

Eat Light:

During times of extreme heat, all of your body's systems are working harder, including your digestive system. You can ease the strain by eating smaller meals. Focus on fruits and vegetables that are plentiful in vitamins and nutrients as well as those that have a higher than average water content - like watermelon, tomatoes and broccoli.

To learn more about the latest treatments for heart failure or to find a cardiologist, visit the Dignity Health Heart & Vascular Institute's web site.

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Getting Ready for Baby: A Weighty Issue

By Dr. Carrie Gordon, Folsom OB-GYN

Getting your body ready to carry a baby is no easy task... There are prenatal vitamins to take, extra sleep to be had, and perhaps exercise routines to be altered. important steps you can take prior to getting pregnant is to get your body to a healthy weight. Carrying around extra weight is never good but it can be especially detrimental when you are trying to conceive.

Improve Your Odds:

The most important impact of getting to a healthy weight prior to pregnancy is that it will increase your chances of actually conceiving. Women who are overweight tend to have more problems getting pregnant than those at a healthy weight. Of course, dropping the pounds by drastically cutting calories will be counterproductive: Women who want to conceive need a well-balanced diet filled with a variety of foods that will provide them with the vitamins and minerals their bodies need. When your body is healthy and well-nourished, it will be more ready to nurture a new life!

Enjoy an Easier Pregnancy:

Losing weight prior to conception can also make your pregnancy a little easier. Carrying the extra weight of a baby strains your body - if you are already overweight, that strain can be even more intense and uncomfortable. Your weight loss plan prior to pregnancy should include a good exercise program, including some strength training. Strengthening your muscles (particularly your core and back muscles) prior to pregnancy enables your body to accommodate your growing belly better - which in turn means less pain for you.

Decrease Risk for Complications:

Most importantly, being a healthy weight prior to and during pregnancy decreases your risk for many complications, both during pregnancy and at delivery. Overweight women are more likely to develop gestational diabetes and preeclampsia, both serious complications that can lead to bed rest and/or early delivery. Overweight women are more likely to have caesarian deliveries, which can bring added risks. Also, heavier women are more likely to have larger babies, which can complicate the delivery process.

How Much to Gain:

So what about watching the scale once you conceive? For women of any size, the thought of managing pregnancy weight gain can be overwhelming. For the average woman, 25-35 pounds is normal. If you are already overweight, you should gain less than that during pregnancy - between 15-25 pounds. If your physician has identified your weight as falling into the obese category, your recommended weight gain could be as little as 11-15 pounds. [Work with your physician to identify the appropriate target weight gain for you.] Remember, eating for two does not mean eating twice as much, regardless of your starting weight. Pregnant women typically need only 100-300 additional calories per day.

If you are hoping to get pregnant but are carrying some extra weight, know that you are not alone. More than half of all American women are considered overweight. Talk with your doctor to help determine what an ideal weight will be for you and how best to achieve it. Then, develop a plan to maintain your new, healthier habits during and after pregnancy. Focus on your health and that of your soon-to-be baby and you'll be in great shape!

To learn more about Dr. Gordon and Folsom OB/GYN, visit their website. To learn more about the Family Birth Centers at the Dignity Health hospitals or to find a physician to care for you during pregnancy, visit our website.

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Caring for Dad: Keep the Man in Your Life Healthy

It's an unfortunate but typically true fact of life - getting men to go to the doctor is hard. Whether the man in question is your dad or your husband or your brother, chances are he will ignore his symptoms until the last possible minute. This male-pattern stubbornness can cause the women who love them endless worry - and for good reason. Men have a shorter life expectancy than women; they experience more illness and fall ill at a younger age; and although women visit the doctor more often than men, men cost our society much more in medical care beyond age 65 [Harvard's Men's Health Watch, January 2010].

Fortunately, there are things you can do to help your man know when it's time to see his doctor. This Father's Day, make a promise to help the man in your life take control of his health.

Know His Heart:

When it comes to heart health, a good place to start is to know your risk factors. If your man uses tobacco or has diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol, he is more likely to have heart disease. His chances of heart disease are also increased if he has a family history of heart attack or heart disease, if he is obese, if he is inactive or if he is under stress. If your husband has one or more risk factors AND he is experiencing symptoms of heart disease (shortness of breath, chest pain, drop in energy), then he needs to see his doctor soon. He should also see his doctor if he has multiple risk factors but is not yet having symptoms. His doctor can determine if he needs additional testing or a referral to a cardiologist.

Heal Those Bones & Joints:

As we age, our joints and bones begin to show signs of wear and tear. Unfortunately this is especially true for men who continue to stay active into their forties and beyond. Their joints begin to fail and other orthopedic injuries can occur. If your husband is convinced that his injury is just another strain, let him rest it for a couple days. If it does not respond to rest and ice and it continues to impede his mobility, then he needs to see his doctor. For knee injuries, if the injury is recurring with swelling and pain, or if the knee locks in place, then he should see his doctor. For any orthopedic injury, if the injury is affecting your sleep, making it painful to walk a block, hurts more than once a week and is no longer responding to pain medication - then it is time to see a doctor.

Be Aware of Prostate Problems:

Prostate cancer affects 1 in 6 American men. You can help your man by encouraging him to know if he is at higher risk for prostate cancer and also by encouraging him to get screened when appropriate. Risk factors for prostate cancer include having a family history, being obese, being 65 or older, and being African American. Men are encouraged to begin annual screenings for prostate cancer in their 40s or 50s, depending on their personal risk factors. Prostate cancer does not typically cause many symptoms during its earliest stages, so screening is key to effective treatment. Symptoms of more advanced prostate cancer may include trouble urinating, blood in urine, blood in semen, and pelvic pain.

Helping your man know when to see his doctor - and then making sure he follows through with an appointment - can have a big impact on his health.

If the Dad in your life needs help finding a physician, visit the Dignity Health physician finder.

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A Great Summertime Fun Spot

If you are looking for one-stop shopping, dining, and entertainment for your family - you're in luck! One of our region's premier shopping centers has a fantastic lineup of summertime fun and you are invited.

Palladio at Broadstone in Folsom promises to be the hot spot for the entire family this summer. Palladio is a contemporary marketplace, designed in classic Italian styling, with a focus on pedestrian streets, arcaded sidewalks, plazas and courts - all in a landscaped environment that allows for mingling and relaxation.

Whether you are looking for a free family concert, an affordable movie with the kids, an afternoon of shopping with girlfriends or just some fresh produce for a summer dinner, you are sure to find something at Palladio.

For a complete listing of events happening at Palladio at Broadstone, as well as an updated listing of shops and restaurants, visit

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