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    • July 30, 2013
    • Gasping for Air

    • Anyone who has had such a bad coughing fit that they end up gasping for air has an inkling of how serious whooping cough can be. While it may sound like an exotic or outdated disease to some, it’s actually on the rise ­­— particularly in Colorado. This is why the physicians and staff at Vail Valley Medical Center strongly recommend routine immunizations.Whooping cough, or pertussis as it is referenced in medical fields, produces symptoms typical of the common head cold in adults: runny or stuffy... MORE →
    • July 30, 2013
    • Protein Busters: Building Muscle Mass

    • Author Katie Mazzia MS, RD, CDE is a nutritionist at Vail Valley Medical Center. MYTH: You need large amounts of protein to build muscle mass. TRUTH: Any excess protein beyond what the body needs is burned for energy or stored as body fat. The amount of protein required by a healthy individual is based on the type and frequency of exercise. As a general guide, select the type of activity below that best describes you and calculate your protein requirements. Choose a mix of proteins from real ... MORE →
    • July 23, 2013
    • Year One: Success

    • One year ago, the Vail Valley Surgery Center in Edwards opened with high hopes. The vision was the beautiful new center would better serve the entire valley's medical needs, offering excellent surgical treatments in a warm and friendly mid-valley location, easily accessible from both ends of Eagle County.The success was not certain though. Would the valley's residents agree with the vision?Apparently so. Since its opening in June 2012, the Vail Valley Surgery Center – Edwards has performed more ... MORE →
    • July 22, 2013
    • Robot Joins Neonatal Nursery Team

    • It was a tense situation - one no new parent wants. The baby girl – though small – seemed the picture of health after birth. Then the baby began to cry and worsen before their eyes as she developed complications from her premature birth. Phone consultations with neonatal experts at Rocky Mountain Children's Hospital at Presbyterian/St. Luke's (RMCH at PSL) were not enough to confirm the diagnosis Dr. Greg Miranda at Vail Valley Medical Center suspected. Even as the symptoms progressed, the speci... MORE →
    • July 3, 2013
    • VVMC Volunteer Corps Board Installs New Officers

    • The Vail Valley Medical Center Volunteer Corps recently held its annual board of directors installation on a lovely sunny evening at Vista Restaurant in Arrowhead. Their beautiful outdoor patio with views of the golf course made for a delightful setting for the event.This event brought together past and present board members and volunteers to honor their mission of “supporting the highest level of compassionate patient-centered care at Vail Valley Medical Center facilities.”Dick Woodrow, preside... MORE →
    • June 25, 2013
    • The Best Health Apps for Eating, Sleeping and Working Out

    • Katie Mazzia MS, RD, CDE is a nutritionist at Vail Valley Medical Center. She suggests the following great apps to reach your fitness and nutrition potential.Seafoodwatch (free)Ever wonder which fish are sustainable, safe, eco-friendly, wild caught and not full of contaminants? Check this app out to select the best choices! (free)Which foods should you buy conventional vs. organic? This app ranks food based on pesticide residue. (free)This is a wildly popular app that grades your food A-D base... MORE →
    • June 24, 2013
    • Hospital in Need of New Helipad Location

    • Vail residents and Vail Valley Medical Center patients generally agree about the importance of having air ambulance service to the hospital. What that service might look like in the future is where that agreement starts to strain.The hospital for nearly 30 years has used a still-makeshift helipad just to the west of the building that houses the town’s community development department. The property for the pad belongs to the Federal Highway Administration and the Colorado Department of Transporta... MORE →
    • June 24, 2013
    • Nourishing Medicine

    • Getting sick or having an accident that results in surgery is a major life event. But sometimes a stay in the hospital is just the beginning of what can be a long road to recovery. Being laid up at home, fragile and tired, can be difficult and seem interminable. There’s a reason chicken noodle soup is used almost medicinally when people are under the weather — it’s both comforting and nutritious, the perfect balance for someone in recovery. Because no matter how skilled the surgeons are, a body... MORE →
    • June 20, 2013
    • Got Visitors?

    • Naturally, not every visitor is fit for a brisk haul up the mountain or an afternoon on the slopes. But because Vail Valley Medical Center is situated closer to the pulse of a resort than most any other topnotch hospital, it seems a shame to deprive visitors of at least some means of exploring the mountains. Mere steps away is the Eagle Bahn Gondola and Vail Mountain, so it’s easy to get at least a bird’s-eye view of the sprawling terrain. It doesn’t have to be a hike from bottom to top — but it... MORE →
    • June 19, 2013
    • Ask an Expert

    • Question: I LOVE RUNNING BUT I’M STARTING TO GET PRETTY BEAT UP. DO YOU RECOMMEND A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF MILES PER WEEK FOR A RECREATIONAL RUNNER?Answer: This is always a challenging question to answer, especially when working with avid runners! There is not a hard and fast number of weekly miles that applies to all individuals regarding the point at which an overuse injury may occur. Through my nearly 20 years of experience, I have appreciated an increase in overuse-type injuries when recreational... MORE →