How to Measure Your Blood Pressure

Blood pressure measured in my office can be different from blood pressure people may have when they are at home or at work.  In order to figure out how much of a problem someone’s blood pressure is we frequently need them to monitor it on their own.  Below are...

Be Careful – It’s HOT outside! Heat Exhaustion 101

Heat Exhaustion is a heat related illness that  can happen after being exposed to hot temperatures for a long time.  People who are overweight, have diabetes or hypertension, are under 4  or over 65 years old, or are taking certain medicines (like diuretics, beta...

Dealing with Depression

A lot of people have been talking about depression this week in the wake of Kate Spade’s suicide.  Her husband  said she was trying to get help – but she was still suffering.  I don’t know what kind of treatment she was undergoing, but I was saddened...

New Colon Cancer Screening Recommendations

Colon cancer screening has been recommended to start at age 50 for many years.  The most common choices for screening are colonoscopy every 10 years, stool DNA tests every 3 years, testing  the stool for blood yearly.  Specific recommendations are made based on an...

Healthy Eating Tips

Below is a general Healthy Eating Tips handout I give to some of my patients when they are looking for more moderate suggestions on what to eat.  Choose My Plate is another website that many people like to reference for additional suggestions.   This is a general...

So you want to stop smoking?

As a primary care doctor I talk about  a lot with my patients about stopping smoking.  Risks of smoking, how to stop smoking… I had a ex-smoking friend ask me the other day why I bother talking with people about stopping smoking since there isn’t anything...

Turn your resolutions into reality!

Happy New Years! Typically New Year’s resolutions involve making a decision to take control of some part of our lives that we aren’t happy with.  For many people this may involve stopping smoking, losing weight, becoming more physically active or other...

New Blood Pressure Guidelines

American Heart Association changes guidelines for diagnosing Hypertension The guidelines for diagnosing someone with Hypertension – also known as High Blood Pressure – have changed several times over the years.  The American Heart Association changed these...

Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2017

Breast Cancer Awareness months comes every October and I am never sure how to address this topic.  My father-in-law died of breast cancer 14 years ago.  Yes -FATHER-in-law.  There are no recommendations for screening for breast cancer screening in men outside of...

Office open and Open House this weekend!

Crestview Hills doctor’s Direct Primary Care is first in NKY, monthly membership eliminates office copays Sep 27th, 2017 · 0 Comment Dr. Cynthia Villacis, independent family physician with Health Connections Direct Primary Care, is shaking up the status quo to offer...

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