Coliseum Health System helps community “Live in their Prime”

Coliseum Northside Hospital and Coliseum Medical Centers in Macon, Ga, embody the spirit of families all over middle Georgia in their expert care and connections with patients. That special connection would not be possible without the caring and competent employees that we recently celebrated during our Employee Appreciation Week. Each and every employee is committed to excellence and they truly care about the health and well-being of the patients. Our employees live our mission statement day in and day out:  Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life.  Continue reading  

Why strokes in young people are on the rise

Age is a major risk factor for having a stroke—in fact, the risk of stroke doubles for each decade after age 55. But a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association in May 2016 found, while hospitalizations for ischemic strokes overall have dropped 18.4% between 2000 and 2010, hospitalizations for ischemic strokes in people between the ages of 25 and 44 have risen by 44%.

Is there an epidemic of ischemic stroke striking the young and middle-aged? Not exactly. So why the big jump in strokes in younger people? Read on to learn what you can do to reduce your risk of having a stroke. Continue reading  

Know your numbers: Blood Pressure

You’ve had your blood pressure read and know what’s normal, but do you know what the numbers mean and what they measure?

You’ve had your blood pressure read and you may know what’s considered normal blood pressure, but do you know what those numbers measure and what they mean? If you’re one of the approximately 70 million adults in the US with high blood pressure—also known as hypertension—you should know, because high blood pressure can lead to a host of problems, such as artery damage, stroke, heart attack and even kidney and eye damage.

If your blood pressure is high, your heart muscle is pumping against high resistance. Given enough time pumping against high resistance, the heart will hypertrophy, or grow bigger. This can lead to impaired blood flow, arrhythmia and cardiac arrest. Continue reading