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Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Feb 16th, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus.But what...

12 Heart-Healthy Foods to Incorporate into Your Diet Feb 12th, 2021

During the average lifetime, a person’s heart beats almost 2.5 billion times, pumping millions of gallons of blood throughout the body. It’s important, therefore, to do everything you can to keep the system functioning at peak performance.  Along with getting enough exercise, not smoking, and managing your stress levels, eating...

Are You Up-to-Date on Your Vaccinations? Jan 17th, 2021

When was the last time you thought about your vaccinations? If you’re like most adults, you probably think of vaccines as something children and teenagers need. However, they play a crucial role in preventive care for people of all ages. At Health First Primary Care, Dr. Gisela Vargas recommends vaccinations...

10 Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain Dec 10th, 2020

Many people gain a small amount of weight every year. But did you know most people gain that extra weight over the holidays? To be fair, average holiday weight gain is usually just one pound. Those pounds add up year after year if you continuously brush them off.  Here at...

Understanding the Link Between Stress and Hypertension Nov 1st, 2020

Are you living with hypertension? If so, you aren’t alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in three, approximately 75 million, American adults has high blood pressure. People can develop hypertension for a number of reasons, including certain medical conditions and unhealthy behaviors, like smoking...

Why Medically Supervised Weight-Loss Programs Are More Successful Oct 16th, 2020

Every year about half of all adults in the United States attempt to lose weight, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Eating less and exercising are the most popular methods people use to drop those unwanted pounds. Despite the efforts, more than 70% of adults are overweight...

The Importance of Getting Your Flu Shot Early Sep 9th, 2020

It’s September, and that means fall is here along with the start of the flu and cold season. This year, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) gives the flu season an added challenge. Now is the time to get the flu shot and protect yourself and your family all season long.  At...

Why Keeping Your Weight in Check Is So Important If You Have Diabetes Aug 11th, 2020

Whether you’ve just been diagnosed with diabetes or you’ve been managing it for years, you know the drill from your doctor: Exercise regularly and eat healthy to ensure that you stay at an ideal weight. Is it really so important, though? What’s five pounds here or there? Dr. Gisela Vargas...