Heather moved to the Charleston area from Philadelphia in 2016. Heather has a wealth of primary care practice experience in community health with a focus on health prevention, education, and health of the family. Her experiences include treating diabetes, hypertension, COPD, providing women’s health services, men’s health service’s and HIV health care.
Heather explains, “I love supporting my patient’s and empowering them through all walks of life and I see myself as a partner in their healthcare. I especially enjoy building relationships and working with my patients as they establish their healthcare goals and needs.” In her spare time, Heather enjoys spending time with her family outdoors and staying active.
It’s Alcohol Awareness Month. Did you know that one in every 12 adults, or 17.6 million people, suffer from alcohol use disorder or alcohol dependence? Excessive alcohol use increases the risk of other serious health problems, including cancer, heart disease, and liver failure.
Schedule an appointment with our Truesdale medical Center team today to discuss #alcohol use or any other health issue of concern to you. Call us at 843-266-3870
It is estimated that more than 40,000 adults in the U.S. still die each year from diseases that can be prevented by a vaccine. Just because you were vaccinated against something years ago doesn’t necessarily mean you are still protected today.
The vaccines you may need as an adult depend on everything from your age and lifestyle to high-risk medical conditions, travel plans, and which shots you’ve had (or not) in the past. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that throughout your adult life, you need immunizations to get and maintain protection against:
Seasonal Influenza (flu): for all adults.
Tetanus, Pertussis, and Diphtheria: for all adults who have not previously received the Tdap vaccine.
Shingles: for adults 60 years and older.
Pneumococcal diseases: for adults 65 years and older and adults with specific health conditions.
Hepatitis B: for adults who have diabetes or are at risk for hepatitis B.
Other vaccinations you may need include those that protect against human papillomavirus (which can cause certain cancers), hepatitis A, meningococcal disease, chickenpox (varicella), and measles, mumps and rubella. Speak with your provider about which vaccines are recommended for you. And remember, if your immunizations are not up to date, you may be also putting your family at risk. Staying on top of your vaccines and boosters helps you stay healthier and slows the spread of disease to those around you.
Schedule your appointment at Truesdale Medical Center to discuss which vaccines you and your family need!