Jun
13

Health Watch: Erratic sleep increases risk of cardiovascular disease

Special to Iredell Free News Most all adults have experienced the tiredness and lack of clarity that comes from a sleepless night, but a study published last year by the

Jun
12

How to protect yourself and others once you are fully vaccinated

Editor’s Note: The following health guidance was provided by the Iredell County Health Department. Special to Iredell Free News COVID-19 vaccines are effective at protecting you from getting sick. Based

Jun
10

ICSO releases identity of shooting victim

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office has released the identity of a man who was fatally wounded at a residence on Williams Road early Tuesday morning. Zion Treyshun

Jun
08

Hospice: It’s important to make healthcare wishes known when you are healthy

Special to Iredell Free News Hospice & Palliative Care of Iredell County offers Advance Health Care Directive preparation to the community free of charge. Below is important information about Advance

Jun
07

Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease: How to manage risk factors

Special to Iredell Free News We have all misplaced our phones, forgot to respond to a text or email, or even completely forgot why we entered a room — it’s

Jun
04

Eliminating the Stigma: Pandemic has made it easier to discuss mental health issues

Special to Iredell Free News When you picture someone who is mentally ill, how do you imagine them? Your answer can help you determine if you are feeding into the

May
25

Iredell Health System bringing awareness to communication disorders

Special to Iredell Free News It’s difficult to imagine a world without communication — it plays a massive role in all of our lives. Communication is second nature to most

May
24

Health Watch:  Check Your Skin, Save Your Life

Special to Iredell Free News With summer rapidly approaching and the CDC allowing vaccinated individuals to gather without masks, people are increasingly eager to spend time outdoors. The warm sun

May
23

Health Watch: Strokes are among leading causes of death and disability in the U.S.

Editor’s Note: May is National Stroke Awareness month. Piedmont HealthCare physician Dr. Ryan Conrad shared valuable information regarding about strokes, warning signs, and what to do if one of those

May
17

A few minutes can make all the difference if you’re having a stroke

Special to Iredell Free News Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke; every four minutes, someone in the United States dies from stroke. Despite such prevalence,

May
13

FDA, CDC authorize Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 12 and older

Special to Iredell Free News Based on a review of safety and effectiveness data from clinical trials in the United States and the expanded emergency authorization by the U.S. Food

May
03

Receiving complaints about your snoring? It may be time for a sleep test

Special to Iredell Free News Are you tired of tossing and turning all through the night – waking up exhausted and stumbling through the day? You are not alone. Nearly

May
02

State health officials advise North Carolinians to ‘Fight the Bite’

Special to Iredell Free News RALEIGH — As the weather continues to warm up, state health officials urge North Carolinians to “Fight the Bite” by taking measures to reduce their

Apr
26

Are you stressed out? Try these self-care tips

Special to Iredell Free News Whether it’s caused by a tight deadline at work, an argument with your child, a large payment approaching, or anxiety surrounding the global pandemic, stress

Apr
01

N.C. lawmakers approve bill to provide six weeks of summer school to help struggling students

Special to Iredell Free News RALEIGH — The N.C. General Assembly gave unanimous approval on Thursday to legislation to create a new summer school option for students who have fallen

Mar
29

A colorectal cancer screening can save your life

Special to Iredell Free News Colorectal cancer is expected to cause approximately 53,000 deaths across the nation in 2021, according to the American Cancer Society. This makes colorectal cancer a

Mar
26

Spring has Sprung! Tips for limiting your exposure to seasonal allergies

  Special to Iredell Free News Springtime brings warm, sunny weather, beautiful flowers and, unfortunately, seasonal allergies. If you experience red, itchy eyes, a runny nose, and constant sneezing around

Mar
26

Piedmont HealthCare Physician Spotlight: Dr. Carl Foulks, Northlake Digestive Care

EDITOR’S NOTE: In honor of National Colorectal Awareness Month in March, Piedmont HealthCare is proud to recognize the four PHC gastroenterologists who have made Iredell County home. Throughout the month PHC

Mar
22

Diabetes Alert Day: Understanding diabetes and recognizing your risks

Special to Iredell Free News Tuesday, March 23, is the American Diabetes Association Diabetes Alert Day. With 7.2 million adults living in the United States who are unaware they have

Mar
18

Understanding the link between diabetes and heart disease

Special to Iredell Free News Most of us know someone who has diabetes. Nearly 1.5 million adults are diagnosed with diabetes each year. What you probably did not know is

Mar
18

Piedmont HealthCare Physician Spotlight: Dr. Nikhiel Rau, Comprehensive Digestive Care Center

EDITOR’S NOTE: In honor of National Colorectal Awareness Month in March, Piedmont HealthCare is proud to recognize the four PHC gastroenterologists who have made Iredell County home. Throughout the month PHC

Mar
12

Piedmont HealthCare Physician Spotlight: Dr. Brandon Marion, Northlake Digestive Care

EDITOR’S NOTE: In honor of National Colorectal Awareness Month in March, Piedmont HealthCare is proud to recognize the four PHC gastroenterologists who have made Iredell County home. Throughout the month PHC

Mar
03

Piedmont HealthCare Physician Spotlight: Dr. Vivek Trivedi, Comprehensive Digestive Care Center

EDITOR’S NOTE: In honor of National Colorectal Awareness Month in March, Piedmont HealthCare is proud to recognize the four PHC gastroenterologists who have made Iredell County home. Throughout the month

Feb
19

Davis Regional’s cardiac rehab program helps patients after traumatic cardiac events

Special to Iredell Free News Davis Regional Medical Center’s Rehabilitation Services observed Cardiac Rehab Week from February 14-20 with an emphasis on “Beating Strong & Living Long.” Davis Regional offers

Feb
15

Women’s Heart Health: Stay informed, know your risks

Special to Iredell Free News Heartbeats can tell us a lot of things. They race when we get nervous or anxious. They bump against our chests when we exert energy.

Feb
08

Iredell Health System cardiologist: Don’t ignore heart attack symptoms

Special to Iredell Free News Within the last year, medical professionals have noticed a trend of people ignoring symptoms of a heart attack, leading to more deaths. In a virtual

Feb
01

DACI presents ‘The Truth About Vaping’

BY DEBBIE PAGE debbiepage.iredellfreenews@gmail.com The Drug & Alcohol Coalition of Iredell recently held a two-day “Truth About Vaping” virtual conference to help the community understand how dangerous vaping is to

Jan
26

Iredell Health System to present virtual Healthy Hearts series throughout February

Special to Iredell Free News During National Heart Month this February, Iredell Health System’s Heart and Vascular Center will hold Healthy Hearts, a series of virtual presentations held via Zoom.

Jan
14

COVID-19 Vaccine Update: Health care workers and adults 65 and older are up next

Special to Iredell Free News RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday that vaccine providers that are ready to expand may vaccinate all health care workers

Jan
09

How to keep your New Year’s health goals and create long-lasting change

Special to Iredell Free News A new year symbolizes a fresh start with new health resolutions – whether it be a new exercise regimen, a healthier diet, or specific bodyweight

Dec
24

Iredell Health System provides healthy tips for the holidays

Special to Iredell Free News Even though the holiday season can bring stress, Iredell Health System is encouraging community members to follow simple tips, provided by registered dietitian Amanda Downs,

Dec
14

How to deal with holiday stress during a pandemic

Special to Iredell Free News The holiday season has arrived, and with it an alarming assortment of demands — cooking meals, shopping and cleaning, to name a few. The accompanying

Nov
27

Wake Forest Baptist Health awarded grant to improve access to cancer clinical trials for underserved, rural populations

Special to Iredell Free News WINSTON-SALEM – Despite advances in cancer treatment, disparities in cancer outcomes are prevalent, especially for minority, underserved and rural populations. With a $775,000 one-year grant

Nov
26

Iredell Health System Pulmonary Rehab program helps COPD patients remain active

Special to Iredell Free News Many people may not notice or think about how important their lungs are until they stop working properly. Breathing is an involuntary function bringing oxygen

Nov
17

Iredell Health System’s Wellness and Diabetes Center helps patients manage disease

Special to Iredell Free News The 30 million Americans living with diabetes are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, with those poorly managing their diabetes at a greater risk of experiencing complications

Nov
05

Mammograms Save Lives: One woman’s story

Special to Iredell Free News In September 2019, Vickie Hamilton had her yearly mammogram at Iredell Health System’s Women’s Health Center. Knowing that the breast X-ray detects cancers too small