Sep
27

PAD Awareness Month: Take off your socks at your next doctor’s appointment

Special to Iredell Free News That leg pain you experience while exercising may seem like no big deal. However, this often-ignored pain can be an indication of a much more

Sep
26

Health Beat: Primary care providers can spot medical conditions before they become serious problems

Special to Iredell Free News When you start to feel under the weather and cannot seem to kick the cold, where is the first place you go? Many people will

Sep
25

PHC Physician Spotlight: Dr. Amanda Pugh joins General Surgery practice (Video)

Special to Iredell Free News Dr. Amanda M. Pugh has joined the Piedmont HealthCare’s General Surgery practice with one of PHC’s most tenured general surgeons, Dr. James Foxworthy. “We are

Sep
25

Health officials urge Iredell residents to get flu vaccine to reduce burden on healthcare system

Editor’s Note: The Iredell County Health Department provided the following health advice for the upcoming flu season. Special to Iredell Free News The Iredell County Health Department works tirelessly to

Sep
23

Iredell Health System welcomes new physician to Iredell Internal Medicine

Special to Iredell Free News Dr. Samuel J. Stelmach has joined the practice at Iredell Internal Medicine. Stelmach is board-certified in internal medicine with four years of experience. He believes in a

Sep
19

Health Beat: Studies link vestibular/balance disorders and dizziness to hearing loss and falls

Special to Iredell Free News Piedmont HealthCare Ear, Nose and Throat and The American Academy of Audiology are supporters of Balance Awareness Week (September 19 to 25). The observance has

Sep
14

Health officials urge North Carolinians to get flu shot as COVID-19 cases remain high

Special to Iredell Free News RALEIGH — Public health officials with the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services are urging North Carolinians to protect themselves, their families and those

Sep
12

Pregnant with COVID-19: One mom’s struggle

Special to Iredell Free News When Valerie Allen learned she was pregnant with her fourth child, she knew it would be her last pregnancy. The 29-year-old Statesville resident was already

Sep
07

Iredell Health System working to eliminate stigma, prevent suicide

Special to Iredell Free News Hearing the shocking news of a life cut short due to suicide is nothing short of devastating. It gives us that distressing, sinking feeling in

Sep
06

Health Beat: How to prevent and treat youth sports injuries

Special to Iredell Free News One minute you’re watching your child play their favorite sport. Then, while cheering them on, you see them grab their ankle and fall. As the

Sep
05

‘I didn’t think I was going to make it’

Harmony woman details nine-month battle with COVID-19, advises others to take it seriously Special to Iredell Free News Imagine trying to breathe through a straw. Air comes in, but it

Aug
28

Health Beat: Be a sickle cell fighter by donating blood

Help save lives on September 13 at Chestnut Grove Community Center Special to Iredell Free News September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month, designated by Congress to help focus attention

Aug
24

Health Beat: Vaping causes irreversible lung damage, cancer and asthma

Special to Iredell Free News While vaping may seem like a harmless, safer alternative to smoking, research shows that’s not the case. Vaping has become increasingly popular, especially among younger

Aug
19

Health Beat: Tips for getting the new school year off to a great start

Special to Iredell Free News While back-to-school time is exciting for some children, others may feel anxious or scared to begin school, especially following such an unconventional year. As we

Aug
07

Health Beat: Make sure your child has a healthy start to new school year (Video)

Special to Iredell Free News Summer break is quickly coming to an end, which means it is almost time for school to start. As students plan their return to the

Aug
04

Iredell Memorial Hospital rated as “High Performing” in several specialties by U.S. News & World Report

Special to Iredell Free News Iredell Memorial Hospital was ranked “High Performing” in U.S. News & World Report’s 2021-22 Best Hospitals ranking for its treatment of patients in three medical

Aug
03

Health Beat: Early detection and new treatments leading to better outcomes for lung cancer patients

Special to Iredell Free News Most adults are aware of the widespread prevalence of lung cancer, and that individual behaviors strongly impact this type of cancer. But even with well-known

Jul
29

Health Beat: Hands-only CPR is simple to learn and saves lives

Special to Iredell Free News In the event that someone — maybe one of your friends or family members — experiences cardiac arrest, what do you do? During a cardiac

Jul
29

Gov. Cooper issues Executive Order requiring unvaccinated state employees to wear face masks, urges private employers to follow suit

CDC updates guidance to say all K-12 students should wear face masks, regardless of vaccination status  Special to Iredell Free News RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper and North Carolina Department

Jul
26

Iredell Health System seeks to combat vaccine hesitancy with data proving efficacy

Special to Iredell Free News As the new, highly contagious COVID-19 variant causes virus cases to rise once again, vaccination rates continue to fall. This widespread decline in COVID vaccinations

Jul
16

NCDHHS advises caution to prevent heat-related illnesses

Special to Iredell Free News RALEIGH — Public health officials with the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services advise employers, local health departments, emergency managers and residents to take

Jul
09

Iredell Surgery at Mooresville offers specialized same-day surgical care

Special to Iredell Free News Are you in need of same-day surgery but want to avoid a trip to the hospital? Check out Iredell Surgery at Mooresville — an ambulatory

Jul
06

Keeping Your Cool: How to protect yourself from heat illness this summer

Special to Iredell Free News Summer may seem like the perfect time to catch up on your long-overdue yard work, but be wary — the hot summer heat is no

Jun
29

Health Beat: How to protect yourself from Lyme disease

Special to Iredell Free News It’s finally summer — the perfect time to go outdoors and soak up the sun. But with warm, summer weather also comes the perfect time

Jun
26

Health Beat: Local physician provides information on headache symptoms, causes and treatments

Special to Iredell Free News June is National Headache and Migraine Awareness Month. To provide medical insight on this topic, Piedmont HealthCare reached out to Dr. Tara Frankhouser, a family

Jun
24

Iredell Rehab provides Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy services

Special to Iredell Free News You’ve just had surgery, and you’re more ready than ever to get back to your daily activities. However, you may notice it is difficult to

Jun
23

DACI conducting substance use community needs assessment

Special to Iredell Free News Drug-Alcohol Coalition of Iredell (DACI) is conducting a county-wide survey to gather information about substance use issues and needs in our community. DACI invites all

Jun
21

Health Beat: Help is available for those who suffer from debilitating migraines

Special to Iredell Free News Most of us know at least one person who suffers from migraines. You’ve probably even heard someone use the terms “headache” and “migraine” interchangeably, but

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