Blog Archive

Lifestyle Changes You Can Make to Prevent Hypertension Oct 1st, 2022

They call hypertension the “silent killer” because it sneaks up without warning and can be life-threatening when it does.  That’s why we check your blood pressure every time you visit us at Redwood Family Health Center in McKinney and Farmers Ranch, Texas. Elevated blood pressure indicates a serious health condition that can...

How Do I Give Myself a Breast Exam? Sep 1st, 2022

Only lung cancer deaths surpass breast cancer deaths in American women. The American Cancer Society estimates that about 30% of the cancers women develop will be breast cancer. In 2022, that means 287,850 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and 43,250 will die from it. Those are sobering statistics,...

Why Diabetics Need Special Eye and Foot Care Aug 1st, 2022

By interfering with your blood sugar levels, diabetes puts you at risk for a long list of health conditions, including heart disease, gum disease and tooth decay, chronic kidney disease, hearing loss, nerve damage, and mental health issues, to name a few.  Two of the most common diabetes complications affect your eyes...

What Can I Expect at My Newborn's Appointments for Their First Year? Jul 1st, 2022

Your first pregnancy was an adventure. If you’re like many women, you followed the growth and development of your baby over the months and anticipated their arrival with growing enthusiasm — and maybe a little anxiety. After all, being a first-time parent can be intimidating, and the onslaught of information...

Do I Have to Get on Medication for My High Blood Pressure? Jun 1st, 2022

You may have been surprised to hear you have high blood pressure. After all, you feel fine and have experienced no symptoms. That’s why hypertension is so dangerous. You can live with it for months or years without realizing you have it, while it slowly damages your veins and arteries and...

Can Type 2 Diabetes Be Reversed? May 5th, 2022

Type 1 diabetes requires lifelong insulin therapy — there’s no way around that. But type 2 diabetes is different. With the right lifestyle changes and medication, you can manage your symptoms and live a fairly normal life. Does that mean you can reverse type 2 diabetes if you try hard...

Warning Signs of Hypertension to Look For Apr 12th, 2022

You typed “symptoms of high blood pressure” into your search bar and came up empty. And you won’t have much more luck here. That’s because high blood pressure — also called hypertension — has no symptoms to warn you that you have it. In fact, that sneaky characteristic led to...

Tips on How to Heal a Cold Mar 14th, 2022

The average American adult gets a cold 2-3 times a year, and kids get even more. That makes the common cold the most prevalent health problem facing people of all ages. When you experience the telltale signs of congestion, sore throat, coughing, sneezing, and runny nose, all you want is...

How Pediatric Care Can Help With Your Child's Nutrition Feb 16th, 2022

The adage “you are what you eat” is especially true for children. In addition to fueling basic metabolic functions, proper nutrition: Builds your child’s immune system so they can fend off infectious diseases Contributes to proper brain and organ development Promotes cognitive development Proper nutrition establishes a strong physical, mental,...

My Urine Is Brown: Do I Have a Urinary Tract Infection? Jan 13th, 2022

After your body absorbs all the beneficial nutrients, everything you eat and drink eventually gets filtered through your kidneys and turned into urine. When you pee, you get rid of waste, salt, electrolytes, chemicals, toxins, digestive byproducts, and even hormones.  But your urine also passes out things like medications and...

How Does a Sports Physical Differ From an Annual Physical? Dec 13th, 2021

Regular medical check-ups are important for every aspect of your health. The reason you see your eye doctor and dentist every year is to monitor your vision and oral health and detect any problems early so you can treat them before they progress into a serious condition. The same is...

What Is a Pap Smear and Why Would I Need One? Nov 14th, 2021

Like most cancers, cervical cancer has a better cure rate when it’s caught early. And that’s where the Pap smear, also known as the Pap test, comes in. Dr. Venkata Vallury here at Redwood Family Health Center in McKinney and Farmers Branch, Texas, performs Pap smears regularly as part of...

How We Help You Manage Your Diabetes Oct 14th, 2021

Diabetes is a life-changing diagnosis. There’s no cure, and there are many lifestyle factors and test results you need to juggle all day, every day. That can be tough if you try to do it on your own. Fortunately, you don’t have to. Dr. Venkata Vallury, our experienced physician here...

Is Your Child an Athlete? Consider a Sports Physical Sep 14th, 2021

Whether they try their hand at tennis, volleyball, soccer, baseball, or one of the many other sports available to kids these days, if your child is one of the 70% of kids ages 6-12 who join a team or play an individual sport or one of the 8 million teenagers...

Is it Possible to Develop ADHD in Adulthood? Aug 19th, 2021

Most people think of children when they think of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) — and rightly so. For many years, experts believed that one of the key factors in an ADHD diagnosis was the presence of symptoms prior to adolescence. But new research may suggest otherwise.  Many adults have lived with...

Could You Have High Blood Pressure and Not Know It? Jul 19th, 2021

High blood pressure, medically known as hypertension, is a major risk factor for heart attack and stroke, and it’s on the rise. More than 100 million adults in the United States have hypertension, according to recent statistics, and because hypertension rarely causes symptoms, many of them are unaware of it....