ETobacco program uses EHR to help smokers quit

Baylor Scott & White Health, the University of Texas at Austin and the Texas Department of State Health Services are training physicians to use eTobacco, a smoking and tobacco-cessation initiative that connects a patient’s electronic medical records (EMR) with a state-funded program called Quitline. There is a Quitline in every U.S. state, funded by the … Continue reading ETobacco program uses EHR to help smokers quit

Heart healthy perspective from Baylor Scott & White doctors

During February, our thoughts often turn to valentines, chocolates and, for some, heart disease. So many of us try our best to stay healthy but we’re human. We asked several Baylor Scott & White Health physicians for practical heart healthy advice to keep us thinking about ways we all can lessen the likelihood of developing heart … Continue reading Heart healthy perspective from Baylor Scott & White doctors

What will it take to quit smoking today?

In a time not so “bygone,” tobacco companies spent big money to get people addicted to their products. Movies and television were filled with people smoking. Advertising was rampant. Cigarette manufacturers bent the truth to boost their cigarette sales goals, telling consumers that dentists and physicians preferred to smoke particular brands. Cigarette smoking was even … Continue reading What will it take to quit smoking today?

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) a risk for smokers, diabetics

Peripheral arterial disease, or PAD, is defined as the blockage of the peripheral arteries, excluding the arteries in the heart, aortic arch or brain. It is characterized by the hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) and the subsequent blockage of the arteries in the extremities, and is a marker for systemic vascular disease involving the heart, brain … Continue reading Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) a risk for smokers, diabetics