February 2021

CHAPALA MED’S Monthly Health Newsletter 
February 2021 Health Newsletter 
Warm greetings to our patients and the community which we serve. It’s hard to believe that we are now well into the second month of the year. We would like to wish you all happiness, health, and wellness in 2021.
We are pleased to announce that in January we opened a second branch, Chapala Med II in Riberas del Pilar. The doctors and dentist who were already in that location have partnered with Dr. Santiago Hernandez and our existing team of physicians. The addition of these doctors and an ophthalmologist in the coming months, will make Chapala Med’s medical team the most respected and reliable in the Lakeside area.
We also plan to open a third branch in the municipality of Jocotopec to serve our patients in communities near the west end of the lake. With the support of the Ribera Medical Center’s state-of-the-art facility, as well as the new ambulance service, it will make access to excellent medical care much faster and easier for both routine wellness and critical situations.
Our dear Dr. Cherry Adjchavanich is still away on medical leave. She has been dealing with some health-related issues of her own but is recovering well in her home in Houston and will return after she receives her Covid-19 vaccines. Dr. Cherry will be seeing patients at Chapala Med in the evenings and Chapala Med II during the day, providing regular consultations as well as urgent care.
COVID-19 Respiratory rehabilitation is now being offered at Chapala Med by our rehabilitation department. Paulo Gonzalez has emerged as the premier COVID respiratory therapist in the state. If you are recovering or have sequelae from COVID, come in for an evaluation improve recover sooner with this new rehabilitation.  
We have a wonderful new dentist! We are pleased to welcome Dr. Carlos Cerda to Chapala Med. He has been working in the Lakeside community for the past 20 years and most recently completed his residency at Chapala Med II. We are offering free dental check-ups for all new patients and those who come in for their yearly wellness exams.
As you may know I am also the medical director of the new Ribera Medical Center on the Libramiento. This beautiful hospital is up and running! RMC was recently visited by COPRISJAL and was deemed to be in full compliance with all government norms and standards and has been granted all the necessary permits to provide care. It is the only top-tier hospital in the Lakeside area. We had our inauguration in October and began operating in late December.
RMC Hospital will provide full service for emergencies, surgeries, and hospitalizations. We recently met with the board of directors and owners of the hospital who recognized an urgent need for Covid-19 treatment. The hospital will be modified to provide a complete isolation ward which will operate independently with its own entrance, staff, and equipment. We will keep you informed of our completion of this important service of our hospital. 
In a follow up newsletter,  two additional pages of information on surgical procedures as well as Covid-19 treatment protocol. Chapala Med strongly recommends you print these documents and keep with your emergency information and medical history. We hope you stay well, stay home, and call us when you need the finest medical or dental care.
As always,  I’d like to remind our readers of our MISSION STATEMENT so that you are all aware of what we are striving to accomplish everyday and hold us to this mission. 
Yours in health,
 Santiago Hernandez M.D. 
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. The good news? It is also one of the most preventable.  Making heart-healthy choices, knowing your family health history and the risk factors for heart disease, having regular check-ups and working with your physician to manage your health are all integral aspects of saving lives from this often silent killer.  FEBRUARY IS HEART HEALTH MONTH.  Make a difference in your community by spreading the word about strategies for preventing heart disease and encouraging those around you to have their hearts check and commit to heart-healthy lives.  
Heart attack symptoms in men vs. women? 
Risk factors, signs for heart attack different in women

Although heart disease can often be thought of as a problem for men, heart disease is the most common cause of death for both women and men in the United States. One challenge is that some heart disease symptoms in women may be different from those in men. Fortunately, women can take steps to understand their unique symptoms of heart disease and to begin to reduce their risk of heart disease

People at low risk for heart trouble may not need routine ECGs

EKG’s and STRESS TESTs are
NOT for all patients. Avoid unnecessary testing that could lead you down an expensive and worrisome path that may lead to 

more questions than answers. Below are up to date links for current guidelines for cardiac screening. 

The deadly flu epidemic sweeping the US is still spreading – Below is a link to an article with everything you need to know about the current epidemic in the U.S. that is affecting Mexico too.
 It’s not too late to get vaccinated !
5 ways to de-stress and help your heart
Doctors don’t know exactly how chronic stress affects the heart. Most likely, stress triggers inflammation, a known instigator of heart disease, but that hasn’t been proven. “I think the conventional opinion is that stress is bad for your heart, but the data are much murkier,” says Dr. Deepak Bhatt, director of the Integrated Interventional Cardiovascular Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

The family said,
 “Do everything”

If your loved one has reached the end-stage of life, do the right thing. Click below for an insightful article. 


The Healthcare providers & Staff at Chapala Med pledge 

“to preserve our humility, integrity, and all the values which brought us to the practice of medicine. We will engage in honest self-reflection, striving for excellence but acknowledging our limitations, and caring for ourselves as we care for others. We will seek to heal the whole person, rather than merely treat disease, committing to a partnership with our patients that empowers them and demonstrates empathy and respect. We will cure sometimes, treat often, and comfort always.” 


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