Primary Care

I Felt a Lump. Now What?

Discovering a lump in your breast can be an alarming experience, one that often triggers a wave of worry and concern. This initial shock can lead to numerous questions and doubts, but it is important to remember you are not alone. About 40% of breast lumps are detected by women during a breast self-exam. This … Read More
Published On: November 27, 2023

The 4 Wise Steps of EOY Deductibles

‘Twas the month before New Year’s when all through your mind, you realized: You’ve reached your deductible! Now is the time! Make your appointments, order your pills. And know that your health plan may pick up the bill. Your deductible is how much of your medical costs you pay (excluding premiums and copays or coinsurance) … Read More
Published On: November 20, 2023

Hoag Earns Straight “A’s” on the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., November 6, 2023 — Hoag has once again been awarded straight “A’s” by the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for its hospitals in Newport Beach and Irvine. Achieving the nation’s top honor for patient safety, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade rates a hospital’s overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and … Read More
Published On: November 6, 2023

Is it Pregnancy or PMS?

Cramping. Fatigue. Breast tenderness. The symptoms of premenstrual syndrome mimic those of pregnancy so well, it can be difficult to tell the difference. Hoag OB/Gyn, Nura S. Sobhanian, M.D., offers some helpful tips to help you decode what your body is trying to tell you. “PMS symptoms overlap with symptoms of pregnancy, so when it … Read More
Published On: November 2, 2023

3 Steps to Take Charge of Your Brain Health

The secrets of the human brain are being unlocked at an exciting pace. We now have the first FDA-approved medication to fundamentally alter the biology of Alzheimer’s disease. In the next decade, it’s possible we will have vaccines to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s by decades. While pharmaceutical research opens an incredible new future for … Read More
Published On: November 1, 2023

Registered Dietitian Offers 3 Essential Halloween Tips for Parents

Halloween is designed to terrify us. The ghouls! The goblins! The attempts to teach children about portion control while they’re holding pillowcases stuffed with candy! Thankfully, Meghan Gonzalez, R.D., C.D.C.E.S, a Hoag registered dietitian and certified diabetes care and education specialist is here to allay parents’ fears of the things that go bump (and crinkle, … Read More
Published On: October 19, 2023

5 Tips to Reduce Salt for a Healthy Heart

Americans sure do heart salt. Nearly 90% of adults and children in the U.S. consume too much of the stuff. Unfortunately, our love affair with sodium comes at a cost: high blood pressure, which leads to heart disease. “The body needs sodium to function properly, but too much sodium can raise blood pressure, which is … Read More
Published On: September 25, 2023

New South OC Health Center Celebrated During Community Event

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, CA — A new health center opened its doors in south Orange County, and residents flocked to the grand opening celebration of Hoag Health Center Dove Canyon on Saturday, Aug. 26. At the grand opening celebration, residents toured the new campus and enjoyed a meet and greet with Professional Golf Association star … Read More
Published On: August 30, 2023

Knowing This About the Aorta Could Save Your Life

The aorta is the body’s largest blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the entire body, but most people don’t give much thought to their aorta until they experience a problem. The Elaine & Robert Matranga Aortic Center at Hoag wants to change that. Aortic Disease Awareness Day is an international celebration on … Read More
Published On: August 29, 2023

Surfers’ Radical Safety: 6 Tips to Avoid Traumatic Injury

The award-winning Hoag Spine Center has a message for surfers: “We hope never to meet you, but if you do get injured in the ocean, we’re here for you.” “Most neck and spinal cord injuries at the beach are caused by an ocean wave forcing your neck and spine into harmful, unnatural positions,” said Director … Read More
Published On: August 28, 2023