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Ask a Health Care Professional – Heart Disease & Stroke

Ask a Health Care Professional – Heart Disease & Stroke

By Latha Raja Shankar, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico Heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 and No. 5 killers respectively of all Americans, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). Since high blood pressure is a...

Ask a Health Care Professional – Shingles

Ask a Health Care Professional – Shingles

Ask a Health Care Professional Latha Raja Shankar, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico One out of three people in the United States are likely to develop shingles in their lifetime. The data show that the rate of older adults getting...

Ask a Health Care Professional – Colorectal Cancer

Ask a Health Care Professional – Colorectal Cancer

By Diana Weber, M.D., Medical Director, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico March is national Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, which draws attention to one of our country’s most deadly but often preventable diseases. Colon cancer, which starts in the large...

Ask a Health Care Professional – Coronary Artery Disease

Ask a Health Care Professional – Coronary Artery Disease

By Diana Weber, M.D., Medical Director, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico February is American Heart Month, which is an opportunity to direct our focus toward recognizing and preventing heart disease. Heart disease causes one in three deaths each year, but most...

Ask a Health Care Professional – Arthritis

Ask a Health Care Professional – Arthritis

By Diana Weber, M.D., Medical Director, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico As we age, all areas of our bodies are affected, though the manifestations are different in every person. While we cannot reverse the aging process, we can take actions to minimize the...

Ask a Health Care Professional – High Blood Pressure

Ask a Health Care Professional – High Blood Pressure

By Diana Weber, M.D., Medical Director, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico How prevalent is high blood pressure? Nearly half of American adults have high blood pressure. Unfortunately, many people are unaware that they have high blood pressure because it is...

Ask a Health Care Professional – National Diabetes Month

Ask a Health Care Professional – National Diabetes Month

By Diana Weber, M.D., Medical Director, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico November brings Thanksgiving celebrations, but it is also National Diabetes Month, with World Diabetes Day occurring on November 14. This year, the American Diabetes Association...

Ask a Health Care Professional – Breast Cancer

Ask a Health Care Professional – Breast Cancer

By Diana Weber, M.D., Medical Director, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is a good time to make sure you’re up to date on recommended screenings for this disease. Breast cancer awareness is particularly relevant...

Ask a Health Care Professional – Hepatitis C

Ask a Health Care Professional – Hepatitis C

By Diana Weber, M.D., Medical Director, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico Hepatitis C is one of the most common infectious diseases in the world. New Mexico has a high rate of this infection, with approximately 2.8 percent of the population experiencing chronic...

Ask a Health Care Professional – Falls

Ask a Health Care Professional – Falls

By Latha Raja Shankar, M.D., MBA, Chief Medical Officer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico Why do falls matter? Falls are a threat to the health of older adults and can reduce the ability to remain independent. Falls are dangerous and costly. According to the...

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