At The Doctors Hospital of Laredo Blog you'll find information you can use to improve your overall health and well-being, and stories about our amazing patients and Healthcare Heroes serving our community.

A Chicken Dish with a Little Zest

February 22, 2024

Try Making Crispy Lemon-Garlic Chicken Thighs with Roasted Potatoes & Carrots

Is Your Joint Pain More Than Just the Usual Aches?

February 22, 2024

Joint health is important, and understanding what’s normal helps in maintaining your quality of life.

Unlocking the Power of Protein

February 22, 2024

Have you been neglecting this essential nutrient in your diet? This is how protein intake affects you now and in the future.

The Most Common Causes of Accidental Poisoning

February 22, 2024

Most poisonings occur at home. Here's where the danger lies and how to keep your family safer.

What's That Smell? And What Does It Mean?

February 22, 2024

Here's what body odor comes from, why it changes and how to control it.

These Symptoms May Mean You Have Kidney Disease

February 22, 2024

Symptoms during early stages of the disease are hard to spot, but don't ignore these red flags.

This Is What the World's Longest Living People Eat

February 22, 2024

The diet of people in the Blue Zones may help them live longer. Here's what they eat.

A Heart-Healthy Recipe for Salmon

January 30, 2024

This recipe will yield perfectly cooked, 4-ounce salmon fillets with a delightful honey balsamic glaze, ideal for a tasty, healthy meal.

Would You Recognize These Warning Signs of Stroke?

January 30, 2024

Here's how to spot a stroke and what to do.

Here Are 7 Signs You Might Have Heart Failure

January 30, 2024

Don't ignore these common symptoms of this serious heart condition.

This Is What a Heart Attack Really Feels Like

January 30, 2024

In real life, heart attack symptoms are usually more subtle than what you see in movies.

A Guide to Easing into Exercise after a Heart Attack

January 30, 2024

Exercise helps you recover after a cardiac event and here are tips to help you do it more safely.

Is Your Eyesight at Risk?

January 30, 2024

Good eyesight is often taken for granted – until it is lost. A common eye disorder affects many people 50 years and older.

Minimally Invasive Heart Surgeries Explained

January 30, 2024

Today, minimally invasive techniques can offer reduced scarring, less pain and quicker recovery for those with cardiovascular conditions.

Proudly Primary Heart Attack Center Certified

January 16, 2024

“This certification is a testament to our commitment to our heart and vascular program,” says hospital CEO.

Winter Comfort Food with an Asian Twist

December 29, 2023

Bring the authentic flavors of Chinese cuisine right into your kitchen.

Weight Gain Isn't Always About Appetite or Willpower

December 29, 2023

If your yearly resolution has to do with reaching a healthy weight, it may be smart to check your thyroid.

4 Small New Year’s Resolutions to Inspire Change

December 29, 2023

Take these incremental steps to a better 2024.

4 Foods That May Help You Lose Weight

December 29, 2023

Stay fuller while eating fewer calories by making these satisfying foods part of your diet.

Do Diabetes Drugs Help You Lose Weight?

December 29, 2023

Here's why drugs originally developed to treat diabetes are being used for weight loss.

7 Good Reasons to Try Dry January

December 29, 2023

This may be the incentive you need to start the new year alcohol-free.

How to Quit Smoking Gradually

December 29, 2023

Ready to kick your habit? Instead of doing it cold turkey, here are tips to ease into a smoke-free life.

6 Ways to Care for Your Skin This Winter

November 30, 2023

Here’s why you should pay extra attention to your body’s first line of defense as temperatures drop.

Keep Illnesses Away from Your Holiday Gatherings

November 30, 2023

Getting sick slows you down and prevents you from enjoying the festivities. These tips can help you avoid it.

Watch Out for These Common Injuries During the Holidays

November 30, 2023

Don't let an injury ruin your holiday fun. These tips can help keep you injury-free.

Crohn's or Ulcerative Colitis? How to Tell the Difference

November 30, 2023

Here are similarities and differences between these conditions, as well as common symptoms.

Your Guide to Healthy Holiday Travel

November 30, 2023

Before you pack your bags, read these tips so you're more likely to stay healthy during your travels.

'Tis the Season When You're Most Likely to Have a Heart Attack

November 30, 2023

Here's why your heart is more at risk during the holidays, and what you can do to protect it.

4 Strategies to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

October 25, 2023

A good night’s sleep can set the tone for the day. These factors play a role. 

How Risky Is Vaping?

October 25, 2023

E-cigarettes and smokeless nicotine were once regarded as a way to avoid lung cancer risk, but there are concerns.

The Best Time to Exercise If You Have Diabetes

October 25, 2023

All exercise is good if you have diabetes, but here's when it may help the most.

How to Save 1,000 Calories at Your Thanksgiving Meal

October 25, 2023

The average American consumes over 2,000 calories on Thanksgiving. Here's how to save half those calories!

The Best Way to Catch Lung Cancer Early

October 25, 2023

If you are a current or former smoker, here's how to protect yourself from lung cancer.

How to Ease Hip Pain

October 25, 2023

If you have pain, stiffness and inflammation in your hip joint, these tips can help.

What Does It Mean to Have Dense Breasts?

September 28, 2023

Those with dense breast tissue are at higher risk of developing breast cancer and other breast-related issues.

What You Should Know About Diabetes and Sugar

September 28, 2023

High blood sugar causes many of the symptoms and complications of diabetes. Here’s how to manage your blood sugar. 

7 Things You'll Notice After Losing Weight

September 28, 2023

More than just the number on the scale will change when you lose weight.

The Scariest Health Hazards of Halloween

September 28, 2023

This holiday is all about having fun. Here are 5 ways to keep it that way.

The Do's and Don'ts of Supporting Someone with Mental Illness

September 28, 2023

Not sure what to do if a friend or family member has mental health issues? These tips may help.

These 10 Foods Help Fight Inflammation

September 28, 2023

Wondering what inflammation-fighting foods to add to your diet? Try these 10 powerhouses.

Are You Missing This Sign of Ovarian Cancer?

August 21, 2023

If you often feel full quickly when eating, don't ignore it.

These 9 Things Make It More Likely You'll Fall

August 21, 2023

Here's how to recognize common fall hazards so you can do something to lower your risk.

These Are the 3 Most Common Prostate Problems

August 21, 2023

If you're a man, here are three conditions that may affect your prostate as you age.

Here's Why AFib May Be Especially Dangerous for Women

August 21, 2023

Women need to be aware of this serious heart arrhythmia because early detection is important.

The Surprising Question That Might Prevent Teen Suicide

August 21, 2023

Today’s generation of teens are at high risk of suicide. Learn what you can do to intervene. 

Understanding the Basics of Epilepsy

August 21, 2023

Learn how to identify, and manage, this neurological condition.

Don't Miss These Signs of Heat-Related Illness

July 29, 2023

Heat-related illnesses can be very serious, so it's important to recognize if they are happening.

4 Frequent Causes of Knee Pain

July 28, 2023

Your knees aren’t getting any younger. Here’s how to keep them in order.

Stay Safe on the Sports Field

July 27, 2023

Don’t let a sport injury keep you off the field this season. Here’s how to be safe before, during and after an activity.

Don't Forget to Schedule These Medical Appointments

July 24, 2023

Now is as good a time as any to get these appointments on your calendar.

How to Overcome Loneliness

July 21, 2023

If you are lonely, following these 5 tips can help you feel more connected to others.

Should You Take These Vitamins Every Day?

July 20, 2023

Many people take multivitamins and other supplements daily, but do you need them?

How to Treat Any Burn

June 29, 2023

Whether from the sun, the grill or a sparkler, summer is burn season. Learn how to tell the painful inconvenience from the true emergency.

Is Long COVID a Chronic Disease?

June 29, 2023

Although poorly understood, some people have symptoms after COVID-19 that don't go away.

Living with Congestive Heart Failure

June 29, 2023

While serious, people can have fulfilling lives with this condition

Do This to Make Restaurant-Quality Salads at Home

June 29, 2023

Save money and calories with these 10 tips for creating salads that taste like a chef made them.

20 Common Causes of Back Pain

June 29, 2023

Is your back hurting? This may be why.

Protect Your Eyes from These Summer Hazards

June 29, 2023

Keep your eyes free from injury and irritation this season with these tips.

How to Tell if Heartburn Is Something More

March 16, 2023

GERD can start out as an annoyance, but can cause serious damage over time. Avoid long-term effects through simple lifestyle changes and possibly treatment.

What a Headache Could Be Telling You

March 16, 2023

It’s a broad term for a lot of experiences. Learn how to tell if yours are serious.

Which Colorectal Cancer Test is Right for You?

February 24, 2023

Various colorectal cancer screening options can make diagnosis and early detection easier for you.

The ABCs of Joint Replacement Surgery

February 24, 2023

Joint replacement surgery sounds so invasive, but what does it really entail? Here's the breakdown.

The Surprising Connection Between Mind and Heart

January 24, 2023

Stress and anxiety could be negatively affecting your heart health AND heart disease can cause stress and anxiety. Here’s how to break the cycle.

What Your Heart Is Telling You

January 23, 2023

Not all heart events are the same. Knowing what makes them different can be the key to surviving them.

The Keys to Successful New Year’s Resolutions

December 29, 2022

The time to build healthy habits is here. Don’t think too hard, we’ve come up with a list of resolutions worth keeping.

RSV: What YOU Need to Know

December 28, 2022

This holiday season, when families gather and the risk of spread is high, be aware of common RSV symptoms, treatments and preventive actions.

Try These Steps to Defuse Holiday Stress

November 18, 2022

Put self-care at the top of your to-do list. Identify when stress is affecting you and how you can manage it.

Stay Safe This Flu Season

November 15, 2022

Don’t miss any of the holiday cheer, avoid the flu this year.

A Hairy Way to Raise Cancer Awareness

November 8, 2022

Join our staff in shining light on cancer prevention, supporting those fighting cancer.

Prediabetes Is Common, Often Overlooked, and Dangerous

October 27, 2022

It’s more common than you know. Learn how to avoid it turning into diabetes.

5 Ways Quitting Smoking Can Improve Your Life

October 27, 2022

Sometimes the big health reasons to quit smoking are not enough. These small perks might be the push you need to make the commitment.

Your Breast Cancer Screening Questions Answered

September 29, 2022

Is getting a mammogram at the top of your to-do list? If not, schedule it now. It may save your life!

Depression and Aging: Know the Facts

September 29, 2022

Depression is the most prevalent mental health problem among older adults and can lead to a decline in physical, mental and social functioning.

The 10-Minute Test That Could Save Your Life

August 31, 2022

When it comes to maintaining heart health, early detection and prevention are key. This simple test can uncover a dangerous condition.

The To-Do Item Men Shouldn't Forget

August 30, 2022

Prostate cancer is the second-most-common cancer among American men, and often progresses with few outward signs. Screening for it is important.

The Best Ways to Deal with Back Pain

July 31, 2022

Learn how to address the world’s most common physical disability.

Get Your Kids Off to a Healthy Start This School Year

July 30, 2022

These recommendations can help ensure that your child is ready to learn and perform their best the entire year.

Protect Yourself While Enjoying the Summer Sun

June 10, 2022

Want to protect yourself from skin cancer while enjoying the summer sun? Checkout these timely tips to indulge in the sun safely.

Summer Safety Essentials

June 10, 2022

Paying attention to the most common types of injury can help keep you and your family safe while getting the most out of the warm months ahead.

How COVID-19 Has Impacted Mental Health

May 11, 2022

COVID-19 has taken a heavy toll on mental health. If you are concerned about yourself or a loved one, here are ways to identify issues and get help.

9 Essential Screenings for Men

May 11, 2022

June is Men’s Health Awareness Month! Regular check-ups and screenings can help men stay healthy by indicating preventive health needs and catching issues before they become more serious.

5 Ways to Lessen Seasonal Allergies

April 22, 2022

Whether your allergy symptoms are frustrating or debilitating, there are steps you can take to enjoy rather than dread spring.

Recognition for our Remarkable Nurses

April 22, 2022

Nurses are on the frontline of most every healthcare interaction, from emergencies to routine checkins, and their lifesaving work has an incredible impact on patients, their families and communities as a whole. We celebrate nurses everywhere during National Nurses Week, May 6-12.

When You Need Care, Make the Smart Choice

March 30, 2022

Learn when to visit the emergency room versus urgent care.

How to Take Control of Your Neurological Health

March 29, 2022

Knowing what’s happening in your head could save your life.

Is Diabetes Putting You at Risk for Chronic Wounds?

February 15, 2022

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, talk to your doctor about ways to address and prevent chronic wounds associated with the disease, such as diabetic foot care. 

Joint Replacement – Is It for You?

February 15, 2022

If you suffer from chronic joint pain and medications are no longer working, you may be a candidate for joint replacement.

Heart Attack Symptoms – What’s Different for Men and Women

January 12, 2022

Knowing the signs and symptoms can save your life!

Could You Have Atrial Fibrillation?

January 12, 2022

What to know about this sometimes silent condition.

How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

December 16, 2021

Want a fresh start for 2022? Create realistic, reasonable goals to set yourself up for success.

Could You Have Seasonal Depression?

December 16, 2021

Winter blahs and holiday stress have you down? Read more for helpful strategies to lighten your mood.

Simple Blood Test Can Save a Man’s Life

November 10, 2021

A PSA test can detect prostate cancer early.

DHL Is First in Area with Robotic-Assisted Surgery

June 30, 2021

Robotic technology can provide many benefits to patients: less pain and blood loss, shorter hospitals stays.

Recovered COVID-19 Patient Heads Home

November 9, 2020

Hospital workers line the hallways to celebrate the discharge of recovered COVID-19 patient Nora D. Martinez.

Why You Shouldn’t Skip Your Routine Mammogram

October 28, 2020

Breast Surgeon Gary W. Unzeitig spoke with Ruben Villarreal from KGNS-TV about the importance of regular mammograms, advances in breast cancer treatments, and much more.

NICU Team Acts Fast During All-Important First Hour of Life

May 12, 2020

The last thing mom-to-be Velma Saenz expected was to go into labor at just 26 weeks. Expectant mother Miroslaba Perez was just as surprised when her water broke at only 25 weeks.

Ask The Doctor: Is Sports Medicine Just For Pro Athletes?

May 11, 2020

Sports Medicine Physician Armando Gonzalez, MD, answers frequently asked questions about sports medicine, including how even non-athletes can benefit.

Eat Right, Bite by Bite

May 6, 2020

Blanca Villarreal, RD, LD, Bariatric Coordinator and Registered Dietitian at the Weight Loss and Wellness Center at Doctors Hospital, shares valuable insights.

Community Steps up With Overwhelming Show of Support

April 27, 2020

From food to face masks to words of encouragement, those on the frontlines have been buoyed by overwhelming acts of generosity.