AdventHealth Hub: Your Health Resource

It’s Time to Feel Whole

This is more than just an invitation. It’s a mindset. A commitment to living your best life. And with a world-class health care network providing whole-person care, we’re here to help heal what hurts, ease your mind and lift your spirit along the way.
AdventHealth is proud to provide Orlando magazine with this exclusive health hub to keep you feeling whole!

Health Hub: Start The New Year On The Right Track!

The New Year is a time for change. Like most of us, you may feel there’s some room for improvement in your life – in your physical fitness, your relationships, or your work/life balance. What can you do to make 2020 the year you really feel whole? Dr. Melissa Morello, a family medicine physician in Winter Park, suggests starting with these four steps.


The end of the year is fast approaching, but don’t limit your To Do List to holiday preparations. If you’ve met your health care deductible, every day between now and December 31 is your chance for some last-minute, significantly less-expensive self-care. Think preventive screenings, elective surgeries and other procedures or tests you’ve been putting off.

Health Hub: Good Foods Can Reduce Diabetes Risk

The all-too-familiar cycle of gaining and losing weight creates much frustration for many of us. We overhaul our eating patterns in order to lose a few pounds, only to then regress back into our old habits and watch the numbers on the scale climb back up. When we have excess fat, our bodies become insulin resistant, which results in a more difficult time moving sugar from our blood into our cells. This leads to higher levels of insulin and sugar in the blood, which greatly increases our risk for heart disease and stroke, among many other health problems. Our everyday eating choices, therefore, have the potential to significantly impact our risks for insulin resistance (prediabetes), diabetes, and associated conditions.

Health Hub: Why Are Flu Shots Important?

Fall has arrived, and with it, the start of flu season. While you can get the flu at any time, cases typically rise in October and hit their peak around the holidays. Learn why it’s important to get your flu shot!
There’s no telling how bad the 2019-2020 season will be, but the high infection rate last year – and the virus’s life-threatening potential – are ample reasons to take this threat seriously and do what you can to protect your family. That means getting a flu shot. Everyone over six months of age should receive a flu shot annually, ideally in the fall. This is the most important thing you can do to safeguard yourself and your children against an illness that causes serious discomfort and can be deadly.

Robotic-Assisted Spine Surgery

We live in a world where back pain is almost as common as getting a cold. In fact, according to the National Institute of Health, about eight in 10 people will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. The surgical treatment options for back pain have evolved greatly in the past 20 years, to the point where investments in innovation and technology allowed the emergence of robotics in spine surgery. Today, we are fortunate to have robotic technology designed to enhance the safety and accuracy of minimally invasive spine surgery. Among the benefits of choosing robotic-assisted spine surgery … read more!

Choosing The Right Pediatrician

These days, most parents choose pediatricians before their babies are even born. Choosing a qualified, compassionate physician for your child is one of your most important jobs as a parent, but there are steps you can take to find the pediatrician that fits your life and feel confident about your decision.

Guys: Don’t Skip These Screenings

Gentlemen, you have a lot of responsibilities, manage a lot of moving parts, and take care of your home and family. But, are you taking care of business? Men often put off health screenings that could have enormous impact on their health. Two health screenings that could save your life are prostate and colorectal cancer screenings. When prostate or colon cancer are detected early, they can be treatable and beatable.

Endometriosis: Let’s Talk About It

While one in every 10 women between the ages of 15 and 44 experience endometriosis, most don’t realize that severe pain during their periods isn’t normal. For many women, the path to finding effective relief is met with great challenges. “But, there is hope,” notes Steven McCarus, MD, a nationally renowned gynecological surgeon at AdventHealth for Women. Read the full article!

Benefits Of Minimally Invasive Surgery

Advancing medicine using the most innovative surgical procedures is at the heart of AdventHealth’s surgical programs. In fact, some of the cutting-edge techniques we use — and develop — involve no cutting whatsoever. While not every case is eligible for minimally invasive surgery, many surgeries once performed “the old-fashioned way,” with open incisions requiring lengthy recovery time and considerable pain can now be done using minimally invasive robotic and laparoscopic procedures. Both have benefits of smaller incisions — less than one inch! – and result in minimal side effects, reduced healing time, less scarring, and more precise surgery. Find out more!

Colon Cancer. If you’re 45, it’s time to get screened.

According to the American Cancer Society, the colon cancer death rate in this country could be cut by more than half if Americans simply followed recommended screening guidelines. Early detection and treatment are critical. If caught early, colorectal cancer is 90 percent curable. If precancerous polyps are found during screening, the disease is often altogether preventable. Because colorectal cancer can develop with no signs or symptoms,  a colonoscopy could serve as a life-saving test. Men and women are affected equally by colorectal cancer. For patients of average risk with no family history, it is now recommended that screenings for colon cancer begin at age 45, with follow-up screenings every five to 10 years, even for people who feel perfectly healthy. Keep Reading …

Congenital Heart Problems Require Lifelong Care

Congenital heart disease (CHD) refers to a cardiac problem that exists from birth, and early diagnosis – often in the fetal stage – is very important. CHD covers a range of conditions including heart valve defects and cardiovascular abnormalities, and about eight out of 1,000 newborns have a form of it. What’s more, almost 30 percent of infant deaths from birth defects are due to CHD. When tests are positive for a fetal heart defect, pediatric heart surgeons stand by at birth to provide any needed medical help. And, thanks to recent advances in early diagnosis and treatment, many children can and do live healthy lives into adulthood. But CHD is a lifelong condition that requires regular monitoring. Access the full article here!