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October 6th, 2020

High Blood Pressure: a Silent Killer

By Paresh Bharodiya, M.D.   High blood pressure often presents with no symptoms, no warnings. Yet it increases the risk for heart disease and stroke, two leading causes of death for Americans. It’s also very common.   It’s important that you see your doctor to ensure your blood pressure is under control.   At WellMed, […]

September 25th, 2020

Fall prevention starts with a visit to your doctor

By Derick Young, M.D.   Falling is a leading cause of serious injury for adults 60 and older. These types of injuries can lead to a loss of independence and sometimes death. You can cut down the chance of falling by visiting your doctor for a check-up and making a few changes around your home. […]

August 26th, 2020

Be a Flu Fighter! Schedule your flu shot today!

By Derick Young, M.D. Though COVID-19 is on everyone’s mind, it’s important to not forget that flu season is right around the corner. That means it’s time to become a Flu Fighter and get a flu shot. At WellMed, patients on Medicare qualify for free flu shots.   We offer two ways to provide flu […]

August 26th, 2020

A letter from our founder, Dr. George Rapier

Hello. I’m an internal medicine physician. I’ve been practicing for four decades. My good friend Doris Griffin from San Antonio, Texas, has spent nearly three decades being the voice for older adults in Washington, Austin and locally. She served as executive director of Jefferson Outreach for Older People, a non- profit organization serving the needs […]

August 21st, 2020

Labor Day Super Spread

My Fellow Americans, Another holiday weekend will be here before we know it. Labor Day is traditionally a time to gather one last time to celebrate the end of summer. That’s what we normally do, but this has not been a typical year. And if we’re not careful, we could be in for a historic […]

August 14th, 2020

Hunger Relief

My Fellow Americans, As we anxiously await a COVID-19 vaccine, the world faces another pandemic-related crisis. Communities are pushed to the brink as food supplies in some places dwindle. Distribution is slowed. Food prices spike. ¹ Hunger is not just in the developing world. It exists here in the United States. We must all help […]

August 5th, 2020

Get your flu shot

Fellow Americans,   The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates fewer than half of all Americans received a flu shot last year. That number could be even worse this year. I keep hearing talk of people skipping the flu shot to avoid getting COVID-19. I urge you, PLEASE DO NOT DELAY OR AVOID […]

July 22nd, 2020

What to expect from a safe health care visit

Fellow Americans, COVID-19 has changed the way we practice medicine. From online video visits to curbside care, WellMed and others have changed to make sure patients get the care they need while staying safe. While there are times when a face-to-face visit is needed, and safe to do, many are still avoiding their necessary care. […]

July 9th, 2020

Risk of Transmission

by Dr. George Rapier, Founder and CEO   Fellow Americans, The recent surge in COVID-19 cases over the past month is renewing discussion about how the virus spreads. We’ve learned a lot since the start of the year. As a result, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has new information about how COVID-19 […]

June 30th, 2020

The Second Summer Wave

by Dr. George Rapier, Founder and CEO   My Fellow Americans: The United States is now responsible for 20 percent of all new COVID-19 infections worldwide. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the greatest number of new cases is among young adults and is coming from 22 states in the South […]