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What is an Endocrinologist?

Not all doctors specialize in the same areas. Some physicians focus on very specific areas of health, such as an endocrinologist. 

So, what exactly does an endocrinologist do? The short answer is that an endocrinologist is a doctor who focuses on conditions related to the endocrine system. This means that endocrinologists can offer more specialized care for people dealing with diseases and disorders related to this system and any impacts they have on the human body.

Image of a Cleveland endocrinologist.

Health Effects of Childhood Obesity

Obesity affects more than just adults. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the rate of childhood obesity has more than doubled in children in the past three decades. This trend is troubling because childhood obesity can cause health issues beyond just weight gain. Here are some of the health effects childhood obesity can have on your kids.

Image of a child eating fast food. Children with childhood obesity can show warning signs for cardiovascular disease. Learn about the health effects of childhood obesity.

How Summer Affects Pregnancy

Summer can be a lot of fun, but the heat can pose a problem for pregnant women. Hot summer days can prove problematic for women, so it’s important to stay vigilant and cool when Mother Nature calls for a blistering day. Here are three health issues that pregnant women need to consider during the summer.

Image of a pregnant woman during summer. Read our summer pregnancy tips.

Why Your Kids Should Be Vaccinated

As parents, your child’s health and safety is vital. While we can baby proof rooms and watch over our kids as they grow up, some of the most dangerous threats to a child’s health are the invisible ones. 

Vaccination is a safe, proven way to help defend your young loved ones from a series of dangerous diseases. Advances in medical research have helped turn immunizations into an incredibly powerful method to keep your kids safe as they grow into healthy adults.

Image of a child who was vaccinated. Dr. Colleen Staszak explains why vaccination is the safest way to protect your children from dangerous diseases. Learn about the importance of immunization for kids.

The Dangers of Ankle Injuries

As long as you have a foot, you can hurt your ankle. While many ankle injuries occur during athletic activities, all it takes is an awkward landing or a quick twist to hurt your ankle. Sprains, strains, and fractures can happen to anyone, so it’s important to know about the dangers of ankle injuries and what you can do to prevent them.

Dr. Elizabeth Confalone discusses the importance of ankle injuries and what you can do to avoid them. Image of an ankle injury. Learn about the dangers of ankle sprains, strains, and fractures.

The Effects of Heat in Older Adults

Extreme heat can pose a problem for anyone, but senior citizens are especially at risk. As people get older, their natural defenses begin to break down, leaving people age 65 and older more likely to develop heat stress. That means that older adults need to be careful during warm months and watch out for signs of heat-related illnesses.

Dr. Evan Rae explains why people over the age of 65 need to be especially careful to avoid heat stroke during the warm summer months. Image of an older woman smiling. Learn more about how heat affects older adults.

Physician Spotlight: Dr. David Gumucio

When Dr. David Gumucio provides medical care for young families, he’s working from personal experience. Dr. Gumucio, D.O. learned plenty of useful skills while receiving his doctorate and completing his family medicine residency, but his experience as a husband and a father allows him to relate to the young parents seeking medical advice for their children.

As a family practice physician at Westshore’s Rocky River location, Dr. Gumucio is committed to providing passionate and comprehensive care for all of his patients. He started with Westshore in July of 2014, something the avid sports fan always remembers as it coincided with LeBron James’ return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. However, his informal medical education goes back to his own childhood.

Image of Dr. David Gumucio and his son. Dr. Gumucio is a family practice physician in Rocky River, Ohio.

How Online Bill Pay Helps You

People don’t want to spend too much time paying bills. That’s why Westshore made the process easier with Online Bill Pay.

Online Bill Pay gives Westshore patients the option to avoid mailing in payments by simply going online. Instead of worrying about whether a mailed check will make it to the office before a due date or having to head to the post office to mail a bill, Online Bill Pay allows you to pay your bills with just a few clicks of a button. Here’s how Online Bill Pay works for you.

Image of a person paying their medical bill online. Contact Westshore to set up an appointment with a Cleveland primary care physician today.

Healthy Grilling Tips

The sun is bright and the kids are at home, so it’s about that time to fire up the grill. A good cookout is a lot of fun, but it can also be a lot of heavy food. Fortunately, there are ways that you can make your summer cookout into a healthier affair. Here are some healthy grilling tips for the summer.