Los efectos positivos del ejercicio moderado en las mujeres menores de 50 años

Cardiólogo Dr. José Mejía visitó Leslie Montoya de Univision para discutir un nuevo estudio realizado por el Asociación Americana del Corazón.  

Aspectos destacados del estudio

  • Actividad física recreativa disminuye el riesgo de enfermedades coronarias en mujeres jóvenes.
  • La actividad no tiene por qué ser extenuante estar vinculado con un menor riesgo de enfermedades del corazón .
  • Los beneficios de la actividad física aplicada a las mujeres con sobrepeso y obesidad , así como los de peso normal.

Leer más sobre el estudio aquí en Inglés

Cardiologist Dr. Jose Mejia visited Univision’ s Leslie Montoya to discuss a new study from the American Heart Association.

The positive effects of moderate exercise for women under 50

Study Highlights

  • Recreational physical activity decreases the risk of coronary heart disease in young women.
  • Activity did not have to be strenuous to be linked with reduced heart disease risk.
  • The benefits of physical activity applied to overweight and obese women as well as those of normal weight.

Read more about the study here


Only fresh and healthy food for my baby.

According to the CDC, “each year in United States approximately 3,000 pregnancies are affected by serious defects of the spine and brain called neural tube defects (NTDs). Hispanic women have a 30-40 percent higher risk of having babies with these birth defects. “

One of the easiest ways to prevent these birth defects is by taking folic acid.  Folic acid, also known as folate, is a B vitamin that everyone needs to take in order to have optimum cellular health and growth.   

Who should take folic acid?

All people need folic acid. However, folic acid is very important for women who are between 15 and 45 years of age, even if they are not currently trying to get pregnant.  According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the current recommendation is for  pregnant women get at least 600 micrograms of folic acid daily from all sources.  However, Dr. Yvette Guitterez-Schieffer, ADC OB/Gyn, recommends 1000 micrograms a day for pregnant patients and those trying to get pregnant.   Dr. Gutierrez-Schieffer also recommends that those women with a family history of neural tube defects should take 2-4 mgs a day.

Why is folic acid important?

Folic acid when taken before and during early pregnancy has been found to decrease birth defects of the brain and spine called neural tube defects (NTDs).  These neural tube defects include Spina Bifida and Anencephaly.  

Where can you find folic acid?

It may be hard to get the recommended amount of folic acid from food alone.  There are two easy ways to ensure you get enough folic acid in your daily diet.  

  • First is by taking either a multivitamin, or a prenatal vitamin, that has at least 800 micrograms of folic acid.  
  • Secondly, most breakfast cereals in the United States are fortified with 100% of the daily allowance of folic acid.  

Are there any natural ways to get folic acid?

There are many foods that have folate in them, however it can be hard to get the necessary amount of folic acid from food alone. So even if you eat foods that have folic acid in them, take your multivitamin each day, too.

Food sources for folate can be found in:

  • Leafy green vegetables like spinach, collard greens and romaine lettuce
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Broccoli
  • Asparagus
  • Beans and Lentils
  • Citrus fruit, like oranges and grapefruit

Are there other benefits from taking folic acid?

Since folic acid is a key nutrient in cell health it’s important for everyone to get at least 400 mcg per day.  Folic acid has been shown to help with heart health as well as help those who may suffer from anemia.  


American College of Obstetricians and Gynocologists

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

October 31, 2015,

To our Valued ADC Patients,

On Thursday October 28, 2015, Sanofi US, the manufacturer of  the Auvi-Q (epinephrine auto injection device) voluntarily recalled all Auvi-Q auto injectors currently on the market (including both 0.15mg and 0.3mg strengths) due to possible inaccurate dosage delivery. The Lot numbers include every consecutive lot number beginning with 2299596 through 3037230. Upon receipt of this information, ADC reviewed our database which shows that you have been prescribed the Auvi-Q epinephrine auto injector device.

As of October 26, 2015, Sanofi US has received 26 reports of suspected device malfunctions in the US and Canada. None of these device malfunction reports have been confirmed. In these reports, patients have described continued symptoms of the underlying hypersensitivity reaction despite use of the drug. No fatal outcomes have been reported among these cases.

Sanofi US is notifying its distributors and customers who include doctors, pharmacies, wholesalers and other customers in the supply chain by letter, fax, email and phone calls and is arranging for return and reimbursement of all recalled products. Questions regarding this recall can be directed to  www.Auvi-Q.com or call 1-877-319-8963 or 1-866-726-6340 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET for information about how to return your Auvi-Q devices. Customers may also email cs@sanofi.com. Sanofi US will provide reimbursement for out of pocket costs incurred for the purchase of new epinephrine auto-injectors with proof of purchase.

The recall contains further information on reporting adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product. Incidents may be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or fax.

  • Complete and submit the report Onlinefda.gov/medwatch/report.htm
  • Regular Mail or Fax: Download from fda.gov/MedWatch/getforms.htmor call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178.

This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

We suggest you contact your ADC healthcare provider for an alternate epinephrine auto-injector. In the event of a life-threatening allergic reaction before this replacement occurs, patients should use their on hand Auvi-Q device and then seek medical emergency services immediately. You should contact your physician if you have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using this drug product.


Mynda Waldrop, M.D.
The Austin Diagnostic Clinic
Executive Medical Director

Quit smoking today

Is there a link between chronic pain and smoking?

Numerous recent studies have demonstrated that yes, there is an association between smoking and the prevalence of a variety of chronic pain conditions.

Studies find:

  1. Chronic pain patients who smoke have a greater pain intensity than those who do not smoke.
  2. There is a higher prevalence of lower back pain in daily smokers compared with non-smokers.
  3. Evidence of the link between smoking and chronic pain was found in a study of 6,902 women over the age of 18.
  4. Women who smoked daily had a 2-fold higher prevalence of chronic pain compared with women who never smoked.
  5. Smoking was linked to an increased risk for transitioning from moderately acute back pain to chronic back pain.

According to the study, Nicotine-Induced Structural Changes Might Contribute to Chronic Pain Conditions, smokers are at increased risk for osteoporosis, fracture, lumbar disc disease, impaired wound healing, muscular damage, and impaired healing from spinal fusion.  These are a few additional reasons to quit smoking.  The Austin Diagnostic Clinic offers our Smoking Cessation Acupuncture program.  Program founder and  neurologist Dr. Everett Heinze has helped patients stop smoking for over 35 years.

For more information or to schedule a visit please call: 512-901-4861.


Sherwin Yen, M.D. joins The Austin Diagnostic Clinic Endocrinology section

Sherwin Yen, MD , Endocrinologist with The Austin Diagnostic ClinicWe are pleased to announce the addition of a fifth endocrinologist to ADC’s specialty group.   Dr. Yen will be seeing patients at ADC’s Main Clinic inside the North Austin Medical Center, 2nd floor, south wing.

Dr. Yen received his medical degree from Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio.   He went on to complete his internship and residency in Internal Medicine, followed by a fellowship in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine.

He is a Texas licensed doctor with professional membership in the following organizations.

  • Travis County Medical Society
  • Texas Medical Association
  • American College of Physicians
  • American Society of Bone Mineral Research
  • Endocrine Society
  • American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists

Dr. Yen is accepting new patients, including those with traditional Medicare part B,  to his practice.  He will diagnose and treat patients with diabetes, thyroid or metabolic disease.   He speaks limited Mandarin Chinese.

Dr. Yen joins partners Kavita Juneja, MD, Hien Tran, MD and Paul Moore, MD in North Austin.   A fifth partner, Farheen Yousuf, MD practices exclusively at ADC Westlake.

To make an appointment call 512-901-4055.

Ana Urukalo visits KXAN to give running and foot care tips

Dr. Urukalo stopped by the KXAN studios to talk about running.  She discusses everything from good foot care to selecting shoes to knowing when to stop and see a specialist.  Happy running season.

EasyCare Pediatrician Lisa Gaw visited the KXAN studios to share tips on keeping your family healthy during flu season.

ADC dietician discusses cholesterol lowering foods

Mary Ellen Autry discusses cholesterol lowering foods on KTBC

Dietician Mary Ellen Autry, stopped by KTBC to discuss how certain foods can help lower cholesterol. She also talks about foods to avoid that can cause high cholesterol.

Patients and staff with The Austin Diagnostic Clinic’s Weight and Health Risk Management program discuss how the program works to help participants be successful while in the program as well as how they learn to maintain their weight loss once they leave it.

Low cost and free mammogram eligibility varies with county of residence, age, income, insurance status and whether or not you have symptoms.

For residents of Austin or Travis County:

For residents of Williamson County:

  • Community Health Services Clinics
    Taylor: 512-352-7697
    Round Rock: 512-248-3256
    Cedar Park: 512-260-4243
    Georgetown: 512-930-3280
  • Williamson County Medical Assistance/Social Services: 512-248-3252

If your mammogram demonstrates that you have dense breast tissue, which could hide abnormalities, and you have other risk factors for breast cancer that have been identified, you might benefit from supplemental screening tests that may be suggested by your ordering physician.

Dense breast tissue, in and of itself, is a relatively common condition. Therefore, this information is not provided to cause undue concern, but rather to raise your awareness and to promote discussion with your physician regarding the presence of other risk factors, in addition to dense breast tissue.

A report of your mammogram results will be sent to you and your physician. You should contact your physician if you have any questions or concerns regarding this report.

Learn more about this law from the Texas Radiological Society.