Aspen Medical Center Blog

Aspen Medical Center Blog

Welcome to the Aspen Urgent Care Blog! This is your resource for the latest health information, medical advice, and wellness tips, all curated by our dedicated team of healthcare professionals. At Aspen Urgent Care, we're not just focused on treating illnesses or injuries—we're committed to preventative care and educating our community. Our passion for patient-centered care drives us to share knowledge that can help you and your loved ones stay healthy and safe. Let's journey together towards better health.


Women’s Health – Empowerment Through Comprehensive Care at Aspen Medical Center

December 6, 2023

Women’s health is a rapidly evolving and vital aspect of healthcare that focuses on the individual physiological, psychological, and social factors that contribute to the overall well-being of women across their lifespan. Providing personalized care and support tailored to women’s unique health needs is essential in empowering them to make informed decisions about their health…


All About the Importance of Vaccinations Throughout Life

November 29, 2023

Vaccinations, a cornerstone of preventive healthcare, play a pivotal role in maintaining the overall wellbeing of individuals throughout their lifespan. From infancy to old age, vaccines confer immunity against a multitude of infectious diseases that have the potential to cause severe illness, disability or even death. They not only protect the vaccinated individuals but also…

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Sports Physicals at Aspen Medical Center: Ensuring the Safety & Readiness of Young Athletes

November 23, 2023

Active participation in sports undoubtedly plays a significant role in promoting a healthy lifestyle, social skills, and overall well-being for children and teenagers. However, it also presents unique health challenges that warrant attention and care to minimize the risk of injury and ensure the overall safety of young athletes. Sports physicals, also known as pre-participation…


The Protective Shield of Vaccinations: Preventing Diseases

November 16, 2023

Safeguarding one’s health should always be a priority, and one of the most effective ways to achieve this is through vaccination. Famous biologist Louis Pasteur once said, “Prevention is better than cure,” and this philosophy certainly applies to vaccinations. By proactively protecting ourselves from harmful diseases, we can maintain our health and well-being more effectively,…

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A Guide to Pediatric Urgent Care in Santa Fe & Espanola, NM

November 9, 2023

Parents and caregivers know that children are bound to have their fair share of minor illnesses, accidents, and health-related incidents as they grow and explore the world around them. In times of urgent but non-life-threatening healthcare needs, pediatric urgent care becomes a vital resource for families, providing quick and efficient medical care that caters specifically…

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Pediatric Urgent Care Service at Aspen Medical Center for Kids

November 2, 2023

Healthcare professionals specializing in pediatric care understand the distinct physiological, developmental, and emotional differences between children and adults, which enables them to deliver more precise and appropriate treatments. In urgent care, dealing with young patients often requires a unique approach, as well as the ability to quickly recognize and address health concerns that may be…

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The Role of Primary Care in Managing Chronic Conditions

October 26, 2023

Living with a chronic condition can be challenging, and managing it effectively is essential for maintaining health and overall quality of life. Primary care plays a crucial role in the ongoing management of chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and asthma, ensuring that patients receive a comprehensive and tailored approach to medical care. At Aspen…

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Unveiling the Benefits of Regular Health Screenings

October 19, 2023

Routine health screenings serve as a fundamental tool for maintaining optimum health by detecting and addressing potential health concerns before they escalate. Regular checkups facilitate early detection and prevention of various health issues, allowing individuals to take a proactive stance in managing their health. Aspen Medical Center, a locally owned outpatient facility in Santa Fe…


Stress Management Techniques for Improved Health and Wellness

October 12, 2023

In today’s fast-paced world, stress has become an unavoidable part of life for many. While some amount of stress may be beneficial, serving as motivation or a challenge to overcome, continuous and excessive stress can have severe consequences on both our mental and physical health. At Aspen Medical Center, we understand the importance of effectively…


Importance of Preventative Healthcare – Unlock the Benefits

October 4, 2023

Did you know that many serious health conditions are preventable through proper diet, routine checkups, and consistent monitoring? Preventative healthcare should be an essential part of everyone’s lifestyle, as it plays a pivotal role in ensuring continued well-being and overall health. At Aspen Medical Center, we believe in providing not just top quality urgent care…

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Addressing the Growing Concern of Mental Health

September 27, 2023

Navigating the challenges life presents can be demanding at times, and maintaining mental health is just as crucial as looking after our physical well-being. As the stigma around mental health gradually diminishes, more individuals are recognizing the importance of addressing their mental health concerns and seeking support.  Mental health encompasses our emotional, psychological, and social…

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Urgent Care vs. Primary Care: When to Choose Aspen Medical Center’s Services

September 20, 2023

Healthcare needs can be unpredictable and varying in severity–from regular checkups and ongoing health monitoring to immediate care for episodic illnesses or minor injuries. Deciphering the appropriate time to seek urgent care or primary care services can be confusing, but understanding the differences between these care options is vital in ensuring you receive the right…

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Understanding Urgent Care: Appropriate Uses for Aspen Medical Center’s Services

September 13, 2023

Healthcare needs can arise unexpectedly, and knowing the appropriate place to seek treatment is crucial for receiving timely and effective care. Navigating the various healthcare options available, such as primary care, emergency rooms, and urgent care facilities, can sometimes be confusing. With a focus on offering quality, patient-centered care in a timely manner, Aspen Medical…


The Role of Telemedicine in Enhancing Healthcare Service

September 6, 2023

The ongoing advancements in medical technology and the emergence of user-friendly digital platforms have ushered in a new era of healthcare delivery—telemedicine. Telemedicine enables healthcare providers to offer remote care and consultation, empowering patients to connect with medical professionals from the comfort of their homes or workplaces.  By leveraging telecommunication and information technology, telemedicine allows…

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Comprehensive Pediatric Healthcare Services at Aspen Medical Center

August 31, 2023

The physical, emotional, and mental well-being of children is a top priority for parents, making pediatric healthcare an essential component of every family’s journey. From monitoring growth and development to providing preventive care and addressing health concerns promptly, pediatric healthcare plays a crucial role in nurturing a strong foundation for a lifetime of health and…

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A Comprehensive Guide to Navigating Urgent Care at Aspen Medical Center

August 24, 2023

When faced with a sudden illness or injury, receiving prompt and efficient medical care is essential. At Aspen Medical Center, our urgent care services are designed to provide high-quality and accessible treatment for unexpected health concerns that require immediate attention. With our state-of-the-art outpatient facilities in Santa Fe and Espanola, NM, patients can expect skilled,…

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Strengthening Your Immune System: Holistic Wellness Tips from Aspen Medical Center

August 17, 2023

A robust immune system acts as the body’s first line of defense against illness and disease—playing a crucial role in maintaining overall health and well-being. At Aspen Medical Center, our primary care services not only address immediate health concerns but also emphasize the importance of preventive care and a comprehensive approach to maintaining holistic wellness. …

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Women’s Health at Aspen Medical Center: Comprehensive Care for Your Well-Being

August 10, 2023

Women’s health encompasses unique healthcare needs and concerns requiring specialized care and attention. At Aspen Medical Center, we prioritize women’s health and well-being, offering a comprehensive range of services tailored to address the specific needs of women in various stages of life. From preventive care and routine screenings to addressing chronic health conditions and promoting…

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The Comprehensive Care Approach: Managing Chronic Conditions with Aspen Medical Center

August 2, 2023

Chronic conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension, and asthma, can significantly impact one’s daily life and well-being. Effectively managing these conditions is crucial to maintain overall health and reduce complications. At Aspen Medical Center, we understand the challenges individuals face when dealing with chronic conditions and recognize the importance of a comprehensive care approach to enhance…


Prioritize Your Health: Embracing Preventive Care

July 27, 2023

Preventive care plays a crucial role in maintaining overall health and well-being. By engaging in preventive measures and adopting healthy habits, individuals can minimize the risk of developing chronic diseases and potential health complications.  In this article, we will discuss the essential aspects of preventive care and its relevance in promoting a healthy lifestyle. Furthermore,…

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Getting the Most Out of Urgent Care Services: A Guide

July 20, 2023

Urgent care centers have become increasingly popular as a convenient and cost-effective alternative to the emergency room. These centers offer a wide range of medical services and are typically open seven days a week, with extended hours to accommodate busy schedules. However, not all urgent care centers are created equal, and there are some things…

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Signs and Symptoms of Dehydration: Don’t Ignore the Thirst!

July 12, 2023

Staying hydrated is crucial for maintaining overall health and well-being. But sometimes, we tend to overlook the importance of drinking enough water, especially during busy days or when we are caught up in our daily routines.  Dehydration occurs when our bodies lose more fluids than we consume, leading to an imbalance in our body’s electrolytes.…

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Navigating the Cold and Flu Season: Prevention and Treatment Tips from Aspen Medical Center

July 6, 2023

Cold and flu season can be a challenging time, with many individuals experiencing the discomfort and inconvenience of these common illnesses. However, there are proven strategies to minimize the risk of contracting colds and the flu, as well as effective treatment options when symptoms do arise. Prevention Practices: Staying Healthy During Cold and Flu Season…

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Visiting a Walk-in Medical Center: A Guide to 5 Eligible Conditions

June 30, 2023

There are times when you suddenly fall sick or get injured and you need immediate medical attention. You might consider visiting the emergency room during such moments, but that’s not always the best option. Emergency rooms are often designed to handle life-threatening situations, meaning you might wait hours before receiving attention for your non-life-threatening condition.…

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7 Most Common Services Offered by Urgent Care Centers

June 23, 2023

Urgent care centers have become increasingly popular over the past few years, bringing a convenient and often more affordable alternative to emergency rooms for non-life-threatening medical issues. These centers offer various services, from treating minor injuries to providing routine medical tests.  In this post, we will check out the most common services offered by urgent…

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STD Testing: Who Needs It and How Frequently to Get Tested

June 15, 2023

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are infections that are passed from one person to another through sexual contact. According to the World Health Organization, over one million people get sexually transmitted infections daily. The good news is that most of these infections are treatable, and many are preventable. One of the most important ways to prevent…

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Getting Ready for Your Sports Physical: A Comprehensive Guide

June 8, 2023

A sports physical, also known as a pre-participation physical examination (PPE), is an essential part of ensuring your body is ready for the demands of your chosen sport. Whether you’re a student-athlete, a weekend warrior, or a seasoned professional, a sports physical can help identify any potential health issues that may affect your ability to…

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Urgent Care for Skin Problems: What You Need to Know

June 1, 2023

Skin problems are a common issue that many people encounter at some point in their lives. These problems range from mild irritations to severe conditions requiring immediate medical attention. When faced with a skin problem, seeking medical help as soon as possible is important. Urgent care clinics are an excellent option for those who need…

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Prioritizing Your Child’s Doctor Visits: A Key to Ensuring Their Health

May 25, 2023

As parents, we always want what’s best for our children. We ensure they eat healthy, get enough sleep, and stay active. However, one thing that often gets overlooked is regular visits to the primary care physician. Many parents only take their children to the doctor when sick or injured. But there are many reasons why…

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Abdominal Pain: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment Options

May 18, 2023

People of all ages can experience abdominal pain. It is described as discomfort or pain in the location between the pelvis and the chest. The pain may start from mild to severe, with other symptoms like nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Potential Causes Signs and Symptoms  The signs and symptoms of abdominal pain can vary depending…

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How the STD Testing Process Works and What You Should Expect

May 11, 2023

STD Testing Process: Sexual health is an essential aspect of overall well-being. It involves the physical, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality and covers a range of issues, including sexual development, sexual relationships, and sexual activities. One crucial aspect of sexual health is preventing and treating sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Why engage in the STD Testing…

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Allergy Season Preparation: How to Treat Seasonal Allergies

May 4, 2023

Allergy Season Preparation: Spring and summer are two beautiful seasons that bring life to nature, but for many people, these seasons also bring along seasonal allergies. Seasonal allergies, also known as hay fever or allergic rhinitis, can cause sneezing, itching, watery eyes, and a runny nose. These allergies can make it difficult to enjoy the…

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Seasonal Allergies Preparation: Understanding Seasonal Allergies

April 27, 2023

Spring is a time for blooming flowers, warmer weather, and longer days. However, for many people, it also brings the dreaded allergy season. Allergies can cause a range of symptoms, from sneezing and itchy eyes to more severe reactions like anaphylaxis. In this article, we will discuss what allergies are, how they differ from non-seasonal…

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Primary Care Doctors’ Role in Blood Pressure Management

April 20, 2023

One of the most critical indications that need to be constantly checked is blood pressure. Hypertension, often known as high blood pressure, increases the danger of kidney failure, heart attack, and stroke.  Approximately one in three persons in the United States has hypertension, and only about fifty percent of those individuals are thought to be…

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Strep Throat: Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, & Treatment

April 13, 2023

It is essential to understand the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and complications of strep to manage it effectively. Read more about strep and where to find an urgent care center.  What Is a Strep Throat?  A specific type of bacterium called Streptococcus pyogenes, also known as group A Streptococcus, is the cause of strep,…

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The Dangerous Effects of Being Overweight Explained

April 6, 2023

Effects Of Being Overweight: In today’s society, there is an increasing trend of people being overweight or obese. Being overweight not only affects a person’s physical appearance but also has numerous harmful effects on their overall health and well-being. This article will discuss is being overweight unhealthy and how it can impact a person’s life.…

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When Weight Matters: The Impact of Obesity on Your Health

March 30, 2023

When Weight Matters: Obesity is a serious health concern that affects millions of people worldwide. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), obesity has tripled since 1975, and in 2016, more than 1.9 billion adults were overweight, with over 650 million being obese.  Obesity has been linked to various health problems, including heart disease, diabetes,…

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Your Guide to Understanding STDs and Symptoms in Women

March 16, 2023

Understanding STDs: A healthy sex life is crucial for a stable relationship. It can help partners reduce stress, improve self-satisfaction, and establish greater emotional intimacy. It also helps improve communication.  Sadly, others usually neglect to practice safe sex, which can lead to serious sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). While regular STD testing and condoms can help…

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5 Health Conditions Needing Trips to Urgent Care Centers

March 9, 2023

Health Conditions: People often confuse urgent care with emergency care centers. Although both provide medical attention, they are not the same, and their services are quite different. Emergency care centers handle life-threatening emergencies like heart attacks, strokes, and car accidents. Meanwhile, urgent care centers provide medical care for non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries. They are typically…

Athletes, Sports Physicals

What Makes Sports Physicals Important for Athletes

March 2, 2023

Sports Physical: Athletes across all age groups should get a sports physical before participating in any sport. Getting a sports physical is part of the foundation for a healthy and successful sports season. This article explains why physicals are necessary for athletes of all ages. What is a Sports Physical? A sports physical, sometimes referred…

Stomach Pain

Should You Go to Urgent Care for Your Stomach Pain: A Guide

February 23, 2023

Stomach pain can range from mild discomfort to severe, sharp pain. It can be localized to one area of the abdomen or generalized throughout the abdomen. Stomach pain can be caused by a variety of medical conditions ranging from minor to serious. It is important to determine the cause of stomach pain, as treatment and…

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Health Watch 101: The 4 Common STDs and Symptoms in Women

February 16, 2023

Common STDs An active and enjoyable sex life can provide a stronger emotional connection and intimacy between partners. It can also help reduce stress and improve physical health.  You can ensure a healthy and safe sex life by educating yourself about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and seeing your doctor for regular STD testing. These infections…

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6 Chronic Conditions Faced by Seniors

February 9, 2023

Seniors with Multiple Chronic Conditions As people age, more and more can experience Multiple Chronic Conditions (MCCs). While this can present a wide range of physical, mental, and financial challenges to older adults and their families, it can empower older adults to stay as independent as possible while managing to be healthy and active. By…

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10 Different Symptoms of Obesity: All You Need to Know

February 2, 2023

Symptoms of Obesity Our bodies require food to provide the energy and nutrients necessary to function. For this reason, we are responsible for ensuring we eat the right amount and types of food. However, the food-related temptation is hard to resist, especially since the tastiest food is typically junk or unhealthy, which can be detrimental…

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How You Can Remain Calm Before a Doctors Appointment

January 26, 2023

Doctors Appointment: No one ever said that a Doctors Appointment was a fun way to spend time. Most people would say that it is possible. But, even though it is not always a fun experience, going to the doctor is essential. Between fitting an appointment into your schedule and waiting around in an exam room,…

Holiday Weight Gain

How to Prevent Holiday Weight Gain and Stomach Problems

January 19, 2023

Holiday Weight Gain For most people, the holiday season means socializing with family and friends and enjoying each other’s company. It’s also when mouthwatering yet calorie-rich dishes tempt us to destroy the healthy habits we first implemented earlier in the year. Besides negatively impacting our self-esteem and long-time health, our poor eating habits during this…

Bladder Cancer

Bladder Cancer: Symptoms, Causes, Types, and Urgent Care

January 12, 2023

Bladder Cancer One common form of cancer that arises in bladder cells is bladder cancer. Urine is stored in the bladder, a hollow muscular organ in your lower belly. The cells (urothelial cells) that line the lining of your bladder are where bladder cancer generally develops. Your kidneys and the ureters that connect them to…

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Reducing the Risk of Food Allergies

January 5, 2023

Risk of Food Allergies A food allergy is an adverse immune reaction to a food protein. They are different from other adverse reactions to food, such as food intolerance, pharmacological reactions, and toxins. Food allergies can cause a wide range of symptoms, from mild to severe, and sometimes even life-threatening. The most common food allergies…

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What You Need to Know About Chronic Disease Management

December 29, 2022

Chronic disease management is all about managing the symptoms of the long-term disease so that patients can enjoy their lives. It can be challenging to manage chronic conditions, as they often require lifelong treatment and care. However, with the right approach, chronic disease management can help patients enjoy a good quality of life. There are…

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What is Vomiting: 5 Things People Should Know About Vomiting

December 22, 2022

Vomiting, also known as throwing up, is the forceful expulsion of the contents of one’s stomach through the mouth. It is a symptom of many conditions, including motion sickness, digestive disorders, food poisoning, and viral infections. Vomiting can also be caused by psychological factors such as fear or stress. However, not many people see it…