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4 Myths About COPD: There's Treatment and Help Jun 23rd, 2021

Have you been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or worried you have symptoms? If so, you’ve probably heard many stories about the disease and what’s involved with treatment.   COPD is actually a group of pulmonary diseases rather than one condition. The two most common forms of COPD are...

8 Amazing Benefits of the Icon Laser May 11th, 2021

Are you tired of looking in the mirror to see a long list of cosmetic to-dos reflected back at you? From wrinkles to unwanted facial hair to unsightly scars and veins, keeping up with your aesthetic needs can mean trying many different treatments and products. Fortunately, the IconTM Aesthetic Laser...

The Best Treatment for Spider Veins Apr 1st, 2021

Struggling with unsightly spider veins? You’re not alone! Research shows that at least 60% of the population develops spider veins during their life. These spidery blue, red, or purple veins show through the surface of your skin and can make you embarrassed about your appearance.   At Girard Internal Medicine in...

How Stress Impacts Diabetes Mar 2nd, 2021

Stress affects your mind, body, and overall health. Unfortunately, in today’s world, we experience internal and external stresses all the time. From sitting in traffic jams to global pandemics to illness, stress surrounds us.  For the nearly 30 million Americans with diabetes, 95% of whom struggle with type 2 diabetes,...

How To Care for Your Skin Before and After Laser Hair Removal Feb 3rd, 2021

It may seem like the warmer months of summer are far away, but before you know it, you’ll be ready to show off your skin. If you’re sick of tweezing, waxing, plucking, and shaving away unwanted facial and body hair, Nicole Kimzey, DO, and our team at Girard Internal Medicine...

5 Practical Ways to Improve Your Heart Health Jan 1st, 2021

It’s no wonder heart disease is the top killer each year. Poor heart health leads to life-threatening conditions like high blood pressure, heart failure, heart attacks, and stroke. Fortunately, most heart conditions are preventable or reversible with simple heart-healthy steps.   At Girard Internal Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Nicole Kimzey, DO,...

Laser Skin Resurfacing for Wrinkles and Fine Lines Dec 1st, 2020

Your skin changes every year. The natural aging process takes its toll, and exposure to the harsh UV rays of the sun speeds up the signs of aging. The result? Skin with more wrinkles and fine lines! At Girard Internal Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Nicole Kimzey, DO, and our experienced...

Diabetes-Friendly Strategies for Healthy Holidays Nov 1st, 2020

The holiday season is full of delicious temptations and treats that can derail even the healthiest eaters. Holiday food and cheer cause millions of Americans to gain weight every holiday season.  But for over 34 million Americans living with diabetes, the stakes are higher than carrying a few extra pounds....

Tired of a Pesky Scar? The Icon Laser Can Help Oct 1st, 2020

Do you have a pesky scar that you wish you could get rid of? Now you can with laser scar removal! Nicole Kimzey, DO, and our experienced care team understands how embarrassing scars can be, especially when they’re clearly visible.  That’s why the team at Girard Internal Medicine offers laser...

How Does Diet Impact Your Blood Pressure? Sep 17th, 2020

If you’re one of the 80 million Americans who have chronic high blood pressure, you’ll be happy to hear that the foods you eat can help lower your numbers. Of course, depending on your food choices, diet could also be contributing to your higher-than-healthy blood pressure numbers. At Girard Internal...

Can You Prevent Spider Veins? Aug 9th, 2020

Do you have spider veins on your feet, ankles, legs, or other areas of your body? Are you wondering if there’s anything you can do to prevent them from forming? At Girard Internal Medicine, we understand spider veins can make you feel self-conscious or embarrassed.  And while spider veins are...

What Laser Skin Resurfacing Feels Like Jul 19th, 2020

Are you considering laser skin resurfacing? Nicole Kimzey, DO, and our team at Girard Internal Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania offer this aesthetic treatment to improve the way your skin looks and feels, without surgery. We’ve compiled this informative guide to help you learn more about the laser resurfacing experience, and...

Best Foods for Managing High Cholesterol Jun 25th, 2020

If you’ve been told your cholesterol is too high, you’re not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 102 million adults in the United States have cholesterol levels above the healthy threshold, which raises their risk of developing life-threatening heart disease.  At Girard Internal...

Diabetes: How Can the Glycemic Index Help? May 29th, 2020

About 30 million Americans suffer from diabetes, which prevents your body from regulating its blood sugar. At Girard Internal Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Nicole Kimzey, DO, and our team is here to help you manage your diabetes so you can live a long, healthy life. Using the glycemic index when...

Clear Away the Past With Scar Removal! Apr 1st, 2020

Are you tired of having to conceal unsightly scars? Have you tried different topical treatments with no luck? If you’re ready to fade your scars for good, laser scar removal can help!  Nicole Kimzey, DO, and our team at Girard Internal Medicine understand how frustrating scars can be — especially when...

Now Is the Time to Start Laser Hair Removal! Mar 4th, 2020

Unwanted facial and body hair can be frustrating and embarrassing — especially during the spring and summer when you want to let your skin shine!  It’s not always practical to cover up, and waxing, plucking, shaving, and using creams can take up lots of your time, only for the hair...

Is It a Cough or Early COPD? Feb 1st, 2020

Dealing with a cough can be frustrating. There’s nothing worse than hacking through a movie, having to excuse yourself from the table when at dinner with friends, or not being able to sleep because you can’t stop coughing.  And if your cough has been lingering for a while, you might...

Give Your Skin a New Surface in the New Year Jan 1st, 2020

Flash-forward to New Year’s Day. You’ve enjoyed your night of partying, and now you’re looking in the mirror, trying to decide what your New Year’s resolution should be.  You notice how your face has more wrinkles than it did last year, how skin damage and other conditions have caused your...

Holiday Dietary Tips for Your Health Dec 1st, 2019

The holiday season is synonymous with pumpkin pie, turkey stuffing, and plenty of food and drinks to go around. With all the parties and traveling, it’s easy to forget your healthy diet. And if you’re not careful, you can end up quickly overindulging.  With the right knowledge, though, you can...

Could You Be Prediabetic and Not Know it? Nov 1st, 2019

When your body can’t handle sugar from your food and drink correctly, the condition is called diabetes. Most people who are diabetic have what is known as Type 2 diabetes, which usually shows up in adulthood and affects nearly 30 million Americans. Another 84 million have what is known as...

Is Stress Causing Your Hypertension? Oct 1st, 2019

About one in three adults in the United States have high blood pressure, or hypertension - that’s about 75 million adults. The problem is that many people don’t even know they have the condition, which is sometimes called the “silent killer” because there are no warning signs or symptoms.  If...

Myths and Facts About Laser Hair Removal Sep 1st, 2019

The reason laser hair removal has remained a popular choice for anyone tired of waxing and shaving is that it’s generally considered safe and effective. But don’t trust just anyone to do it.  Dr. Nicole Kimzey and our team at Girard Internal Medicine are highly qualified and experienced in internal...

Are Spider Veins a Health Risk? Aug 16th, 2019

If you have spider veins, you may be wondering if they are just uncomfortable and unsightly or if the issue goes deeper. In most cases, spider veins are not a health risk, but there are times when spider veins may become serious. Even when they aren’t, many patients decide to...

The Best Foods to Eat to Lower Your Cholesterol Jul 22nd, 2019

Dietary changes can have a significant impact on your blood cholesterol levels, helping prevent serious complications down the road, such as atherosclerosis, heart disease, and stroke.  According to Harvard Health Publishing, half of all heart disease deaths are preventable with proper lifestyle changes. These changes include eating a diet low...

The Link Between Diabetes and Obesity Jun 14th, 2019

Maintaining a healthy weight is a struggle many people are familiar with. In the United States alone, the weight loss industry is worth $66 billion, yet something isn’t working. Americans want to lose weight, but many fail to do so. It’s estimated that 160 million Americans are overweight or obese....

Scars, Spots, and Stretch Marks: Lasers Can Treat Them All May 14th, 2019

It’s safe to say virtually no one has a naturally flawless complexion. And as we get older, those little imperfections seem to become more numerous and more visible. Scars, age spots, sun spots, lines, and stretch marks can all make us look more worn, tired, and older than we’d like....

How Many Treatments Will I Need With Laser Hair Removal? Apr 18th, 2019

Laser hair removal is the best way to remove unwanted hair long-term. It can save you many hours in the future since you’ll no longer need to shave, wax, or tweeze on a regular basis, but laser hair removal isn’t quite instantaneous. In fact, the most desirable results typically occur...

Banish Spider Veins Before Summer Mar 14th, 2019

Spider veins describe a weblike network of red, blue, or purplish veins on your body. These veins develop when a small group of blood vessels close to the surface of your skin becomes dilated. While you can have spider veins anywhere on your body, they're most common on your face...

5 Tips for Managing COPD Symptoms in Winter Feb 28th, 2019

Whether you enjoy skiing down a mountain or walking under the snow-covered trees, winter is a great time for enjoying the outdoors. For people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), however, these fun activities can lead to coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. Fortunately, there are steps you can take...

Rejuvenate Tired Skin with an Icon Laser Skin Resurfacing Treatment Jan 22nd, 2019

Like a well-traveled path through the woods, your wrinkles, age spots, and uneven skin tone can leave your skin looking tired and worn out before its time. Don’t let premature signs of wear-and-tear rob you of your youthful, energetic appearance. Nicole Kimzey, DO, and the skilled team of practitioners at...