It's a wrap! Our top 10 Swedish Blog posts of 2021

December 16, 2021 Swedish Communications

Here are the Swedish Blog's most widely read posts from 2021. It's no surprise that topping our list was news and information about COVID-19. Now and in the coming year, we'll continue to strive to provide you with the most accurate, up-to-date health and wellness information available, so you can make the most informed choices for you and your loved ones. 

1. What to know about the delta variant: Infectious disease experts weigh in

Evan Sylvester, MPH, regional director of infection prevention at Swedish, shares facts about the COVID-19 delta variant and how to reduce your risk of becoming sick; protecting unvaccinated people in your home; and why vaccination is safe, effective and our path to ending the pandemic. The story was our most widely read story of 2021.

2. Flu and COVID-19 vaccine facts: What you need to know

This handy list of resources can help you get through flu season in good health, and it includes a quick reference to help you identify the symptoms of seasonal illness.

3. Lifting COVID-19 restrictions: Q&A with Swedish experts

Swedish experts Evan Sylvester, MPH, and Helen Zhang, M.D., helped us understand some of the challenges we may face with the rollback of COVID-19 restrictions and how we can get through them safely and sanely.

4. New research brings hope for detecting and preventing Alzheimer’s disease

In this story recognizing Brain Awareness Month in June, Nancy Isenberg, M.D., MPH, a behavioral neurologist, neuropsychiatrist and the medical director of the Swedish Program for Healthy Aging, discusses some hopeful new research around Alzheimer’s disease and ways we can keep our brain healthy.

5. Your small but mighty pituitary gland

Bet you didn’t know that this little gland had such a big job! Swedish endocrinologist Jessica Brzana, M.D., gives us the 4-1-1 about this important part of our endocrine system and its critical role in keeping our body functioning and healthy.

6. New operations hub will revolutionize care across Swedish

Go inside Swedish’s Staffing, Transfer and Operations Center, our new “medical mission control” that’s helping revolutionize how we care for patients and how our hospital works.

7. Seattle Magazine announces "Top Docs 2021" list

For more than 20 years, Seattle Magazine has featured the region’s top doctors. More than 100 Swedish physicians and affiliates made 2021’s peer-nominated list.

8. Swedish reimagines care for AFib

Atrial fibrillation, or AFib, disrupts your heart and increases your risk of heart attack, stroke and heart failure. Swedish cardiologist David Lam, M.D., shares with us how experts at the Swedish Afib Clinic are helping improve the health and outcomes of Afib patients.

9. Know how to recognize subtle signs of stroke in women

Did you know that stroke disproportionally affects women? According to the American Heart Association, women make up 60% of all stroke-related deaths in the United States. To learn more we spoke with Yince Loh, M.D., a neurointerventional surgeon and neurology specialist at the Swedish Neuroscience Institute about how to recognize a stroke and ways to prevent them.

10. Do you know how to protect your skin from the summer sun?

Most of us love soaking up the sunshine during warm-weather months. But if you are like many people, you don’t always remember to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays. We talked with Kelly Paulson, M.D., about skin cancer and ways to protect ourselves.


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