Medical Topics from Dr. Patrick O’Connell

Dr. O’Connell Explains Covid-19 and Answers Listener Questions on Faith Works on Catholic 540 AM Radio

Dr. O'Connell Explains Covid-19 and Answers Listener Questions on Faith Works on Catholic 540 AM Radio Ellen’s intro to the show: “Faith Works highlights individuals that put their faith in to action every day. Amazing people who have an interesting and sometimes overlooked impact on our Catholic faith. We share their stories” Catholic 540 AM - Divine Mercy Radio - station covers over 90% of the parishes in central and eastern NC. In this interview, Ellen speaks with Dr. O’Connell about the difference between coronavirus and COVID-19. She asks him to explain how the virus is transmitted, [...]

March 24th, 2020|Direct Primary Care|

How Sentinel is Protecting Our Patients

How Sentinel is Protecting Our Patients Here are the steps we are taking during the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. Dr. O'Connell in his protective mask and goggles. When you call to make an appointment or if you have a previously scheduled appointment, we will ask you: What symptoms are you experiencing Have you taken your temperature and what is it Have you been exposed to COVID-19 Based on your responses, we will determine next steps. If we ask you to come to the office to get tested for COVID-19, the following system is in place. Please call us [...]

March 21st, 2020|Coronavirus COVID-19, Direct Primary Care|

Flattening the Curve: How to slow the Spread of Coronavirus

Flattening the Curve: Trying to Slow the Spread of Coronavirus North Carolina's schools are closed; the stock market is a roller coaster; NC's governor has banned gatherings over 50. Society seems upside down, and it has an unnerving feel, so the question is: how does this make sense? How does all this Herculean effort help? Separate from debates over how intensive the isolation efforts should be, the rationale for these efforts turns out to be pretty interesting and straightforward. Read more below. The way the Herculean effort helps is to slow the rate of people coming down with life-threatening [...]

March 19th, 2020|Coronavirus COVID-19, Direct Primary Care|

Coronavirus COVID-19 Questions & Answers

Coronavirus COVID-19 Takeover It feels like coronavirus is taking over every aspect of our lives-- travel disruption, the stock market roller coaster, now even the ACC basketball tournament has been canceled! Amidst the upheaval, information can be useful and reassuring, so let me update my practical points from my email last week. 1. What to do if you get sick with a bad “cold”? Two weeks ago the question would have been flu or a cold, but now the question is flu or a cold or coronavirus. As of right now (I’m sure my approach will change as the [...]

March 10th, 2020|Coronavirus COVID-19, Direct Primary Care|

Novel Coronavirus – First Thoughts

Novel Coronavirus - First Thoughts I have to admit to enjoying sci-fi pandemic movies like 12 Monkeys or the 1971 movie Andromeda Strain.  I’m not a fan when it’s real life however. I was talking to a friend last weekend who expressed concern over the possible societal impact of the novel coronavirus--a form we have not seen before--and I thought, “Eh, what's the worry?” Then I saw the news headlines on Monday. And on Tuesday. And on Wednesday. But what are we all supposed to do? It’s not like I can invent a cure or prevent international spread. Instead [...]

March 3rd, 2020|Coronavirus COVID-19, Direct Primary Care|

Do You Know Who Is Making Your Medical Decisions?

Who Makes Your Medical Decisions? Ever wonder what patient-centered medical care would be like? Talk to us about direct primary care with Sentinel. Why Direct Primary Care? A question we frequently hear is, "Why would I need the kind of direct primary care that Sentinel provides when I have insurance?" The answer can be complex, but at its core is bringing health care decisions closer to you. Do You Know Who Makes Your Healthcare Decisions? For many years now, medical insurance companies have been intricately involved in your healthcare. We recommend reading Dr. Deane Waldman's [...]

January 21st, 2020|Direct Primary Care|

Exercise Trends: 10,000 Steps

10,000 Steps Do you really need to take 10,000 steps a day? The Japanese Symbol for 10,000 looks a little like a person walking. Taking 10,000 steps a day is a pretty good target if you need a target, but you should know that the whole “10,000 steps” thing was invented in 1969 by a company that wanted to sell pedometers. It happens that the Japanese character for “10,000 steps” looks a little bit like a man walking. As early as 2010, when few people wore fitness trackers, Fitbit itself said that the goal was arbitrary. If [...]

November 4th, 2019|Exercise|

Testosterone #2: Testing

Video Series: Testosterone #2: Testing Edited transcript In our first video, we talked about the basic biology of testosterone. If you haven't looked at that video, go back and check it out. Today, we're going to talk about symptoms, testing, and diagnosis. Symptoms of low testosterone The first couple of symptoms, the most self-evident symptoms are things like low libido, just not interested and difficulty with erections. Those are really characteristic symptoms of low testosterone. In addition, things like lower energy, lower vigor can be part of low testosterone. If the low testosterone sticks around long enough, [...]

September 23rd, 2019|Direct Primary Care, Healthy Living, Testosterone|

Testosterone #1: The Basics

Video Series: Testosterone #1: The Basics Edited transcript Today we're talking everybody's favorite hormone, testosterone, so I thought I'm going to do a series of videos. We'll keep them short but to help this topic make sense to you, we're going to start today with the biology of testosterone. In the course of maybe 90 seconds, I will make you into first-year medical students. How testosterone is made The basic way that it works: the hypothalamus which is in the central area in the brain directs the pituitary gland which is kind of dead center in the [...]