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Minimally Invasive Procedure Gives Grandma Energy Again

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A year ago, Brenda Richardson was having difficulty living her life. She felt tired all the time, and even the smallest exertion left her gasping for breath. Richardson suffered from aortic valve stenosis, a condition in which the heart’s aortic valve narrows, obstructing blood flow to ...
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Obesity Contributes to Arthritis

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The more you weigh, the more you increase your risk of developing osteoarthritis, a disease in which the joint cartilage gradually deteriorates, causing pain and stiffness. “When you carry extra weight on your body, that puts additional strain on your joints -- particularly your knees and ...
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Nasal Obstruction

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Your nose serves the important functions of warming, filtering and humidifying air and smelling. When you have a nasal obstruction that blocks those functions, it can affect your daily life. The simplest reason for a nasal obstruction is congestion of the mucosa, or specialized lining of ...
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Treat Varicose Veins With Sclerotherapy

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Varicose veins occur when valves within the vein can no longer allow blood to flow effectively. Blood begins to pool in the veins, which causes them to enlarge and bulge – often resulting in tired, achy legs. At the Saint Francis Vein and Laser Center, people ...
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Low Testosterone 

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Men typically experience a decrease in their testosterone levels as they age. When testosterone levels fall below the normal range and symptoms become troublesome, a man is suffering from low testosterone, or low T. Symptoms of low T can include: Decreased sex drive: “There are many reasons ...
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Free Heart and Health Screenings in February

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Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and it is the perfect time for you and your sweetheart to evaluate your heart health. Saint Francis Healthcare System is offering FREE Heart & Health Screenings every Wednesday during the month of February in recognition of American Heart ...
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Saint Francis to Host Men’s Health Event

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Men in the Cape Girardeau area can spend an evening that is all about them and their healthcare questions at Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Men’s Health Event on Thursday, February 11, beginning at 5 pm at Isle Casino, 777 N. Main St. in Cape Girardeau. This ...
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Safety for Endoscopic Procedures

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A certain amount of risk is involved in any surgical procedure. At Saint Francis Healthcare System, the staff who performs endoscopic procedures, such as colonoscopies and upper endoscopies, takes special care to make the procedure as safe as possible for the patient. “During colonoscopies, we used ...
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Weight Gain During Pregnancy

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While pregnant, keep a close eye on the foods you eat because you should only be consuming about 300 extra calories per day. Gaining too much or too little weight could affect your child’s birth weight or cause problems, including diabetes and high blood pressure. “Your ...
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Restless Legs Syndrome Can Impair Sleep

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Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a disorder in which a person experiences a “creepy-crawly” feeling in his or her legs and has an irresistible urge to move them — most often when lying or sitting down. It is considered a sleep disorder because it can ...
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