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Luncheon Addresses Heart Disease in Women

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Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States. The Heart to Heart Luncheon, hosted by Saint Francis Medical Center and supported by committee members from the community, is an annual event committed to raising awareness of women’s unique risk factors ...
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Mammograms for Breast Problems

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If you have a problem with your breasts, you do not want to wait days to find out what is wrong. That is why Saint Francis Medical Center’s Womancare delivers priority mammogram results to women with breast problems. The American Cancer Society recommends women undergo annual mammograms beginning ...
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Bariatric Surgery Online Seminar

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If you are considering weight loss surgery at Saint Francis Medical Center, you need to attend an informational seminar to learn about different types of surgery and how they will change your life forever. Saint Francis now offers an online seminar for those who cannot be there in person. “Saint ...
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Cardiac Outreach Clinics

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When you think you might have a heart condition, you want care from the top specialists in the region. However, when you have to travel a long distance for testing or a routine appointment, it can be cumbersome. Saint Francis Medical Center offers convenient cardiac outreach ...
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Removal of Adenoids and Tonsils

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The primary function of tonsils and adenoids is to help the immune system develop antibodies to prevent childhood diseases. Tonsils are located in the back of the throat, while adenoids are in the back of the nose. “Tonsils are most functional between the ages of 18 ...
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Weight Loss Apps

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Thirty years ago, your best tools to lose weight and stay in shape were a pen and paper. Now, there are apps to help you keep track of every aspect of staying healthy. “I tell some of my patients about the Lose It! app, which helps ...
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Listen to Your Heart Palpitations

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Does your heart literally skip a beat? Does it beat faster at certain moments? If you have these kinds of heart palpitations, how worried should you be? “Palpitations are one of the most common patient complaints I see,” says Sandra S. McCearley, MD, cardiologist and electrophysiologist ...
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Hypothyroidism and Heart Disease

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If you suffer from heart disease, you may also be at risk for hypothyroidism, a disorder in which the thyroid produces too little thyroid hormone. “Hypothyroidism can cause significant cardiac symptoms, especially for people who already have heart disease,” says Ahmad Z. Sheikh, MD, FACE, ENCU, CCD, endocrinologist ...
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Indoor Triathlon

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Area residents can test their endurance at the tenth annual Fitness Plus Indoor Triathlon on Saturday, March 7. Beginning at 8 am in the Saint Francis Health and Wellness Center, 150 S. Mount Auburn Road (entrance 8), the triathlon includes a 300-yard swim, five-mile ride ...
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Treating Secondary Hypertension

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Hypertension may be viewed as being primary (essential) hypertension or as being secondary hypertension. Essential hypertension does not have an easily identifiable or specific cause and can usually be controlled with two or three drugs. Secondary hypertension is caused by something which may be correctable. In ...
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