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Geriatric Fracture Program

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When an older patient falls and fractures a bone, there may be other problems that caused that fall. Health problems that could lead to a fall include high blood pressure, urinary tract infections, pneumonia, heart failure or poorly controlled diabetes. “With Saint Francis Medical Center’s geriatric ...
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Controlling High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy

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Hypertension, or high blood pressure, can be very dangerous for a woman who is pregnant. There are two main types of hypertension issues in pregnant women – those who develop it as a part of a condition called preeclampsia or “toxemia” and those who have ...
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Cardiovascular Health Seminar

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Cardiovascular issues such as peripheral vascular and arterial disease can affect your health. Peripheral vascular and arterial disease is a common circulatory problem that reduces the blood flow to your limbs. It can cause serious cardiovascular health problems. Plus, if left unchecked, it can take your ...
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Infant CPR Class

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If you spend time around an infant, it is a good idea to be prepared for emergencies. Saint Francis Medical Center offers infant cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) classes for those who want to learn the procedure. “When an infant’s airway is blocked, every second counts,” says Sandra ...
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Control Acid Reflux

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Acid reflux can significantly impair your life. There are many ways you can control this condition, including watching your diet, making lifestyle changes and taking medications. Diet: Try eating several small meals during the day, rather than a few large ones. Stick to low-fat, high-protein foods ...
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FODMAP Diet

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If you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and frequently experience symptoms such as bloating, gas, abdominal pain and diarrhea, you may benefit from trying a special eating plan called the FODMAP diet. FODMAP stands for Fermentable Oligo- Di- Monosaccharides and Polyols – all types of ...
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Dangers of Earbuds

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If you frequently listen to loud music while using earbuds or headphones, you could be damaging your hearing. An MP3 player played at 70 percent of its top volume is nearly as loud as a chainsaw. “Over time, earbuds and headphones can cause noise-induced hearing loss ...
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Healing Joints Through the Kinetic Chain

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When you injure a joint in your body, you should not merely focus on repairing that joint – you must also tend to the muscles that contribute to the stability and movement of that joint. Those muscles are called the kinetic chain. Saint Francis Medical ...
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CT Scans for Smokers

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A panel of experts has recommended that heavy smokers receive an annual computed tomography (CT) scan to screen for lung cancer. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says current and former smokers ages 55 to 80 who have smoked at least 30 “pack-years” should undergo ...
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Know Your Risk for Osteoporosis

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The best way to monitor osteoporosis risk is to undergo regular bone density screenings. Saint Francis Medical Center offers these tests as part of its Heart & Health Screenings. The following screenings are available 7-10 am on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at ...
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