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Signs of a Heart Attack


Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, but when you know all the signs and symptoms of a heart attack, you can save a life. “A heart attack does not always begin with chest pain,” says Duc T. Nguyen, DO, interventional ...
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Prepare for a Race


If you are training for a race, you may want to see a personal trainer at Saint Francis Medical Center’s Fitness Plus. “When you work out by yourself, you tend to stay in your comfort zone,” says Carlen Mulholland, PhD, ATC, personal trainer at Fitness Plus. “Personal ...
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Common Heart Surgeries at Saint Francis


Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of men and women in the United States. While many people are able to manage their disease through lifestyle changes and medications, surgery is sometimes the best option for treatment. Two of the most common heart surgeries are ...
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New Outpatient Clinic Opens in Dexter


Residents of Dexter, Mo. now are able to see Saint Francis Medical Center physicians in town. The new Saint Francis Outpatient Clinic is open and ready for patients. The clinic provides exceptional care and services. It is led by internal medicine physician F. Michael Caldwell, MD; ...
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Winter Allergies


Allergies are not confined to the spring and fall – many people suffer from indoor allergies that become worse during the winter. “When you start using your furnace, it may release particles into the air that can trigger an allergic reaction,” says Joseph B. Schuerger, MD, family ...
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Free Heart Screening


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 Medical Center is offering FREE Heart & Health Screenings every Wednesday in the month of February in recognition of American Heart ...
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Prevent Falls at Home


Each year, one out of every three older adults experiences a fall, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While icy weather is certainly a culprit, many of these falls occur at home – and can often be prevented. Here are seven ...
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Bone Density Tests


A bone density test determines whether a person is at risk for osteoporosis, a disease that causes bones to become fragile and break more easily. Saint Francis Medical Center’s Womancare offers bone density tests for men and women who have obtained referrals from their physicians. “Most insurance companies ...
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Heathly Weigh/HMR Recognized


HMR Weight Management Services (HMR) diet program created by HMR and utilized by Saint Francis’ Healthy Weigh program has been named the No. 2 Best Weight-Loss Diet in U.S. News & World Reports’ Best Diets of 2015. The ranking was based on both short and ...
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Wounds Heal Slower With High Blood Sugar


If you have diabetes, you know you are at risk for many serious health problems if you do not control your blood sugar levels. One problem many diabetics face is slow wound healing. “There are many reasons why uncontrolled diabetes can affect your body’s ability to ...
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