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Listen to Your Heart Palpitations


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


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


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


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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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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