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Early Heart Attack Care


Not all heart attacks begin with sudden chest pain. Saint Francis Medical Center is participating in the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care’s Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC) initiative, which encourages recognition of other early heart attack symptoms. Components of the initiative include: Education: Everyone should know ...
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Abnormal Pap Smears


When your doctor says you have an abnormal Pap smear, that means the test found some cells on your cervix that do not look normal. These cells are probably not cancerous, but they could turn into cancer. That is why you will need to undergo ...
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Healthy Germs


While it is important to wash your hands throughout the day, there is a certain amount of exposure to germs that is beneficial. “All of us have bacteria throughout our bodies, and that bacteria is healthy for us,” says Ramiro Icaza, MD, family practice physician at ...
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New Tool Increases Safety During GI Procedures


In medicine, precision and accuracy are the keys to a successful outcome. Gastroenterologists at Saint Francis Medical Center are using a new tool called the ENDO CUT® I that increases safety and decreases recovery time by making a precise, individualized cut. Doctors use the tool during ...
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Treat Pressure Sores


A pressure sore – often called a bed sore – is an injury to the skin caused by constant pressure. People who are confined to a bed or chair are most likely to experience this type of injury. “When treating a pressure sore, you must take ...
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Foods to Avoid While Pregnant


When you are pregnant, you need to pay special attention to your diet because the foods you choose can affect the health of your unborn baby. Fish can be very nutritious and high in omega-3 fatty acids, but avoid fish that have a very high ...
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Level III Trauma Center


When you experience a serious accident, the best place to receive the treatment you need is at a trauma center. Saint Francis has the only Level III Emergency and Trauma Center between Memphis and St. Louis. “Saint Francis has emergency medicine physicians available 24 hours a ...
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How Alcohol Disrupts Sleep


While drinking a small amount of alcohol can help you sleep better in the first part of the night, it is not an effective sleep aid and can seriously disrupt your sleep cycle. “Alcohol creates problems in the second half of the sleep cycle, causing fitful ...
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Choosing an OB-GYN


When a woman chooses an obstetrician and gynecologist, she needs to find someone she trusts. Having a close relationship with her physician means she is much more likely to return for annual examinations. “Some women stop seeing their OB-GYN after they have children because their lives ...
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Healthy Habits for Children


The best way to instill healthy lifestyle habits in your children is to model those habits yourself. “If you smoke, there is a good chance your child is going to smoke,” says Sandra Zakroff, MD, family practice physician at Saint Francis Medical Center. “If you ...
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