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Herniated Disk Treatment

A herniated disk occurs when one of the cushions between the bones in your spine slips out of place, sometimes causing pain in your arm or leg. In most cases, you will be able to relieve the pain using medications and physical therapy. “Depending on your level... Read more

High Blood Pressure Can Threaten Pregnancy 

If you suffer from chronic hypertension (high blood pressure), talk with your doctor before trying to become pregnant. You may need to take extra precautions throughout your pregnancy. “People with hypertension have decreased blood flow to the uterus, which can affect a baby’s growth,” says Naomi L.... Read more

High Blood Pressure in Men

Once men reach the age of 45, they have a higher risk of developing high blood pressure. High blood pressure is defined as a blood pressure of 140/90 or higher. It can increase your risk for heart failure, kidney failure and vision problems. “One in three... Read more

High Cholesterol Brings Issues

High cholesterol is a common condition that can have deadly consequences. One in six Americans suffers from high levels of cholesterol. A high cholesterol problem leads to heart disease and raises your risk of heart attack and stroke. “A certain amount of cholesterol is good for your... Read more

High Heels Cause Foot Pain

High heels are a staple in many women’s wardrobes – but wearing them all day, every day can cause serious orthopedic problems. “The altered position of walking in high heels places a great amount of force on the inside of the knee, which can lead to... Read more

High-Salt Diet Harms the Heart

Too much sodium assaults the heart. To function properly, the average adult only needs to consume a small amount of the nutrient every day – about 2,300 mg of sodium, the equivalent of one teaspoon of salt. Over time, too much sodium can lead to a... Read more

Hip Problems in Active People

Hip problems are not just confined to older patients. Young, active people  can also experience issues with their hips. "While the most common hip problem among older people is that the hip joint simply wears out, younger people might suffer hip injuries from overuse," says Patrick R.... Read more

Hives and Rashes

The best way to tell the difference between hives and rashes is to take a close look at the affected area. Hives are raised bumps that can be itchy, and rashes are simply an inflamed area on the skin. Hives are often the result of an allergic... Read more

Home Health Helps Patient Recover

After undergoing total knee replacement surgery, Jacob Eaker required additional assistance to help him recover. Saint Francis Home Health was just what he needed, providing a nurse and physical therapist to help him care for his wound and gain strength in his knee and leg. Eaker, 71,... Read more

Home Sleep Studies

If you suspect you might have sleep problems, a home sleep study could be an option for you. In addition to offering sleep studies in a sleep lab, Saint Francis Medical Center’s Sleep Disorders Center provides an at-home option for patients who cannot have an in-lab... Read more

Honor a Loved One with a Special Gift

For those who have lost a friend or family member, the holidays can be a special time of remembrance. Saint Francis Medical Center offers families an opportunity to help those in need while honoring loved ones. You can make a contribution to Saint Francis Foundation’s Luminaries for... Read more

Hospice Opens in Scott County 

Terminally ill patients in Scott County, Missouri, now have the option to utilize Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Hospice Services Program. The program recently expanded to include Scott County, in addition to Cape Girardeau, Perry, Bollinger and Stoddard counties. “Patients who already have been receiving care at Saint... Read more

Hospital Discharge Plans

When you are an inpatient at Saint Francis Medical Center, a hospitalist (doctor who is based at the Medical Center) cares for you and manages your treatment. But when you leave the hospital, your primary care physician will direct any follow-up care. “Before you return home, your... Read more

Hospitalists: Specialists on the Inside

When hospitalized patients are critically ill, they benefit from the attention of a full-time physician. Hospitalists are internal medicine specialists who care for patients while they are in the hospital. Saint Francis Healthcare System staffs hospitalists 24 hours a day, seven days a week. “Because we are... Read more

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 sleep,... Read more

How to Prevent Pinkeye’s Spread

Pinkeye can be very contagious. It can be bacterial, viral or allergic. Stop the spread by not touching or rubbing your eyes and by washing your hands often. What else can you do to stop it from spreading? Do not share towels and use a clean towel... Read more

HPV Vaccine Protects Against Certain Types of Cancers

The Human Papillomavirus Vaccine safely prevents cancer through protection against human papilloma virus (HPV) infection. Certain types of HPV can lead to oral and genital cancers. HPV vaccines are highly effective in preventing infection when given before initial exposure to the virus. Similar to the need to... Read more

Humidifiers and Vaporizers

If someone in your family has a cold or other illness, or you just want more humidity in your house during winter, humidifiers and vaporizers are good options. Both devices add moisture to the air; a humidifier does so through a cool mist, and a vaporizer... Read more

Hyperparathyroidism: More Methods, Less Risk

The treatment of hyperparathyroidism – a disease in which overactive parathyroid glands result in irregular calcium levels – has come a long way in the past couple decades, says D. Curtis Coonce, MD, FACS, otolaryngologist at Saint Francis Medical Center. “Hyperparathyroidism can have significant clinical effects, including... Read more


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