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Health Articles

Weight Loss Apps

Thirty years ago, your best tools to lose weight and stay in shape were a pen and paper. Now, there are apps to help you keep track of every aspect of staying healthy. “I tell some of my patients about the Lose It! app, which helps you... Read more

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 at... Read more

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 patients... Read more

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 cardiologist... Read more

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 trainers... Read more

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 Deborah Price, DO,internal medicine... Read more

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 ways... Read more

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 cover... Read more

Heathly Weigh/HMR Recognized

HMR Weight Management Services 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 long-term weight-loss... Read more

6 Tips to Fight the Flu

Do you want to keep the flu out of your house this winter? Try these six tips to fight the flu: Get a flu shot. “Everyone over six months of age should be vaccinated against influenza,” says Stephen Nagy, MD, internal medicine physician at Physicians Park Primary... Read more

Saint Francis Welcomes First Baby Of 2015

Saint Francis Medical Center celebrated the delivery of its first baby in 2015. At 3:54 am on Thursday, January 1, 2015, a baby boy was welcomed into the world by proud mother Carolyn Shane of Marble Hill, Mo., and caring Family BirthPlace nursing staff. Kimberly K. Roos,... Read more

Heart & Health Screening

Monitoring your risk for coronary heart disease and other health risks is easy with the monthly Heart & Health Screenings at Saint Francis Medical Center. The following heart health assessments are available 7-10 am the first Wednesday of each month at the Saint Francis Health and... Read more

Umbilical Hernias

An umbilical hernia occurs when part of the intestine bulges through a weak spot in the belly. It is most common in infants, but adults can experience umbilical hernias as well. In infants, the hernia usually closes on its own by 12 to 18 months. Very rarely,... Read more

Support with Their New Life

Todd and Angie Ayars of Perryville, Mo. never expected to find community when they embarked on their weight loss surgery journeys. But as they met others who have undergone the surgery through the program’s Facebook group, they have experienced a true sense of belonging. “To me, it’s... Read more

Keeping Children Safe

Sometimes, doctors need to perform computed tomography (CT) scans or X-rays on very sick children to obtain images of their internal organs and bones. While these scans do contain some radiation, staff at Saint Francis Medical Center take extra precautions to ensure children are exposed to... Read more

Prevent Infections

Infections can be a big problem for patients who have recently undergone surgery. Saint Francis Medical Center provides a video for patients detailing what they can expect before surgery and how they can best care for their surgical sites. “Washing hands is key,” says Charles Edward LaValle III,... Read more

Assessing Your Risk For Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. About one in eight women will develop cancer during their lifetime. While researchers do not know why cancer occurs, they have identified several factors that increase a person’s risk for breast cancer. Being... Read more

Control Diabetes During Pregnancy

Patients with pre-existing diabetes or those who develop gestational diabetes need to carefully monitor their glucoses to have the best outcome for their babies. This often involves testing the blood glucoses frequently. Controlling glucose levels can decrease the risk of additional complications of pregnancy, including preeclampsia... Read more

Cardiac Risk Assessments

If you have a history of heart disease, smoking, high blood pressure or high cholesterol, you should participate in a regular cardiac risk assessment. This can occur during a routine physical examination with your primary care physician, or during an office visit with a cardiologist. “Our primary... Read more

A Mom’s Healthy Turnaround 

For Meghan Cook, the turning point in her struggle with weight came last summer at her daughter’s softball practice. When the coach invited parents to scrimmage with their daughters, Cook fell on her way to first base because her size made it difficult to run. “I was... Read more


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