Despite its name, “heart failure” does not mean that your heart has completely failed. Rather, it indicates that your heart does not pump blood as efficiently as it should. While heart failure can lead to life-threatening conditions, you can also manage it through losing weight, exercising... Read more
If you notice swelling and pain in your leg, talk to your doctor right away. You could be experiencing deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a condition in which a blood clot forms in a deep vein – usually in the legs. These clots are dangerous because they... Read more
If you want to lose weight, first you need to find a plan that is the right fit. Here are a few questions to ask yourself:
Do you prefer to follow a plan without having to make any choices? Or, would you like to continue to... Read more
Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, can happen in an instant – and not just to people with diabetes.
“Hypoglycemia is typically linked to diabetes, but not always,” says Ahmad Z. Sheikh, MD, FACE, ECNU, CCD, endocrinologist at Saint Francis Medical Center. “A person’s blood glucose can drop... Read more
Men typically experience a decrease in their testosterone levels as they age. When testosterone levels fall below the normal range and symptoms become troublesome, a man is suffering from low testosterone, or low T.
Symptoms of low T can include:
Decreased sex drive: “There are many reasons why... Read more
The state-of-the-art equipment in Saint Francis Medical Center’s Radiology Department has enabled doctors to obtain computed tomography (CT) scans of patients without exposing them to high doses of radiation.
The Siemens Flash CT Scanner is a low-dose scanner that provides detailed images for doctors in a fraction... Read more
While smoking is the No. 1 risk factor for lung cancer, smokers are not the only people who fall prey to this serious disease. Secondhand smoke, exposure to asbestos and radon, air pollution, tuberculosis and genetics can all contribute to a person’s risk for lung cancer.
“There... Read more
While lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, researchers are developing new treatments every day to help prolong lives of lung cancer patients.
Typically, the first line of treatment is surgery. A surgeon may remove a small section of lung, an... Read more
Melanoma, which is the most dangerous form of skin cancer, kills about 9,000 Americans each year. Studies have shown the best way to find out if melanoma has spread is to perform a sentinel node biopsy after surgically removing a cancerous lesion.
During this biopsy, the lymph... Read more
Every athlete knows success in competition begins with hard work in the off-season and in practice. What gets lost in the push to outwork the competition is how proper nutrition and adequate recovery can result in even greater gains.
Overtraining is one of the biggest risks to... Read more
If you have a problem with your breasts, you do not want to wait days to find out what is wrong. That is why Saint Francis Medical Center’s Womancare delivers priority mammogram results to women with breast problems.
The American Cancer Society recommends women undergo annual mammograms... Read more
If you suffer from rheumatoid or inflammatory arthritis, you should start moving as soon as you wake up in the morning. “People with arthritis wake up with stiff joints,” says Amjad Roumany, MD, rheumatologist at Saint Francis Medical Center. “They will experience flare-ups if they do not... Read more
Lupus is an autoimmune disease that causes the body’s immune system to attack not only foreign substances, but also healthy cells and tissues. This creates inflammation and can affect the joints, skin, heart, lungs, kidneys, blood cells and brain.
“Symptoms of lupus can range from mild to... Read more
While it is important to have your cholesterol checked on a regular basis, remember cholesterol is just one piece of the cardiovascular risk reduction puzzle. You need to maintain a healthy diet and weight and quit smoking, if you are a smoker, to decrease your risk... Read more
National Poison Prevention Week is March 17-23. It's important to know how to prevent poisoning and what to do if it is ingested.
First, look at the container so you know what you've ingested. Many containers give instructions of what to do after accidental ingestion. If it... Read more
Kidney cancer is one of the most aggressive cancers affecting the urinary system. It rarely causes signs or symptoms in its early stages. “Most kidney tumors are discovered incidentally when X-ray or MRI is performed to evaluate an unrelated complaint, and 80% of solid kidney masses... Read more
Some pain medications such as opiates can cause side effects such as severe constipation. When it persists, constipation can lead to rectal prolapse, tears in the rectum and fecal impaction, which means the rectum becomes blocked from passing stool.
“The best way to avoid constipation while taking... Read more
Many men over age 50 suffer from benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or an enlarged prostate. Symptoms can include slow urinary stream, straining to urinate, incomplete bladder emptying, urgent frequent urination and the need to urinate in the middle of the night.
“When the symptoms bother you so... Read more
For Connie Skelton, a midwife was the perfect choice for two very important moments in her life: the births of her two children.
Skelton gave birth to her first son, William, now 5, in New Mexico. It was her first experience with a midwife, and she appreciated... Read more
Saint Francis Medical Center offers two certified nurse midwives, Tracy Carr, RN, BSN, MSN, CNM, and Megan Keeney, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, CNM, who serve as primary caregivers for moms-to-be and are present during their labor and delivery.
“Certified nurse midwives have a great deal of formal training... Read more