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Interventional Cardiology Instead of Surgery

William K. LaFoe, MD, FACC, FSCAI Not all major heart problems require surgery. Often, interventional cardiologists can perform minimally invasive procedures using catheters to fix the heart and blood vessels and diagnose problems. "We consider most interventional cardiology procedures to be minimally invasive because they do not... Read more

New Patient Mobility Program

Saint Francis Medical Center has started a new program that ensures patients are up and moving earlier in order to prevent complications, including blood clots, pneumonia, skin breakdown, debility and delirium. Called MOVE (Mobility Order Verified Every shift), it requires that nursing assistants evaluate a patient's... Read more

Choose Formula With Iron

If you decide to feed your baby formula, choose a formula that is fortified with iron. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that you avoid low-iron formulas, because they will not adequately support your baby's growth and development. "Most of the formulas that are on the market... Read more

Work Out During Daily Routines

If you feel like you do not have enough time to exercise, think again: there are plenty of exercises you can do during your daily activities.  For example, while you are watching TV, try being physically active during commercials. “Instead of heading to the refrigerator, do some... Read more

Prostate Cancer: To Screen or Not to Screen

More than 230,000 men in the United States will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year; that is about one in six men. It is the second leading cause of death from cancer in men. Screening for prostate cancer includes a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test... Read more

Lesser-known Symptoms of a Heart Attack

Many people know that chest pain can often signal a heart attack. But few are aware there are many other, lesser-known symptoms of the No. 1 cause of death in the United States. “A heart attack occurs when the blood flow from the artery that brings oxygen... Read more

Anemia in Women

While anyone can have anemia, women are at higher risk for the disease. Anemia occurs when your body has a low count of red blood cells. The most common cause for anemia is a lack of iron, and women lose iron when they menstruate. Women can... Read more

Treating Delirium in the ICU

Delirium is an acute state of confusion that is accompanied by inattention, as well as cognitive and perceptual disturbances. Delirium can affect up to 80 percent of patients in a hospital's Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Nurses at the Saint Francis Medical Center ICU have recently started... Read more

Watch for Symptoms of Heart Failure to Catch it Early

Heart failure occurs when your heart cannot pump enough oxygen-rich blood from your lungs to the rest of your body. While there is usually no cure, you can manage your symptoms and lead a fulfilling life with a doctor’s help. Heart failure does not mean your... Read more

Treating Children’s Migraines

An estimated 50 percent of adults who suffer from headaches or migraines say they began experiencing them before age 20. Treating a child with migraines is similar to treating an adult with migraines, except that doctors use much smaller doses of the same medications. Sarah A. Aydt,... Read more

Caring for Your Newborn’s Skin

When caring for your newborn's skin, steer clear of lotion the first few weeks after birth. "Many newborns' feet and hands become flaky and start peeling when they are a week or two old," says Beverly L. Brown, MD, FAAP, pediatrician at Saint Francis Medical Center.... Read more

Exercise & Therapy Help Ease COPD Symptoms

People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have difficulty with breathing. COPD can include chronic bronchitis, emphysema or both. With bronchitis, the airways that carry air to the lungs become blocked with mucus, making it hard to breathe. With emphysema, tiny air sacs in the lungs... Read more

Treatment Options for Heart Failure

Heart failure means a person’s heart is not pumping as well as it should. About five million Americans suffer from the condition in which blood moves through the heart and body at a slower rate, resulting in pressure building up in the heart. Heart failure can occur... Read more

Symptoms of Bell’s Palsy

To the untrained eye, Bell's palsy symptoms can resemble stroke symptoms. Both involve sudden weakness in the face and facial paralysis. However, while a stroke typically affects just the lower part of the face, Bell's palsy can cause the entire side of the face to droop. Andrew... Read more

Work Out During Winter

No matter what the weather is like outside, you should aim to spend at least 150 minutes exercising each week. Look for indoor alternatives during winter months. "Your risk for many diseases dramatically increases if you are sedentary," says Erica E. Gibson, MD, family practice physician at... Read more

Control Psoriasis

There is no cure for psoriasis, a condition in which a person’s immune system causes the skin cells to grow too rapidly and create scaly flakes. However, you can work with your doctor to control symptoms. Two of the most effective methods used are topical (applied... Read more

Image-guided Biopsies

Twenty years ago, doctors performed biopsies using a large surgical incision. Today, they can do the same procedure through a tiny cut in the skin, thanks to image-guided biopsies. People typically need biopsies to diagnose an abnormality in the body, such as cancer. With image-guided biopsies, a... Read more

Increase Odds of Pregnancy

The best way to increase your odds of becoming pregnant is to have timed intercourse within a few days before or 24 hours after ovulation. Of course, to do this, you need to know when you will ovulate – and that can vary from cycle to... Read more

Avoiding Hip Fractures

Hip fractures are a common injury in our aging population. Because they can be devastating for a person who already has several other health problems, it is best to take steps to avoid fractures. "In the older population, you have to be very honest with yourselves... Read more


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