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
While no one knows exactly what the appendix does, we do know that when it becomes inflamed, it needs to be removed, immediately. This inflammation, called appendicitis, can lead to a ruptured appendix, which in turn can lead to an infection in the abdominal cavity.
F. Michael... Read more
Bladder infections are common problems, particularly among women. More than half of all women experience at least one bladder infection in their lifetime, and many will have recurrent infections.
Signs of a bladder infection include:
burning sensation while urinatingthe need to urinate frequentlyfever or chillscloudy or bloody urine... Read more
Pancreatitis occurs when digestive enzymes produced by the pancreas are activated before they reach the small intestine. This causes the enzymes to attack the pancreas, resulting in severe inflammation.
“One of the major symptoms of pancreatitis is upper abdominal pain that radiates into your back,” says Wilson... Read more
Preeclampsia is a complication of pregnancy that can endanger both the mother and baby. It is characterized by increased blood pressure, protein in the mother's urine and often by swelling. Preeclampsia can lead to seizures, stroke or other organ failure and can also put the baby... Read more
People who suffer from sleep apnea have a higher risk than others for developing heart disease. “Researchers cannot say for sure whether sleep apnea causes heart disease, but we do know you are more likely to suffer from high blood pressure when you have sleep apnea,”... Read more
If you frequently snore and experience daytime drowsiness, you may suffer from sleep apnea. There are three different types of sleep apnea:
Obstructive sleep apnea is when your airway becomes blocked during sleep.
Central sleep apnea is when your brain does not signal the muscles that... Read more
When your body is transitioning between different stages of sleep, you may feel like you are conscious but unable to move. This condition is called sleep paralysis and can occur in as many as four out of every 10 people. “When you sleep, your body moves... Read more
Bedtime battles can be exhausting for both parents and children. If you want to minimize conflict, establish a consistent routine.
Try to keep your routine to 30 minutes or less. Do the same activities in the same order every night – and stick to the same time.... Read more
Angie Hankins didn’t think she looked obese, but the facts told her otherwise. Her shirt size was 3XL. Her weight fluctuated between 250 to 270 pounds – more than 100 pounds overweight. Her doctor had detected multiple comorbidities of obesity, including gastric reflux, hypertension and diabetes.
Angie... Read more
Physicians and patients agree: minimally invasive surgery is often the best choice for surgery.
“Most patients are amazed at how quickly they recover and get back to their daily lives,” says Kimberly K. Roos, MD, obstetrician/gynecologist at Saint Francis Medical Center. “I often hear patients say, ‘It... Read more
Buerger’s disease is a condition in which the blood vessels become inflamed, often swelling and becoming blocked with blood clots. The No. 1 risk factor for Buerger’s disease is heavy cigarette smoking, and it most commonly affects men younger than 40 – although more women are... Read more
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a condition that makes it difficult for you to breathe. Cigarette smoking is the cause of the majority of COPD cases.
“Emphysema occurs when the lung is destroyed by smoke,” says W. Keith Graham, MD, D-ABSM, pulmonologist/sleep medicine physician, Saint Francis... Read more
Oral cancer is most often found in the tongue, the lips and the floor of the mouth. The most frequent treatment is surgery, which can be used to remove a tumor, all or part of the jaw, the bone in the roof of the mouth or... Read more
Eyes are constantly producing tears that serve to lubricate and nourish them. When they do not produce enough tears, or when they produce poor-quality tears, you have a condition called chronic dry eye.
Chronic dry eye can cause scratching or burning in your eyes or blurred vision. “If the... Read more
When you have a sore throat, sometimes it is difficult to determine whether it is a symptom of a more serious illness, such as strep throat. "Usually, if the sore throat is the result of just sinus drainage, it only hurts during certain times of the... Read more
From time to time, you may feel like your heart “skips a beat.” In most cases, this is completely harmless. But for some people, this change in rhythm can cause symptoms that could be life-threatening.
Heart arrhythmia is a disruption in your heart’s electrical system that causes... Read more
Many different subtypes of breast cancer are categorized according to what is causing the tumor to grow, whether it be estrogen receptors, progesterone receptors and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2).
Triple negative breast cancer is an especially aggressive type of cancer that is not fueled... Read more
One year ago, Rebecca Daub was on the fast track for some major health problems, including diabetes and high blood pressure. Instead, she turned her life around through weight-loss surgery.
Daub, 42, of Scott City, Mo., has lost 120 pounds through Weight Loss Solutions, Saint Francis Medical... Read more
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends you start introducing your child to solid foods between 4 and 6 months of age. Starting earlier may increase the risk of food allergies. Wait until your baby is able to hold their neck up well or until they weigh at... Read more