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Controlling High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, can be very dangerous for a woman who is pregnant. There are two main types of hypertension issues in pregnant women – those who develop it as a part of a condition called preeclampsia or "toxemia" and those who have hypertension... Read more

Convenient Care to Move March 1

As of March 1, 2016, Saint Francis Medical Center’s Convenient Care, found inside its Emergency Department, will move and become part of Immediate Convenient Care (ICC) – exceptional and accessible walk-in urgent care locations in Cape Girardeau and Jackson. ICC expertly treats bronchitis, bruises or sprains, colds... Read more

Coronary Revascularization Saves Lives

About every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a heart attack, according to the American Heart Association1. Many people who experience chest pain or have a heart attack can benefit from catheterization or surgery to improve their quality of life and even their longevity.... Read more

CyberKnife: Fighting Cancer, Saving Patients

The CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery System is one of the newest weapons in the fight against cancer. It is also one of the most powerful. At Saint Francis Medical Center, the remarkable results are starting to roll in. The only one of its type in the region, Saint... Read more

Dangers of Not Sleeping

When you do not sleep enough, the negative effects stretch far beyond grumpiness during the day. Lack of sleep can have serious long-term consequences, including obesity and heart disease. “Studies have shown that people with short sleep times (generally less than six hours a day) are more... Read more

Depression and IBS

Although depression does not cause irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and IBS does not cause depression, the two are closely related. Studies have shown that more than half of the people with IBS also suffer from depression. “People with IBS may be so anxious about experiencing a... Read more

Diagnosing and Treating a Weak Heart Muscle

Cardiomyopathy is the medical term for a weak heart muscle. With this diagnosis, it is important to find out what is causing it to begin treatment immediately. People with cardiomyopathy seek medical attention because they are having trouble breathing, retaining fluid, exercising, extremely fatigued and cannot lie... Read more

Dietary Fiber

While dietary fiber can minimize constipation and help with hemorrhoids, it also can reduce obesity and lower your low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad” cholesterol level. Stephen Nagy, MD “Most Americans take in about 50 percent less than the dietary guideline requirements for fiber intake per day,” says Stephen... Read more

Different Migraines Need Different Meds

A migraine attack can ruin your day. How can you stop the pain? How can you prevent it from starting? Answers vary. Different patients need different medications; it depends on the frequency and severity of your migraine attacks and whether the goal is pain relief or prevention.... Read more

Disruptive Dangerous: Sleep Apnea Is More Than Snores

The snoring from sleep apnea may disturb your household. The other symptoms of sleep apnea – interrupted breathing, shortness of breath, reduced oxygen – can eventually endanger your life. For the sake of yourself and the people around you, follow these steps to manage your condition. First... Read more

Distracted Walking Injures Pedestrians

Walking and chewing gum is easy compared to walking and texting. Nationwide, pedestrians are increasingly suffering injuries due to “distracted walking,” or walking while using an electronic device. These people are so distracted by their devices that they fail to notice the sidewalk cracks, lampposts and... Read more

Do You Qualify for Weight-Loss Surgery?

Weight-loss surgery at Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Weight Loss Solutions can be a life changer for those who have struggled using other methods. However, not everyone who is overweight is a candidate for bariatric surgery. In 1991, the National Institutes for Health (NIH) established criteria all patients... Read more

Doctors Treat Thyroid Cancer

  The thyroid gland regulates the body’s metabolic rate. While thyroid cancer can be difficult to detect, the most apparent signs are a firm mass on the side of the lower neck or a change in voice. A first line of treatment for thyroid cancer is surgery. The... Read more

Don’t Walk Around With “Walking Pneumonia”

"Walking pneumonia" may not be as severe as pneumonia, but it is an infection, it is contagious and it is something to treat with antibiotics. "'Walking pneumonia' is the term used for pneumonia that does not cause someone to be severely ill, but it still causes many... Read more

Ear Infection Pain May Go Beyond Ear

Have you heard how painful ear infections are? When fluid builds up and infects a baby’s ear, the baby may tug their ears in pain, or fuss and cry more than usual. Not all children are so demonstrative, so be on the lookout for the following... Read more

Early Heart Attack Care

Not all heart attacks begin with sudden chest pain. Saint Francis Medical Center is participating in the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care's Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC) initiative, which encourages recognition of other early heart attack symptoms. Components of the initiative include: Education: Everyone should know early... Read more

Ease Your Lower Back Pain

While nearly everyone suffers from occasional lower back pain, some people have problems that continue to resurface. While you may not be able to eliminate the pain altogether, you can decrease it by following these guidelines: Practice safe lifting techniques. Before you lift something, test it to make... Read more

Echocardiogram Shows How Blood Flows

An echocardiogram is an ultrasound test for your heart. It’s also one of the best ways to examine the valves and chambers of your heart. One type of echocardiogram used at Saint Francis Medical Center is a transesophageal echocardiogram. In this procedure, the cardiologist passes a tube... Read more

Emergency Care vs Urgent Care

When you’re experiencing a life-threatening condition, such as chest pains, a head injury or severe bleeding, the Emergency Department at Saint Francis Medical Center is your best option for medical care. However, if your situation is non-life-threating, such as a sprained ankle or a sore throat,... Read more

Emergency Room Video Shows Patients What to Expect

The Saint Francis Medical Center Emergency and Trauma Center treats every patient quickly. There may be times, however, when you are asked to wait. That is why we have created a waiting room video that explains what you can expect and how an emergency room works. “When... Read more


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