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Doctors Support Healthy Weight Loss

If you want to lose weight, your doctor can assist you in creating a plan that will keep you healthy and help you reach your goals. “You need a strong support system during your weight loss, and your doctor can provide an unbiased outside opinion,” saysErica... Read more

Doctors Treat Blood Clots with Medication

A blood clot is a serious condition that can put your life in danger when left untreated. If you notice a symptom of a blood clot like swelling, a warm spot, pain or redness in your arm or leg, you should seek treatment right away. “Our main... 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 Dismiss SAD, Seek Help Instead

Do the cold, dark months make you sad? You are not alone. “Seasonal depression, or seasonal affective disorder (SAD), can range from minor doldrums to serious depression in winter,” says Sarah A. Aydt, MD, FAAP, FACP, internal medicine physician/pediatrician at Saint Francis Medical Center. “It’s ultimately a... Read more

Don’t Mess With a Broken Neck

Protect your neck. A cervical spine fracture, or broken neck, is nothing to play around with. If you or someone you know suffers a neck injury from a blow to the head, traffic collision, diving accident or other impact, immediate medical attention is paramount. To lessen... 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

Download Saint Francis’ Motherhood App

Pregnant women can track their baby’s growth and find answers to all their questions through Saint Francis Healthcare System’s SFMC 4 Moms app. The free app is a convenient way for women to access information about Saint Francis’ Family BirthPlace, childbirth classes and physicians on staff at... 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

Early Signs of Dementia

While there is no cure for dementia, catching it early may delay major damage to the brain. That is why it is important to watch carefully for early signs of dementia in your loved ones – forgetting dates and times and misplacing objects they would not... 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

Eat Away From Your Desk

Many of us know that eating in front of the TV is a bad habit that contributes to weight gain. But eating at your desk can also cause you to consume more than what your body needs. When you eat lunch or a snack at your desk,... Read more

Eat More Green Vegetables

If you want to pack your diet full of important nutrients, add more green vegetables to each meal. “Green vegetables are valuable sources of vitamins A and C, folate, fiber and potassium,” says Matthew Riffle, MD, internal medicine physician at Physicians Park Primary Care. “In addition, they... Read more

Eat, Move, Lose!

Take control of your health with Fitness Plus’ Eat, Move, Lose! program. This eight-week exercise circuit program helps you take the appropriate steps to make lifestyle changes in diet and exercise so that you have the tools you need to continue living healthy — even after the... 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

Epic Keeps Medications Correct

Saint Francis Healthcare System’s electronic medical records system is keeping patients safe by helping physicians prevent medication errors. The Epic system allows providers from all parts of the Saint Francis system, including the Medical Center in Cape Girardeau and the clinics throughout the region, to access information... Read more

ER Priorities

Most people who visit the emergency room do not have true emergencies, but rather "urgencies:" Injuries or illnesses that are not life-threatening, but need quick attention. Those include ankle sprains, cuts, high fevers and ear infections. In the ER, patients with true emergencies such as stroke, heart... Read more

Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction (ED) occurs when a man has difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection long enough for sexual intercourse. ED has a physical cause 90 percent of the time and is usually due to a problem with blood flow. Physical causes may include diabetes, obesity, high blood... Read more


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