What is Alzheimer's Disease?
Alzheimer’s disease is a brain disorder that causes dementia, the degeneration of intellectual functions such as memory. Alzheimer’s and related conditions can have a particularly devastating effect on a person’s quality of life. And though it receives much less attention than other serious... Read more
What is Spasticity?
Spasticity is a condition that affects the muscles. It causes stiffness, restriction of movement, involuntary movements, pain and other abnormalities that reduce functionality. Patients with spasticity often have discomfort, limited movement, and muscle contractures.
What Causes Spasticity?
Muscle movements are normally controlled by a complex system... Read more
What are Spine Disorders?
Spinal disorders are the disturbance of normal functioning of the spinal column and/or spinal cord. Common spine disorders include bulging or ruptured discs, spinal stenosis, and radiculopathy.
We use several technologies to diagnose spine disorders, including:
Electromyogram. Electromyogram is a noninvasive procedure used to detect abnormal... Read more
What is Parkinson's Disease?
Parkinson's disease is a disorder of the nervous system caused by the decay of dopamine-producing brain cells. Symptoms of Parkinson's disease include trembling hands, lack of facial expression and character in speech, as well as slower and more uncoordinated walking.
We use several technologies... Read more
What is Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis?
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly called Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a disorder in which certain nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord slowly die. The first sign of ALS is often weakness in one leg, one hand, the face, or the... Read more
What is a Concussion?
A concussion is a type of brain injury that changes the way the brain normally works and is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head.
Concussions are serious business for young athletes, particularly those who play football. Each year, an estimated... Read more
The Stroke Center at Saint Francis Medical Center is prepared to handle any stroke-related emergency 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our stroke team:
Is notified by EMS crews if a potential stroke patient is en routeEvaluates patients within 10 minutes of arrivalPerforms critical imaging... Read more
The Pain Management Center at Saint Francis Medical Center helps people suffering from acute and chronic pain. With a specially trained staff on hand, the Pain Management Center reviews your medical and family health histories, identifies your source of pain, and provides the most effective method... Read more
The Neurosciences Institute at Saint Francis Medical Center is staffed with the finest neurosurgeons, neurologists, and neuroradiologists in southeast Missouri to provide the highest-quality care to patients in the region.
The Neurosciences Institute at Saint Francis Healthcare System is the region’s leader in diagnosing, treating and managing injuries and illnesses of the brain, spine and nerves – with some of the top experts in the country. Our highly-skilled specialists provide leading-edge diagnostic imaging and advanced medical,... Read more
Comprehensive Emergency Medicine in Cape Girardeau
Saint Francis Medical Center’s Level III Emergency and Trauma center has the largest staff of emergency physicians in southeast Missouri. The following emergency physicians are trained to quickly respond to your needs:
Southeast Missouri’s Only Level III Emergency and Trauma Center
The Emergency and Trauma Center at Saint Francis Medical Center is the only state-designated Level III trauma center in southeast Missouri, caring for nearly 38,000 patients annually. The Center was formally named the Gene E. Huckstep Emergency/Trauma Center in recognition... Read more
About our Gastrointestinal Laboratory
The highly specialized technology available in the gastrointestinal laboratory (GI Lab) is helping doctors better diagnose and manage gastrointestinal disease with less-invasive procedures. Scientific breakthroughs like these play a key role in the future-forward approach to inpatient and outpatient GI care at Cape... Read more
At Saint Francis Medical Center, our Center for Digestive Diseases treats patients with a wide range of gastrointestinal conditions, including colon cancer, using the latest medical advances and leading technology in our Gastrointestinal (GI) Lab. Our specialists diagnose, manage and treat a wide variety of digestive disorders,... Read more
Saint Francis Medical Center's Heart Hospital in Cape Girardeau offers several procedures and treatments for cardiovascular disease. Our experienced cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons, cardiologists, nurses and technologists work 24 hours a day to perform bypasses, insert stents and pacemakers, and replace valves. We use the latest... Read more
Approximately 80 million Americans have some form of heart disease. The three risk factors for heart attacks are high cholesterol, high blood pressure and excessive weight. Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau offers health screenings, risk assessments, and advice to help you prevent heart disease.
Diet... Read more
There are several risk factors for heart disease, including:
High cholesterolHigh blood pressureObesitySmokingStressUncontrolled diabetesPhysical inactivity
Some of these risk factors can be avoided by making a change in lifestyle. For example, if you are a smoker, you can join a smoking cessation program in Cape Girardeau. However,... Read more
Women and Heart Attacks
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, causing one in three deaths each year, according to the American Heart Association. Over 430,000 women have heart attacks each year in the United States. Women under the age... Read more
Treating and managing chronic diseases such as heart failure, myocardial infarction and pneumonia does not stop after the patient is discharged from the hospital. Making sure high-risk patients receive proper care after leaving the hospital is the goal of the Continuing Care Clinic at Saint Francis Medical Center.
Around... Read more