Health Articles

100 Pounds Lighter, 100 Percent Happier

One hundred pounds lighter. One hundred percent happier.That’s how Adam Halter feels four months after his Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery at Saint Francis Medical Center’s Weight Loss Solutions. “I have an incredible confidence level now,” says Halter. “I’ve always loved to work out, and now that I’m... Read more

A Body Needs Iron

Iron deficiency anemia is when your body does not have enough healthy red blood cells to deliver oxygen sufficiently to all tissues. It occurs when your cells do not have enough iron. One of the most common symptoms of iron deficiency anemia is extreme fatigue. “When a... Read more

A Heart Procedure that is the Right Fit for Older Patients

When doctors at Saint Francis Medical Center recommended a surgical procedure to repair Lottie Meese's heart valve, her daughter Kim Buehler was a little apprehensive. She wondered whether her 92-year-old mother would be able to withstand any type of procedure. But the transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) turned... Read more

A Midwife Gives Expectant Moms a Choice

Expectant mothers in the area now have the option of choosing a midwife to care for them during their pregnancy and delivery at Saint Francis Medical Center. Tracy Carr, MSN, CNM, is a certified nurse midwife who sees patients at Cape Primary Care, Cape Care for Women... Read more

A Primary Care Doctor is Important for Your Wellness

Even if you do not have any chronic health problems, it is a good idea to find a primary care doctor. A family practice or internal medicine physician can ensure you stay current with recommended screenings, detect patterns in your health and act as your advocate... Read more

A Strong System Supports Weight-Loss Surgery Patient

As a paramedic and volunteer firefighter, Evan Ineichen, 37, often needs to move quickly on the job. Before spring 2015, his weight made that extremely difficult. But thanks to Weight Loss Solutions at Saint Francis Healthcare System, Ineichen now has enough stamina to save lives. On May... Read more

A Team Approach to Spinal Fusion

There are many different treatments for severe back pain, including medication and physical therapy. In some situations, however, surgery is the best option to relieve the pain. One common type of back surgery is fusion, a procedure that permanently connects two or more vertebrae in the... Read more

Acid Reflux Requires Action

Acid reflux burns. This occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter is incompetent, resulting in acid fluxing up from the stomach into the esophagus, causing symptoms of  heartburn, indigestion, stomach pain and nausea – which can be severe enough to interfere with daily functioning. Rafid J. Hussein, DO “Acid... Read more

Advanced Treatment is Available for Bladder Cancer

Saint Francis Healthcare System is at the forefront of treating advanced bladder cancer. The Medical Center’s Cancer Institute has been involved in treatments that offer new hope for people who have bladder cancer that has spread to other parts of their body. Most types of bladder cancer... Read more

Alzheimer’s is More Prevalent in Women

Women are nearly twice as likely as men to develop Alzheimer's disease, according to a new report published by the Alzheimer's Association. While a 65-year-old man has a one in 11 chance of developing the disease as he ages, a 65-year-old woman has a one in... Read more

Ankle Replacement

If you suffer from severe arthritis in your ankle, you may be a candidate for ankle replacement surgery. “Many patients can find relief with treatment such as medications, activity modification or bracing,” says R. August Ritter III, MD, orthopedic surgeon who practices at Saint Francis Healthcare System.... Read more

Aspirin Helps Prevent Future Heart Events

If you have heart disease, a daily dose of aspirin may be just what the doctor orders. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that you talk to your doctor about taking aspirin if you have experienced a heart attack, a stroke or undergone heart... Read more

Assessing Heart Murmurs

Doctors detect most heart murmurs, or abnormal sounds of the heart, during a routine physical examination. While many heart murmurs are not a cause for concern, doctors may perform an echocardiogram of the heart to see if there is an abnormality in one of the four... Read more

Assessing Your Risk For Breast Cancer

About one in eight women will develop cancer during their lifetime. While researchers do not know why cancer occurs, they have identified several factors that increase a person’s risk for breast cancer. Carlos Robles, MD Being a woman – While men can also develop breast cancer, the disease... Read more

Assessing Your Risk For Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. About one in eight women will develop cancer during their lifetime. While researchers do not know why cancer occurs, they have identified several factors that increase a person’s risk for breast cancer. Being... Read more

Avoid Poison Ivy

If you have spent time outdoors within the past day and suddenly developed red, itchy skin, you may have a poison ivy rash. This type of rash is caused by an oil called urushiol that is found in the leaves, stems and roots of poison ivy,... Read more

Avoid Sports Injuries With Offseason Conditioning

One of the most important aspects of playing a sport is making smart choices about what activities you do during the offseason. Offseason conditioning is key to remaining injury free. Any athlete who participates in a competitive sports activity during a season is basically involved in a "controlled crash."... Read more

Avoid Stomach Bloating

If you often experience bloating in your abdominal area, it is probably the result of intestinal gas that has built up in your digestive tract. Fortunately, there are many ways you can avoid bloating: Avoid carbonated beverages – Drinks such as soda can create gas inside your... Read more


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