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Getting to the Heart of the Matter

When Scott McCoig’s 65-year-old mother underwent six-way bypass surgery due to blockages of 85 percent or more to six of the major blood vessels to the heart, it opened his eyes to his own mortality. If family history played a role, he could be on the table next.

A visit to his doctor confirmed his concerns. His cholesterol was extremely high, and even more concerning, so was his LDL (low density lipoproteins), the “bad” cholesterol.

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Bariatrics Center: Opening New Doors

Jason Holoubek was sick of being sick and tired.
At 41 years old, he was 330 pounds and it was taking its toll. His reflux had become increasingly more bothersome, sleep apnea was preventing him from getting a good night’s sleep, and his knees hurt so badly, he had maxed out on arthritis medications and cortisone shots. He could no longer mow the lawn, play catch with his kids, or do many of the things most people take for granted.
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How Varicose Veins Are Diagnosed

When you see a doctor for an evaluation, a non-invasive ultrasound will be performed. The ultrasound is necessary to check for venous insufficiency and reflux, a condition that occurs when blood pools in the superficial and deep leg veins preventing healthy circulation back to the heart. Read more here

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Why I Chose A Midwife

Before Evalyn Louisa Schultze even entered the world, she felt the touch of her mother’s hand.

Certified nurse midwife April Nelson asked Jessica Schultze if she wanted to feel her daughter’s head, then guided Jessica’s hand to the baby. Two more pushes and Evalyn was in her mother’s arms. Schultze was able to catch the baby herself and immediately cradle the newborn to her chest. Exactly the way she wanted it.  Read More Here

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Cold or the Flu? How To Know

It’s that time of the year again when the cold and flu viruses start to become rampant. When you’re feeling miserable, sometimes it’s difficult to know what you have and when it’s time to go to the doctor.

One of the biggest differences is that the cold has milder symptoms and typically lasts about five days, with symptoms typically waning over next three to five days.

The common cold is associated primarily with congestion, runny nose, sore throat, cough and fatigue early on. Consider seeing a doctor if your cold is accompanied by wheezing, shortness of breath, vomiting or a sore throat that lasts longer than a week or hurts intensely and involves difficulty swallowing or breathing. Also see your doctor if your cold gets worse after several days or seems to get better and then worse again. You may have a sinus infection, which can begin with symptoms similar to a cold or allergies. Read More Here

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HPV Vaccine Protects Young Adults Against Several Cancers

The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is safe, effective and provides important cancer protection. It is a routine part of care for everyone between the ages of 9 and 26 years old. Protection from the vaccine is most effective if started between the ages of 11 and 12 years old.

The vaccine protects against cancers caused by human papillomavirus, a very common virus that infects one in four people in the U.S. or about 80 million people, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Read More Here

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What to Know if You’re Considering Breast Augmentation

If you’re considering breast augmentation, you’re not alone. Breast augmentation is among the most popular cosmetic procedures performed and has been for many years. What is changing are the surgical advancements that have evolved in breast augmentation, providing women with more options, shapes and sizes. Read More Here