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March 10, 2021

Preventing Colon Cancer: Making Cancer Screenings Easier for Patients

Preventing Colon Cancer Together Colorectal cancer screenings are an important step toward early diagnosis, but many people avoid colonoscopies because of fear of discomfort. With the increase in incidence of colorectal cancer in younger age groups, Sarah Cannon and other organizations, including the American Cancer Society, are recommending screening start as early as 45 years […]

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March 3, 2021

How to Spot Early Symptoms of Colon Cancer

Now is the time to raise awareness about colorectal cancer. In the United States, colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer, not including skin cancer, and the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women combined. According to the Colorectal Cancer Alliance, on average, the lifetime risk of developing colon cancer […]

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March 1, 2021

On the Path of Recovery from COVID-19 and Other Illnesses

Did you know that COVID-19 symptoms can sometimes persist for months? “The virus can affect the function of the lungs, heart and brain, which increases risk of long-term health problems,” said Mike Heilig, Physical Therapist and Program Director of CarePartners Outpatient Services. “Muscle weakness and fatigue are among the most common long-term symptoms. Swallowing or […]

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February 18, 2021

How Working Too Much Affects Your Heart

If you’re regularly clocking a 60-hour work week, it may feel stressful. But the toll is more than just emotional: Those long hours may also be harmful for your heart. People who work long hours — defined as working more than 10 hours for at least fifty days of the year — have a 29% […]

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February 18, 2021

Do You Need to See an Electrophysiologist?

A variety of problems can affect the heart’s size, shape and how well it’s able to function. These conditions range from high blood pressure and high cholesterol to coronary artery disease, valve damage and abnormal heartbeats, or arrhythmias. For some of these issues, a primary care provider can provide good care. For others, a cardiologist […]

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February 17, 2021

Dangerous Flu Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

Most cases of the flu are a nuisance — you’ll be on your back for a few days or weeks, and then you can return to your normal routine. But certain flu symptoms, like sudden dizziness, may signal a more serious medical problem, like sepsis or pneumonia. Make sure you know how to differentiate normal […]

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February 12, 2021

Heart Failure and Heart Rhythm: The Link You Need to Know About

The heart acts as a pump, sending oxygen-rich blood out to the body and oxygen-depleted blood to the lungs. To execute its duties, it must contract with sufficient power at a regular rate throughout our lives. In the average lifetime, the heart beats about 3 billion times. That’s a lot of work for one muscle. […]

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February 11, 2021

6 Things You May Not Know about Hospice Care

By Aditi Sethi-Brown, MD Here are six facts about hospice care you need to know: 1. Hospice care is not just for the terminally ill. In fact, hospice services can help manage care of a loved one with advanced chronic health problems who remains at home. 2. Seeking out hospice care is neither “giving up” […]

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February 11, 2021

Choosing Hospice Early Can Improve the Quality of Life for Most People

By Aditi Sethi-Brown, MD When hospice is offered to individuals, a common response is “I am not ready for that” or “It’s not time for hospice, yet.” This often is a barrier to the best quality of life available for many people when they are diagnosed with a terminal illness.  A few thoughts to consider […]

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February 11, 2021

3 Reasons to Think about Hospice Early (Rather than Later)

By Aditi Sethi-Brown, MD The decision to choose hospice care is never an easy one. But for those facing a terminal illness — and for their families and loved ones — thinking about hospice earlier can be beneficial. 1. Making Life Meaningful Talking about death in our culture is taboo. The conversation about death and […]

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