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    Diagnosing and Treating PCOS

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    Around 1 in 10 women will be diagnosed with PCOS—or polycystic ovarian syndrome—in her lifetime. A leading cause of infertility, PCOS is more than a diagnosis tied to reproductive issues. Women with PCOS often struggle with lifelong health issues ranging from thinning hair and acne to chronic illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease, according … Continued

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    Mon Health SJMH Receives Grant for Opioid Treatment Program Participation

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    Patients suffering from substance abuse often come to emergency departments (ED) with problems ranging from overdose to infections. Hospital staff might provide an Alcoholic or Narcotics Anonymous handout, but that is usually the extent of support provided. Thanks to a grant to Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital (SJMH), that scenario is changing. The Maryland-based … Continued

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    Pregnancy and COVID-19: Your Questions Answered by Mon Health

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    Doctors at Mon Health Obstetrics and Gynecology, help answer important questions on how Mon Health is taking specific actions to ensure both you and your baby’s safety during the pandemic. We understand that these are unprecedented times and many of our pregnant patients are scared about how this pandemic will affect their pregnancy and delivery … Continued

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    Understanding the Heart Disease Gender Gap

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    Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, yet it doesn’t get the respect it deserves. Many women aren’t aware of their risk for heart disease, and research shows women are less likely than men with similar risks to receive preventive treatment and guidance. “Awareness about heart disease in women is improving, but we … Continued

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    Heart Attack vs. Cardiac Arrest—What’s the Difference?

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    You may have heard the terms “heart attack” and “cardiac arrest” used interchangeably—but according to Dr. Samantha Crites, Mon Health Cardiologist, they’re two very different medical events. “While a heart attack increases the risk for cardiac arrest, their processes and symptoms differ,” adds Dr. Crites. “Overall, the survival rate for a heart attack is much … Continued

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    Frequent heartburn? Here’s when you should see a doctor.

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    It’s not uncommon to feel heartburn after a spicy meal or alcoholic beverage.  But for 1 in 5 Americans, frequent heartburn is a result of GERD—gastroesophageal reflux disease, says Dr. JoAnn O’Keefe, Mon Health Gastroenterologist.  “GERD causes the contents of the stomach to flow back into the esophagus, a sensation many of us know as … Continued

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    5 Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Tips You Can Start Today

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    At this very moment, millions of Americans have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke—but most of them don’t know it, according to Mon Health Medical Center Registered Dietitian, Robin Redd. “Many people have elevated blood sugar levels that aren’t yet high enough to be considered type 2 diabetes, so … Continued

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    Are you more likely to have a heart attack during the holidays?

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    The holidays are a time for family, joy, and festivities—but can they also be a risk factor for a heart attack? According to an article published in a journal of the American Heart Association, the answer is “yes”. Dr. Samantha Crites, Mon Health Cardiologist, says the uptick in heart attacks during the holidays is probably … Continued

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    Five ways to lower your risk for breast cancer

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    More than 330,000 men and women will be diagnosed with some form of breast cancer this year. And while cancer does not discriminate, according to Dr.Ihtishaam Qazi, Mon Health Oncologist, there are certain factors that may increase or decrease your risk for developing breast cancer throughout your lifetime. “It’s unfortunate, but there is no surefire … Continued

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    Fast, effective treatment for enlarged prostate at Mon Health Medical Center

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    Having BPH, or benign prostatic hyperplasia can feel uncomfortable and isolating. But it’s so common, according to the Urology Care Foundation, that half of all men between the ages of 51 and 60 experience it—and up to 90% of men over age 80 have it, too. “BPH is essentially an enlarged prostate,” says Dr. J.S. … Continued