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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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    Mon Health Talk Radio Show on WAJR

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    Listen to Mon Health Talk on WAJR 104.5 FM and 1440 AM every Monday starting at 8:30 a.m. or stream online. Dec. 9, 2019: Dr. J. Fred Littles, Radiation Oncologist Dec. 2, 2019: Emily Hair, NP Nov. 18, 2019: Dr. Ryan Wakim – Psychiatry Oct. 28, 2019: Dr. J. Fred Littles – Radiation Oncology Oct. … 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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    Mon Health physicians, staff take part in ‘Real Men Wear Pink’ for breast cancer awareness

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    Two Mon Health physicians, one employee and a board member will be sporting pink during the entire month of October to bring attention to breast cancer. The men will be dedicating their wardrobe to the color pink during October as they are participants in the American Cancer Society’s Real Men Wear Pink campaign. According to … Continued

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    Dr. Nagy provides an enhanced surgical approach to an aortic valve replacement

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    Cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Alexander Nagy, recently performed the first Perceval Aortic Pericardial Heart Valve replacement at Mon Health Medical Center. According to Dr. Nagy, Chief of Cardiac Surgery at Mon Health Medical Center, this specific device enhances the surgical approach to an aortic valve replacement, designed for any patient, especially complex cases. Offering this procedure leads … 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