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Patients Now Have Another Option to Help Prevent AFib-Related Stroke

The American Heart Association estimates atrial fibrillation (AFib) doubles your risk of heart-related death and you’re five times more likely to suffer a stroke if you have AFib. The physicians at St. Elizabeth Heart & Vascular Institute now offer our patients a new procedure that can help prevent stroke related to AFib not related to  

Cold vs. Flu – What You Need to Know

It’s that time of year—you notice a woman on the elevator sneezing and you look for an escape, or one of your co-workers insists on coming to work even though he is coughing and sneezing.  Then, you wake up one morning and you are feeling sick but you aren’t sure if it is a common  

Is Your Flat Foot Causing Knee Pain?

We’ve all heard the saying about being caught flat-footed. But what may really catch you by surprise – your flat feet could be causing your knee pain. If you suffer with knee arthritis, you understand the familiar symptoms of joint stiffness in the morning or pain when walking and standing for long periods of time.  

Thyroid and Parathyroid Disease

The thyroid gland produces thyroid hormone, which helps to regulate the body’s metabolism. Thyroid disease can manifest as hyperthyroidism (excessive production of the thyroid hormone), hypothyroidism (under-active production of the thyroid hormone) or abnormal growth of thyroid tissue (nodules, goiter, cysts and/or cancer.) Our primary care physicians generally begin by taking a medical history, performing  

St. Elizabeth Raises Awareness for Shaken Baby Syndrome

All babies born at the St. Elizabeth Family Birth Place in the months of November and December will receive a purple knitted hat to raise awareness for Shaken Baby Syndrome. The purple knitted hats represent the “Period of PURPLE Crying,” a nationwide educational program focused on informing parents and caregivers about crying in healthy infants.  

7 Truths About Mammograms

October is a special month designated by the American Cancer Society to help raise awareness for breast cancer. We feel October is a good time to remind women 40 and over to schedule their mammogram. Mammograms play a key role in early breast cancer detection and help decrease breast cancer deaths. The goal is to  

New radiation treatment provides fewer side effects

Cancer patients at St. Elizabeth have a better option for more targeted, more efficient radiation treatment through the Edge radiosurgery system. The Edge advanced linear accelerator doesn’t require surgery at all. Instead, it delivers a targeted, intense beam of radiation directly into cancerous tumors in a non-invasive procedure. The treatment is able to kill cancer  

Reduce Your Heart Age with Simple Changes

Weight down. Cholesterol levels down. Cardiac ages improved by more than a decade. Those are the health benefits Hugh and Bev Dayton credit to St. Elizabeth Healthcare’s “Take Time for Your Heart Class.” It’s not about radical changes, said Hugh. “Just making minor adjustments in your diet and exercise program that you can live with  

Prostate Cancer: Signs and Treatment Options

Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers found in men in the U.S. Each year, more than 161,000 new cases are diagnosed, and nearly 27,000 men die from the disease. However, treatment options are plentiful, and survival rates – especially with early detection – are high. September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. If  

Celebrate Family Health & Fitness Day

The 21st annual Family Health & Fitness Day USA, a national observance organized by the Health Information Resource Center (HIRC), is Saturday, September 30. With the intent of promoting family involvement in physical activity, the day reflects one of the goals set by the U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Physical Activity and Health. This year,