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What is high blood pressure? (hypertension)

What is high blood pressure? (hypertension)

A blood pressure reading consists of two numbers. The top number is the pressure within your arteries when your heart contracts, also known as systolic blood pressure (SBP). The bottom number is the pressure within your arteries when your heart is relaxed, also known as diastolic blood pressure (DBP...
Headaches: What a pain

Headaches: What a pain

How common are headaches? More than 50 percent of adults reported having a headache in the last year, according to the World Health Organization. A 2013 Global Burden of Disease study found that worldwide, headache disorders are the third highest cause of years of life lost due to disability. That m...
What is osteoarthritis?

What is osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis (OA), also known as “wear and tear” arthritis, is the most common form of arthritis. It occurs most frequently in the hands, hips and knees. What causes OA? Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage that cushions the ends of bones in your joints gradually deteriorates. Over time, it ca...
GERD (acid reflux) symptoms

GERD (acid reflux) symptoms

What is GERD? Gastroesophageal reflux disease occurs when the contents of your stomach back up into your esophagus (food pipe) and cause bothersome symptoms or, eventually, long-term problems. The esophagus is the tube that carries food from your throat to your stomach. The backward movement of stom...
Water safety

Water safety

With summer in full swing, Mercyhealth emergency services personnel caution that staying safe around water should be top of mind when headed out for warm-weather fun. Every year in the US there are an estimated 3,960 accidental drownings. Amongst children aged 1 to 4 years old, drowning is the leadi...

Taking care of you before baby

Pregnancy is a time filled with many feelings for new and even second or third time moms. The best way to take care of your growing baby is to care for yourself during pregnancy. Your health affects your baby. Healthy diet and prenatal vitamins Prenatal vitamins help with your baby’s brain growth. I...

Ticks: What to know and how to stay safe

One arachnid to be aware of is ticks. The reason for concern is due to their ability to spread disease. Ticks feed on blood similar to mosquitoes. Humans are one of many meal options ticks enjoy. They can pick up and share a variety of pathogens and bacteria as they feast. Lyme disease is one of the...

Got water?

Staying hydrated helps your body control temperature, remove waste, protect body tissues and lubricate joints. Recommended total daily water intake varies by age, lifestyle, health and gender. Total water intake comes from drinking water, other beverages, and food. Milk, juice, cucumbers, tomatoes, ...

Why are chlamydia screenings important?

Sexually transmitted infections or STIs are bacteria or viruses. They’re spread through sexual contact in blood, semen, vaginal discharge or other bodily fluids. One in five people have an STI in the US. Almost half of new STIs are in young adults ages 15-24 years old. Chlamydia is one of the most c...

Protect your vision

Good vision is important for quality of life and independence as you age. Follow the tips below in addition to healthy habits for long-term eye health. Sunglasses Eyes can sunburn just like skin. The sunglasses you choose should block 99 to 100% of UV-A and UV-B radiation. It’s important to wear the...