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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...
What is monkeypox?

What is monkeypox?

Author: Moamen Al Zoubi, MD, Infectious Diseases You may have heard about monkeypox in the news lately. Monkeypox is an infectious disease caused by the monkeypox virus. It’s related to smallpox, but is less severe. Monkeypox was first discovered in 1958 in monkeys used for research. The first human...
June is Cataract Awareness Month

June is Cataract Awareness Month

Author: Justin Johnson, OD, Optometry The lens inside the eye, called the crystalline lens, is an important part of the eye’s complex focusing system. Normally clear, the lens focuses images onto the retina. Over time, the lens can become cloudy making it difficult to focus. A cloudy lens is called ...
OB/GYNs offering next-day availability at Mercyhealth Hospital and Medical Center–Walworth

OB/GYNs offering next-day availability at Mercyhealth Hospital and Medical Center–Walworth

Choosing an OB/GYN is a personal decision. You will want to choose an OB/GYN you can connect with and trust sharing personal information with. Whether this is your first visit to a gynecologist, you’re planning to start a family or you’re entering menopause, Mercyhealth’s team of women’s health spec...
Mental health in teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder two years into the pandemic

Mental health in teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder two years into the pandemic

Author: Angie Levin, MS, SLP, Behavioral Health Clinic Coordinator These past two years have taken a toll on our children’s social and mental development and well-being. Recent data released by the CDC sheds light on the impact the pandemic has on high schoolers’ mental health. The data shows increa...
Mercyhealth helps stroke patients regain their independence

Mercyhealth helps stroke patients regain their independence

Brianna was just 23 years old when she had a brain aneurysm. “I had collapsed on the bathroom floor, and my dog, Cash, found me and nudged me awake,” said Brianna. “I was rushed to the nearest ER and then flown via Mercyhealth REACT to Javon Bea Hospital–Riverside where they performed emergency surg...
Women: Make your health a priority

Women: Make your health a priority

COVID-19 has been stressful for everyone and has unfortunately caused many individuals to neglect their health. This is especially true for females, and mothers specifically, who are oftentimes busy caring for their families and others. Since the pandemic has brought on many challenges to families, ...
Transitioning care to adulthood

Transitioning care to adulthood

Somewhere between the ages of 18 and 21, most of our adolescent patients will leave their pediatrician and begin seeing providers who care for adults. Ideally, this will not be an abrupt change, but a gradual shift. It will look different for each patient and family. Please use the information inclu...

24/7 stroke treatment center and quick thinking saves a grandfather's life

Dan Campbell struggled to open a can of soda at work, but he thought nothing of it. Later that day, he slurred some of his words during a meeting. He didn’t recognize these signs of a stroke until he passed out. Rushed by ambulance to Mercyhealth, Campbell was found to have a massive blood clot in h...
How a colon cancer screening can save your life

How a colon cancer screening can save your life

Colon cancer is silent and often has no symptoms. The most effective way to reduce your risk of colorectal cancer and other gastrointestinal cancers is to get screened, and a colonoscopy is still considered the gold standard. Our gastroenterologists use state-of-the-art technology and are experts in...
The importance of choosing the right OB/GYN to care for you at every stage of life

The importance of choosing the right OB/GYN to care for you at every stage of life

Choosing an OB/GYN is a personal decision. You will want to choose an OB/GYN you can connect with and trust sharing personal information with. Whether this is your first visit to a gynecologist, you’re planning to start a family or you’re entering menopause, Mercyhealth’s team of women’s health spec...