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Ejection Fraction: What It Is and Why It Matters

Ejection Fraction: What It Is and Why It Matters

If you or a family member has been diagnosed with a heart condition, you may have heard the doctor or nurse mention the term ejection fraction. If you aren’t quite certain what it means, you’re not alone. Many people have …

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Alcohol: Knowing Your Limits

Alcohol: Knowing Your Limits

The holiday season is upon is, and as your schedule fills up with dinners, office parties and social gatherings, it’s important to be aware of your alcohol intake. There is a point when having a few becomes a few too …

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Time to Quit Smoking!

Time to Quit Smoking!

Looking for yet another reason to kick the habit? There are plenty, including the fact that November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Here’s the scoop on what you should know and what you can do. What You Should Know • …

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What Is Radiation Right?

What Is Radiation Right?

At Plaza Medical Center, Radiation Right® is all about reducing a patient’s risk from the radiation exposure that is a part of certain tests, treatments and medical procedures. We take important steps to make sure that our patients receive the …

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What You Should Know about Diabetes

What You Should Know about Diabetes

The Centers for Disease Control reports in its 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet that diabetes affects more than 8 percent of the population and is the 7th leading cause of death in the country. November is American Diabetes Month, a …

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Preparing for Bariatric Surgery

Preparing for Bariatric Surgery

Successful bariatric surgery starts with the right preparation. What you do prior to the actual procedure can be key to achieving your post-surgery goals. Some things to consider in preparation for bariatric surgery include: Your overall plan. Talk with your …

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What Does a Physical Therapist Do?

What Does a Physical Therapist Do?

October is National Physical Therapy Month—a great time to discover what a physical therapist can do for you. A physical therapist is a healthcare professional who is educated in the workings of the body’s musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular and integumentary systems. …

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Breast Cancer 101

Breast Cancer 101

According to the American Cancer Society, a woman’s chance of developing invasive breast cancer is approximately 1 in 8, and the chance that she’ll die from the disease approximately 1 in 35. These alarming numbers prompt many women to learn …

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How Hormonal Suppression Works

How Hormonal Suppression Works

Hormonal suppression is the blocking of certain hormones—commonly estrogen and testosterone—in order to slow the growth of some cancers. Also sometimes referred to as hormone therapy, androgen deprivation therapy or androgen suppression therapy, this method of treatment is sometimes used …

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The ABCs of Atrial Fibrillation

The ABCs of Atrial Fibrillation

An arrhythmia is a problem with the rhythm or rate of the heartbeat, and atrial fibrillation is the most common type of arrhythmia. What exactly does that mean? Here are the basics—the ABCs—of atrial fibrillation. A. The Causes High blood …

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