Straight from the Doc
Whatever your need, our highly trained ProMedica Physicians can provide you with the compassionate, specialized care that you require to return to your regular lifestyle. But our comprehensive approach goes beyond treatment: at ProMedica, we know that prevention is an important part of living your healthiest life. There are many steps that you can take every day to avoid illness and injuries. Read health tips from our experts to learn more about how to take control of your own health.
A. Vincent Songco, MD
Heart Disease and Prevention
Heart disease remains the number one cause of death for adults in the United States.
Heart disease is when plaque builds up in the arteries around your heart. Plaque is made up of fat, cholesterol and calcium. It can block blood flow to the heart muscle causing chest pain.
Traditional risk factors include:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Family history
Fortunately, many of these risk factors can be decreased through lifestyle modifications.
If you have diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol, your main goal is to keep your number(s) within normal limits. If you are having trouble, your physician may prescribe medications.
Family history plays an important role in your risk of heart disease. Your risk increases if you have a father or brother diagnosed before 55, or a mother or sister diagnosed before 65. Unfortunately, you cannot change your family history, but you can control your other risk factors.
Plaque can form in your arteries early in life and can worsen or improve depending on your lifestyle. Maintaining a healthy diet, exercising regularly and avoiding tobacco can improve your overall heart health.
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Cynthia Edwards-Tuttle, FNP-BC
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Sick? How to Get Well Soon
Getting sick is never convenient. School schedules, long work days and mounting responsibilities can sometimes delay health care, making a neglected health issue worse. Here's how to make your health a priority:
See your primary care provider. Your primary care provider should be your first resource for health care. They know your medical history and understand your health goals. And seeing them regularly may even decrease your need for sick visits. Keeping an established annual visit with your primary care provider is important in the patient-provider relationship to ensure quality care and a healthy life.
Know your other healthcare options. If your doctor cannot see you for a same day visit when you're sick, consider your next best option. ProMedica AfterHours works as an extension of your primary care provider's office, with the advantage of the same co-pay. proMedica AfterHours treats non-emergency conditions such as sinus infections, pinkeye and minor illnesses.
If your healthcare needs are more urgent, ProMedica Urgent Care and ProMedica St. Luke's Emergency Express treats minor injuries or emergencies that may require stitches, X-rays or diagnostic studies.
Help yourself heal. Download our "Know Where to Go" guide to know your healthcare options for getting well soon by visiting promedica.org/afterhours.
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Mohs Micrographic Surgery
Today, there are many different treatment options for skin cancer. However, Mohs micrographic surgery (Mohs surgery) is a procedure that has proven to be the single most effective technique for non-melanoma skin cancers (such as basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas), with a cure rate exceeding 95% in most patients.
Mohs surgery is a tissue-sparing procedure performed under local anesthesia to remove skin cancer one layer at a time. Removing skin cancer one layer at a time allows your surgeon to examine your skin cells immediately under a microscope to see if cancer cells are still visible. When no more cancer cells are detected the Mohs procedure is complete and reconstruction of the surgical wound commences, often on the same day.
Mohs surgery is used for non-melanoma skin cancers that:
- Are located in a visible, sensitive and/or tight area of the body, including the face, head, neck, genitals, hands, feet, and shins.
- Are agreesively growing or evolving rapidly.
- Have a higher risk of spreading to other pats of your body.
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