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Know these stroke facts

What do you think of when you think stroke?  Many responses likely include half your body is weak, can’t talk  or can’t walk. But often, people experience slight numbness, tingling, dizziness or blurred vision and believe it will go away. Therefore, they wait to be seen by a physician for hours and sometimes days. For every hour […]

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Life with MS

Living well with multiple sclerosis: a more mindful you

You no doubt have been hearing a lot these days about mindfulness and may wonder what it is and why it is drawing so much attention.  Mindfulness is based on ancient eastern meditation practices.  It gained popularity in the west after it was introduced by Jon Kabat-Zin, as a method of  “paying attention in a […]

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Small steps to decrease stroke risk

Written by: Nicki Gritt-Franzen, RN, Stroke Coordinator at Agnesian HealthCare Did you know that the risk factors for stroke include heredity, atrial fibrillation, high blood pressure, heart disease, sleep apnea, obesity, high cholesterol, diabetes and smoking. While this list looks daunting, one small change a day can add up to significant changes in a week, month […]

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Happy Sleep

Proper sleep hygiene

What is sleep hygiene? * Sleep practices that help you maintain your health. * These practices can help you get to sleep easier and feel more rested. Sleep deprivation can cause the following: * Shortened life spans * Increased risk of heart disease * Irritability, depression * Increased risk of automobile crashes * Decreased work […]

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Zika virus: What you need to know

Written by: Vivian Onunkwo, MD, Agnesian Work & Wellness Medical Director Zika virus infection is a disease caused by Zika virus. It is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito (Aedes aegypti) which also transmits dengue and chikungunya viruses. Infected pregnant women can pass the virus to their fetus during pregnancy or at time of […]

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What is involved in cataract surgery?

Written by: Adam Strittmatter, DO, Ophthalmologist at Agnesian HealthCare Many Americans undergo cataract surgery each year. The surgery is one of the most common operations performed, and one of the safest and most effective. Surgery involves removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with a substitute lens. If cataracts are present in both eyes, they cannot […]

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Keeping your eyes safe at work

Written by: Benjamin Scoresby, OD, Optometrist with Agnesian HealthCare Eye injuries that occur in the workplace are very common. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health reports that 2,000 work-related eye injuries happen per day. The most common eye injuries that occur at work result from foreign bodies in the eye or abrasions on […]

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How are cataracts treated?

Written by: Adam Strittmatter, DO, Ophthalmologist at Agnesian HealthCare Specific treatment for cataracts will be determined by your doctor based on: Your age, overall health and medical history Extent of the disease Expectations for the course of the disease Your opinion or preference Your tolerance for specific medications, procedures or therapies In its early stages, vision […]

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What are the symptoms of cataracts?

Written by: Adam Strittmatter, DO, Ophthalmologist at Agnesian HealthCare  The following are the most common symptoms of cataracts. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include: Cloudy or blurry vision Lights appear too bright and/or present a glare or a surrounding halo Poor night vision Colors seem faded Increased nearsightedness, increasing the need to […]

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How are cataracts diagnosed?

Written by: Adam Strittmatter, DO, Ophthalmologist at Agnesian HealthCare  In addition to a complete medical history and eye examination done by your primary provider, diagnostic procedures for cataracts may include: Visual acuity test. The common eye chart test, which measures vision ability at various distances. Pupil dilation. The pupil is enlarged with eye drops to allow a close-up […]

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