February is heart health awareness month, and one of the most important things to know is that early detection is key when dealing with heart disease!
Hannibal Regional Medical Group (HRMG) is proud to offer free cataract and glaucoma screenings in March. After the age of 40 the chance for glaucoma rises and more than half of all Americans age 65 and older have cataracts.
Cataracts are the leading cause of visual loss in adults ages 55 and older and the leading cause of blindness worldwide. Contrary to popular belief, cataracts are not a film that develops over your eyes but rather cataracts are the clouding and thickening of the intraocular lens inside the eye.
In its early stages, a cataract may not cause a problem. The cloudiness may affect only a small part of the lens. However, the cataract may grow larger over time and affect more of the lens, making it harder to see. As less light reaches the retina, it becomes increasingly harder to see and vision may become dull and blurry.
At HRHS we are always looking for more ways to guide our patients to better. One way we accomplish that is to focus on preventative health. Our Imaging Department now has the capability to perform a Calcium Scoring Test. A calcium scoring screening is a non-invasive, easy way to determine if you have calcified, or hardened, plaque in the coronary (heart) arteries, putting you at risk for heart disease and heart attack.
Your coronary arteries supply blood to your heart. Normally, the arteries do not contain calcium. The calcium scoring screening uses a CT (computed tomography) scan, a type of x-ray, to take pictures of the heart in thin sections and shows information about the location and extent of any calcified plaque. This information is recorded in a computer and can be saved for more study or printed out as photographs.
The foot is a complex structure of 26 bones and 33 joints, layered with an intertwining web of more than 120 muscles, ligaments, and nerves. It’s no wonder so many people suffer from foot pain. According to the American Podiatric Medical Association’s survey of 1,000 US adults ages 18 and older, found the majority of Americans say they have experienced foot pain (77 percent), but only a third of those would seek expert care by a podiatrist. Foot pain can have a profound impact on quality of life. Half of all adults say that foot pain has restricted their activities—like walking, exercising, working, or playing with grandchildren—in some way. For those with chronic foot pain, that number jumps to 83 percent. People say they would exercise more (39 percent) and participate in more activities (41 percent) if it weren’t for their foot pain