Know Your Risk

When you see your primary care provider, be sure to review your family history, current health concerns and overall lifestyle. This information helps you and your provider understand your risk for certain illnesses, and it gives you both an opportunity to prevent them. “An example may be the way we evaluate someone in their thirties […]

Taking the Risks to Heart

COVID-19 poses a serious threat to the heart and lungs.  Coronary artery disease, heart failure and high blood pressure are just a few of the long-term health conditions that increase your risk of serious complications due to COVID-19.  “COVID-19 can lead to viral cardiomyopathy, which weakens the heart and reduces its ability to pump blood,” said Robert […]

Pregnancy During COVID-19

Right now, many mothers-to-be have the same question: What is the risk of COVID-19 to me and my baby? Amy Baker, DO, OB-GYN, CHI Saint Joseph Medical Group – Obstetrics and Gynecology, said that although the worries mothers have right now are understandable, she wants them to know that the overall risk to pregnant women […]

Taking the First Step in Primary Care

More than 80% of U.S. adults 55 and older suffer from one or more chronic conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, cancer and arthritis, according to the National Council on Aging. An annual visit with your primary care provider can help keep your health on track. Clinical preventive services, such […]

3 Reasons to Get Vaccinated

Give your immune system a boost. Derrick Williams, DO, family medicine physician at CHI Saint Joseph Medical Group – Primary Care in Berea, explained the benefits of vaccines. 1. It teaches your body how to handle illness. “Vaccines work because our immune systems work,” Dr. Williams said. “They both cause the body to create an immune […]