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7 Common Myths About Hypertension

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Jan 13, 2019

When your blood pressure stays high for too long, you have hypertension. It can be the result of excess salt, smoking, drinking, obesity, or a combination of factors. Or, as unfair as it is, you might have just inherited high blood pressure.

Hypertension is surrounded by myths and misunderstandings. You may hear all kinds of advice from well-meaning friends and family. Let’s sort through some common myths, so you can make health decisions based on the facts.

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Topics: Primary Care, Hypertension

Primary Care Physicians are Specialists, Too

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Sep 27, 2018

When you have a specific disease or condition, specialists provide hyper-focused care in areas such as endocrinology, cardiovascular surgery or gastroenterology.

However, primary care physicians are - in a way - specialists, too. They treat the overall well-being of their patients. Like their specialist colleagues, primary care physicians go through equally rigorous education on all facets of medicine. Their "specialty" is serving as the first line of defense (and prevention) in the health care process.

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Topics: Primary Care

Am I Too Young to Have Arthritis?

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Oct 9, 2017

Younger people with joint pain, swelling, or stiffness often dismiss arthritis as a cause. After all, arthritis is for old people, right?

Not at all. About 7% of doctor-diagnosed arthritis cases are in people 18 to 44. There’s even a juvenile form that occurs in children less than 16 years old. 50 million adults and 300,000 children have some form of it.

Only a doctor can tell you for sure whether you have arthritis, but here are some things to keep in mind.

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Topics: Primary Care

Answers to Your Questions About a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Aug 10, 2016

There was no doubt that the lead character on the television show “Marcus Welby MD” was a doctor.

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Topics: Primary Care

How to Get Ready for Your Primary Care Doctor Exam

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on May 17, 2016

The success of your primary care doctor appointment depends on the homework you complete before your examination.

Blood tests and diagnostic imaging results tell a lot about your physical well-being. But information is extremely important when determining the appropriate treatment of what ails you.

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Topics: Primary Care

Primary Care vs. Urgent Care vs. Emergency Room: How to Decide

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Feb 2, 2016

When a sudden illness or accident strikes you, your child, or aging parent, it can be confusing and stressful to decide where to go for help.

Naturally, in severe or life-threatening emergencies we know to call 911. However, those times that fall in the gray area of "should I take my child to Urgent Care or the Emergency Room" can be fraught with worry and concern.

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Topics: Emergency, Primary Care

What are Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants?

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Oct 27, 2015

The next time you call to make an appointment with your primary care physician, you may be asked, “Would you like to see our Nurse Practitioner,” or “Would you like to see our Physician Assistant?”

Before you automatically say that you would rather see your normal physician, learn what Nurse Practitioners (NPs) and Physician Assistants (PAs) do, what the differences are and how they can add to your health care experience.

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Topics: Primary Care, Doctor, Health Care