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Risk Factors, Signs, and Symtoms of Sleep Apnea


March is National Sleep Awareness Month

Risk Factors for Sleep Apnea


Being male
Being overweight
Being over age 40
Having a large neck size (17 inches or greater in men and 16 inches or greater in women)
Having large tonsils, a large tongue, or a small jaw bone
Having a family history of sleep apnea
Gastroesophageal reflux, or GERD
Nasal obstruction due to a deviated septum, allergies, or sinus problems


Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea include:


Loud Snoring – The person may alternate between loud snoring and being very quiet.  Periods of silence may be followed by gasps or snorting sounds.
Observed pauses in breathing – The sleeping partner may notice that the sufferer has temporarily stopped breathing.
Excessive sleepiness – He or she may fall asleep while watching TV, reading, attending meetings or driving.  The person may wake up tired, even after a full night’s sleep.
Morning headaches – The person may consistently wake up with [ ... ]

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Colorectal Cancer Rarely Causes Symptoms


What is Colorectal Cancer?

Colorectal cancer is the out of control growth of cells in the colon or rectum.  These cells grow into masses, or tumors.

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in men and women in the USA and is the second leading cause of cancer deaths.

Did you know??

Abdominal cancers include adrenocortical tumors, carcinomas of the stomach, cancer of the pancreas, colorectal carcinomas, carcinoid tumors, and gastrointestional stoma tumors.

All people age 50 or older with medicare are covered.

If you are forty and have a family history ask your doctor, or if you are 50—Early screening can be life saving.

Men and women alike get colon cancer, however, people at higher risk for developing colon [ ... ]

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Why is it important to consider using Urgent Care vs. the Emergency Room

Urgent care centers differ from emergency rooms in many ways. While they provide many of the same services, they do not have the same pricing schedules or ability to treat all emergent needs.  While an ER could treat any of the urgent care issues, it is not recommended because emergency rooms are often busier and more expensive.  Also, it is important to note that urgent care centers may not be able to treat the illnesses listed for emergency rooms. With that being said, the top diagnosis at both urgent care centers and emergency rooms, nearly 50% of them are the same.

When you go to the urgent care clinic, you will be evaluated by caring, compassionate providers that are able to assess and treat your urgent care needs.  Your urgent care provider will not be your primary care provider, but will have access to your medical record to help them [ ... ]

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What is Sleep Apnea

What is Sleep Apnea?

March is National Sleep Awareness Month.   In honor of this, we are going to do a series of informational article postings about sleep disorders and sleep study information.

Apnea is a Greek word meaning without breath; sleep apnea is the involuntary cessation of breath while a person is sleeping.

Sleep apnea is very common.  According to the National Sleep Foundation, more than 18 million Americans suffer from this disease.  Yet due to the lack of awareness and education of this disease, over half are undiagnosed and untreated, even with the severe consequences this disease can play on a patient’s health.


If sleep apnea is left untreated, it can have serious and even life-threatening consequences, such as: high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, depression, memory problems, weight gain and other major ailments.


Indicators include: obesity, morning headaches, high blood pressure, daytime sleepiness, waking with a dry mouth, atrial fibrillation, [ ... ]

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The Importance of Taking Your Medications as Prescribed


Picture this:

You are not feeling well. You make an appointment to see your primary care provider. As the nurse is asking you about your current symptoms and taking your blood pressure, they ask you “what medications are you currently taking?”.

Do you know the answer? Do you know the names, strengths, and how many times a day you take each medication? Do you know what they are for? All of this information is important to the healthcare we can provide you. Here is why it is important.

Simply put, not taking your medications as instructed could lead to your disease or illness getting worse, medication interactions and side effects, hospitalization, and even death. According to the FDA, medication is not taken as prescribed 50% of the time.

In addition, for patients prescribed medications for chronic diseases, the majority of patients stop their medications altogether after six months. A [ ... ]

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Economic Impact: Another Way Our Hospital Makes a Difference

Adair County Health System is a good example of something that is a vital part of our immediate environment that it is easy to take for granted.  Yet, its excellence is enormously important to our community and region.

Having a first-rate medical center close at hand is essential to the quality of life of every Adair County resident.  The presence in our community of a superb medical facility also makes Adair County more competitive as it seeks the economic growth that is so important to the future of the city and region.  It’s no secret that two of the factors of critical importance in corporate decision-making about site selection are the quality of a town’s schools and the ready availability of comprehensive, top-quality health care.

Consequently, it is no exaggeration to assert that Adair County Health System’s excellence helps Adair County achieve its dreams for tomorrow.

But there’s more to the story.

A 2013 [ ... ]

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PCP or Family Doctor

Family Physicians are dedicated to treating the patient as a whole.
Primary Care Physicians or PCP’s treat and follow each organ, all ages, all diseases, and both genders.

Your Family Physician is there to guide you and to coordinate all aspects of care.  They will work with you to achieve the best outcome for each patient.

Obstetrics –gynecology these Physicians and ARNP’s address aspects of women’s health.  They focus on women including pre pubertal, reproductive, and post menopausal years.

Orthopedic physicians focus on musculoskeletal system, Deformities, Injuries, and degenerative diseases.

Cardiovascular/ Cardiologists these Physicians take care of your heart and Vascular System.

As a Music Director and conductor direct the Symphony Orchestra, the Family Physician or PCP Coordinates care for the Patient. Everyone needs a PCP to help coordinate their personal care. PCP wants to provide the best possible care for each patient.  Bring and ask your PCP or Family Physician questions and your concerns, which is [ ... ]

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A message from ACHS CEO…

While the people throughout Adair County continue to be our most valuable asset, we are also focused on transforming our delivery of care through the use of technology.  Many at Adair County Health System are gearing up for the rollout of Cerner, a new electronic patient medical record that is set to go live on June 8th at midnight. The health system began its journey back in July 2013. In order for us to stay compliant with governmental guidelines, we needed to decide on our electronic medical record.  Staff and providers were asked to evaluate several different EMR vendors. Results of demonstrations and surveys were evaluated, and it was decided to implement Cerner. We hope this will be a seamless process that goes unnoticed by our patients. We do know there may be a potential for our patients to experience a slight delay in check-in times and other processes during [ ... ]

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A Message from ACHS’s CEO, Angela Mortoza

As we leave the cold winter behind and roll into spring there are many exciting things happening at Adair County Health System. We continue to grow and look for new ways of providing convenient access of care throughout Adair County.  Recently, we have expanded our specialty clinic services to include Iowa Ortho.  We are excited to welcome, Michael Gainer, M.D., specializing in hand and upper extremity surgery; John Netrour, M.D., hip and knee surgery; and Anthony Stark, D.O., physical medicine and rehabilitation.
 In October, we completed our 3P project that centered on the renovation of our current operating room, admitting/registration area, and ambulance drop off.  Our next steps will include public tours and community meetings to share the plans for the spaces and invite ideas from the public.
Our growth is expanding beyond the bricks of the hospital walls. We are working to improve the overall health and wellness of the community [ ... ]

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What is a Health Coach?

1. A method of guiding people through behavior change.
2. Utilizes a strong compelling vision, goal setting, accountability, and support.
3. Focus is on the client.
4. Coaches help to identify strengths, barriers, strategies, and motivators to aid in behavior change.

Clients decide what they want to work on; coaches guide clients through the coaching process. Coaching focuses on helping clients grow and become experts of their own well being.  Coaching has been around about 20 years.  Coaches have been used in a variety of ways.  The coaches work with People who have chronic illness, to make sure they get the care they need.

It is common for Patients to ask for answers or “Quick fixes”. The Health Coach believes you are the expert on you.  However I can give you evidence that shows what other people have done and what has worked.  Patient outcomes improve when they are an active collaborator in their treatment.  Empowering Patients involves exploring [ ... ]

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