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CHF (Congestive Heart Failure)

Heart failure also known as congestive heart failure occurs when your heart muscle doesn’t pump blood as well as it should.  Conditions such as narrowed arteries in your heart (coronary artery disease) or  high blood pressure untreated over a period of time gradually leave your heart to weak or stiff to fill and pump well or as normal.
Signs of CHF Shortness of breath, Fatigue and weakness, Swelling of your legs or feet, Rapid or irregular heartbeat, Reduced ability to exercise, persistent cough or wheezing, increased need to urinate at night, swelling of your abdomen, sudden weight gain for no reason no change in diet habits, Lack of appetite and nausea, elevated blood pressure, and even chest pain.
When to see a doctor
See your doctor if you think you might be experiencing signs or symptoms of heart failure. Seek emergency treatment if you experience any of the following:
Chest Pain
Fainting or severe weakness
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It is a new year…

By: Emily Simmons, Adair County Medical Clinic Manager

Having a yearly physical and doing health screenings are vital to an individual’s wellbeing.  A yearly physical, screens for diseases, assesses the risk for future medical problems, encourages a healthy lifestyle, allows you to update vaccines, and fosters a good standing relationship with your provider in cases of future illness.  Things to consider when you are getting ready for your yearly checkup are reviewing your family history, writing down a list of questions you may have for you medical provider, checking to see if you need any vaccines or are due for any screenings.
Your medical provider can assess your need for medical screening at your yearly physical.  Screenings refer to a test or exam done before any symptoms may be present and can also help to detect conditions or diseases in early stages when treatment is ideal.  There are many different health screenings [ ... ]

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What is a Nurse Practitioner

Many people are unaware of what a new practitioner is and what they can do so here is a little bit of information…

The Iowa Family Nurse Practitioner is an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) who has completed a Master’s degree in Nursing with an emphasis in nursing theory, research and clinical practice.  They have obtained national certification in family practice and are licensed by the Iowa Board of Nursing.

Family Nurse Practitioners are primary health care providers who focus on health promotion and prevention.  Their holistic approach distinguishes them as quality, cost effective health care providers for individuals, families, communities and special populations of people in both rural and urban areas of the state.

Family Nurse Practitioners services include; comprehensive history and physical exams, well-child visits, immunizations, family planning, prenatal care, preventive screening, and diagnosing and treating acute and chronic health care concerns.  Family Nurse Practitioners manage patient care by ordering lab [ ... ]

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