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3 Things to Know About a Urinary Tract Infection

Posted by North Ohio Heart | Ohio Medical Group on Thu, Mar 23, 2017


A fairly common affliction among adults, a urinary tract infection (UTI) can cause pain — sometimes severe — and if left untreated, can progress into a more serious infection involving the kidneys. It causes over 8 million visits to healthcare professionals every year.

Whether you’ve experienced one or not, you’ve likely heard the advice that drinking cranberry juice can be an effective treatment and even preventative measure. But does it really work? Do you really need those antibiotics? Find the answers in these three things to know about a urinary tract infection.

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Topics: women's health

What is Blood Pressure? 4 Facts to Know

Posted by North Ohio Heart | Ohio Medical Group on Tue, Mar 21, 2017

We’ve all sat in the cold office, on a slab of crinkly paper with a pressure cuff around our arms. Yet many of us don’t know what the blood pressure numbers or process mean.

Let’s start with the basics.

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Topics: heart health month, blood pressure

Are You Making These 3 Over-the-Counter Drug Mistakes?

Posted by North Ohio Heart | Ohio Medical Group on Thu, Mar 16, 2017

Your head is pounding after a long day at the office. Or your lower back feels like it’s on fire after an afternoon of playing with your kids, working out or doing chores. If you’re like most Americans, your first line of defense against the discomforts of the day is to pop a couple of over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers.

While over-the-counter items like pain relievers, stomach remedies and cold medicine can help you feel better when used correctly, a lot of us make possibly very dangerous mistakes by either taking too much of a medicine or mixing it with other remedies.

Here are three common over-the-counter drug mistakes and what you can do to stay safe.

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Topics: over the counter drugs

How to Tell If You’re Not Getting Enough Sleep

Posted by North Ohio Heart | Ohio Medical Group on Tue, Mar 14, 2017

Your alarm goes off at 6 a.m. You hit the snooze a few times, roll out of bed and get through your day by downing a few cups of coffee.

You’re used to your daily routine. In fact, you might even chuckle at the sentiment that adults need seven hours of sleep per night — you think you’re getting by just fine.

Sure, you’re not so tired you’re fighting to stay awake or falling asleep at inconvenient moments, but your lack of sleep could still be negatively affecting you. Sleep deprivation is a serious problem — one in three Americans don’t get enough sleep. Here’s how to tell you’re not getting enough sleep.

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Topics: sleep

5 Amazing Facts About Your Kidneys

Posted by North Ohio Heart | Ohio Medical Group on Thu, Mar 09, 2017


March is National Kidney Month, and unless you have a health problem that affects your kidneys, you probably don’t give much thought to the two bean-shaped organs in the back of your body.

Your kidneys do a lot more than regulate fluids in your body; these organs play a vital role in our health. Here are five amazing facts about your kidneys.

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Topics: kidney disease

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