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By DuPage Medical Group Vascular Surgery
Varicose veins are enlarged veins that often are visible and may cause discomfort, swelling or pain. Varithena® is a new, injectable foam treatment for individuals with varicose veins.
Topics and Subtopics: Arteries & Veins
By Sandra Banas, MD
Choking on food is the cause of death for approximately one child every five days in the United States, and leads to more than 12,000 emergency department visits per year. Children ages three or younger are at greatest risk, but older children are often affected too. Food is the most frequent cause of choking in children, but balloons, coins, and other small objects are also a primary risk. Not surprisingly, most episodes of choking occur in the home. The good news is that many cases of choking can be prevented. Read on to learn how you can reduce the risk to your child, grandchild, niece, nephew, or other young visitor in your home.
By DuPage Medical Group Cardiology
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States for men and women, largely due to the fact that if heart disease is left untreated, it can cause a heart attack. Thanks to increased awareness and prevention efforts, most people are familiar with the traditional warning signs of a heart attack including squeezing, tightening or pressure in the chest, sudden dizziness, breaking out into a cold sweat or pain in the left arm. Over the last several years there has been a steady reduction in the number of heart-related deaths in males; however the mortality rates for women are declining at a much slower rate. This may be because the disease can manifest differently in women and produce other, more subtle symptoms. Did you know women are more likely than men to experience smaller, nonfatal or “silent” heart attacks? To learn more, read about other ways heart attacks may differ in women.
International travel, especially to rural areas and developing countries, may put your health at risk. Vaccines are often recommended in order to prevent travelers from harmful and potentially life-threatening illnesses. It is important to discuss any travel plans, especially trips outside of the country with a physician.
By DuPage Medical Group Cardiology
Knowing your family history and having open, proactive discussions with your physician is crucial to maintaining good health. Hear how a DMG patient survived cardiac arrest and continues to partner with his physicians to keep his heart healthy.
By DuPage Medical Group
Health insurance premiums, deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses continue to climb, making health care feel more expensive than ever before. Understanding your insurance coverage and available benefits can help. For example, most commercial insurance plans cover the cost of a preventive or wellness visit each year. Read on to learn more about what an annual wellness visit entails.
Topics and Subtopics: General Health
By DuPage Medical Group Fracture Liaison Service, DuPage Medical Group Physical and Occupational Therapy
DuPage Medical Group’s Fracture Liaison Service and Physical Therapy team have developed tips to prevent slips on the ice, and what to do if a slip or fall occurs.
By DuPage Medical Group Pulmonary Medicine
Most people take precautions to cover skin up to protect against frostbite in colder weather. Did you know the cold air can put your lungs and health at risk?
Prostate cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in males, affecting approximately 1 in 7 men. In fact, the American Cancer Society estimates that in 2017, more than 161,000 new cases will be diagnosed. Because it is such a common and potentially fatal disease, early detection and prompt treatment is critical. MRI exams are currently the best non-invasive tool for more accurate detection of prostate cancer and assist in the development of the appropriate treatment plan. DMG’s Radiologists explain why MRI’s are a preferred screening option for prostate cancer.