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November 2022 - The heart pumps blood throughout the body at a rate between 60 to 100 beats per minute. That rhythm is dictated by an elegant electrical system that responds to your body’s needs. If you’re resting, your heart rate will slow down. If you’re exercising, your heart rate will speed up. When this rhythm is beating inappropriately to your body’s needs, this is called an arrhythmia. Learn more about this common heart condition affecting 3 million new patients each year.
October 2022 - Wounds can be hard to heal without the proper care. Fortunately, patients in St. Charles County have access to comprehensive wound care right in their community at the Advanced Wound Center in O’Fallon. The Center’s experienced, multidisciplinary team works together with patients to get them fully healed as quickly as possible.
Getting access to the right care in the right setting is an important part of keeping you and your family healthy.
September 2022 - Arteries are major pipelines that channel blood throughout the body. If there is a weak spot, the pressure of the blood pumping from the heart can cause the artery to bulge or balloon out, known as an aneurysm. When this occurs in the brain, it is called a cerebral aneurysm. Learn more about this type of aneurysm, its causes and how it is treated.
In the past, a patient might have needed 35 sessions of radiation therapy. However, today, they might only need five. This can allow patients to return to their lives in 80% less time with the need for fewer rides to the hospital and time off from work.
"Where should we take you?"
When he was asked to which hospital the ambulance should transport him, then 24-year-old Shaun Johnson wasn’t sure.
August 2022 - This year, 150,000 men and women will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and approximately 50,000 of those people will die of the disease. Fortunately, this common cancer is both curable and preventable through screening. Learn more about colorectal cancer and why screening is so important.
June 2022 - You shouldn’t only see your doctor when you’re sick. Your annual wellness exam is an important part in keeping you well. This visit with your doctor once a year focuses on prevention and ensuring your optimal health, often at no cost to you. Learn more about why you should be keeping up with your annual wellness exams.
May 2022 - Angioplasty is a procedure used to restore blood flow by opening up narrowed coronary arteries. These arteries play an important role, wrapping around the outside of the heart and supplying it with blood. When these arteries narrow due to plaque or cholesterol buildup, help from an interventional cardiologist is needed. BJC Medical Group interventional cardiologist Michael Missler, DO, explains more about this minimally invasive procedure.
Employee grows her career with BJC HealthCare from unit secretary to cardiac services manager.