Health & Wellness Blog

How to Schedule a Colonoscopy

Friday, March 19, 2021
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The American Cancer Society recommends those at average risk* for colorectal cancer to start regular screenings at age 45. A colonoscopy doesn’t take a lot of time, but this simple procedure offers a big payback: peace of mind. Colorectal cancer is deadly, but treatable if it’s caught early. The majority…

Cancer Discussion with Dr. Rao

Thursday, March 11, 2021
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Dr. Vijay Rao, new Medical Oncologist and Hematologist at the Prairie Lakes Cancer Center interviews with Mike Tanner, News Director at KWAT. Mike and Dr. Rao discuss how he became interested in caring for patients with cancer, cancer types and treatments, and general screening guidelines during this KWAT original available like a podcast…

Do I Need a Heart Screening?

Friday, March 05, 2021
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A heart screening helps determine if you're at risk for heart disease. Heart disease is a broad term that includes numerous conditions. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is related to a process called atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is a condition that develops when a substance called plaque builds up in…

How to Recover After a Heart Attack

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
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 After a heart attack, stent placement, or cardiac surgery (coronary bypass surgery, angioplasty, or heart transplant) you will need to recover in a safe environment. Cardiac rehabilitation is a four-phase program to help patients help their hearts through exercise and education. In addition to an individualized exercise plan, you will also…

What is Nephrology?

Monday, February 15, 2021
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Dr. Tina Melanson, Nephrologist interviews with Mike Tanner, News Director at KWAT. Mike and Dr. Melanson discuss her experience and passion to care for patients with complex kidney disorders. Learn about nephrology, kidneys, dialysis, and more during this KWAT original available like a podcast below.

What is Dysphagia?

Thursday, February 11, 2021
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Dysphagia is a medical term used to describe when someone has problems chewing and/or swallowing their food or liquids. Many may have occasional difficulty swallowing when they eat too fast or don’t chew their food well enough, but occasional instances are not a cause for concern. However persistent dysphagia may…

Know Your Numbers

Monday, February 08, 2021
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High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a condition that affects millions of Americans. Hypertension is known as a silent condition, because it can be present without any symptoms.  According to the American Heart Association, nearly half of adults in the United States have hypertension, and 45% of these people do…

Heart Healthy Recipes

Monday, February 01, 2021
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Almost half of the adults in America have high blood pressure.  One of the most important things to do when managing high blood pressure and other heart conditions is to eat a balanced diet with whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and lean protein sources. Prairie Lakes Healthcare System's Registered Dietitians through Sodexo…

ENT Interview with Dr. Mancell

Wednesday, January 27, 2021
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Episode one of a new monthly series with Jim Aesop, the "Morning Man" at KXLG.  Jim had the opportunity to visit with Dr. Jered Mancell, one of Prairie Lakes Healthcare System's Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists. They discussed pediatric Ear, Nose, & Throat (ENT) and sinus conditions. ENT is a specialty…

What is heart failure?

Tuesday, January 26, 2021
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Heart failure, also called congestive heart failure affects over 6.2 million Americans and is the leading cause of hospital readmissions in adults over the age of 65.  Heart failure is a chronic and progressive disease that means your heart isn't pumping well and is unable to provide the body everything…