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Blog: Driving in Flood Conditions

September in National Preparedness Month. According to the Department of Homeland Security, the following are important points to remember when driving in flood conditions: Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and possible stalling. A foot of water will float many vehicles Two feet of rushing read more

Blog: Heart Failure Management

Early diagnosis and treatment can help those with heart failure live longer, more active lives.  Treatment for heart failure depends upon the type and severity of heart failure and usually includes lifestyle changes such as a heart-healthy diet.  A heart-healthy diet includes foods that are rich in potassium and low read more

Centegra Wound & Hyperbaric Center receives national award for clinical excellence

The Centegra Wound & Hyperbaric Center recently was honored with the Center of Distinction Award given by Healogics, Inc., the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services. The Centegra Wound & Hyperbaric Center achieved outstanding clinical outcomes for 12 consecutive months, including attaining patient satisfaction higher than 92 percent and read more

Nine circumstances to call the McHenry County Crisis Line

We’re here to help 24/7 Centegra Health System’s Inpatient Behavioral Health unit has moved its 24-bed South Street location in Woodstock, Ill. to its expanded 34-bed unit at Centegra Hospital-Woodstock on Doty Road. This relocation responds to the increased need for inpatient behavioral health care and enables McHenry County residents to read more

HPV and the HPV Vaccine

HPV and the HPV Vaccine

HPV, or human papillomavirus, is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) and anyone who is sexually active can get it. It is so common that nearly all men and women who are sexually active get HPV at some point in their lives. There are more than 150 related viruses read more

Blog: Pacemaker

Doctors recommend pacemakers for many reasons. The most common reasons are bradycardia (a heartbeat that is too slow) and heart block. Heart block can happen as a result of aging, damage to the heart from a heart attack or other conditions that disrupt the heart's electrical activity.  Doctors also may read more

Blog: Smoking Causes Coronary Artery Disease

Cigarette smoking causes about 1 in every 5 deaths in the United States each year making it the leading preventable cause of death and illness.  Smoking harms nearly every organ in the body including the heart and blood vessels.  The chemicals in tobacco smoke can cause Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), read more

Blog: High Cholesterol

High blood cholesterol is one of the major risk factors for heart disease, the number one killer of men and women in the United States. Each year, more than one million Americans have heart attacks and about one-half million people die from heart disease.  When there is too much cholesterol read more

Blog: Irregular Heartbeat

Arrhythmias or irregular heartbeats, are extremely common, particularly as people age.  Most cases are harmless, but some arrhythmias are extremely dangerous and require treatment and management.  Arrhythmias can produce a broad range of symptoms.  There are two basic kinds of arrhythmias: Bradycardia occurs when the heart beats too slowly — less read more

Blog: Stress and Heart Disease

Coronary heart disease is more common in individuals subjected to chronic stress.  A stressful situation sets off a chain of events. Your body releases adrenaline, a hormone that temporarily causes your breathing and heart rate to speed up and your blood pressure to rise. These reactions prepare you to deal read more