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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

Blog: Foot Check Tips

Chronic wounds keep millions of Americans from doing the activities that they love. Currently, 6.7 million people are living with a chronic wound. The Centegra Wound & Hyperbaric Center's team specially-trained in chronic wound management suggest the following foot check tips: If you have a wound that has not significantly improved read more

Blog: Colon Cancer Screenings

The terms “colon cancer” and “colorectal cancer” describe cancers of the colon and rectum. Colon cancer usually begins as a small, noncancerous clump of cells called a polyp. Over time, polyps may become cancerous, which is why it is best to detect them early and remove them before the disease read more

Blog: Staging Cancer

Cancer staging describes the severity of a person’s cancer. Doctors use cancer staging to plan the appropriate treatment and determine a patient’s prognosis. All cancers are staged when they are first diagnosed, called the clinical stage. After surgery or biopsy, cancer can be further studied and its pathologic stage can read more

Blog: Alcohol Awareness

Alcohol use disorder, or AUD, is a growing problem in the United States. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, about 17 million of Americans age 18 and older were diagnosed with an AUD in 2012. Drinking too much on a single occasion or over a period read more

Blog: Call 911 for chest pain


What’s the smartest thing to do if you’re having chest pain or other heart attack symptoms such as shortness of breath? Call 911 immediately to receive emergency care. In McHenry County, emergency heart care begins as soon as paramedics arrive at the scene of a heart attack. They perform an EKG read more