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Centegra sponsors free wellness lectures in October

Centegra Health System will host several free health lectures in October. Community members are welcome to hear healthcare experts speak about blood-thinning medications, help for shoulder problems and reduction of cardiac risks. Space is limited and light refreshments will be served during the lectures. Register by calling 877-CENTEGRA (877-236-8347).

Anticoagulants are the No. 1 class of medications in the high alert category. While these blood-thinning medications help prevent the formation of blood clots and can save lives, there are safety concerns to consider while on this form of therapy. Join Ron Albertson, a pharmacist at Centegra Health System, as he discusses how to prevent bleeding complications from anticoagulants and how Centegra’s Anticoagulation Clinic can help. “Blood-Thinning Medications: What You Need to Know” will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4 at Centegra Health Bridge Fitness Center-Crystal Lake, 200 Congress Parkway.

Albertson also will discuss direct thrombin inhibitors, the newest class of anticoagulants hitting the market.Shoulder pain can prevent sufferers from reaching for things on the top shelf as well as performing every day tasks such as putting on a shirt or washing their hair. Dr. Rolando Izquierdo, an independent orthopedic surgeon on the medical staff at Centegra Health System, will present “Shoulder Shut Down”  from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18 at Centegra Health Bridge Fitness Center-Huntley, 10450 Algonquin Road.

Izquierdo will discuss various shoulder conditions, the common causes of shoulder pain and the surgical and non-surgical treatment options available to help sufferers get back to doing those every day tasks pain-free.Most people know that having high blood pressure and being overweight can lead to cardiovascular disease but may not be aware of other risk factors that one may or may not be able to control.

Hear from Dr. Irina Staicu, an independent cardiologist on the medical staff at Centegra Health System, as she discusses the major cardiac risk factors that contribute to cardiovascular disease and actions people can take to reduce their risk. “Being Candid About Cardiac Risk Factors”  will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25 at Centegra Health Bridge Fitness Center-Crystal Lake, 200 Congress Parkway.