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Free wellness lectures planned for February

Centegra Health System will host several free wellness lectures in February. Community members are welcome to hear physicians speak about stroke, reproduction, sleep apnea, incontinence and prostate health. Space is limited and light refreshments will be served during the lectures. Register by calling 877-CENTEGRA (877-236-8347).Strokes can be debilitating and even deadly. However, they can be prevented and treated. Dr. Benjamin Nager, a neurologist at Centegra Physician Care, will discuss the risk factors and screenings available that can help prevent stroke. “A Stroke of Genius”  will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7 at Centegra Health Bridge Fitness Center-Huntley, 10450 Algonquin Road.

Many couples have problems trying to start a family. Dr. Vishvanath Karande, an independent reproductive endocrinologist on the medical staff at Centegra Health System, will discuss ways to increase the chances of getting pregnant. Karande also will address the signs and symptoms of infertility and when a fertility specialist may be beneficial. “Beyond the Birds and the Bees”  will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8 at Centegra Health Bridge Fitness Center-Crystal Lake, 200 Congress Parkway.

According to the National Institutes of Health, sleep apnea more than doubles the risk of stroke in men. More than 12 million Americans are estimated to have sleep apnea and stroke is the second leading cause of death worldwide. “A Wake-Up Call: The Link Between Sleep Apnea, Stroke, and Heart Disease”  will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15 at Centegra Health Bridge Fitness Center-Huntley, 10450 Algonquin Road. Dr. Benjamin Nager, a Centegra Physician Care neurologist; Dr. Firas Dairi, an independent pulmonologist; and Dr. Timothy Chrapkiewicz, an independent dentist, will discuss what sleep apnea is and how it is linked to numerous chronic health conditions like stroke and congestive heart failure. They also will discuss treatment options available such as CPAP, supplemental oxygen and oral appliance therapy. A panel question and answer session will follow the presentation.

According to the Department of United States Health and Human Services, 13 million Americans are incontinent. Join Dr. Tamra Lewis, an independent urologist on the medical staff at Centegra Health System, as she discusses the different types of incontinence. They are stress, urge, mixed and overflow. “Incontinence: Tired of Doing the Potty Dance?”  will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22 at Centegra Health Bridge Fitness Center-Crystal Lake, 200 Congress Parkway.

It is normal for a man’s prostate to become enlarged as he ages. More than 50 percent of men in their 60s have an enlarged prostate, known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), which can cause bladder, urinary tract or kidney problems. Dr. Ning Wu, an independent urologist on the medical staff at Centegra Health System, will discuss the symptoms and treatment options available for BPH. “Enlarged Prostate: Size Does Matter”  will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28 at Centegra Health Bridge Fitness Center-Crystal Lake, 200 Congress Parkway. Registration is required.