A Mother Daughter Tradition

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Mary and Karen, mother & daughter, get their annual mammogram together

It’s never too late to have your first mammogram. Just ask Mary Underwood, who had her first exam at age 64. “My daughter, Karen (Rounkles), had a mammogram scheduled at North Kansas City Hospital, and she asked me if I wanted to get one, too,” Mary said. “I said yes because I figured it was […]

Antacid Sufferers Beware

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Esophageal Cancer

Antacids, like Tums, are one of the most profitable over-the-counter products. As many as 15 million Americans experience heartburn every day. Persistent heartburn (two or more times per week) or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can cause stomach acid to splash into the esophagus, producing cellular changes that can ultimately result in cancer. About three million Americans […]

Spring Forward With Success

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Daylight Saving Time

With the return of Daylight Saving Time, many people are searching for that lost hour of sleep and fumbling for that extra jolt of Joe. If you’re struggling with the time change, Scott Shorten, MD, with Meritas Health Neurology, suggests these tips for an easier transition. Eat Lightly at Night Indigestion from spicy or fatty […]

Our Healthcare Heroes

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HC Heroes_feature

Every day, lives are saved and people get better thanks to healthcare professionals, who truly are heroes. Each year, Ingram’s Magazine recognizes local healthcare heroes. This year’s NKCH winners are Ambassador and Volunteer Len Knudston, Auxiliary Staff Achievement; Michael Montgomery, MD, Meritas Health Cardiology, Lifetime Service Achievement; and Robert Pluenneke, MD, Professional Staff Achievement. Len […]

Brave Hearts

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Mary_Brandon feature

Mary and Brandon trust NKCH’s accredited heart failure program to help them stay healthy and out of the hospital. Meet Mary For Mary Maag, 84, managing heart failure is a lot like gardening — it involves time, energy and patience, mixed with a little frustration from time to time. “My garden is my passion,” Mary […]

Happy Anniversary to NKCH’s TAVR Program

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First TAVR Patients at NKCH

We’re celebrating the one-year anniversary of the TAVR (transcatheter aortic valve replacement) program at North Kansas City Hospital. TAVR is an innovative approach to treating people with severe symptomatic aortic stenosis. The procedure is FDA-approved for people who have additional health conditions that put them at an intermediate or high risk for complications with open […]

Beat Migraines to the Punch

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Steven Kosa, MD with SphenoCath patient

Beyond their debilitating pain, one thing is certain about chronic migraine headaches: they affect your ability to function on a daily basis. Fortunately, a new 15-minute nerve block procedure, called SphenoCath, fights severe headache pain head on. And, it’s available at North Kansas City Hospital. “I was having anywhere between 16 and 29 migraines each […]

Allergies and the Classroom

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allergies in the classroom

Allergies affect as many as 40% of the children in the U.S. Difficulty breathing or a runny nose might not be just another cold caused by germs passed around by students. Classroom allergens are lurking making it harder to learn and increasing absent days due to allergy symptoms. Meritas Health ENT performs allergy testing and […]

The Flip Side of Flip Flops

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The Flip Side of Flip Flops

Guest blogger Dr. Nathan J. Kiewiet, an orthopedic surgeon, offers advice for keeping your feet pain free this summer. June 17 was National Flip Flop Day! Nothing screams, “It’s summer!” louder than a pair of flip flops. They’re fun, fashionable, comfy and easy on the budget. But while you may be walking on easy street […]