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March Kicks Off Colorectal Awareness Month

Starting at age 45, both men and women who do not have a family history of colorectal cancer are encouraged to have a colonoscopy, according to recommendations from the American Cancer Society. Known as the second deadliest cancer in the United States, colorectal cancer encompasses any cancer that starts in the colon or rectum. It often begins as benign polyps that cause little to no symptoms. By the time patients begin experiencing symptoms, which can include change in bowel habits, abdominal discomfort and rectal bleeding, the cancer may already be in the advanced stages.

Celebrating One Year of Robotic Surgery at Fairfield Medical Center

Since its introduction in February 2022, more than 400 patients have benefitted from Fairfield Medical Center’s robotic surgery program, which provides access to advanced lung biopsy technology and minimally invasive surgical techniques.

Understanding Chest Pain

Without a medical provider, there is no simple way to tell whether or not chest pain is associated with the heart. Learning more about causes and characteristics can help you be better prepared to put your health first.

Fisher Catholic High School Accredited as Heart Safe

In December 2022, Fisher Catholic High School in Lancaster received a three-year Heart Safe School Accreditation from Community Heart Watch.

Local Parks Receive Heart Safe Park Designation from Community Heart Watch

Three local parks – Rising Park in Lancaster, Alt Park in Baltimore and Buckeye Lake State Park – recently earned the designation of a “Heart Safe Park” from Community Heart Watch.

FMC Expands Electrophysiology Program, Treatment

Fairfield Medical Center’s comprehensive cardiovascular program is investing in technology to expand care and treatment options for patients with arrhythmias, or abnormal heart rhythms.

Jeffrey Yenchar, MD
Provider Podcast: Navigating GERD with Dr. Jeffrey Yenchar

Dr. Jeffrey Yenchar discusses GERD and acid reflux, including symptoms and lasting solutions through robotic surgery.

Jonathan Forquer, DO
Provider Podcast: Preventive Cardiac Imaging with Dr. Jonathan Forquer

Dr. Jonathan Forquer discusses preventive cardiology: The practice of preventing heart attacks before they happen.

Advance Care Planning: Who Will Make Decisions When You Can’t?

When it comes to our healthcare, many of us like to be in control of any decisions regarding the treatment and care we receive. But what if you were unable to make that decision for yourself?

Atrial Fibrillation: What You Need to Know

Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is the most commonly treated arrhythmia, or abnormal heart rhythm in the nation. This condition is more likely to develop as we age, and it’s estimated that 12.1 million people in the United States will have AFib in 2030 (CDC).

Community Heart Watch Unveils Mobile CPR and AED Training Unit

Community Heart Watch is proud to announce that its new CPR and AED mobile training unit will begin serving Fairfield, Hocking and Perry counties beginning this spring. The mobile training unit is a 14’ trailer equipped with CPR manikins and AED training devices. Throughout the year, Community Heart Watch members will bring the unit to various community events to provide hands-on training for CPR and AED use.

Fairfield Medical Center Reunites Recovered Heart Patients with Caregivers

Fairfield Medical Center hosted a special reunion at FMC’s River Valley Campus. During the event, three recovered cardiac patients were given the opportunity to share a heartfelt “thank you” with the caregivers who not only made a difference in their lives, but who made their survival and recovery possible.

State Highway Patrol Trooper Honored by Community Heart Watch for Lifesaving Intervention

A State Highway Patrol Trooper was posthumously honored with a Great Save Award from Community Heart Watch after he helped save the life of a person who suffered cardiac arrest while driving.

Handling the Holiday Hustle

For many, the holiday season is a time of special memories, fellowship and celebration. But with that excitement and joy also comes a feeling that isn’t so pleasant – stress.

How Safe is Weight Loss Surgery?

“I have no doubt that we have created the best bariatric program in Central Ohio,” said Dr. Timothy Custer, FMC general and bariatric surgeon. Learn more as Dr. Custer discusses some of the most frequently asked questions about weight loss surgery.

Families On-the-Go: Healthy Eating Habits

Getting into the habit of cooking more at home is easier than you think! Try these tips to get your family on the way to a healthier eating schedule.

Protect Your Skin by Blocking the Sun’s Rays

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, with more than one million skin cancers diagnosed every year. Safeguarding yourself from the sun can dramatically lower your chances of getting premature wrinkles, sunspots and, most importantly, cancer.

Allergies: How to Minimize the Misery

If you suffer from allergies, spring can be a miserable time of year. But allergens don’t just lurk outdoors.
Some of the biggest allergy triggers, such as dust, dander and mold, are hiding right inside your home.

Focus on Fitness: Get Back in the Spring of Things

10 tips to get you moving and motivated this Spring

Migraines: Question and Answers

Migraines and headache disorders are common ailments that can cause a slew of unpleasant symptoms. From dull, sharp or throbbing pain to dizziness, nausea and vision issues, treating these disruptive conditions can improve quality of life for chronic sufferers. Here are some of the most commonly asked migraine questions.

Healthy Habits: Put Your Best Fork Forward

It’s a great time to remember that eating right doesn’t have to be complicated— simply begin to shift to healthier food and beverage choices.