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Colonoscopy Preparation: Combatting Colonoscopy Fears

From the dreaded prep work to the fear of a cancer diagnosis, colonoscopies can stir up a lot of anxiety. If you have been putting yours off or are preparing to have one for the first time, keep reading. Colonoscopies aren’t as frightening as you may think – and they can save your life.

Managing Heart Failure

The Heart Failure Clinic at Fairfield Medical Center is not only dedicated to treating your heart failure. It’s dedicated to helping you live your fullest life by teaching you how to manage your condition.

How to Approach New Year’s Resolutions

Registered dietitian Emily Schmelzer shares advice on setting goals in 2024 as well as creative alternatives to New Year’s resolutions.

Tips for a Healthy Holiday

Did you know the average American will experience a half- to two-pound weight gain each holiday season? This additional weight tends to accumulate over several years, which can have a gradual – yet noticeable – impact on health. Here are some tips for a healthy and balanced holiday.

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Cholesterol-Lowering Injections and Reducing Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

Lifestyle modifications and medications, like statins, are commonly the of first step in managing cholesterol and lipid levels. Injectable therapies, however, may provide an additional tool for lowering “bad” cholesterol and reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.

March 8 Blood Drive Open to Community Members

Kick off the Spring season by donating blood to those in need! Register to give on Friday, March 8, at FMC’s Main Campus. Appointments are available from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Reserve your spot by contacting Donna Stebelton at donnast@fmchealth.org or 740-687-8140.

According to the Red Cross, donors with all blood types are urgently needed, especially those with types O, A negative and B negative.

Community Heart Watch Donates AED to Perry Co. Gym

Through its Community AED program, which has placed more than 400 of the life-saving devices in community areas or public places, Community Heart Watch was able to donate an AED to Polly Pletcher, owner of New Dimensions Tan & Fitness.

Fairfield County Foundation Supports “Heart Safe” Mission

While Fairfield Medical Center serves as the fiscal agent for Community Heart Watch, many of their valuable initiatives are funded by donations and grants from organizations across the region. In 2022, the Fairfield County Foundation awarded the group $19,525 to further their lifesaving mission.

EsoGuard: Simple Test to Detect Dangerous Esophageal Changes

For patients who are at higher-risk for esophageal cancer and may or may not experience heartburn occasionally, EsoGuard is a good screening tool to check for abnormal cells.

Preventive Cardiology: Advanced Imaging and Screenings

“Preventive cardiology is where we get to work on keeping that first heart attack from ever happening,” explained Jonathan Forquer, DO, of Fairfield Healthcare Professionals Cardiology. “When we can identify cardiac disease early using things like coronary artery calcium (CAC) scores, we can get ahead on a patient’s health.”

Diagnosing Rheumatoid Arthritis

According to Dr. Mascarenhas, rheumatoid arthritis is one of the most common forms of inflammatory arthritis treated in her practice. The condition tends to affect women more than men, with age of diagnosis occurring as early as the 20s or 30s and a spike in incidence among post-menopausal women.

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.

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Provider Podcast: Navigating GERD with Dr. Jeffrey Yenchar

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

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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.

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.