Archive - May 2014

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As National Stroke Awareness Month Comes to an End, Remember that Knowledge is Power!
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Uncontrollable Risk Factors
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Controllable Risk Factors – Carotid Artery Disease
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Little Company of Mary Hospital’s Palliative Care Program Offers Chronically Ill Patients an Improved Quality of Life
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STARS – Steps Against Recurrent Stroke
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Little Company of Mary Hospital Excels in Patient Safety-Awarded an “A” in Spring 2014 Hospital Safety Score
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Effects of Stroke: Moving and Sensing Things
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Effects of Stroke: The Sides of the Brain
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LCMH Hosted It’s Annual Remembrance Service in Honor of Babies Who Have Left the Earth Too Soon
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Surgeons at Little Company of Mary Hospital use Robotic Devices.

As National Stroke Awareness Month Comes to an End, Remember that Knowledge is Power!

 Act F.A.S.T  F Facial Drooping: Ask the person to smile or show their teeth. Drooping on one side could mean a stroke A Arm: Ask the person to raise their arms over their head. Weakness on one side may be a stroke S Speech: If the person’s speech suddenly becomes garbled or unintelligible, this could…

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Uncontrollable Risk Factors

Age : A stroke can happen to anyone, but risk of stroke increases with age. After the age of 55, stroke risk doubles for every decade a person is alive. Gender: Women suffer more strokes each year than men, mainly because women live longer than men and stroke occurs more often at older ages.  Annually,…

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Controllable Risk Factors – Carotid Artery Disease

Carotid artery disease (also called carotid artery stenosis) is the narrowing of the carotid arteries, the two main blood vessels in the neck that supply blood to the brain. Age, unhealthy lifestyle and not effectively managing stroke risk factors such as high cholesterol can lead to carotid artery disease. Plaque, often caused by cholesterol deposits,…

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Little Company of Mary Hospital’s Palliative Care Program Offers Chronically Ill Patients an Improved Quality of Life

Fifty-eight year old John Konczal never imagined that he would find himself battling stage-four pancreatic cancer. For John, living with pancreatic cancer has been extremely difficult emotionally and physically. John has frequent sharp and excruciating pain followed by severe nausea and vomiting. On April 2014, John was admitted to Little Company of Mary Hospital for…

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STARS – Steps Against Recurrent Stroke

Having a stroke means greater risk for another (or recurrent) stroke. The good news is that there are steps you can take to prevent a recurrent stroke. Here are the facts: •Approximately 795,000 Americans experience a stroke each year — about 185,000 of those strokes are recurrent strokes. •At least 1 in 4 (25%-35%) of…

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Little Company of Mary Hospital Excels in Patient Safety-Awarded an “A” in Spring 2014 Hospital Safety Score

Designed to rate how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections, the latest Hospital Safety Score honored Little Company of Mary Hospital with an “A” – its top grade in patient safety. The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered…

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Effects of Stroke: Moving and Sensing Things

The human brain has different areas that control how the body moves and feels. When a stroke damages a certain part of the brain, that part may not work as well as it did before. This can cause problems walking, speaking, seeing or feeling. After a stroke you may have emotional and physical changes.  Depending…

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Effects of Stroke: The Sides of the Brain

The left side of the brain controls the right side of the body. You use the left side of your brain to move the right side of your body, figure out math and science problems and understand what you read and hear. You may have trouble doing these things if you have a stroke that…

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LCMH Hosted It’s Annual Remembrance Service in Honor of Babies Who Have Left the Earth Too Soon

Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers hosted their Annual Remembrance Service in honor of babies who have left the earth too soon.  The ceremony took place on May 18, 2014 in the Cherished Angel Garden, directly north of the Hospital. The Garden was dedicated in remembrance of babies who have passed away…

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Surgeons at Little Company of Mary Hospital use Robotic Devices.

Being at the forefront of medicine these days involves a great deal of technological advancement, but behind every computer, program and robotic device at Little Company of Mary Hospital are physicians and support staff with experience. “We provide the latest and the best available,” says Dr. Robert Bonaminio, Chairman Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, adding the Evergreen Park hospital competes with larger university hospitals….

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