Free Screening for Atrial Fibrillation – Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Free Screening for Atrial Fibrillation
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Citizens Medical Center
First Floor – Outside the Citizens Memorial Chapel

Atrial Fibrillation (AF), a type of irregular heartbeat, is a major risk factor for stroke. People with AF are five times more likely to have a stroke. Unfortunately, many people who have AF don’t know it. As we grow older, AF becomes more common. Some symptoms of AF include heart palpitations, a sudden pounding or racing sensation in the chest (“butterflies”), and dizziness or feeling light-headed.

Screening takes less than 10 minutes per person. A tracing of your heart’s rhythm is created using a SmartPhone app. This rhythm will be printed onsite; you can take it and share it with your primary care providers.

Dr. Bruce Bauknight and Katrin McDonough, BSN, Citizens Stroke Center Coordinator, will conduct the testing.

For more information or questions on this screening contact (361) 582-5654.

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

Colorectal cancer is no longer a taboo subject. Education has boosted public awareness and has Americans over the age of 50 lining up for colonoscopies. The good news is that deaths due to colorectal cancer have been declining since the mid-1980’s due to improved screening and early detection.

However, every year over 112,000 cases of colon cancer and 41,000 cases of rectal cancer are diagnosed in the United States. The incidence of colon cancer is equal among men and women, with African Americans having the highest risk of developing and dying from the disease. More than 90% of people diagnosed with colorectal cancer are over 50 years of age. The average age of diagnosis is 72. Risk factors for the disease include:

  • a family history of colon cancer
  • cigarette smoking
  • a high diet in animal fats
  • obesity
  • genetic abnormalities

Screening colonoscopies are offered at our Colon Screening Clinic in Endoscopy on 4 North. Screenings are performed on patients that are 50 years of age or older and who have never had a screening colonoscopy. Clinic hours are Monday through Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. No physician referral is needed if patients meet the criteria, and most insurance plans are accepted.

For questions regarding colon cancer, or to schedule your colon screening, contact the Colon Screening Clinic at (361) 572-5130 or visit the American Cancer Society website.

Help Us Protect Our Patients from the Flu.

At Citizens Medical Center, please be respectful of our patients when visiting in the hospital and in keeping them well. To assist us in caring for our patients and protecting them against the flu, click to review helpful information in English and here to review this information in Spanish.

For information specific to the flu, click on the following links:

Texas Department of State Health Services: www.dshs.state.tx.us

Centers for Disease Control: www.cdc.gov/flu

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: www.pandemicflu.gov