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Family Nurse Practitioner Jen Scott, ARNP-C, treats patients of all ages and has a special interest in cardiac care. 

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Oh my Heart!

With a new little one, the tests, forms and information are abundant. Family Practice with Obstetrics Physician Dr. Shawn Richmond knows this all too well! One test that all of his little patients receive is a pulse oximetry to measure the amount of oxygen in the blood. Sounds big but it’s actually quite small. The test uses little sticky monitors (think of a band-aid), that are applied to a baby’s foot and hand. Don’t worry, this test is totally painless, but provides insight on their health, often before any signs and symptoms could be noticed. Pretty neat huh?

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Published Feb 23, 2017

Shake Those Hips!

When it comes to your body, aches and pains can really throw you for a loop! One common complaint is hip, knee and shoulder pain, at least in MHP Orthopaedic Surgeon Sreedhar Somisetty, MD’s, office! Some may think replacing those joints will fix all; however, Dr. Somisetty likes to remind patients that it’s not a race to the finish line and taking baby steps will get you on the road to recovery!

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Published Feb 16, 2017

MHP Raises Migraine Awareness

Mahaska Health Partnership Raises Migraine Awareness

Mahaska Health Partnership wants to inform you of the causes, symptoms and treatments for migraines.

According to the National Institutes of Health, a migraine is a very painful type of recurring headache that often causes nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light and sound. People who are prone to migraines describe the pain and throbbing in a specific area of the head. Women are three times more likely to have migraines than men.

“If you suffer from migraines you are familiar with the debilitating affects the condition can have,” commented Adult Nurse Practitioner Lisa Nelson, ARNP. “Migraine attacks can last for hours and be so brutal that all you can think about is finding a quiet, dark place to lie down.”

The American Council for Headache Education states that migraine sufferers can increase their risk of having a migraine attack if they skip meals, change their sleep pattern or overexert themselves physically as well as other triggers. Not everyone reacts to these factors the same way so migraine sufferers are encouraged to keep headache diaries to help identify what specific factors can lead to their migraine attacks.

“Up to two days before a migraine attack, you may start to feel strange. By learning your migraine cues, you may minimize the effects,” said Nelson. “Take special note if you experience cravings for certain foods, excitability, hyperactivity, tiredness, yawning or a change in mood.”

If you suffer from frequent migraine attacks, there are treatment options. Talk with your doctor to discuss your triggers and possible treatment options.