Behavioral Health, Norton Community Medical Associates

Anxiety may be a mental health issue, but it can cause physical pain. Here’s what you should know

Research from the National Institute of Mental Health suggests that an estimated 5.7 % of American adults experience generalized anxiety disorder at some time in their lives. When comparing the numbers of adults who have experienced anxiety in the past year, there is a higher prevalence in women (2.7%) than in men (1.9%) Research has…

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Multiple Sclerosis, Neurosciences

MS eye symptoms include double vision, uncontrolled eye movement, eye pain and blurred vision

Blurred vision, eye pain, double vision and other eye conditions are common with multiple sclerosis (MS) and are often the first sign of the disease. The most common MS eye symptoms are blurry vision or decreased vision in one eye. This is caused by a condition called optic neuritis, which also can cause a graying…

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Gynecology, Norton Community Medical Associates, Norton Primary Care, Womens Health

Why having a regular primary care provider and a gynecologist is a good idea

You need a primary care physician and a gynecologist, because while each can address a broad range of issues, each has specialized experience to make sure you get the right care when you need it. Both can perform basic health assessments, write prescriptions, and provide flu shots or other immunizations. Most insurance plans cover an…

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Cardiology, Heart, Heart Attack

When is chest pain not a heart attack? Symptoms of a heart attack can mimic other conditions

Most people are familiar with the typical way someone shows they are having a heart attack: gasping, clutching their chest and so on. Despite what’s depicted in movies and TV, sometimes chest pain is just chest pain. And sometimes a heart attack has very subtle symptoms. Here are five ways to tell the difference. Millions…

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Neurosciences, Patient stories - Norton Healthcare

Successful minimally invasive thrombectomy saves woman on verge of brain bleed

For Brittany Ricks, Thursday, June 8, started just like the previous day. She was preparing for a neighborhood yard sale with family and friends, working in her garage to organize and price items. She was a bit more fatigued than usual and had some aches and pains on the right side of her body, but…

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Cancer, Head and Neck Tumors

What to do if you have a painless lump on the side of your neck

A painless lump on the side of your neck can have many causes. Most commonly, lymph nodes in your neck are apt to swell due to injury or infection. Less commonly, it can be cancer. Lymph nodes, part of the immune system, can swell as white blood cells in the lymphatic fluid attack invasive cells….

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Patient stories - Norton Healthcare, Spine

Minimally invasive spine surgery sets woman on path to healthy living, starting a family

Every morning, rain or shine, Hanna Sweeney is out walking in her neighborhood near the University of Louisville. The miles and the time can vary, but the reason for Hanna’s walks is always the same. “I want to have kids someday,” Hanna said, explaining her motivation for daily exercise and a healthy lifestyle. “And I…

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Brand Feature, Employee stories - Norton Healthcare, Equity inclusion belonging, Norton Community Medical Associates

100% bilingual practice supports Spanish-speaking patients

Long before becoming the practice manager at a bilingual medical office, Carolina Tafur knew the importance of patients being able to communicate with their medical provider. “As a first-generation American, I grew up seeing the language barrier in every aspect of my life. My sister and I were the translators for my parents at their…

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Multiple Sclerosis, Neurosciences

Does Epstein-Barr virus cause MS?

A study led by a team of Harvard scientists shows strong evidence that Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is the leading cause of multiple sclerosis (MS), shedding new light on a mystery that has stumped doctors and researchers for decades. MS is an autoimmune disease. The body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the myelin sheaths that surround and…

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Heart, Heart Failure, Patient stories - Norton Healthcare

From heart failure to recovery: Medication helps rebuild pastor’s heart

It’s not every day that your doctor calls you a textbook example. But that’s what Pastor F. Bruce Williams’ cardiologist called him. Pastor Williams is an example for other African American men. He knows that his race puts him at increased risk for various health conditions, so he takes a proactive approach to his health….

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Neurosciences, Patient stories - Norton Healthcare

Woman credits early diagnosis, specialized care for successful life with Parkinson’s disease

Is there anything quite like an afternoon walk with your dog? In Dianne Steinert’s case, it’s a walk with her daughter’s dog, Emmy, a black-and-white border collie, who’s bustling with energy as the two strut around their New Albany, Indiana, neighborhood. Dianne’s walking well, easily placing one foot in front of the other as she…

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Labor and Delivery, Obstetrics, Womens Health

Doula program available to patients in West Louisville and beyond

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Black mothers are two to three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than those who are white. While disparities around maternal mortality can be impacted by preexisting conditions that Black women are more likely to experience, such as hypertension, these disparities do not happen…

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