10 ways to manage respiratory symptoms at home

If you have fever, cough or shortness of breath, call your health care provider. They may tell you to manage your care from home. Follow these tips shared by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention as of March 22, 2020, in relation to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19): Stay home from work, school and away…

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Hangry? What should my family eat to stay healthy?

The basics of healthy eating and good nutrition are the same for each member of your family: choose healthy foods most of the time and limit the amount of unhealthy foods you eat. But healthy eating can be difficult to fit into your family’s everyday busy life, especially when everyone is immediately “hangry” when they walk…

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What You Need to Know About COVID-19

This article was last updated on March 19, 2020, at 11:10 am. If you have questions regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19 please call the ODH Hotline at 1-833-4ASKODH (1-833-427-5634). Mercy Implements Visitor Restrictions Beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 and until further notice, Mercy will implement visitation restrictions for visitors in conjunction with other area hospitals to prevent the…

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The Doctor Will Hear You Now

Regular health check ups are a great opportunity to develop a relationship with your doctor before you get sick and can help you prevent illnesses and manage chronic diseases. When was the last time you saw YOUR doctor? Schedule an appointment today. Annual checkups. Traditionally, these visits have involved running tests and looking for things that…

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Take These Numbers to Heart

February is American Heart Month, a perfect time to discuss the heart-healthy numbers you should aim for and what they mean. BMI: Based on height-to-weight ratio, body mass index (BMI) is an overall indicator of healthy weight. BMI does not distinguish between women and men. Your BMI should be between 20 and 24. WAIST CIRCUMFERENCE: Extra…

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Mercy TAVR Patient, Age 88, Can Breathe Easy Again

Jane Coleman found it hard to breathe. She had little energy and always felt tired. A widow and resident of an independent living facility in North Canton, Jane had started paying for extra help with household chores, such as changing her bed sheets. Most would say this isn’t unusual for people of Jane’s age (she’ll…

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Cervical Cancer and HPV: What You Need to Know

Last month was Cervical Health Awareness Month, and Mercy Cancer Center wants you to know that there’s a lot you can do to prevent cervical cancer. Each year, more than 11,000 women in the United States get cervical cancer. HPV (human papillomavirus) is a very common infection that spreads through sexual activity, and it causes almost…

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‘Mercy Gave Us Our Mom Back’

North Canton Woman Recovers Strength, Spirit at 97 After TAVR Procedure Virginia Boyle survived a heart attack at age 72. Living with her son in Ravenna, Ohio, at the time, she underwent a heart catheterization at an Akron hospital, returning five subsequent times for stents. For nearly 25 years, her heart remained stable, and Virginia—a…

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High-risk TAVR patient Virginia Boyle after surgery at Mercy in Canton
Mental Notes

Everyone feels moody or has “a case of the Mondays” occasionally, but when disruptions in thought or behavior cause someone to lose their ability to cope with normal functions and routines, they may be dealing with a much more serious problem than mere moodiness.  Mental health is just as important to a person’s overall health…

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How to Eat Heart Healthy

Heart healthy eating. What does this mean besides the basic understanding that a heart-healthy diet leads to a strong and healthy heart? It seems that every week there is a new “super food.” So how are you supposed to develop long-term heart-healthy eating habits? Read on for some helpful real-life tips. Add Fiber. In the…

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Heart Disease Symptoms You Can’t Ignore

Are you listening to your heart? You should. It could literally save your life. Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the U.S. In fact, one out of four deaths is due to heart disease. People who have heart disease often don’t realize it. Don’t be a statistic and be caught unaware….

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You, Your Teen, and Nicotine (Vaping)

If you’re a parent, there are about a million things you worry about every day. Is my son getting enough sleep? Does my daughter have a healthy body image? Is he or she depressed? Do they have friends? In the past few years, we’ve had a new worry to add to the list: vaping, e-cigarettes,…

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Sugar – Not as “Sweet” as You Might Think

It can be tricky to navigate the holidays and avoid gaining weight to ring in the New Year. Eating excessive amounts of all foods (meat, potatoes, pastas, cookies, candy and beverages) contributes to that higher reading on the scale New Year’s Day but one food in particular, sugar, is creating year-round health problems. There is…

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The Great 8: Eight facts to Know about sleep

Sleep. We all need it. But few of us consistently sleep as long — or as restfully — as we should for optimum health. In fact, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that about 35 percent of adults regularly get less than seven hours of sleep. Although sleep recommendations vary somewhat, most…

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OPTIFAST® Is The Best Thing I’ve Ever Done For Myself

After 14 Months With Mercy Weight Management, Local Woman Loses 170 Pounds Last summer, Sarah Young, an area field manager for U-Haul, was in the waiting room at Mercy Medical Center filling out paperwork for her physical exam to renew her commercial driver’s license. At 350 pounds, she was uncomfortable sitting, in constant pain and…

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Mercy Weight Management Client Sarah Young After Optifast
I Woke Up This Way: Weight Management Over Age 50

Do you have the creep? You know: the middle-age weight gain that creeps up on you and turns your scale from friend to foe. If so, you are not alone. According to the National Institutes of Health, the average young adult gains 30 pounds by the time he or she turns 50. Why, Oh Why,…

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Dr. David Gormsen: A Lifelong Commitment to Fitness is Paying Off

Dr. David Gormsen is blessed with wellness. At 67, Mercy’s chief medical officer doesn’t struggle with health issues and takes no prescription medications. Longevity runs in his family – his father lived until 93 and his mother is an active 97-year-old. Luck and good genes? Maybe. But he has never taken his health for granted….

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Achoo or the Flu? The Difference Between the Sniffles and Something More Serious.

Though it tends to coincide with many fall and winter holidays, no one looks forward to flu season. But how can you tell the difference between a case of the sniffles and something more serious? Influenza (also called “the flu”) and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses and have similar symptoms, but are caused…

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Mom Genes: the Role of Genetics in Your Health

Did you know there are about 20,500 human genes? In recent years, we’ve learned so much about how genes work and why some diseases run in families. While we can’t change our genes, knowing we have a higher-than-average chance of developing certain diseases can help us take steps to lower our risks. Genetics 101 We…

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Busy Mom Gets Back in Shape — and Makes Health and Fitness a Family Affair

When Mercy speech therapist Dory Moore makes her daily smoothie, six little hands often help her fill the Ninja blender with chunks of fruits and vegetables. She stretches and relaxes by doing YouTube yoga videos and her children–Alex (6), Max (4), and Finn (2)–are frequently right beside her, showing off their best downward dogs. This…

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No Secret Recipe: How Employee Steve Knox Found His Way Back to Fitness

Steve Knox’s “Uh-Oh” moment came when he saw himself in a photo. “It was a wake-up call for me,” said Mercy Medical Center’s Director of Finance. “I thought, well, I might want to do something about this.” Besides carrying extra weight, he wasn’t feeling great and his numbers at his last physical were less than…

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Steve Knox Mercy Employee Weight Loss 2019