The root cause of a sharp, stabbing chest pain: pericarditis is not something to be taken lightly. Pericarditis is a rare but harmful condition. It occurs when the pericardium, a protective covering around your heart, is inflamed. This disorder can range in severity from acute to incessant. The most common symptom is a sharp and…

Osteoarthritis is one of the most common forms of arthritis and affects over 20 million individuals within the U.S alone. This disorder usually causes damage to joints in your hands, knees, hips, and spine, but can realistically hurt any joint in your body. Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage between joints breaks down. Cartilage acts as…

Heart failure is a chronic medical condition in which the heart cannot adequately pump blood. While it can occur at any age, heart failure is the leading cause of hospitalizations in people over age 65. As a major health problem in the US, it’s estimated that heart failure affects about 5.7 million Americans. Every year,…

February in the United States is American Heart Month. According to the US government’s Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, heart disease (also referred to as cardiovascular disease) is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. It is responsible for 1 in 4 deaths in American every year….

According to a Harvard Business Review report, “77% (of women) don’t do what they know they should do to stay healthy because, according to 62%, they lack the time.” Women are busy. They may be busy with careers, raising a family, taking care of aging parents, maintaining relationships, charity work, travel—or, more frequently than not,…

Endometriosis (en-doe-me-tree-O-sis) is a disorder that causes tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus to grow outside of the uterus. This displaced uterine tissue (also called endometrium) grows in areas it shouldn’t, such as the ovaries, fallopian tubes, or even the intestines. Endometriosis can affect every woman differently, sometimes making it difficult to…

Uterine Fibroid

What are uterine fibroids and what causes them? Uterine fibroids are muscular tumors, usually non-cancerous, that can be found in the uterus. They can range in size, sometimes growing to the size of a grapefruit. Experts can’t say with certainty what causes uterine fibroids. What we do know is that the female hormones estrogen and…

What does it mean to be anemic? Anemia is diagnosed when blood doesn’t have enough healthy red blood cells. There are many different kinds of anemia: iron deficiency anemia, sideroblastic anemia, and aplastic anemia…just to name a few. Anemia is the most common blood condition in the United States. While anemia is very common with…

bone health

What do I need to know about bone health? First let’s take a little quiz to test your bone health IQ: 1) To maintain good bone health, adults between the ages of 19-50 years old should intake: a. 800 mg of calcium daily b. 1,000 mg of calcium daily c. 2,000 mg of calcium daily…

The Loretto Hospital is a satellite research site for Affinity Health’s research institute. Physicians at The Loretto Hospital and Affinity Health’s dedicated clinical research support staff work together to bring research studies and clinical trials to the Chicago community and surrounding areas. Learn more about this partnership from this recent Crain’s Chicago Business article, dated…