Heart Disease Risk Factors

Someone dies in the U.S. every 37 seconds from heart disease, according to the CDC. The term “heart disease” refers to many different diseases and health conditions that affect the heart, including cardiovascular disease, arrhythmias, coronary artery disease, and heart failure. Knowing heart disease risk factors can help you understand your own risk, lower your […]

What is Pulmonary Hypertension?

Hypertension refers to high blood pressure. Pulmonary hypertension refers specifically to high blood pressure in the blood vessels leading from the heart to your lungs. Various health conditions can cause pulmonary hypertension (PH). Pulmonary hypertension must be diagnosed and treated by a medical professional. What is pulmonary hypertension? Normally, the blood pressure in the arteries […]

Healthy Bowel Habits for Good GI Health

Maintaining good GI health goes beyond just eating the right foods. While diet is certainly important, many of the decisions that you make on a daily basis affect the health of your gastrointestinal tract. Here are a few healthy bowel habits to promote good GI health. Healthy bowel habits Include fiber in your diet; the […]

What Can You Do to Prevent Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the world, and it affects roughly 3 million Americans. There’s no cure for glaucoma, glaucoma can’t be prevented, and the exact causes of glaucoma are unknown. However, there are things that you can do to lower your risk for the disease. About glaucoma Glaucoma is a […]

The Different Types of Arthritis

Arthritis isn’t a single disease or condition. Instead, arthritis refers to pain, swelling, or inflammation of the joints, tissues around the joints, or connective tissues. More than 100 different types of arthritis exist. The most common symptoms of arthritis include pain, stiffness, and limited range of motion, but the exact symptoms depend on the type […]

Things You Might Not Know (And Some That You Most Definitely Do) About Lung Cancer

It’s common knowledge that cigarettes are bad for you; they are the leading cause of lung cancer and they lower your cardiovascular health, respiratory health, and your overall quality of life. However, people still smoke cigarettes and are still being diagnosed with lung cancer in large numbers. This means that it’s still necessary to share […]

When Should You See a Doctor for Sleep Problems

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that one-third of American adults don’t get enough sleep on a regular basis; 35% of U.S. adults get fewer than seven hours of sleep each night. Some people choose to ignore sleep recommendations, but many have sleep problems that prevent getting good quality sleep. Having trouble falling […]

Tips for Healthy Eating and the Holiday Season

Healthy eating during the holiday season is a real challenge. It all starts back in October when the kids bring home those big bags of candy that linger until late November. Then there’s that large turkey dinner complete with rich sauces, savory side dishes, and a well-stocked dessert table. Of course, there are leftovers. Once […]

Welcome Katherine L. Spears, APRN!

Katherine L. Spears, APRN will join the Internal Medicine department at Fayetteville Diagnostic Clinic in December 2019. Medical Associates of Northwest Arkansas is thrilled to welcome her to the MANA team! Katherine graduated from Fayetteville High School in 2004. She graduated in 2007 from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. […]

Who Do You See for Gallstones?

Gallstones don’t always show signs or cause symptoms. It’s possible to have a gallstone, or several gallstones, and not even know. If you do not experience any symptoms, there’s typically no need to treat gallstones. However, if you experience symptoms associated with gallstone complications, you should seek medical care. Talk to your primary care physician […]