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Kearney Clinic, P.C. A TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE IN HEALTH CARE Monday - Friday 8:30 P.M. - 5 P.M. • Saturday 8:30 P.M. - 12 P.M.

Important Signs/Symptoms TO DISCUSS WITH YOUR DOCTOR 1. Unexplained Weight Loss – if you’ve lost up to 10% of your weight over the last six months without special dieting. 2. Persistent or High Fever – if you’ve had a fever for more than three days or have a high fever of 103 F or higher. 3. Shortness of Breath – if you’re not able to get your breath or if you’re gasping for air or wheezing. Also, feeling breathless when lying down is a symptom to talk about with your physician. 4. Unexplained Changes in Bowel Habits – bloody, black or tarry-colored stools; persistent diarrhea or constipation; unexplained urges to have a bowel movement.

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SCREENINGS You’re feeling great. So why see a doctor? Because health screenings can detect problems early — and may save your life. Here’s a guide to preventative tests that could help. • Blood Pressure Check All adults should have regular checks of their weight, blood pressure and cholesterol level, all leading risk factors in heart disease. • Blood Cholesterol Levels • Colorectal Cancer Screening More than 56,000 Americans die from cancer of the colon or rectum each year. Many of the deaths could have been prevented with early detection. Adults, age 50 and older, should be screened regularly. • Prostate Cancer Screening For men age 50 and over, the doctor may recommend a digital rectal exam and an annual prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test. Your doctor may also request the following routine tests: •Complete blood count •Urinalysis, which checks your sugar level to detect diabetes, your protein to assess kidney function and bacteria to detect infection

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Good Cholesterol? Bad Cholesterol? IT’S CONFUSING!

But here’s the skinny. Cholesterol is a soft, waxy type of fat found in your blood and every cell in your body. It’s normal for you to have it and necessary for your health. But too much cholesterol in your blood can lead to heart disease and a heart attack or stroke. Your doctor will recommend blood tests that reveal your total cholesterol as well as your LDL and HDL levels. The American Academy of Family Physicians recommends that men be screened beginning at age 35 and women at 45. If your total level is higher than 200, your LDL is 130 or higher, or your HDL is lower than 40, you really need to take action. Changing your eating habits may help lower your LDL cholesterol number. If diet and lifestyle changes don’t bring your cholesterol numbers into line within three to six months, your doctor may prescribe medication.

Did You Know? There are “good” (HDL) and “bad” (LDL) types of cholesterol. Both forms are carried through your blood wrapped in special proteins called Lipoproteins. The more LDL cholesterol you have in your blood, the higher your risk of heart disease.

Monday - Friday 6 P.M.-8 P.M. With Extended Hours into Sunday 1 P.M.-4 P.M. the Evenings and Weekends. 211 West 33rd Street • Kearney, NE • 308-865-2141 • Appointment Line: 308-698-1576 • www.kearneyclinic.com


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