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MEDICAL GUIDE INDEX Pediatric Center of Ottawa............................. 2 AudiTorri Associates......................................... 2 Healthchek....................................................... 3 North Central Behavioral Health Systems...... 4 Streator Hearing Care...................................... 4 Illinois Valley Community Hospital.................. 5 Illinois Retina & Eye Associates....................... 6 Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers............ 7 Mark Weinhold, DDS......................................... 8 Ottawa Pavilion................................................ 9 Gailey Eye Clinic.............................................10

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St. Margaret’s Health/ Ear, Nose & Throat Center............................11 Illinois Valley Center for Independent Living/ Personal Assistant........................................12 Christie Clinic/Vein & Vascular Center.........13 Streator Drugs/The Pharmacy Stop..............14 Illinois Valley Center for Independent Living..14 Liberty Village of Streator...............................15 Dr William Vesely.............................................17 Pleasant View.................................................17 Schott’s Pharmacy.........................................19 Finkelstein Eye Associates..............................19 OSF Health Care............................................21

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Morris Hospital Cardiovascular Specialists Syed Ahmed, M.D. Mary Gordon, D.O. Muhammad Marwali, M.D. Athar Saeed, M.D. 1404 Aquarius Circle, Suite A Ottawa, IL 61350 815-705-1000

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Dr. Mark Weinhold, DDS 1 E. County Line Rd., Suite A Sandwich, IL 60548 815-786-2185

Finkelstein Eye Associates Gary Finkelstein MD, Robert Pode, DO 102 W. Elm St. Streator, IL 61364 815-672-4600 1915 4th St. Peru, IL 61301 815-223-1112

Healthchek, LLC The Pharmacy Stop 113 W. Michigan St. Ottawa, IL 61350 800-915-4583

Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers 150 W. High Street Morris, IL 60450 815-942-2932

Healthchek, LLC Streator Drugs 109 E. Main St. Streator, IL 61364 800-915-4583


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EAR, NOSE & THROAT St. Margaret’s Ear, Nose & Throat Center Dale Chilson, DO, FAOCO, Board Certified in Otolaryngology, Head & Neck, Facial Plastic Surgery 4040 Progress Boulevard, Peru (815) 224-3040

Morris Hospital Ottawa Campus Paulo Aranas, M.D. Hassnain Syed, M.D. Angela Todd, N.P. 1306 Gemini Circle, Suite 1 Ottawa, IL 61350 815-433-9200 Newark Healthcare Center of Morris Hospital Jennifer Frye, Nurse Practitioner 5 N. Johnson St. Newark, IL 60541 815-695-5042 St. Margaret’s Midtown Health Center Grant Reed, DO Board Certified in Family Medicine 1650 Midtown Road, Peru (815) 223-2807

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Marseilles Healthcare Center of Morris Hospital Lloyd Flatt, M.D. 580 Sycamore St. Marseilles, IL 61341 815-795-2122

Healthchek, LLC The Pharmacy Stop 113 W. Michigan St. Ottawa, IL 61350 800-915-4583

MEDICAL EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES The Pharmacy Stop 113 W. Michigan St. Ottawa, IL 61350 815-434-5355 1614 E. Norris Dr. Ottawa, IL 61350 815-433-4666 Streator Drugs 109 E. Main St. Streator, IL 61364 815-672-2968

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Morris Hospital Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialists Victoria Ochoa, O.D. Douglas Toussaint, D.O. 1300 Starfire Dr. Ottawa, IL 61350 815-324-9700 St. Margaret’s Obstetrics and Gynecology Center Donna Sweetland, MD Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology 1436 Midtown Road, Peru (815) 220-3111

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OPHTHALMOLOGY / OPHTHALMOLOGISTS Finkelstein Eye Associates Gary Finkelstein MD, Robert Pode, DO 102 W. Elm St. Streator, IL 61364 815-672-4600 1915 4th St. Peru, IL 61301 815-223-1112 Illinois Retina Eye Associates Kamal Kishore, MD 3602 Marquette Rd. Peru, IL 61354 815-223-7400

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ORTHOPEDICS/ ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY IVCH Streator Orthopedics U.K. Sinha, MD 501 Oakley Avenue Streator, IL 61364 Phone: 815-672-2829 St. Margaret’s Family Orthopedic Center Paul Perona, MD,h Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Fellowship Trained in Adult Joint Reconstructive Surgery 600 East First Street, Spring Valley (815) 663-8009

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Morris Hospital Ottawa Campus Melissa Hill, M.D. 1306 Gemini Circle, Suite 1 Ottawa, IL 61350 815-433-9200

The Pharmacy Stop 113 W. Michigan St. Ottawa, IL 61350 815-434-5355 1614 E. Norris Dr. Ottawa, IL 61350 815-433-4666

Liberty Village 2322 Eastwood Ave. Streator, IL 61364 815-672-1900

Marseilles Healthcare Center Darakhshan Anjum, M.D. Ian Best, M.D. 580 Sycamore St. Marseilles, IL 61341 815-795-2122 Pediatrics Center Amar L. Dave MD Pahroul Dave APN 1209 Starfire Dr. Ste 1 Ottawa, IL 61350 815-434-2115

Schotts Pharmacy 800 W. Bluff St. Marseilles, IL 61341 815-795-2700 Streator Drugs 109 E. Main St. Streator, IL 61364 815-672-2968

Ottawa Pavilion 704 E. Glover St. Ottawa, IL 61350 815-431-4900 Pleasant View 505 College Ave. Ottawa, IL 61350 815-434-1130

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RETINA VITREOUS Illinois Retina & Eye Associates Kamal Kishore, MD 3602 Marquette Rd. Peru, IL 61354 815-223-7400

RETIREMENT CENTER Liberty Village 2322 Eastwood Ave. Streator, IL 61364 815-672-1900 Ottawa Pavilion 704 E. Glover St. Ottawa, IL 61350 815-431-4900

Pleasant View 505 College Ave. Ottawa, IL 61350 815-434-1130

SOCIAL & HUMAN SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS Illinois Valley Center For Independent Living 18 Gunia Drive, Suite 1 LaSalle, IL 61301 815-224-3126

SUBSTANCE ABUSE North Central Behavioral Health Systems 2960 Chartres Street LaSalle, IL 61301 815-224-1610

SURGERY Illinois Retina & Eye Associates Kamal Kishore, MD 3602 Marquette Rd. Peru, IL 61354 815-223-7400

WALK-IN CARE Morris Hospital Immediate Care 100 W. Gore Road Morris, IL 60450 815-364-8919

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Heart palpitations: Are they dangerous? Morris Hospital At one time or another, almost everyone has felt their heart flutter. This feeling is common considering millions of people report each year they’ve felt their heart “skip a beat.” Heart palpitations can occur in anyone regardless of gender, age or outward physical appearance, according to Dr. Muhammed Marwali, a cardiologist with Morris Hospital Cardiovascular Specialists. “Palpitations usually stem from a rapid heartbeat, also known as tachycardia,” Dr. Marwali said. “The patient feels the heart racing or fluttering, and the experience is sometimes accompanied by dizziness, lightheadedness, fatigue, shortness of breath and even loss of consciousness. Symptoms can also be accompanied by chest pain or discomfort, and they can last minutes, hours or even days.”

Heart palpitations aren’t usually harmful, but they may indicate something serious if they are recurring and getting worse. It’s especially important to see a cardiologist if chest pain is present or loss of consciousness occurs. “Depending on the severity of the symptoms, people should call 911 for medical help,” Dr. Marwali said. “If symptoms aren’t severe, they can consult with a cardiologist.”

A heart attack is typically characterized by more noticeable chest pain and shortness of breath. Dr. Marwali, who specializes in electrophysiology, offers complete cardiac diagnostic tests to differentiate between heart palpitations and a heart attack. “We utilize heart monitors, loop recorders, echocardiograms, electrophysiology studies, and tilt table tests,” he added. “We offer medical therapy treatments, and if necessary, invasive procedures such as catheter ablations.”

Heart palpitations are usually caused by stress and anxiety, illegal drugs or medical conditions such as thyroid disease, low blood sugar, dehydration and anemia. Too much caffeine, nicotine, or alcohol can also cause your heart to beat faster for Dr. Marwali sees patients at the Morris Hospital Cardiovasa period of time, as can prolonged physical activity or sensitiv- cular Specialists office in Ottawa, located at 1404 Aquarius ity to certain foods. Circle, Suite A. For more information, call (815) 705-1300.

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Lifeline Medical Alert Program offers peace of mind Wouldn’t it be great to have a way to contact help immediately if you fell or unexpectedly became ill? The Lifeline Medical Alert Program, a service offered through Morris Hospital, allows seniors, the disabled, those with chronic conditions, and anyone who wants access to immediate help if needed, to have peace of mind that they can live safely and independently in their home. Morris Hospital has offered the Lifeline service since 1985, with great success. “Most of our patients’ number one fear is falling,” said Tina Carter, Manager of the Lifeline Program at Morris Hospital. “Lifeline gives them reassurance that they can easily summon for help if they were to fall or become suddenly ill. For many of our subscribers, this is the key to being able to remain active and live independently.” The Lifeline Alert Program offers several options. The Personal Help Button can be worn as a pendant or on a wristband; both are completely waterproof, so they can be worn in the shower.

“We have a new option that is great for travelers or those who are away from home from time to time,” added Carter. “Our ‘Go Safe’ program is a mobile help button that can be used anywhere. It has a cellular component with a GPS locator, and switches to WiFi if it’s available.” Subscribers get to choose their call list; they can have 911 be the first call made by Lifeline, or they can choose family members or neighbors. “This service is wonderful,” said Carter. “It’s very easy to use, and it relieves worrying for both subscribers and family members. You wouldn’t ride in a car without a seatbelt for protection; Lifeline Alert gives a similar peace of mind, and offers immediate medical assistance if needed.” For more information, please visit ww.morrishospital. org/lifeline, or call (815) 705-7251. Morris Hospital

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Specialized treatment can relieve lymphedema swelling Individuals with lymphedema suffer from a disruption of the lymphatic system that causes swelling in one or more limbs, the trunk, or the neck and face, that doesn’t subside with elevation. Those with untreated or mismanaged symptoms can experience excessive swelling and cellulitis, a potentially serious bacterial skin infection. While this chronic condition isn’t curable, it can be managed with a treatment called Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT). “Treatment begins with manual lymphatic draining, a specific massage technique designed to increase the uptake of fluid by the lymphatic system,” says Valerie Skroch, a Certified Lymphedema Therapist and Physical Therapist with Morris Hospital. “This is followed by skin care and compression bandaging that improves the quality of the skin and tissues, and decreases the size of the affected area. Range of motion exercises are performed to help maintain joint mobility, and a muscle pump helps move the fluid. The goal is to decrease the swollen area, and to transition from a compression bandage to a compression stocking.”

In order to provide CDT treatments, Certified Lymphedema Therapists are required to complete 135 hours of additional training. “Therapy appointments range from 60 to 90 minutes, and can be 2 to 5 times/week, depending on the severity of the lymphedema,” adds Skroch. “The wonderful thing about this treatment is that patients can see a visible change in their swelling after just one visit.” Patients continue therapy until the girth or limb circumference stabilizes and is no longer reducing in size. “At that point, patients are measured and fit with a compression garment to wear every day,” says Skroch. “Our program educates patients how to successfully manage the condition on their own; we also provide information about community resources and prevention strategies.” Patients are encouraged to bring a family member or caregiver to treatment sessions so they can understand the condition and assist patients as needed. For more information, call the Diagnostic & Rehabilitative Center of Morris Hospital at 815-364-8919 and ask to speak to a certified lymphedema therapist. Morris Hospital

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Methods to treating arthritic knees Osteoarthritis of the joints can affect people of all ages, but is one of the leading causes of disability in the aged population in the United States. A study published in the Caspian Journal of Internal Medicine found incidence of knee OA is rising by increasing average age of the general population. Age, weight, trauma, and repetitive movements are common risk factors for the condition. According to Dr. Scott Paris of Central Jersey Spine and Wellness, more than 27 million people in the country suffer from knee arthritis. An estimated 37 percent of Canadians aged 20 or older who had been diagnosed with arthritis reported osteoarthritis, with 29 percent occurring in the knees, states Statistics Canada. Knee arthritis occurs when there is a degeneration of articular cartilage that covers and protects the patella (knee cap) at the knee joint, offers the online resource ArthritisHealth. Since this cartilage has no nerve endings, some people can experience arthritis but feel no pain. However, pain may occur when doing specific activities that cause impact between bones, like jumping, walking up stairs or certain sports. Over time, knee arthritis may become worse, and pain can be accompanied by stiffness and loss of mobility. This may be accompanied by knee locking or buckling. Those who suffer from knee OA may seek treatment. In 2014, the Osteoarthritis Research Society International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting osteoarthritis research and treatment, updated its recommendations for the treatment of osteoarthritis targeted to different patient characteristics. The main categories of treatment include non-drug treatments, medication, injections, and surgery. 路 Non-drug treatments: Examples of non-drug treatments include exercise, stretching and range-of-movement strategies. Weight loss can alleviate excess strain placed on the hips and knees and reduce pain. Braces, sleeves and orthotics may help reduce pain and joint stiffness when directed properly through a specialist. 路 Medications: Many medications are geared around reducing inflammation and pain and include overthe-counter pain relievers and NSAIDs, such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen and naproxen sodium. Topical NSAIDs may be tried, and these can reduce the risk of gastrointestinal side effects from oral medications. OARSI also found that the antidepressant duloxetine may help with chronic knee pain.

路 Injections: The Arthritis Foundation says that some doctors can inject corticosteroid compounds directly into affected joints. Use of hyaluronic acid injections can supplement the natural substance that gives joint fluid its lubrication and viscosity. These injections may help relieve pain and improve mobility. 路 Surgery: In cases when the aforementioned treatments are unsuccessful, doctors may suggest surgery. The Arthritis Foundation says joint lavage and arthroscopic debridement, which involve flushing the joint with a sterile saline solution and the surgical removal of tissue fragments from the joint, are controversial but may help some people achieve short-term relief. Partial knee replacement may be another option that offers a similar improvement in function, but fewer complications than a total knee replacement. Osteoarthritis in the knee can be painful and restrictive. Working with a qualified doctor, individuals can develop a treatment plan that works for their specific conditions.

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Leg Pain Could Mean Blocked Arteries Peripheral Artery Disease, or PAD, impacts millions of Americans, but many don’t know it. PAD is a circulatory condition in which arteries become clogged with fatty deposits called plaque, reducing blood flow to the extremities, most commonly the legs. Dr. Syed Ahmed, interventional cardiologist with Morris Hospital Cardiovascular Specialists, is trained in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of PAD. He says risk for developing PAD increases beginning at age 50 and for those who have other risk factors. “Patients who smoke, or have high cholesterol, diabetes, or high blood pressure are most at risk,” Dr. Ahmed says. The most common symptom of PAD is muscle pain in the lower extremities during activity that subsides with rest. Additional symptoms include sores or wounds, a lower temperature of one extremity compared to the other, poor nail or hair growth, or color changes in the skin.

“We start with medicine to control high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol, and to improve blood flow,” Dr. Ahmed says. “If this fails, we’ll try opening the blockage with a balloon and/or a stent. We also perform a special procedure called an atherectomy, which cleans out the plaque. The last resort is surgery.” If left untreated, PAD is potentially life-threatening. “Prevention and early diagnosis are key,” Dr. Ahmed says. “We recommend that patients at high risk for PAD ask their primary doctor for a referral to a cardiologist, especially if they exhibit symptoms. If they are high risk but don’t show symptoms, they should have a PAD screening, which we offer at Morris Hospital.” To check your risk for PAD, take Morris Hospital’s free, online risk assessment at getcheckednow.

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3 simple ways to a healthier heart Heart disease is a formidable foe. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for approximately 800,000 deaths every year. The Government of Canada notes that heart disease is the second leading cause of death in that country, annually accounting for tens of thousands of deaths. (Note: Canada’s population is slightly more than one-tenth the population of the United States.) While heart disease exacts a devastating toll on the United States and Canada, its reach extends far beyond North America, as the American College of Cardiology notes that cardiovascular disease accounts for 31 percent of all deaths across the globe. In spite of the prevalence of heart disease, men and women are not helpless against it. In fact, there are many ways for men and women to reduce their risk for heart disease.

1. Maintain a healthy weight. The American Heart Association reports that between 60 and 70 percent of Americans are overweight or obese. Carrying around extra weight takes a toll on the body, increasing a person’s risk for heart disease and stroke. Overweight or obese men and women can work with their physicians to develop a plan for effective, long-term weight loss, a plan that will likely include a combination of diet and routine exercise.

2. Understand and manage blood pressure. The AHA notes that high blood pressure, a common condition affecting roughly one in three Americans, is often referred to as “the silent killer” because it does not necessarily produce symptoms. Blood pressure measures the force pushing outward on the walls of blood vessels as they carry blood oxygen to the body’s organs, and the force created as the heart rests between beats. Over time, the arterial walls of people with high blood pressure may become stressed and develop weak spots or scarring that makes them vulnerable to the buildup of plaque. Plaque buildup can increase the risk of blood clots and stroke. Blood pressure can rise as a person ages, so managing blood pressure involves routinely checking it and making certain changes, such as eating healthier foods and exercising more often, if it is high.

3. Control cholesterol levels. High levels of low-density lipoprotein, often referred to as “bad” cholesterol, can increase a person’s risk for heart disease. The AHA notes that excessive amounts of cholesterol can be deposited into the arteries as plaque. When that happens, it leads to a condition known as atherosclerosis, or a narrowing of the inside of the artery walls. That narrowing leads to an increased risk for heart attack and stroke. Men and women should get their cholesterol levels checked at least once every four to six years beginning at age 20. Men and women who have been diagnosed with high cholesterol should recognize that cholesterol is only found in animal products, so a diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains and low in animal products can provide a simple way for men and women to lower their cholesterol. A more thorough and detailed plan to lower cholesterol levels should be discussed with a physician. More information about heart disease and how to combat it can be found at

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What to do if you have stroke symptoms A stroke occurs when the brain’s blood supply is cut off or severely reduced. After several minutes without blood and oxygen, brain cells begin to die. “There are two main types of stroke,” says Isaac Mezo, M.D., Neurologist with Morris Hospital Neurology Specialists. “The most common is an Ischemic stroke, where the blood supply to the brain is cut off, causing brain tissue to die. Less common, but no less scary, is a Hemorrhagic stroke, usually due to uncontrolled high blood pressure or an aneurysm, causing bleeding in the brain.” The symptoms for both types are the same: slurred speech; numbness or tingling in the face, arm, leg, or on one side of the entire body; weakness; or vision loss in one eye. Symptoms will vary from person to person, and can affect just one side, or both sides of the body. “Don’t try to diagnose yourself, just call 911,” Dr. Mezo explains. “Every second your body isn’t getting therapy, brain cells are dying.”

medications can typically restore blood flow to the brain. “Don’t take an aspirin at home if you suspect a stroke, in case it’s the bleeding type,” he adds. An MRI of the brain, imaging of blood vessels to find blockages or plaque, a heart monitor, and an echocardiogram (ultrasound of the heart) are all helpful tools in diagnosing a stroke. Prevention is key, especially to avoid a second stroke. “High blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar must be controlled, and smokers must quit,” says Dr. Mezo, adding, “If symptoms come and go, it could be a TIA, or a warning sign of a stroke to come. This can signal a potential bigger stroke within the next few days. Get checked immediately.” To find out if you’re at risk for stroke, take a free, online stroke risk assessment at

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