Penn Medicine

Our Mission

Penn Medicine is world-renowned for its clinical and research excellence, forging the way for new and better ways to treat illnesses and disorders.  We are dedicated to providing high-quality and leading-edge care and service to our patients and have been a leader in medicine for more than 240 years. Our hospitals have an exceptional record of medical accomplishments and we provide patients with advanced treatment options in many areas including our cancer centers, offering proton therapy, Gamma Knife® and CyberKnife®, and our heart and vascular care program.

Penn Medicine’s three hospitals, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and Pennsylvania Hospital, rank among the nation’s premier medical facilities, combining innovative technology with personalized care from outstanding physicians and staff.  We also have many state-of-the-art outpatient facilities in suburban locations throughout the Greater Philadelphia area to accommodate patients’ needs.

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    How can I avoid workout burnout?

    The best way to avoid workout burnout is to change up your routine, set new goals and try new fitness and strength activities. Trying new ways to burn calories and step out of your comfort zone can be a great way to keep your interest and boost your workout goals. Try training for a race, taking...Read More
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    When should I see a doctor about diarrhea and bloating?

    Diarrhea and bloating are usually caused by bacteria, viruses, parasites, certain medicines, food intolerances and diseases that affect the stomach, small intestine or colon. If you are experiencing chronic diarrhea -- lasting more than three days -- you should see a gastroenterologist, as this may...Read More
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    What happens during a fine-needle aspiration biopsy for lung cancer?

    Fine-needle aspiration (FNA) biopsy of the lung is the removal of tissue or fluid from the lung using a thin needle. A CT scan, ultrasound or other imaging procedure is used to locate the abnormal tissue or fluid in the lung. A small incision may be made in the skin where the biopsy needle is inserted...Read More
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    What treatment is available for low sperm motility?

    Treatment with Clomid may improve a man’s testosterone and in turn improve his semen parameters. He should have semen analysis after three months of treatment to determine if the treatment is working and if his motility has returned to normal. If his count or motility is still low, a fertility sp...Read More
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    What are the risks of being a living kidney donor?

    Kidney donors may experience a slight rise in blood pressure and the development of a small amount of excess protein in the urine following surgery. However, studies have shown that there is no long-term effect on the health of the donor or the remaining kidney. Donors are at no greater risk of d...Read More
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    How can I get motivated to quit smoking?

    Motivation to quit is complicated. It's not because you don't understand how bad smoking is for you. It's not because you don't care about your health. It's because nicotine is a powerfully addictive drug that is capable of motivating us to keep using, more so than even alcohol or heroin. The fact that...Read More
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    Will my health insurance cover concierge medicine?

    Some insurance carriers do not offer in-network coverage for retainer medicine services (concierge medicine). While out-of-network status generally means that your insurer may not cover the full cost of healthcare services provided, some practices adjust their payment policy to minimize impact for...Read More
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    What are the early symptoms of lung cancer?

    Most lung cancers do not cause symptoms until they have grown locally or spread. Any of the following problems should be reported to a doctor. Often these symptoms are caused by something other than cancer, but if lung cancer is found, getting treatment right away can help prevent it from spreading...Read More
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    How can an echocardiogram test for heart failure?

    An echocardiogram is an ultrasound of your heart. Sound waves (sonography) are moved over the heart to show problems with the heart muscle, how well it pumps and the condition of your heart valves and the sac around the heart. A technician moves a handheld scanner over your chest, taking pictures and recording...Read More
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    How can exercise help treat cancer?

    Having cancer and receiving treatment for it changes peoples' bodies. Exercise is one of the best ways for people with cancer to maintain strength, energy, and mobility and cope with cancer-related fatigue.

    Because each diagnosis and treatment is different, people with cancer should find an exercise...Read More
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    How is heart failure treated?

    Most often, your heart failure symptoms can be controlled with medicines, diet and finding the right balance between rest and low-level exercise. With early detection and treatment, there is a good chance you will lead a more normal life. Your heart failure symptoms may come and go or, in a few cases,...Read More
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    How does stress relate to infertility?

    Research shows that not getting pregnant is very stressful but probably does not cause infertility. If stress is keeping you from having intercourse, it may be playing a role. Often an occasional delay in ovulation leading to a delayed period can be due to stress or another life event. However, there...Read More
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    What are the symptoms of heart failure?

    As heart failure gets worse, you may notice some or all of the following symptoms: sudden weight gain (3 to 4 pounds in 1 to 2 days or 2 pounds overnight), swelling of the legs and ankles, swelling/bloating/pain in the belly, trouble sleeping unless propped up on 2 or more pillows, shortness of breath,...Read More
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    What is high blood pressure?

    The left lower chamber (ventricle) of the heart pumps blood into the arteries, which carry the blood to the body. If pressure in the arteries is normal and they stretch easily, there is no extra strain on the left chamber as it pumps. If pressure in the arteries is high, the heart has to pump harder...Read More
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    How does a doctor diagnose amyloidosis?

    Symptoms of amyloidosis are frequently vague and appear similar to those of other common diseases spanning the areas of cardiology, nephrology, neurology, and more.
    Often, it is the presence of many persistent, unrelated symptoms that alert a physician to the possibility of amyloidosis. Left unt...Read More