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Swedish is the largest, most comprehensive non-profit health provider in the Greater Seattle area.  It includes five hospital campuses and Swedish Medical Group – a network of primary-care and specialty clinics.  In addition to general medical and surgical care, Swedish is known as a regional referral center, providing specialized treatment in areas such as neurological care, digestive health, cardiovascular care, orthopedics, cancer care, high-risk obstetrics, pediatric specialties, organ transplantation and clinical research.



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    What is Barrett's esophagus?

    A serious complication of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is Barrett's esophagus, a condition where the lining of the lower esophagus is replaced with a lining that is similar to the stomach. This change is called metaplasia, which usually forms after years of dealing with acid reflux. It is thought...Read More
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    Who is at high risk for developing colorectal cancer?

    People at high risk for colorectal cancer include those who have already had colon polyps, those who have had breast or female genital cancer, people whose parents or siblings have had colorectal polyps or cancer, and those who have had inflammatory bowel disease for a long time. Read More
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    What are the treatment options for a brain aneurysm?

    Brain aneurysms (also called cerebral aneurysms) are not always treated immediately. Sometimes, if the aneurysm is very small and is not leaking, your doctor may prefer to monitor it for a while, especially if there are other medical conditions that need to be managed. Your doctor may recommend imaging...Read More
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    What is a brain aneurysm?

    A brain aneurysm (also called a cerebral aneurysm) is a blister-like bulge in a weak part of a blood vessel in the brain. It can go unnoticed for a long time. In fact, 1% to 6% of Americans have an aneurysm they don't know about. If left untreated, however, the pressure of the blood causes that area of the wall of the blood vessel to become even weaker, which allows the aneurysm to grow. Eventually the aneurysm may burst, which causes a stroke.             &...Read More
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    How can I reduce constipation during pregnancy?

    The normal hormonal changes of pregnancy, pressure from the growing baby on the intestines and iron supplements all contribute to constipation. If you are suffering from constipation, try drinking more water and eating more fresh fruits and vegetables, bran and whole grains. Moderate exercise such...Read More
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    What are Braxton Hicks contractions?

    During the third trimester, you will probably start to feel some mild contractions. Your abdomen will get hard and tight, then relax and soften. These irregular and mild contractions, called Braxton-Hicks contractions, help prepare your body for labor. Changing position, increasing fluids and resting...Read More
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    What can I expect when I have a mammogram?

    Before a mammogram, you will be escorted to the dressing room by one of the breast center staff. You will be instructed to undress from the waist up. The staff will provide you a gown to wear. Please have the opening in the front of the body. You will be given a wipe to remove any deodorant, powder...Read More
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    How is hormone therapy used to treat prostate cancer?

    The goal of hormone therapy, which lowers levels of testosterone that causes prostate-cancer cells to grow, is sometimes to cure the cancer, such as when combined with radiation, but more often it is given to suppress the cancer and prolong survival when the cancer has advanced beyond the point where...Read More
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    What are the benefits of breastfeeding?

    The benefits of breast milk are significant. In addition to providing the best possible nutrition for babies, it also boosts their immune systems, so they will have fewer respiratory and gastrointestinal infections. Breastfeeding also reduces the incidence and severity of allergies, which can be...Read More
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    What is the amniotic fluid index?

    An amniotic fluid index (AFI) ultrasound is used to measure the amount of fluid surrounding your baby. Amniotic fluid protects your baby and aids in development. An AFI ultrasound is used to identify abnormal amniotic fluid levels that could lead to birth defects or pregnancy complications. Read More
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    How should I manage my GERD?

    Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can be managed in many different ways, depending on a patient's preference and the seriousness of the condition. Possible management methods include treatment with a variety of medications, experimental endoscopic treatment, or surgery. The list of medicines...Read More
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    What should I bring to the hospital when I give birth?

    Having a bag packed and ready to go helps eliminate unnecessary confusion and stress when the time comes to leave for the hospital. Here are suggestions on what to pack for labor and childbirth:
    • A copy of your birth plan
    • CDs and/or cassette tapes of favorite relaxing music
    • A personal focal
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    What is diverticulosis?

    Diverticulosis is a term that refers to having pockets in the colon, and it is a common condition in North America.

    These pockets form in the colon as patients get older and occur in more than 50% of Americans by age 65, and almost all Americans by age 80. These pockets, or diverticula, cannot...Read More
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    Should I have surgery to treat my GERD?

    Surgery is a well-established treatment for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) that has been shown in research trials to be as good as twice-daily medical therapy, if not better for long-term GERD management. Surgery may be the best option for those who don't want to take medications for the rest...Read More
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    Is gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) a serious condition?

    Although gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is not considered a serious condition, its impact on one's quality of life is quite detrimental. GERD can affect many areas of life, including sleeping habits, social life, enjoyment of foods, and a person's overall sense of well-being. GERD can have a...Read More