A New Path For Dr. Kramer

Dear Patients, It is with mixed emotions that I am announcing a transition in my career.  Following recent life events, I have made the decision to step back from office-based clinical care and commit full time to emergency medicine.  While I have been blessed with the opportunity to work in both of these settings for 16 . . . 

Health Threats From High Blood Pressure

artery damage aneurysm coronary artery disease heart attack peripheral artery disease heart failure enlarged heart muscle stroke dementia kidney failure vision problems impotence in men decreased sex drive in women bone loss sleep apnea

RevUp with personalized care management

RevUp is a new program the Professional Staff at Mineral Point Medical Center has endorsed to assist in better managing your health.  This is a Medicare benefit for patients who have Medicare as their primary insurance and have 2 or more chronic illnesses.  Enrollment can be with an introductory phone call from our office phone number (689-987-2346) or by simply asking our reception staff.  . . . 

The Benefits of Walking

As little as 5.5 miles per week can reduce risk for heart attacks, strokes, and heart failure by 31%. Women who walk 30 minutes per day cut risk of stroke by 20-40%. 10,ooo steps = about 5 miles Ideally, you should walk fast enough to be slightly out of breath. Brisk walking is just as . . . 

15 Cancer Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

new or changing skin spots chronic cough in a smoker, especially if coughing up blood breast changes bloating that doesn’t resolve urinary problems in men swollen lymph nodes blood in the stool testicle changes trouble swallowing unusual vaginal bleeding non-healing mouth sores weight loss of 10# or more without trying fevers that won’t resolve chronic heartburn . . . 

Laughter Is The Best Medicine

It releases the feel good brain chemicals dopamine and endorphins. In social situations we use it to show others we like them. Ten to fifteen minutes of laughter can burn up to 40 calories. It may help relax your arteries and increase blood flow. The endorphins help decrease the sensations of pain. It lowers stress hormones like . . . 

The Most Germy Public Places

swimming pools gyms restaurant menus fruit wedges water fountain soap dispensers shopping carts elevator buttons hotel rooms playgrounds ATM

The Germiest Things You Touch

cellphone remote control computer keyboard dish sponge toothbrush holder anything in the office break room dog toys money your office coffee cup purse ATM shopping carts soap dispensers cloth hand towels birthday cake after the candles are blown out

Influenza vs. The Common Cold

Signs and Symptoms Influenza Cold Symptom onset Abrupt Gradual Fever Usual; lasts 3-4 days Rare Aches Usual; often severe Slight Chills Fairly common Uncommon Fatigue, weakness Usual Sometimes Sneezing Sometimes Common Stuffy nose Sometimes Common Sore throat Sometimes Common Chest discomfort, cough Common; can be severe Mild to moderate; hacking cough Headache Common Rare Influenza . . . 

15 Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

chest pain lasting longer than a couple minutes or that returns shortness of breath vision problems like double vision, blurry vision, or loss of vision burns with blisters, splotchy skin, charred or white areas, or > 3 inches in size vomiting for > 24 hours or with presence of blood head injury with loss of consciousness, . . .