Heart Disease: What Is and Isn’t in Your Control

heart-disease-in-control-tipsBeating an average of 115,200 beats per day, hearts provide the lifeblood of oxygen and nutrients to keep our bodies alive and well. A lot goes on in those four little chambers.

Dr. Rabeea Aboufakher, section chief of cardiology …

Colonoscopy: Real Questions, Real Answers from Altru’s Gastroenterology Providers

Colonscopy QuestionsFriend: What’d you get for your 50th birthday?

You: I got a colonoscopy!

Probably not the answer your friend was looking for.

While a colonoscopy isn’t as exciting as a new gadget or as fancy as a new piece …

What if you had Hepatitis C and didn’t know it?

Hepatits C“She turned bright yellow,” he said. “It was the scariest thing I’d ever seen.”

Gerald “Jerry” Kagg first learned about Hepatitis C when his then-girlfriend was diagnosed. Hepatitis C is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV) …

Altru’s Diabetes Center Offers Legislative Health Screens for Sixth Consecutive Session

On January 20-21, 2015, Dr. James Brosseau, Ann Mason, Susan Streitz, Renee Barry, Jill Kroke and Janet Sherette represented Altru Health System at the State Capitol in Bismarck. The group of six from Altru’s Diabetes Center provided …

Positive Changes in Altru’s Emergency Room

AmbulanceWhen you think of emergency services, what comes to mind?

Sirens flashing? Patients rushing into the emergency room? Maybe a scene from your favorite medical drama on TV?

When we think of emergency services at Altru, we think about the …

Attacking Cancer at All Angles

“It’s about focusing on the fight and not the fright.”

-Robin Roberts 

The new linear accelerator at Altru Cancer Center advances the fight against cancer. The high-tech machine attacks cancer cells at all angles, from head to toe and everything …

Making History at Altru Specialty Center

For 120 years, we’ve brought specialists together, added services and grown to meet our region’s needs. Now, with 14 locations in the Grand Cities, convenient health care is right around the corner.

One such location is Altru Specialty Center. …

Honoring Jim, My Stepdad and Best Friend, during Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

I began a new career as a registered nurse at Altru Health System in October 2008. I started at Altru’s Endoscopy Center. Within two weeks, I had personal family knowledge of the importance of screening colonoscopy for people when …