About Altru Health System

Altru Health System is a community-owned, non-profit, integrated health system headquartered in Grand Forks, ND. With more than 180 physician on staff throughout our main campus and regional clinics, we offer comprehensive medical services in all areas of primary care, including family medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, and internal medicine. Our specialists, trained in more that 40 areas, offer expertise and peace of mind when dealing with complex medical issues.

Heart Conditions that Run in the Family | Know Your Risk

Most people are aware that heart disease runs in the family. But when should you have concerns regarding your own heart health?

“One of the most common heart conditions we see that carries a higher risk for family members is …

What Foods & Exercises Are Safe During Pregnancy?

There’s a lot to consider when you learn you’re expecting. Plans for baby names, nurseries, safety, feeding and other exciting changes likely fill the minds of expectant mothers. With all the excitement on the horizon, it can be a challenge …

Reduce Stress to Manage Diabetes

Life is stressful at times for everyone. And, if you are one of the millions of people living with diabetes, stress often equals more problems.

Diabetes is a chronic disease that interferes with the body’s ability to regulate blood glucose …

Ease Your Mind about Heart Surgery with These Tips for Prep and Recovery

It is understandable to be nervous, anxious or confused about a surgery. That is why the heart and vascular team at Altru takes time to meet with patients on multiple occasions prior to surgery, along with sending you home with …

The Scoop on Poop: What’s Normal, What’s Not

Poop. There, I said it. It’s not a fun thing to talk about, but if we are healthy, our poop should be, too. Let’s move beyond the awkwardness and into the important stuff. Here’s what you need to know to …

The Coconut Oil Controversy

“72 percent of Americans think that coconut oil is a healthy oil to be used for cooking , yet only 37 percent of nutrition experts agree.” -The New York Times 

Coconut Oil

There are three kinds of people in this world. People …

The Location of Your Headache Can Help Treat It

HeadacheAny headache is a bad headache, but a slight adjustment may fix it. With Over 150 different kinds of headaches known, these annoyances have numerous ways to interrupt your day and make it difficult or nearly impossible to concentrate.

“Tension …