Routine tests

A big part of keeping healthy is making sure you’re both physically and mentally well. Our experts give advice on what you should be getting routinely checked.

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Cardiology

How to promote good cholesterol (and lower the bad)

‘Cholesterol is a difficult subject,’ says Dr Karlien Bezuidenhout, a GP at Mediclinic Hoogland. ‘For instance, while high total cholesterol is often associated with obesity, some overweight people have low

Cancer

Don’t ignore these unusual signs of potentially serious conditions

Fatty deposits around your eyes? Skin discolouration? Pale nails? Here are a few symptoms you should get checked out – even if they seem insignificant. Many symptoms have been linked

Cancer

Essential health screenings for women

Health screenings for women become more important as you age, not less. Here’s how to pre-empt potential medical problems with a proactive approach PAP SMEAR ▶ To test for human

Cancer

HPV vaccination: Your second best defence

HPV is the virus that causes cervical cancer – the second most prevalent cancer among women after breast cancer. Over 99% of all cervical cancers are caused by persistent infection of high-risk types of HPV. We chat to two Mediclinic experts about who should be vaccinated, when and why.

Cancer

The HPV vaccination process

HPV (Human Papillomavirus) is a viral infection that can cause cervical cancer. Although sexually transmitted, penetrative sex is not required – the virus can also be transmitted through skin-to-skin genital contact.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
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Healthy Life

When a cough becomes a medical emergency

A lingering cough is perhaps one of the most common human ailments. There seems to be no escaping some form of “hack”, either voluntarily or involuntarily.

Babies (up to 1 year)

This is how your hearing changes as you age

Ever noticed how older people don’t hear so well, while some children hear perfectly well, but never listen? Science shows how our hearing develops – and then slowly degenerates – as we age.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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  • The only one in Africa and one of only 13 in the world, the P-I BrÅnemark Institute of Excellence at Mediclinic Morningside, specialises in facial reconstruction.
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  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
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  • An orange has over 170 different phytonutrients and more than 60 flavonoids, providing anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour and blood clot-inhibiting effects.
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  • We use a yacht-mast design for our cabling and keep it safely wound up in our trauma pedestals to avoid any accidents.
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  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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  • Nurses can observe patients at all times as critical care units are designed like a beehive with the nurses’ station in the middle.
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  • Our radio-translucent theatre beds enable X-rays to be taken on the spot, without having to move the patient or disturb the procedure.
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Pregnancy

Foetal assessment scans, explained

Seeing your baby for the first time on an ultrasound scan is such a special moment. Plus, you get to take baby’s first pictures home. Dr Lou Pistorius, Ob-Gyn and perinatologist at Mediclinic Panorama, explains the purpose of foetal assessment scans, the ideal time to have them and why they’re important.

Healthy Life

The easiest New Year’s health resolution, ever

Yes, you should lose weight, give up smoking and hit the gym, but committing to annual check-ups should be top of the list. A Mediclinic expert explains more.

Healthy Life

A new kind of ray: The history of radiography

In 1895, Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen discovered the X-ray and presented his manuscript, On a New Kind of Ray, to the Würzburg Physical Medical Institute. We look at how technology has advanced since then.

Diabetes

Free diabetes screenings dates and details

This November Mediclinic encourages you to #CheckWhatMatters and with a free blood glucose and blood pressure test at participating Mediclinic hospitals.

Cancer

Is a mastectomy required or are there other options for breast cancer?

Breast cancer is a treatable disease and early diagnosis significantly improves the survival rate.  Many women now have the option of preserving their breasts. Dr Mariza Tunmer, a specialist radiation oncologist at the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre, explains non-surgical treatment options.

Diabetes

7 Eye tests that look at more than just your vision

When you go to the optometrist because you’re having trouble seeing, a vision test is usually conducted. This test assesses how well you can see and your ability to discern objects. However, many eye conditions and diseases present no symptoms, so there’s a range of tests available to see what your eyes can’t. An ophthalmologist and an eye surgeon explain.

Cancer

Colorectal cancer, know the symptoms

Colorectal cancer is the fourth most prominent cancer in South Africa and the sixth most lethal. Dr Mariza Tunmer, a specialist radiation oncologist at the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre, explains what we should know.

Cancer

A guide to the benefits and limits of radiology tests

Radiology plays a major role in medical care as it allows patients to be diagnosed and treated for disease and injuries without having to undergo explorative surgery just to see inside the body. Diagnostic radiologist Dr John-Henry Corbett, of Van Dyk & Partners based at Mediclinic Bloemfontein, takes us through the benefits, advancements and risks.

Cancer

Cervical cancer: Your risks, preventative measures, and treatment by stages

Cervical cancer is the most prevalent form of cancer affecting SA women. Yet too many women have questions: what is your risk, how does it develop, and how is it treated? Mediclinic pathologist Dr Izak Loftus explains.

Cardiology

Good vs. Bad cholesterol: how do they affect the heart?

There is a common misconception that all cholesterol is bad for you. But that’s not always true. Two Mediclinic experts offer a closer look at the various types of cholesterol, as well as solutions to prevent cholesterol-related heart attacks.

Cardiology

Can this one test predict your heart attack risk?

High levels of C-reactive protein could indicate inflammation in your blood vessels, says a Mediclinic physician and rheumatologist.

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