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Manuals by Allina Health's Patient Education Department

  • Allina Health's Patient Education Department works with experts to educate patients about their health and medical treatment. Our manuals cover many topics.


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    Basic Skills for Living with Diabetes

    Whether you have just been told that you have diabetes or you've had the disease for years, we can help you manage your diabetes. This manual by the Allina Diabetes Education Council includes what people with diabetes need to know.

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    Prediabetes: Reducing Type 2 Diabetes Risk Through a Lifestyle of Good Nutrition and Activity

    This comprehensive manual can help you understand what prediabetes is, if you are at risk for type 2 diabetes, and how to prevent diabetes by making small lifestyle changes.

    Heart disease and heart health


    Helping Your Heart

    The more you know about how your heart works and what you can do to help it work better, the healthier and more in control of your life you'll feel. This award-winning manual can help you do just that.

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    Heart Failure

    Although heart failure cannot be cured, it can be managed through diet, exercise and medicine. That is why Allina experts developed this guide to living and succeeding with heart failure.

    Pregnancy and parenting

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    Beginnings: Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond

    This award-winning guide to pregnancy describes what to expect during pregnancy, how to prepare for labor, what to expect during recovery, and how to care for a newborn. It also includes detailed worksheets, forms, checklists and a resources section.

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    Gestational Diabetes: When You Have Diabetes during Pregnancy

    Unlike other forms of diabetes, gestational diabetes lasts only as long as you are pregnant. This manual can help you understand what's happening to your body, how gestational diabetes is affecting you and your baby, and how it can be controlled.

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    Guide for the Care of Children: Ages Birth to 5

    This guide can help answer your questions about infant/baby care, infections, diseases and allergies, safety precautions and emergencies, well checkups, as well as other issues parents usually face.


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    Understanding Stroke

    If you have had a stroke or are caring for someone who had a stroke, we can help.


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    Surgery: What You Need to Know

    This manual can help ease your mind about having an operation by letting you know what to expect before surgery and after surgery.

    Colon rectal surgery coverUnderstanding Your Colon or Rectal Surgery

    This manual will walk you through what to expect if you are having colon or rectal surgery and can help you prepare for surgery and guide you through recovery.

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    Heart Transplant

    This manual gives basic information about having a heart transplant. The goal of the heart transplant is to add years to your life and improve the quality of your life.

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    Hip Replacement

    Is age, injury or disease limiting your ability to walk, climb stairs and do other activities? If so, you may be a candidate for hip replacement surgery. This manual provides advice and information about the procedure including what you can expect before and after surgery.

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    Preparing for Your Hysterectomy

    How do you make your surgery a positive and meaningful experience? This manual was developed to: increase your general knowledge of a hysterectomy, help you prepare for surgery and guide you through recovery.

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    Kidney Transplant

    This manual gives basic information about having a kidney transplant and choosing to donate a kidney. The first section is for kidney transplant recipients. The second section is for living kidney donors.

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    Knee Replacement

    If knee discomfort is limiting your ability to participate in activities you enjoy, you may be a candidate for this surgery. This advice and information in this manual can help you decide.

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    Understanding Your Spine Surgery

    This manual will help prepare you for spine surgery and guide you through recovery. Read the entire book before your surgery and jot down any questions you have for your health care provider, as you go along.

    Weight management

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    Allina Health Weight Management Medical Program

    Learn about weight loss through non-surgical means.

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    Allina Health Weight Management Surgery Program

    Learn about surgical weight loss including before- and after-surgery guidelines.