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Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Can Help You Live Longer

Published June 27, 2012

Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Can Help You Live Longer By Jeff Harr Cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs were originally developed to help people recover from major life altering health problems. Cardiac rehab was developed for those people who had heart attacks, coronary artery bypass surgery, heart valve surgery, or coronary artery stenting. Pulmonary rehab was developed to help those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis or lung cancer. [caption id="attachment_2198" align="alignright" width="225"] Jeff Harr, RCEP[/caption] Cardiac and pulmonary...

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Speech Therapy Makes for Lasting Memories

Published June 19, 2012

SPEECH THERAPY MAKES FOR LASTING MEMORIES By Claire Markey Much of a speech language pathologist’s work in a hospital setting is centered on language and cognition. In the past the population served was primarily geriatric patients who had strokes or brain injuries from illnesses such as brain cancer or dementia. Presently, the adult population includes more adults at a younger age who either have had accidents at work or have suffered a head injury doing some of the more adventurous activities that people like to do, such as snowmobiling, downhill skiing, horseback riding, etc. [caption id="attachment_5263" align="alignright" wid...

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What do you do when the world is spinning?

Published June 15, 2012

What do you do when the world is spinning? By Eileen Casey You roll over in bed or you bend over to tie your shoes and suddenly you feel like the whole room is spinning around you. You feel nauseous and unbalanced afterwards. [caption id="attachment_5233" align="alignright" width="233" caption="Eileen Casey"][/caption] You’re not alone. Every year millions of people in the U.S. develop vertigo, a spinning sensation in your head that can be very disturbing. Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), or vertigo brought on by position changes, is the most common type of vertigo. It is estimated that 9 out of every 100 adults are af...

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Occupational Therapists on the Job to Help You Play

Published June 5, 2012

Chris Vitello Occupational Therapists on the Job to Help You Play By Chris Vitello I can’t tell you how frequently I explain that Occupational Therapy doesn’t apply solely to job-related injuries. In the rehabilitative services world, “occupation” is a synonym for everyday activities. A hobby like tending the garden is an occupation as is getting dressed or cooking a meal. The role of the occupational therapist is very much like a guidance counselor for an injury. We help the patient get back to doing what he or she likes to do or needs to do—not just get back to work. [caption id="attachment_5151" align="alignright" width="300"] Chris Vit...

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Aquatic Therapy Gives Some Patients a Leg Up in Rehab

Published May 31, 2012

Aquatic Therapy Gives Some Patients a Leg Up in Rehab By Carol Bailey Water has been used for healing purposes for centuries. Because the human body is primarily composed of water, it feels like a natural place for many people in need of rehabilitation from injury or to help manage chronic pain conditions. Aquatic therapy continues to evolve as an option within the world of physical therapy. It is important for people to understand whether or not it’s a viable treatment option for their particular condition. There are documented uses of water in medicine dating as far back at 1500 B.C., when it was used to combat fever. Prior to beco...

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No Soft Landing with P.A.D.

Published May 25, 2012

No Soft Landing with P.A.D. By Marcy Rushford Peripheral Artery Disease (P.A.D.) is a condition that frequently goes undiagnosed until it is in the advanced stages of the illness. But there is a fairly simple test that can help detect P.A.D. during the early stages and hopefully prevent some of the potentially fatal consequences. [caption id="attachment_4905" align="alignright" width="300"] Marcy Rushford[/caption] P.A.D. stems from a build-up of plaque along the arterial walls of the body. The plaque reduces blood flow, especially when a person is exerting themselves physically. A person with P.A.D. may feel pain or numbness in her...

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Understanding Risks Key to Preventing Heart Disease

Published May 18, 2012

Mark Burke, MD Understanding Risks Key to Preventing Heart Disease By R. Mark Burke Following is part two of a two-part column about heart disease prevention and treatment. Among the many issues a cardiologist must deal with, the one most people understand is a “heart attack,” or myocardial infarction (MI), a sudden obstruction of blood flow to a portion of the heart, which if not relieved, can be fatal. Each year, 1 million Americans suffer a heart attack and about half of them do not survive. While most people understandably fear cancer, an MI and its consequences are worse, causing more fatalities and more incapacity and disability. [captio...

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The Cardiologist as ‘Life Consultant’

Published May 11, 2012

Mark Burke, MD The Cardiologist as ‘Life Consultant’ By R. Mark Burke, MD, FACC Following is part one of a two-part column about heart disease prevention and treatment. Although the work of a cardiologist is centered on the heart beating in the chest, it turns out that an essential piece of that work centers on the figurative heart, as well. There’s a great deal that happens around the heart which has nothing directly to do with the pumping of blood to our brain and vital organs, but which has an enormous amount to do with our overall well-being and the health of our hearts. In the end, it’s all interrelated, in the way of the old song ‘Dem Bon...

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Breast MRI: The Role of Advanced Technology in Detection of Breast Cancer

Published May 4, 2012

Breast MRI: The Role of Advanced Technology in Detection of Breast Cancer By Marcy Rushford You may be asking what the big deal is about Breast MRI? Isn’t mammography or ultrasound enough? For some patients, the answer is yes, mammography is enough. Mammography is still considered the “gold standard” to screen for breast cancer. That means it is the best method we have to find breast cancer, often finding cancers years before they can be felt. But mammography is not foolproof. [caption id="attachment_4905" align="alignright" width="300"] Marcy Rushford[/caption] So your doctor may recommend an ultrasound. Often, ultrasound ...

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Genetic Risk Assessment

Published April 27, 2012

Agnes Mikijaniec Genetic Risk Assessment by Agnes Mikijaniec There have been great strides in the field of cancer genetics this past decade. It is now considered the standard of care in community and comprehensive cancer programs. However many individuals who would be appropriate for genetic risk assessment are not being tested. Barriers include distance to regional cancer programs, lack of insurance and lack of knowledge. City of Hope (COH) Cancer Center, a regional cancer in California and leader in cancer genetics, is working to improve outreach and access to genetic counseling. COH has received a National Cancer Institute grant to provide cancer genet...

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