Health Matters Blog

A Surgical Road Map for Treating AAA

Published November 22, 2013

Daniel Walsh, MD By Daniel Walsh, MD An aneurysm of an artery is one of the most common blood vessel diseases causing disability and death. Aneurysms are defined as a permanent and focal widening of an artery at least 50 percent greater in width than the normal size of the vessel. More than 70 percent of all aneurysms involve the aorta (the largest artery in the body) located in the abdomen. In the United States, ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms, or AAA, are the tenth leading cause of death in men older than age 55 and the fifteenth leading cause of death overall. The median age for a rupture to occur is 76 years old for men and 81 for women. The overal...

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Does Your Diet Really Help Prevent Prostate Cancer?

Published November 15, 2013

Craig Rinder, MD By Craig Rinder, MD Links between diet and preventing prostate cancer seem to get a lot of media attention. Newspapers frequently run articles about new studies claiming that specific foods, beverages or supplements prevent or slow the advance of prostate cancer. When visiting websites of very reputable institutions like Johns Hopkins or the Mayo Clinic, you’ll find long lists of certain foods you should eat or avoid in the name of better prostate health. [caption id="attachment_542" align="alignright" width="200"] Craig Rinder, MD[/caption] The excitement is understandable. Prostate cancer is the most common, non-skin, solid cance...

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Beards Don’t Hide The Need To Talk About Men’s Health

Published November 1, 2013

Chris Lenois By Chris Lenois When Brattleboro Memorial Hospital launched their first “BEARDS for BMH” campaign to raise awareness about men’s health issues last year, I was somewhat reluctant to participate. I had been a bearded-American for many years and enjoyed all the rights and privileges this status afforded: the assumption of masculinity, an illusion of wisdom, and leftovers for days. [caption id="attachment_9702" align="alignright" width="302"] Chris Lenois[/caption] My wife was even more opposed to the idea. While I’d like to think her dissent was based on admiration for the salt-and-pepper coloring of my facial hair, it’s prob...

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Published October 25, 2013

By Ellen M. Wapner, R.T. Here we are again, October with all its shades of yellow, reds, fading greens and pink. Any breast care provider, imager and most especially survivors of breast cancer and their supporters know what I’m talking about. Our awareness of breast cancer is with us all year long, but takes on a strong presence in October. This is a good opportunity to talk about breast self-examination. Most of us recognize the importance of well health and balance in our lives; we do things every day that contribute to our healthy lives: floss-brush-rinse, bathe our bodies, clean our homes, and take care of our families and neighbo...

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Surviving Cancer: Phyllis’s Story, Part Two

Published October 18, 2013

Phyllis Benay At a Brattleboro Memorial Hospital event last spring, Phyllis Benay spoke about her experience receiving treatment and rehabilitation at the hospital following lung cancer surgery. The following is the second and final part of an interview she later gave to help BMH celebrate 25 years of providing Oncology Services. My surgery for lung cancer took place at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center on January 18, 2011. Chemotherapy was scheduled to start at BMH on March 1st. What scared me the most about getting treatment was my ultra-sensitivity to medication. I had just gone through several weeks of craziness from the pain medication they gave m...

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Surviving Cancer: Phyllis’s Story, Part One

Published October 11, 2013

Phyllis Benay At a Brattleboro Memorial Hospital event last spring, Phyllis Benay spoke about her experience receiving treatment and rehabilitation at the hospital following lung cancer surgery. The following is the first part of an interview she later gave to help BMH celebrate 25 years of providing Oncology Services. My journey through cancer began nine years ago when my husband was accidentally killed. I found him in the woods behind our house on February 3rd, after coming home early from work. While he was taking down a tree in the woods behind our house, a limb broke off and struck him in the back. I later learned these tree limbs are called “wid...

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BMH Celebrates Opening of New Main Entrance and Emergency Department Ambulatory Entrance

Published September 20, 2013

Steven R. Gordon, CEO By Steven R. Gordon, President and CEO Within a few weeks of my first day as BMH President in 2011, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin visited the hospital to meet with BMH leadership and medical staff. He opened the meeting with the statement, “If you don’t change, you will have to close your doors . . .” and then he looked at me and said, “Isn’t that right, Steve?” [caption id="attachment_5529" align="alignright" width="234"] Steven R. Gordon, CEO[/caption] The Governor was referring to the rapidly changing healthcare environment and the imminent need for BMH to remain viable. As I glanced around the room, I saw the looks o...

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Melanoma Skin Cancer & Lymphoscintigraphy Imaging

Published September 5, 2013

Hayley Crosby By Hayley Crosby Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. According to the American Cancer Society, around 120,000 new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year. Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer. But treatment options are very good if it’s detected early. [caption id="attachment_9012" align="alignright" width="240"] Hayley Crosby[/caption] Melanoma can affect anyone, male or female, young or old. If you are fair-skinned and have a lot of moles you have a greater risk of developing melanoma. Although melanoma can also affect people with darker skin tones, too. Family history also increases risk. If one of ...

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Journey to Better Heart Health Begins at the Center

Published August 30, 2013

Mark Burke, MD By R. Mark Burke, MD, FACC Most are aware of the burden heart disease can impose on a person and on a family. What many may not realize, however, is how much of a role it plays in the larger community and in the cost of health care. Nationally, of the top ten reasons for admission to the hospital, exclusive of pregnancy related issues, coronary atherosclerosis (the disease that causes heart attacks) is number one. And of those top ten reasons for admission, six are for cardiovascular issues. On top of all of this, the organization and structure of the delivery of health care in the United States is undergoing dramatic changes. Health ca...

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Women and Heart Disease

Published August 23, 2013

Phaedra McDonough, APRN

By Phaedra McDonough APRN

[caption id="attachment_8560" align="alignright" width="199"] Phaedra McDonough, APRN[/caption]

The Center for Cardiovascular Health at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital is committed to increasing awareness of heart disease in women within our community.  Many women mistakenly think they are more likely to die prematurely from cancer but the truth is heart disease kills far more w...

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