Sharp News, February 2017
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- Broken-heart syndrome — The recent deaths of actress Carrie Fisher, followed one day later by her mother, actress Debbie Reynolds, has some asking, "Can you really die of a broken heart?" Dr. Hirsch Mehta, a cardiologist affiliated with Sharp Memorial Hospital, can talk about "broken-heart syndrome," a recognized medical condition that disproportionately affects women. Any emotionally stressful event can trigger this syndrome, though the symptoms are usually treatable.
- Free couples' CPR class on Valentine's weekend — In recognition of American Heart Month and Valentine's Day, Sharp HealthCare is offering a free Sweetheart CPR class on Saturday, Feb. 11. All couples who successfully complete the course will receive a two-year American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR Course Completion Card, as well as a healthy gourmet dinner.
- Ask the heart surgeon about heart attacks — Dr. Seemal Mumtaz is the only female cardiothoracic heart surgeon at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center and uses her passion for surgery each day to care for her patients in the hospital. She recently performed high-risk, open-heart surgery on a 52-year-old woman who only had a 50 percent chance of survival. Now doing well and recovering, this woman, along with Dr. Mumtaz, are available to discuss the surgery along with more information on heart disease, heart health and more.
National Trends Localized
- FDA reports that homeopathic teething remedies contain poison — Recently, the FDA confirmed the presence of the poisonous substance belladonna in the teething remedies. Although the FDA has been warning for years to stay away from these teething remedies, the big difference between 2010 and 2016 is there are 10 dead (and hundreds of sick) infants. A Sharp-affiliated physician is available to discuss the dangers of homeopathic teething remedies.
- Pioneering new treatment for hard-to-treat cancers — Radiosurgery destroys tumors with highly precise radiation — and fewer side effects. Despite its name, radiosurgery does not involve actual surgery. It's an advanced form of radiation therapy that delivers up to 10 times the traditional radiation dose to a tumor, with the millimeter accuracy of a surgeon's scalpel. Dr. Siavash Jabbari, medical director of the Laurel Amtower Cancer Institute and Neuro-Oncology Center at Sharp HealthCare, is available for interviews on the benefits of radiosurgery.
- Stroke in younger adults — Typically thought of as a health issue associated with the elderly, stroke is actually appearing among the young. Experts estimate that 10 percent of stroke patients are 50 years and younger. And doctors are now seeing a rise in stroke among young adults. According to a recent study, researchers observed that stroke rate more than doubled in patients aged 35 to 39, and significantly increased for those aged 40 to 54. According to the researchers, they believe that this spike may be related to a higher prevalence of obesity and diabetes, as well as poor management of blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Sharp Grossmont Hospital has a neurologist available to discuss the occurrence of stroke in younger adults.
Important Health Dates
- February fallout — Every New Year, it never fails: people get a spark of enthusiasm for embarking on a healthy course for the year. But by mid-January, the spark starts to fade and resolution makers' fail at keeping their goals for a healthier year. Just because four out of five New Year's resolution makers give up by the time February rolls around doesn't mean you have to, too. A Sharp Weight Management registered dietitian is available to discuss the importance of maintaining an exercise and nutrition plan throughout the year.
- February is American Heart Month — Sharp-affiliated cardiologists are available for in-studio or office interviews to discuss heart disease, the No. 1 killer of women, throughout February, which is designated as American Heart Month.
From Sharp Health News
- Fixing bad connections (video) — When pacemaker or ICD wires need to be removed, this specialized team steps in.
- Help after leaving a violent relationship — Cognitive behavioral therapy can help patients who have experienced domestic violence.
- What is the best way to wake yourself up in the morning — Find out why hitting that snooze button may not be the best way to get restful sleep.