Sharp News, February 2018
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Inside Sharp HealthCare
- "Get your lavender on!" — In observance of World Cancer Day, Sharp Grossmont employees will unite for World Cancer Day on Feb. 1 from 11:30 am to noon. Sharp Grossmont Hospital's CEO, Scott Evans, and hospital staff will wear lavender — the universal color representing all cancers — and form a giant human lavender ribbon on the hospital helicopter pad to raise awareness for cancer and to show support for loved ones, friends and patients affected by the disease. Photo opportunities include more than 200 doctors, caregivers and employees lining up and forming ribbon and interview opportunities with CEO and inspiring cancer patients.
- Heart attacks — the silent killer of women — What former patient Pat Dolan thought was indigestion quickly turned into something much worse when she suffered from acute coronary syndrome, the most severe kind of heart attack. Pat and Dr. Steven Rough, an interventional cardiologist affiliated with Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, are available to discuss the signs and symptoms of a heart attack along with prevention tips for viewers.
- What to say to someone with cancer — A cancer diagnosis comes with many questions for both patients and the people who care about them. Often, family and friends don't know what to say. With World Cancer Day coming up on Feb. 4, former cancer patient Brian Tieber and Cara Fairfax, a cancer patient navigator, are available to offer advice on what to say — and what not to say — to someone diagnosed with cancer.
National Trends Localized
- Decreased cancer risk linked to birth control — New research shows oral contraceptives may lower the risk of endometrial and ovarian cancer, even after women stop taking the pill. Dr. Kenneth Johnson, a board-certified hematologist/oncologist affiliated with the Douglas & Nancy Barnhart Cancer Center, is available for an interview to talk about birth control and cancer risk.
- 2018 Winter Olympics and preventing winter sports related injuries — The 2018 Winter Olympics begin on Feb. 9, and Big Bear is finally receiving enough fresh snow to open all of their lifts. That said, nearly 250,000 people are treated nationwide for winter sports-related injuries each year. An orthopedic surgeon affiliated with Sharp Grossmont Hospital will be available for interviews between Feb. 3 and Feb. 10 to discuss tips to prevent winter sports-related injuries and make the most of your time on the slopes.
- Seniors and the flu — Older adults may underestimate the seriousness of the flu, but it is important for seniors to protect themselves during flu season, as it can worsen other chronic health conditions as heart disease and diabetes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people in this age group, on average, account for more than half of annual flu-related hospitalizations and almost all of annual flu-related deaths.
Important Health Dates
- A new observance with an important mission: Save more lives from heart valve disease — The first-ever National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day (Feb. 22) was celebrated in 2017 to increase awareness of the risks of heart valve disease (HVD) and improve detection and treatment to save lives. More than 5 million Americans have HVD, yet too few people are familiar with the "mystery killer." Cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Seemal Mumtaz and a patient are available to discuss the disease and why it's so important for everyone to know about.
- 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 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
- Glaucoma: a risk at any age — Close to 3 million Americans have glaucoma, but many don't know it.
- Healthy ways to help you 'go' — Constipation is a common complaint, but diet and good toileting habits can help.
- Do imaging tests help for headaches? — In most cases, you don't need a CT scan or MRI for your headache.