Sharp News, November 2016
Sharp HealthCare values its relationship with local media and we look forward to working with you to educate our community about important health issues. Following is a compilation of current health care topics.
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- New option for heart valve replacement — Approximately 5 million Americans are diagnosed with heart valve disease each year and according to the American Heart Association, 20,000 Americans will die from it. Recently, the first successful transcaval valve replacement on the West Coast was performed at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center. This surgery could help nearly 50,000 patients in the United States each year. Cardiologist Dr. Maurice Buchbinder is available to discuss what this surgery requires.
- Using food to fight and survive cancer — Food can play a major role in not only the prevention of cancer, but during treatment as well. Registered Dietitian Jessica Genel is available to discuss specific foods that can reduce your risk of cancer and explain how a healthy diet makes cancer treatment not only easier, but can help you heal and recover faster as well.
- Program for military veterans — Due to the trauma of combat and the rigorous demands of military life, many veterans experience psychological distress that requires specialized treatment. Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital offers a mental health program designed exclusively for military veterans and their families. Program Manager, Nancy Burlak, EdD, LMFT, is familiar with the military culture and available to talk about the program.
National Trends Localized
- Keeping kids safe from accidental prescription medicine overdose — In a recent study, overdoses rose more than 100 percent over a 16-year period among all children. In nearly all these poisonings, the child was exposed to a prescription intended for an adult in the household. Poisonings attributed to prescription drugs are now the leading cause of injury-related mortality in the United States and driven by the increased use of opioid analgesics to treat chronic pain. A Sharp-affiliated pharmacist is available to give tips on how to keep kids safe from accidental prescription medicine overdose.
- Stroke and depression — A 2016 study suggests there is an increased risk of depression during the first three months after suffering a stroke. Data on depression diagnosis among a large group of stroke patients was compared with those who hadn't suffered a stroke. Results showed survivors were eight times more likely to experience depression. A Sharp-affiliated physician is available to discuss symptoms of post-stroke depression.
- Marty Schottenheimer battles Alzheimer's disease — Former San Diego Chargers head coach Marty Schottenheimer has been battling Alzheimer's disease for the past five years, but still remains upbeat. Sharp Mesa Vista behavioral health experts, Michael Plopper, MD, and Dara Schwartz, PsyD, are available to discuss current clinical trials and the potential treatments for those who have been diagnosed with this disease.
Important Health Dates
- Veteran's Day — With Veterans Day a little over a week away, Sharp Grossmont Hospital has a retired U.S. Army colonel and surgeon who is open to sharing his knowledge and experience treating wounded servicemen/women on the battlefield. When a soldier is injured on the battlefield, there are echelons of care that start with fellow soldiers administering on-the-spot first aid to the crucial minutes transporting the injured to teams staged near the front line to perform damage control surgery. In combat, military medical personnel must operate in what can often be an intense, messy and chaotic environment. Dr. Patrick Cook, a general and vascular surgeon, whose military service spans over 20 years, has served on five deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, treating wounded soldiers on the front line, as well as in military treatment facilities in the United States.
- National Hospice and Palliative Care Month — November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. Sharp HospiceCare has been caring for patients with life-limiting illnesses and their loved ones since 1991. A Sharp HospiceCare representative is available to share the program's approach to pain relief, daily comfort and closure.
- Lung Cancer Awareness Month — November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. According to the American Lung Association, lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer death. A Sharp-affiliated oncologist is available to discuss both the physical and emotional challenges associated with this type of cancer and also risk factors, symptoms and treatment options.
From Sharp Health News
- More than just the birds and bees — Teens, birth control and the conversations parents should be having with their kids.
- Male breast cancer patient update: one year later — Sharp Grossmont Hospital male breast cancer survivor David Smyle views his experience as a "bump in the road" and prefers to dwell on hope and possibility.
- The frightening truth about nightmares — When it comes to scary flicks, what are the chances they'll keep on haunting?
- Keeping your brain healthy as you age — A geropsychologist shares 6 things you can do each day to help keep your mind sharp.
- Top 10 questions about Medicare open enrollment — Unsure about your Medicare insurance options? We have answers.