Sharp News, October 2017
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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Inside Sharp HealthCare
- Pet therapy Halloween parade delivers tricks and treats to patients — On Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 10 to 11 am, Sharp Grossmont Hospital's therapy pets will don Halloween costumes and parade through the hospital's cancer center cheering up and visiting patients. These four-legged friends provide a break in what can oftentimes be challenging days for patients in the hospital. The parade kicks off at the front of the hospital and there will be photo and patient interview opportunities. Sharp Grossmont has the largest therapy pet program in the entire Sharp HealthCare system.
- Sharp Chula Vista's 18th annual baby parade — Sharp Chula Vista's littlest patients, babies from the hospital's free breastfeeding support group, will charm onlookers for the 18th year in a row as they trick-or-treat in costume through the hospital in celebration of Halloween and the benefits of breastfeeding. Join us Monday, Oct. 30, from 9:30 to 11 am, for the Halloween parade.
- Chula Vista man has been there since the beginning — What began with a routine surgery in 1948 has blossomed into a lifelong partnership for Bud Wilson and Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center. From observing the building of the original hospital with farmland on all sides in 1975, to witnessing the groundbreaking of Sharp Chula Vista's new hospital in 2016, Bud has been there to support Chula Vista's — and Sharp Chula Vista's — growth from the very beginning.
National Trends Localized
- Tom Petty's death and cardiac arrest — Tom Petty died at age 66 after going into cardiac arrest. Cardiac arrest occurs suddenly and often without notice, and kills around 630,000 Americans every year according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Bryant Nguyen, Sharp Grossmont cardiologist, is available for an interview on the dangers of cardiac arrest.
- Flu season is here — Seasonal flu vaccines are available for Sharp Rees-Stealy patients beginning Monday, Oct. 2, through Wednesday, Nov. 22. A Sharp Rees-Stealy physician is available to talk about how to keep yourself and your family healthy with flu prevention tips.
- Body clock and health — Recently, three U.S. scientists were awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine for their findings on how our body clock controls our body to match day and night and that disrupting it can have health implications. A Sharp-affiliated physician is available to discuss how we need regular sleeping and eating schedules to keep our body's clock in sync and maintain good health.
- Wireless pacemaker a new option for heart patients — A new device offers fewer complications and shorter recovery time than the traditional pacemaker. No bigger than a large vitamin capsule, the Micra pacemaker is the world's smallest device designed to regulate abnormal heartbeats. It fits inside the heart, eliminating the need for wires called leads. In traditional pacemakers, the leads send electrical pulses to the heart from a battery implanted in the chest or abdomen. Dr. Charles Athill, a Sharp-affiliated cardiologist with Sharp Memorial Hospital, is available to talk about the Micra leadless pacemaker for an upcoming story.
Important Health Dates
- Breast Cancer Awareness Month — An estimated one in eight women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer at some point in her lifetime.
- October is National Bullying Prevention Month — A Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital expert is available to discuss tips on bullying prevention, coping skills and the effort schools can take to effectively address bullying on campus.
From Sharp Health News
- Does breast size impact mammogram pain? — A mammogram should never cause pain, but some factors can cause discomfort. Our expert reveals if breast size is one of them.
- 3 ways to relieve sore muscles — Learn how to ease sore muscles after a hard workout with these three tips.
- 9 tips to boost mental and physical health — Overall wellness is important when you have a mental health condition.