Category Archives: Rehab

Pulmonary Medicine Expert Discusses Asthma and the Flu

Posted on: January 17, 2014

Take Steps to Avoid the Flu, Especially if You Have Asthma

By Harlan Weinberg, MD Medical Director, Pulmonary Medicine & Critical Care Medicine, Northern Westchester Hospital

Patients who have a diagnosis of asthma, as well as other clinical conditions, such as COPD, Cystic Fibrosis, Congestive Heart Failure, Diabetes Mellitus, and Cancer, are all at increased risk of developing flu-related complications.

Asthma is a disorder of the lungs characterized by chronic inflammation of the airways. Acute influenza may lead to worsening of asthma/asthmatic exacerbation, pneumonia and ultimately, respiratory failure, for both children and adults.

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Take the COPD Quiz

Posted on: November 12, 2013

 

1. True or False: It’s easy for patients to recognize the symptoms of COPD.

2. True or False: More than 12 million American adults have COPD.

3. True or False: Genetics are the top reason people develop COPD.

4. True or False: COPD is common in younger people.

5. True or False: People with COPD should get flu and pneumococcal vaccines.

For answers…

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Westchester Pulmonologist Gives COPD Caregivers Support

Posted on: November 12, 2013

What Caregivers Need to Know About COPD

By Dr. Harlan Weinberg, Medical Director of Pulmonary Medicine, Northern Westchester Hospital
Weinberg, (Harlan Weinberg, MD)Living with someone who has COPD can be very challenging. Not only are there challenges in helping the patient with treatment and preventing exacerbations of COPD, but the condition can really limit the caregiver’s lifestyle as well. Good communication between the caregiver, the patient and the doctor is extremely important. You have to keep an open three-way channel. This will help you figure out when you can manage a situation at home or when you might need to make a trip to the emergency room. Continue reading

New York Pulmonary Specialist Discusses Asthma

Posted on: June 20, 2013

Are Asthma Attacks Rising With the Temperature This Summer?

By Dr. Harlan Weinberg, Medical Director of Pulmonary Medicine, Northern Westchester Hospital

Asthma If it seems like asthma is on the rise, it is. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that doctors diagnosed 4.3 million more Americans with the condition over the last ten years. Unfortunately, no one really knows why asthma is increasing. In spring and summer, the increase in temperature, pollen, and humidity can make asthma attacks more likely. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to protect yourself or loved ones.

Asthma is characterized by inflammation in the airways. This inflammation can lead to shortness of breath, a tight feeling in the chest, and wheezing. The condition can limit your ability to exercise or partake in activities of daily living. The inflammation can be caused by a number of triggers, such as allergies, dust mites, pollen, infections, certain foods, and environmental factors like pollution or mold. The full list is substantial, which means it may take a while to find a patient’s trigger. Blood tests for allergies can help narrow down the candidates. Patients may also want to keep a journal to jot down the places and times when breathing gets worse. Continue reading

Running Tips and Advice from Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Posted on: April 22, 2013

A Guide to Running Right

By Anthony Tanzi, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Physical Therapist at Northern Westchester Hospital

running tips Westchester Physical TherapistSpring has sprung. Your thoughts are turning toward the outdoors, activity, and exercise. This is the time of year when people begin working out with hopes of dropping a size or three. Jogging is one of the healthiest and fastest ways to get in shape, according to the American College of Sports Medicine. I also think it’s an excellent choice. I’ve competed in Ironman Triathlons and currently hold the Nutmeg State Half-Marathon record. I help athletes of all ages compete in every type of event, from their first 5K to ultra-distance races, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that too many people start training too hard or go too far and end up with an injury. You have to pick a program that suits you, and you have to stick with it.

To help people find the right approach, Northern Westchester Hospital’s Physical Therapy Program will be hosting three free running clinics at their Ambulatory Care Center at Chappaqua Crossing on May 1st, 8th, and 15th. The clinics are geared to novice joggers and longtime runners looking for a competitive edge. I’m pleased to be the instructor for these sessions which will cover topics such as the right shoes, the right training, and how technology can help improve your results.  Continue reading