Category Archives: Integrative Medicine

The Basics of Good Nutrition, by Northern Westchester Hospital Dietitian

Posted on: November 7, 2013

Let’s Celebrate ‘Good Nutrition Month’
By: Kimberly Stein, RD, CDN

MyPlate

November kicks off the holiday season, but there’s another reason to celebrate: It’s Good Nutrition Month.  The core ideas of what “good nutrition” constitutes come directly from the USDA MyPlate recommendations.  MyPlate is a revamped version of the food pyramid and was created as an easier visual guide to help consumers know what their main meals should consist of.  Here are 7 key points… Continue reading

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New York Nurse Practitioner Discusses Comprehensive Cancer Care

Posted on: October 10, 2013

Mind, Body & Soul: Truly Comprehensive Cancer Care

by Marilyn Leroy-Sterling, NP, Care Coordinator,  Health and Wellness Program, Northern Westchester Hospital

NWH_CancerCenter_Ph#18D76FDA diagnosis of cancer is a staggering blow. Although the treatments for patients with cancer are always improving, the emotional and physical impact of a cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment are often overwhelming. That’s why hospitals are beginning to offer services to cancer patients that treat more than the malignancy: They treat the whole person. Continue reading

Northern Westchester Hospital Chief of Cardiology Helps New Yorkers Decipher Heart Attack Symptoms

Posted on: February 4, 2013

Heart Aware: Do you know the signs of a heart attack?

By Dr. Robert Pilchik, Chief of Cardiology, Northern Westchester Hospital

NWH Cardiology Westchester PilchikA heart attack is easy to recognize, right? Not always. People tend to expect a heart attack to be painful, but often it’s a feeling of pressure or tightness in the chest. And for women, the chest pressure or tightness may be missing altogether, which is why it’s so important to be aware of all the signs of a heart attack.

Chest pressure or tightness is just one symptom, and it can radiate out to the arms, neck, or jaw—typically on the left side of the body. Other potential signals that you’re having a heart attack include profuse sweating, shortness of breath, numbness or weakness in your limbs, lightheadedness, and a fluttery sensation in your chest. For women, all the symptoms are the same, except that chest pressure is much less common than it is in men. Fatigue seems to be the primary symptom in women. Any tiredness that comes out of the blue and feels extreme, that’s an indication of a possible heart attack. Continue reading

With Healthcare Reform, How Can You Control Your Costs?

Posted on: January 4, 2013

Corralling Your Medical Costs
…What you can do to keep the bills from mounting

NWH on Healthcare Reform

Health care reform is continually in the news. The efforts by national and local government to rein in costs are having mixed success at best. Instead of waiting for bureaucrats to wrestle this problem to the ground, why not take steps on your own to control your own costs? With just a little effort, you can save hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Continue reading

A Guide for Caregivers During the Holidays

Posted on: November 16, 2012

by Jerri Rosenfeld, LMSW and Rita Hayes, LCSW, courtesy of the Ken Hamilton Caregivers Center

Ken Hamilton Caregivers CenterEvery year the holiday season brings unique challenges to almost everyone. But for caregivers who have loved ones in the hospital or are caretaking someone at home, the holidays can be a time of stress, frustration and exhaustion, instead of peace and good will.  This year everyone in our community has struggled with Hurricane Sandy, experiencing power-outages for many days, cold temperatures, and extensive damage to homes and property.  While everyone is recuperating from the aftermath and tremendous stress of this event, the holiday season is quickly approaching.

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