Posted on: February 23, 2016
You’ve had a cardiac event – possibly a heart attack, coronary artery bypass surgery or angina. Now you’re back home. How do you regain your strength, energy and confidence, while reducing the risk of a recurrence? The answer is: cardiac rehabilitation. Find out from the experienced Master’s-level exercise physiologists at Northern Westchester Hospital’s (NWH) certified Cardiac Rehabilitation Program how cardiac rehab can speed your recovery while significantly improving your health and quality of life.
Cardiac rehabilitation, explains Jenna Angelucci, is a medically-supervised, individualized program of exercise and education that helps you recover faster from heart disease and acquire the strength to resume a full life. You are a candidate if you’ve suffered a cardiovascular event such as heart attack, bypass surgery, angina, heart valve repair or replacement, coronary stenting or heart failure. NWH’s outpatient cardiac rehab program requires a physician’s prescription, and besides the core training component, includes counseling in nutrition, stress management and meditation, as well as education in heart disease prevention.
Posted on: January 26, 2016
By Dr. Ronen Marmur
Without your immune system, your body would be open to infection from viruses and bacteria.
Ronen Marmur, MD/PhD
But this helpful ally can sometimes turn on you and mistakenly attack joints, muscles, and even organs. Because no one is sure what triggers autoimmune disorders, diagnosing and treating the problems can be puzzling for patients and doctors. Recognizing some of the potential risks and symptoms can help you get the care you need.
Early diagnosis is crucial to successfully managing autoimmune disorders.
Posted on: January 12, 2016
Something to Cheer About
By Dr. Elie Abemayor
I remember the day when an 18-year-old cheerleader came to see me, she knew something was dramatically wrong—but she didn’t want to talk about it. The normally bouncy high school student was becoming less social, and she was losing weight. She was having bowel issues, and she really didn’t want to talk about it.
Posted on: December 15, 2015
Making the Holidays Special for Loved Ones in the Hospital
Tips for caregivers, family and friends from The Ken Hamilton Caregivers Center
Here are some tips that you may find helpful while your loved one is in the hospital during the holidays. Remember for safety reasons, it’s very important to check with hospital staff before you bring any items into the hospital room.
1) Bring small gifts to your family member if they are well enough to un-wrap the item.
2) Bring something pleasant and safe as a decoration for their hospital room.
3) Bring in some comforts of home, such as your loved one’s favorite pajamas, blankets or pillow.
4) Deliver their favorite snacks or holiday food that fits within any dietary restrictions.
5) If you think it will raise their spirits, assemble a photo album of pictures from previous holidays.
6) If religious, bring in a recording of a religious service, or watch one on television.
7) Play some holiday music or watch a favorite holiday movie together.
8) If family is unable to visit, reach out to the volunteer department for visitors.
Gift Suggestions for hospitalized family members
Entertainment: Books, magazines, music, movies, crossword puzzles, and playing cards.
Enjoyment: Get well cards, holiday cards, and small gifts.
Gift of Service: Have someone offer to run an errand for your loved one – this can feel very supportive when in the hospital. If your family member needs information about a community resource, you can offer to assist them in gathering information.
Editor’s Note: The Ken Hamilton Caregivers Center is dedicated to caring for the family caregiver. The Caregivers Center serves as a private sanctuary during the very demanding and stressful times of providing care for your loved one, regardless of whether they are hospitalized at NWH, at another facility or at home.
Posted on: November 9, 2015
The Key to Reversing Pre-Diabetes
By Pat Talio
A diagnosis of pre-diabetes means that you are at high risk for developing diabetes, and without lifestyle changes are likely to be diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes within 10 years. Better nutrition and exercise may help you prevent or delay the diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes.
The arrow image depicts the differences between the blood sugar level of someone without diabetes, someone considered pre-diabetic and someone with diabetes. Pre-diabetes means your blood sugar is higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed with diabetes. A diagnosis of pre-diabetes is a reason to slow down and examine what you are eating and how active you are. Research shows with an improvement in your diet and with an increase in activity, which results in weight loss and better nutrition, Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed.
The Diabetes Care and Education practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggest the following tips to reverse Pre-Diabetes:
1. Move more – take a walk after dinner, stand up while talking on the phone, walk to your coworkers desk rather than use e-mail, jog in place or stand and stretch during TV commercials. Move if you’ve been sitter for 30 minutes. Remember every step counts.
2. Water is the way to go – replace juice, soda and other sugary drinks with water.
3. Just say no – Politely refuse the extra serving at the family dinner and powdered donut from a co-worker. Friends and family often have good intentions, but practice saying “No thank you!” to stay on track.
4. Size matters – be mindful of your portion sizes. Keep your protein to 4-6 ounces; a serving of starchy food should be less than one cup, and vegetables should cover at least one-half of your plate.
Change is always difficult but it may be easier with the support of a partner so grab a family member or friend and work together to make healthy lifestyle choices a reality.
Editor’s Note: Pat Talio, MS, RDN, CDE, CDN is a registered dietitian at Northern Westchester hospital and is a diabetes educator.