Posted on: April 1, 2015
Pulmonary Rehab Can Improve Quality of Life
By Harlan R. Weinberg, MD
Pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) is increasingly recognized as a significant part of treatment for people with chronic respiratory illnesses and other lung conditions. Even for those with very impaired lung function, this specialized rehab can improve quality of life and the ability to live independently. Here, I explain how PR offers new hope to people with breathing difficulties.
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.
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.
Posted on: November 12, 2013
What Caregivers Need to Know About COPD
By Dr. Harlan Weinberg, Medical Director of Pulmonary Medicine, Northern Westchester Hospital
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.
Posted on: September 16, 2013
by Dr. Harlan Weinberg, Medical Director of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at NWH
Medical knowledge and information management is crucial to the delivery of health care.
“But nothing has changed clinical practice more fundamentally than one recent innovation: the Internet…Falsehoods are easily and rapidly propagated on the Internet: once you land on a site that asserts a false rumor as truth, hyperlinks direct you to further sites that reinforce the falsehood…1
As physicians, we are struggling to figure out how best to use this technology in the interests of our patients and ourselves. Although the Internet is reshaping the content of the conversation between doctor and patient, we believe the core relationship should not change…Physicians are in the best position to weigh information and advise patients, drawing on their understanding of available evidence as well as their training and experience.” (NEJM 2010; 362:1063-66; Untangling the Web — Patients, Doctors and the Internet; P. Hartzband, MD et al).
So, let’s look at some helpful suggestions that will unburden our medical internet searches: