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Pulmonary Function Testing: How well are your lungs working?

Posted on: July 22, 2016

A Pulmonary Function Test  or “Breathing Test,” measures your lung capacity or how well the lungs are working.

Who is a candidate for a Pulmonary Function Test?

By Dr. Harlan Weinberg, MD, Medical Director of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program and Critical Care Services at NWH at Chappaqua Crossing.

People who are experiencing shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, chest congestion, snoring, or exercise-induced breathing difficulties may need to consider the value of these breathing tests.

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Anti-Gravity Treadmill Makes Exercise Possible After Surgery

Posted on: July 20, 2016

What is an Alter G treadmill and what does it offer obesity surgery patients?  Dr. Mitchell Roslin, Medical Director of the Surgical Weight Loss Program explains.

New York bariatric surgeonHow do you define health? While many think of it as the absence of a labeled medical problem, or not requiring daily medications, health really means being active and able to perform strenuous exercise. In fact, the distance traveled on a treadmill correlates well with survival.

Unfortunately, for many obese individuals there are significant barriers to exercise. Increased weight reduces respiratory capacity and increases load on the joints, making sustained exercise not possible for many afflicted patients. However, a ground-breaking anti-gravity treadmill is making the impossible a reality.

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How Much is Too Much Salt?

Posted on: December 14, 2015

Salt Sense:  How Much is Too Much Salt?

By Jill Ashbey-Pejoves 

Most of us know that eating too much salt isn’t good for us. It causes our bodies to retain fluid, which increases our blood pressure and makes our heart work harder. Over time, this can do significant damage to blood vessels.

SaltA new rule requiring chain restaurants in NYC to clearly identify (with a salt shaker symbol) the high sodium options on their menu will benefit everyone, but they only have to do that for items containing 2300 milligrams of sodium or more. That’s the equivalent of a teaspoon of salt, or an entire day’s worth. The typical American consumes  well over that, and it’s not just adults, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 9 out of 10 children eat too much salt, and 1 in 6 have elevated blood pressure.

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Westchester Breast Surgeon on the Risks and Benefits of Mammograms

Posted on: February 18, 2014

To Get a Mammogram or Not To Get a Mammogram: Risk Status Should Play a Role

By Philip C. Bonanno, MD, FACS, Director of The Breast Institute and Director of Integrated Cancer Care in the Cancer Treatment and Wellness Center at Northern Westchester Hospital

100533240(2)This news was hard to miss: A new study suggested that women who get annual mammograms are as likely to die from breast cancer as women who only get breast examinations from qualified doctors and nurses. If you find that news confusing, you’re not alone. Doctors, public health officials, and cancer specialists are all trying to figure out what the findings mean when it comes to detecting breast cancer and protecting women.

The study, published in the respected British Medical Journal, tracked more than 90,000 women for 25 years. The results found that death rates from breast cancer were identical in women who got mammograms and those who did not. Worse, in one in five cases, getting a mammogram often led to biopsies, radiation, and chemotherapy to treat cancers that actually posed no threat to the patient.

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