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New York Pharmacist Offers 11 Tips on Keeping Your Medications Safe and Managing Your Prescriptions

Posted on: February 21, 2013

Dispensing Advice and Information

By Tony Luppino, R.Ph, Director of Pharmacy, Northern Westchester Hospital

Northern Westchester Hospital PharmacyMedications save lives—there’s no question about that. But prescription drugs are powerful substances that, taken at an incorrect quantity, time or mixed with other medications, can be harmful or even deadly.

Unfortunately, medication errors happen. Side effects from prescription mistakes can lead to serious health risks that may result in a trip to the emergency room, and unnecessary hospital trips raise the cost of medical care for everyone. Trouble creeps in when you need multiple prescriptions: It’s easy for the elderly—or even younger people—to forget whether they’ve taken their medications or become confused about prescribing instructions. Protecting yourself requires care—and the help of your doctor and pharmacist. Continue reading

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Westchester Stroke Program Director Tells 4 Signs of Stroke

Posted on: February 12, 2013

Struck by Stroke: Act FAST

by Dr. Akira Todo, Director, Stroke Program, Northern Westchester Hospital

When a stroke hits, the clock starts ticking: If patients get the right treatment within the next few hours, it can make all the difference in their chances for recovery. Many people don’t realize that we have really effective treatments for stroke.

Time is of the essence and knowing the symptoms of stroke is crucial. The National Stroke Association has come up with the easy-to-remember acronym FAST: 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

New York Emergency Department Doctor Says Cell Phone Use a Factor in Car Accidents

Posted on: September 14, 2012

Ditch the Distractions and Drive Safely

by Dr. Robert Marcus

Mt. Kisco Emergency

Obtaining a driver’s license has become a rite of passage for teenagers living in the United States. Starting during infancy, children become infatuated with driving. Whether it’s their first pair of pink and blue plastic keys or their convertible car for Barbie and Ken, children grow up dreaming of the day when they can turn in their Fisher-Price license plates and experience the freedom of life on the real road. However, with so many distractions facing teens today, it’s important to teach children safety before they open the driver’s side door for the first time.

As the Medical Director at Northern Westchester Hospital’s Emergency Department I have seen many cases that involve distracted drivers. In fact, driver distractions have become the leading cause of vehicular accidents in the United States.

Motor vehicle accidents are commonly seen in our emergency department, and distraction clearly plays a role.

Although laws have been passed to ban certain distractions, illegal cell phone use, eating, drinking and even personal grooming contribute to these accidents each day. According to a study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 80% of crashes involve some form of driver distraction.  In fact, nearly 6,000 teenagers, between the ages of 16 and 19, are killed in car crashes nationwide. With millions of new drivers taking the wheel each year, I urge parents to talk to their teens about the dangers of distractions.

Younger drivers, by nature, are inexperienced behind the wheel. Adding any one of a number of distractions to the mix will certainly impact response time in an emergency. Most new drivers don’t realize how dangerous car accidents can be – they can be lethal to themselves and others.

Teaching your children about the dangers of driving distractions can be vital to their safety and your peace of mind.

  • Have your teens silence their cell phones before getting in the car
  • Tell them that their obligation as a driver is to “just drive,” and nothing else
  • Talk to them about the statistics of crashes involving driver distractions
  • Take a defensive driving course with them so they know what to do in an emergency situation

Driving a car is a complex physical and mental operation that requires your new driver to be extremely attentive.

If your child is in an accident and you’re concerned about serious injury, care is available in the emergency department 24 hours a day.  NWH has a new state-of-the-art Emergency Department equipped to handle these situations when they do occur, including the very latest in CT and Radiography (X-Ray) technology.

For less serious injuries or to seek advice, I recommend contacting your family practitioner.

Before replacing your children’s toy keys for real ones, make sure they know that driving is a privilege and a responsibility.  Talk to them about the statistics, the likelihood of unexpected situations, the danger of distractions, and make sure they feel comfortable seeking medical attention if an accident does occur.

Editor’s Note: Robert Marcus, MD, is Chief of Emergency Medicine at Northern Westchester Hospital

Registered Dietician Advises on a Diet for Prostate Health

Posted on: July 20, 2012

Nutrition for a Healthy Prostate

by Mary Gocke, RD, CDN

NWH Food is Care

At NWH, Food is Care

Many factors including age, race, and genetics, influence a man’s risk for developing prostate cancer. Leading a sedentary lifestyle, eating a diet high in red meats and dairy products and low in fruits and vegetables also puts a man at a greater risk for prostate cancer. While age, race and genetics are beyond our control, certainly including daily exercise and choosing healthy food are something that we can control and improve upon. Obesity is thought to increase the chance of a recurrence. 

Nutrition Tips:

The most effective food plan for the prevention of prostate cancer is low in red meat and dairy, and high in fruits and vegetables. A vegetarian diet has been shown to be effective in some cases.

Increases in dietary soy have been associated with a decreased risk of prostate cancer. However, concentrated soy extracts have not proven to be beneficial.

Broccoli has been shown in clinical trials to help prevent prostate cancer.

Drinking 8oz of pomegranate juice has been shown to be effective at stabilizing PSA, potentially delaying the growth of prostate cancer cells.

Several studies have shown that vitamin D can inhibit prostate cancer growth.

Please join us for our monthly talk about Prostate Health and Wellness presented by the Cancer Treatment and Wellness Center at Northern Westchester Hospital in collaboration with the American Cancer Society.  Monthly topics can be found at http://nwhc.net/home/education-and-events/support-groups?headerbar=99#16