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New York Emergency Room Doctor Talks About Being Under Observation

Posted on: July 8, 2013

Are You Under Observation?

By Dr. Eugene Spagnuolo, Associate Director of the Emergency Department, Northern Westchester Hospital.

JVEC0031You might assume a trip to the emergency room that turns into an overnight stay means that you’ve been admitted and are receiving inpatient care, but that’s not always the case. If your doctor has placed you under “observation,” you’re technically an outpatient. That distinction is critical because the difference between being observed and being admitted can have a big impact on how your stay is covered by insurance and may impact your out-of-pocket expenses.

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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

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