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Exercise Helps After ICD Implantation

Posted on August 25, 2015 by Suneet Mittal, M.D., Director of Electrophysiology

For those with heart rhythm disorders, an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) can be a lifesaver. It quickly recognizes life-threatening rhythm disturbances and provides a timely shock to restore a normal rhythm. However, many patients who receive ICDs are at risk of complications resulting from progression of their underlying heart disease or other heart problems.
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Tags: heart

Former President Carter’s Cancer Diagnosis Highlights Skin Cancer Dangers

Posted on August 21, 2015 by Iris Kopeloff, M.D., Co-Director of The Valley Hospital’s Melanoma and Skin Cancer Center

Former President Jimmy Carter’s announcement that he has been diagnosed with melanoma that has spread to his brain has brought renewed attention to this most dangerous form of skin cancer. Curable if caught early, melanoma can invade healthy tissue and spread to other parts of the body if not treated.
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Tags: skin cancer

Spending Time Poolside? Be Prepared for the Unthinkable

Posted on August 12, 2015 by Kim Fallon, MD, OB/GYN, Park Ridge Medical, Valley Medical Group

Last summer, while at my neighbor’s house for a social gathering, the unthinkable happened — the hosts’ 3 year-old daughter was found floating face down in the family pool. When her father pulled her out she was lifeless, her lips blue, her skin pale. 
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Tags: CPR, safety

Choosing a Surgeon for Your Coronary Bypass Surgery

Posted on August 11, 2015 by Alex Zapolanski, M.D., Director, Cardiac Surgery, The Valley Hospital

If you are like most Americans, you find it easier to make an informed choice about cars and refrigerators than about cardiac surgeons. If you need a coronary bypass procedure, your cardiologist or primary care physician will most likely refer you to a heart surgeon, but you still may want to explore your options. 
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Keep Electronics out of the Bedroom to Promote Healthy Sleep for Children

Posted on August 4, 2015 by Tracy Carbone, M.D., Director of The Valley Hospital Pediatric Sleep Disorders and Apnea Center

As you prepare your children for the start of a new school year, make sure you put “get enough sleep” on their back-to-school lists. One way to do this is to cut back on their screen time before bedtime.
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Diabetes Care at School: Preparation is Key

Posted on July 28, 2015 by Paul Pelavin, M.D., Pediatric Endocrinologist, Valley Medical Group

Getting ready to send your child off to school for the first time or preparing an older child to go back to school can be a daunting task, especially if your child has diabetes. 
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Expecting a Baby? You Deserve a Doula

Posted on July 23, 2015 by Sharon Tanis, Supervisor, The Valley Hospital Center for Family Education

The birth of a baby is a very exciting event. Yet, labor and delivery can be a long and challenging process. To help meet the emotional and physical needs of women in labor, Valley was the first in northern New Jersey to offer birth doulas as an option for all women delivering at the hospital’s Center for Childbirth.
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Tags: childbirth, doula

Does Ovarian Stimulation “Use Up” Your Eggs?

Posted on July 7, 2015 by Dehan Chen, M.D., Associate Clinical Director, The Valley Hospital Fertility Center

A common question I am asked is whether taking ovarian stimulation medications such as clomid or injections “use up” one’s remaining eggs faster, thus accelerating the rate at which a woman enters menopause — defined as the end of a women’s fertility.  
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Tags: infertility, ivf

Leave Fireworks to the Pros

Posted on June 26, 2015 by Peter Lee, M.D., Director, Pediatric Emergency Room

With the July 4th holiday just days away, we want to remind the community that in the hands of untrained consumers and children, fireworks can cause fires, injuries, and even death.  
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Tags: fireworks

Study: Risk of Whole-Brain Radiation Outweighs Benefit

Posted on June 24, 2015 by The Valley Gamma Knife Center

Researchers have found that whole brain radiation therapy – a traditional approach that treats the entire brain rather than targeted areas – did not improve survival for patients with brain metastases (cancer that starts elsewhere in the body and spreads to the brain). The side effects of this aggressive treatment had a negative effect on memory, speech and thinking skills. The research suggests that highly focused radiosurgery, such as Gamma Knife surgery, may be best for the brain and the patient’s quality of life.

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Tags: Gamma Knife
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