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Listen To Your Heart

by Gerald Sotsky, M.D., Chair of Cardiac Services, Valley Medical Group

Posted on February 1, 2016

How much exercise is best for your heart? A new study by Valley’s partner Cleveland Clinic reveals that Americans aren’t sure. As February is American Heart Month and heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, we at Valley encourage you to listen to your heart. Heart disease is largely preventable and controllable, and exercise is one of the keys to preventing heart disease.
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Tags: cardiology, heart

Give Yourself the Best Chance to be Pain Free

by Robert Silverman, M.D., Medical Director, The Valley Pain Management Center

Posted on January 19, 2016

There are many individualized treatments and therapies offered at pain management centers that can be used to treat chronic and acute pain, especially for pain that’s caused by something out of your control, such as severe illness or injury.   However, these treatments work much better when you simultaneously take personal initiatives to manage all aspects of your physical and mental health that are in your control.  Follow these self-management techniques in conjunction with any treatments or therapies your doctor recommends to give yourself the best chance at minimizing and effectively managing your pain.
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New Year, New You: Weight Loss Resolutions

by Melissa Bagloo, M.D., Medical Director, The Valley Hospital’s Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery

Posted on January 5, 2016

As we look towards 2016, many of us will be making lists of New Year’s resolutions.  Oftentimes, our goals focus on achieving physical wellness through consistent exercise and healthy eating. Both of these goals are integral parts of overall wellbeing—but what happens when diet and exercise is not enough? 
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Shoveling Snow: Winter Chore or Health Hazard?

by George Becker, M.D., Director, Emergency Department, The Valley Hospital

Posted on December 29, 2015

Today many of us woke to winter’s first dusting of snow.  So this is the perfect time to provide a reminder that we should all be prepared for the possibility of more wintry weather. 
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The Flu and You: How to Best Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones

by Jane Clementi, Supervisor of Public Health, The Valley Hospital Department of Community Health and Community Benefit

Posted on December 22, 2015

Winter is a wonderful time of the year. It is filled with sledding, snowy landscapes and hot cocoa by a cozy fire. Unfortunately, along with all of the joys of winter, we also find ourselves faced with the arrival of the flu season.
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Tags: flu

Sprint Blood Pressure Trial: What Patients Should Know

by Howard Goldschmidt, M.D., Cardiologist, Valley Medical Group

Posted on December 16, 2015

Back in September, compelling results from a large blood pressure study were announced and began making headlines. The preliminary findings of this study suggest that lowering systolic blood pressure to less than 120, far below the current guideline recommendations of 140-150 millimeters of mercury, can potentially save lives and prevent heart disease and strokes. While the study's findings may seem beneficial, it is important to understand all of the factors that can affect a patient's treatment, before physicians attempt to aggressively lower a patient’s blood pressure to these levels.
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Prostate Cancer — The Best Defense is Early Detection

by Howard Frey, M.D., Medical Director, The Valley Hospital Urologic Oncology Center

Posted on December 7, 2015

A recent article in The New York Times cited two studies from The Journal of the American Medical Association that found that fewer men are being screened for prostate cancer, and fewer early-stage cases are being detected. The number of cases has dropped not because the disease is becoming less common, according to the article, but because there is less effort to find it.
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Aortic Stenosis: Research Suggests Early Surgical Intervention over Watchful Waiting

by Alex Zapolanski, M.D., Director of Cardiac Surgery at The Valley Hospital

Posted on December 2, 2015

According to findings recently presented at a major national meeting, asymptomatic patients with severe aortic stenosis may benefit significantly from earlier valve replacement, potentially increasing long-term results. Historically, surgeons have followed the accepted practice of “watchful waiting” for patients with severe aortic stenosis when they show no symptoms, because it was believed it would not compromise the eventual surgical outcome.  However, the findings of this new study show that early surgical intervention may be beneficial to extending the life of some patients.
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Mark the Date for the Great American Smokeout and Make a Plan to Kick the Habit!

by Robert Korst, M.D., Medical Director, Blumenthal Cancer Center; and Director of Thoracic Surgery

Posted on November 18, 2015

Tomorrow marks the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) annual Great American Smokeout. If you're a smoker or tobacco user who's been looking for some inspiration, this might just be it. On Thursday, November 19, we encourage smokers across the nation to use the date to make a plan to quit, even if only for the day.
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New Technology for Breast Surgery: Radioactive Seed Localization

by Dr. Laura Klein, breast surgeon and Medical Director of The Valley Hospital Breast Center; and Dr. Jaclyn Calem-Grunat, radiologist and Director of Breast Imaging at Valley

Posted on November 13, 2015

The Valley Hospital was the first hospital in northern New Jersey to offer a more accurate and patient-friendly procedure to precisely pinpoint and remove both small benign and cancerous breast tumors or abnormal breast tissue. The procedure, called radioactive seed localization, consists of a radiologist injecting a low-energy radioactive “seed” the size of a grain of rice into the breast tissue to mark the exact location of the tumor or abnormal tissue. In the operating room, the breast surgeon uses a handheld gamma detection probe (a device used to measure radioactivity) to locate the seed and remove both it and the abnormal breast tissue.
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Tags: , breast cancer
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