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Can Sleep Impact Heart Health?

by Jeffrey P. Barasch, M.D., FACCP, FAASM, Medical Director, Center for Sleep Medicine, The Valley Hospital

Posted on February 22, 2017

You have probably heard that not getting enough quality sleep can impact your day to day performance, but did you know that inadequate or disturbed sleep can also negatively impact your heart health? As Americans increasingly cut back on sleep in favor of social, leisure, or work-related activities, the relation of sleep disorders to cardiac disease is becoming clearer. Sleep disorders have emerged as being related to hypertension, cardiovascular disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes.
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Tags: cardiac, heart, sleep

Take Control: The Role of Psychosocial Stressors in Heart Disease

by Elliot Brown, M.D., Valley Medical Group, Cardiology, Clifton

Posted on February 20, 2017

The treatment of atrial fibrillation involves not only world-class medical care but a consideration of psychological and behavioral factors as well. Behavioral cardiology — a new discipline within cardiology — focuses not only on the physical aspects of heart disease, but also the psychosocial stressors that may impact the progression of heart disease.
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Evidence-Based, Patient-Centric, Team-Directed Healthcare for Patients with AFib

by Suneet Mittal, M.D., Director of Electrophysiology at The Valley Hospital and Medical Director, the Snyder Center for Comprehensive Atrial Fibrillation

Posted on February 15, 2017

When it comes to successfully treating atrial fibrillation (AFib), collaboration is proving to be more crucial than ever.  
Atrial fibrillation, or an irregular heartbeat, can lead to blood clots and is associated with a higher incidence of stroke and heart failure.  Today, more than 2.7 million people in the U.S. live with AFib, and that number is expected to double by 2050.  Guidelines on the management of AFib released this summer by the European Society of Cardiology and the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery suggest that a comprehensive treatment approach may help curb this trend.
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Heart Disease: Risk Factors and Prevention

by Gerald Sotsky, M.D., Director, Valley/Cleveland Clinic Affiliation and Chair, Cardiac Services, Valley Medical Group

Posted on February 8, 2017

Did you know that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of men and women in the United States? And, according to the American Heart Association, a heart attack strikes someone in the United States about every 43 seconds. Although these statistics are worrisome, you can help to protect yourself by knowing your risk for a heart attack and the signs and symptoms to look for. 
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Know Your Numbers: New Survey Shows Many Americans are Unaware of Their Risk Factors for Heart Disease

by Benita Burke, M.D., Medical Director, Heart Care for Women, Valley Medical Group

Posted on February 1, 2017

A just-released study by Cleveland Clinic, of which we are an affiliate of their heart program, shows that while 68 percent of Americans are worried about dying from heart disease, many don’t know the basic numbers important for heart health.
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Tags: cardiology, heart

Shoveling Snow: Winter Chore or Health Hazard?

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

Posted on January 17, 2017

Believe it or not, winter has officially begun! And, although there has been a lack of significant snowfall and cold temperatures in our area, we should still be prepared for the possibility of more seasonable weather. 
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Are You Guilty of Overeating During the Holidays? Check Out These Simple Ways to Beat Weight Gain

by Meredith Urban, MS, RD, CDN, The Center for Metabolic Surgery and Weight-Loss Management, The Valley Hospital

Posted on January 10, 2017

As we look forward to the fresh start that a new year brings, many of us will also be struggling with the addition of the unwanted pounds we’ve gained during the holidays. In my role as a bariatric nutritionist, I have acquired a few tips and tools that can help you get back on track—and, hopefully, back to your goal weight!
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How Can I Help My Child to Fall Asleep and Stay Asleep?

by Stephanie Zandieh, M.D., Director, Pediatric Sleep Disorders and Apnea Center

Posted on December 20, 2016

Overall, studies indicate that 15 to 20 percent of one to three year olds continue to have nightwakings. Inappropriate sleep associations are the primary cause of frequent nightwakings. Sleep associations are those conditions that are habitually present at the time of sleep onset and in the presence of which the infant or child has learned to fall asleep. These same conditions are then required in order for the infant or child to fall back to sleep following periodic normal nighttime arousals. 
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Is Holiday Stress Making You Sick?

by Jodie Katz, M.D., Director, Center for Integrative Medicine, The Valley Hospital

Posted on December 6, 2016

Along with family and friends, the holiday season can bring unwelcome guests including stress and depression. And, no matter how much we may welcome the season, the holidays often present a dizzying array of demands including parties, shopping, baking, cleaning and entertaining, to name just a few. 
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Tags: stress

Sleep Medicine Specialist Urges: Don’t Ignore The Dangers of Sleep Apnea

by Jeffrey P. Barasch, M.D., FACCP, FAASM, Medical Director, The Center for Sleep Medicine, The Valley Hospital

Posted on November 22, 2016

The recent catastrophic NJ Transit train accident in Hoboken highlights one of the perils of undiagnosed sleep apnea – the threat to transportation safety.  As in several other recent calamitous accidents, the engineer fell asleep at the wheel due to a medical condition that causes sleepiness, and the presence of which he was not aware.  When an individual operates a vehicle of public transportation, whether it be a train, a bus or a plane, many lives are in their hands.  Anytime the operator of one of these modes of transportation becomes drowsy, or worse, falls asleep at the controls, many lives are immediately placed in jeopardy.  This is why these safety-critical personnel should be screened and monitored for their fitness for their work, including identifying the presence of sleep disorders.   In fact, the Federal Railroad Administration is expected to issue a safety advisory this week stressing the importance of sleep apnea screening and treatment.
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