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What is an Embryologist?

by Nicole Burns and Melissa Nanidzhanyan, Embryologists, The Valley Hospital Fertility Center

Posted on August 8, 2017

If you or a loved one is having difficulty conceiving, you may have researched in vitro fertilization options. In vitro fertilization, which is commonly referred to as IVF, is a process that begins with ovulation induction to stimulate a woman’s ovaries. Next, the eggs are harvested through an ultrasound-guided technique. Once the eggs have been retrieved, they are fertilized and grown in a laboratory for three to five days before the embryos are transferred into the woman’s uterus or frozen for implantation at a later date.
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What Do Women Need to Know About Heart Disease?

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

Posted on July 25, 2017

Did you know that heart disease impacts men and women differently? Research has shown that gender differences exist not only in the way disease affects the heart, but also in the symptoms and the way it is diagnosed. And, in combating this No. 1 killer of women, we must educate women on their individual risk factors and the importance of early diagnosis. 
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Medically Managed Weight Loss: A Nonsurgical Approach to a Healthier Weight

by Melissa Bagloo, M.D., Director, Center for Bariatric Surgery and Weight-Loss Management, The Valley Hospital

Posted on June 27, 2017

Weight loss, as well as maintaining a healthy weight, is a challenge that can sometimes seem insurmountable. If you are struggling with your weight, you are not alone! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 70.7 percent of adults who are 20 years of age and older are considered to be overweight and/or obese. This is especially worrying because obesity can lead to a number of serious, and sometimes even fatal, health conditions. 
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Tags: weight loss

What is Mindfulness-Based Meditation and Why Should I Try It?

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

Posted on June 13, 2017

It seems like we are hearing more and more about mindfulness-based meditation and the role it plays in stress reduction. But what exactly is mindfulness-based meditation and why is the practice getting so much attention? 

It seems like we are hearing more and more about mindfulness-based meditation and the role it plays in stress reduction. But what exactly is mindfulness-based meditation and why is the practice getting so much attention? It seems like we are hearing more and more about mindfulness-based meditation and the role it plays in stress reduction. But what exactly is mindfulness-based meditation and why is the practice getting so much attention? 
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Understanding Diabetes: Warning Signs and Risk Factors

by Adam Kelman, M.D., Endocrinologist, Valley Medical Group

Posted on May 30, 2017

Most of us know what we need to do to stay healthy. Eat right. Exercise. Maintain a healthy weight.  But studies show we're not taking care of ourselves the way we should. And this has led to an increase in people who live with diabetes. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 29 million people -- over 9 percent of the U.S. population -- live with diabetes. That number includes more than 8 million people who have diabetes but don't know it because they haven't been diagnosed yet.
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Stay Sun Smart This Summer!

by Tamar Zapolanski, M.D., FAAD, Dermatologist, Valley Medical Group - Park Ridge

Posted on May 16, 2017

Did you know that skin cancer is highly preventable? Because May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month, we want to highlight the fact that our lifestyle choices contribute greatly to our chances of getting skin cancer. The most preventable risk factor for all skin cancers is sun exposure. 

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Understanding Strokes and tPA

by Kenneth A. Levin, M.D., Medical Director, The Valley Hospital Stroke Center

Posted on May 2, 2017

A stroke is a "brain attack" and occurs when blood supply to the brain is cut off. Most strokes are caused by a blood clot that has built up on the wall of a brain artery or one that has traveled there from another part of the body (an embolic stroke or ischemic stroke). Other strokes are caused by a ruptured blood vessel in or near the brain (aneurysm), which results in bleeding within or over the surface of the brain (hemorrhagic stroke). Stroke is the fifth leading killer and the number-one cause of disability in the United States.
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It’s Never Too Soon to Start the Conversation or Fill Out an Advance Directive

by Tina Basenese, RN, MA, APN-C, ACHPN, Director of Valley Hospice

Posted on April 17, 2017

An advance directive is a written statement of a person's wishes regarding medical treatment, often including the naming of a health care representative, made to ensure those wishes are carried out should the person be unable to communicate them to a doctor. Contrary to popular belief, filling out an advance directive can be a positive experience for both you and your loved ones. Think of the process as similar to buying insurance. When you buy insurance, you file the certificate of insurance away, and the only time you have to think about it is if or when you need it. Similarly, an advance directive is like an insurance policy: your loved ones will be glad to have it in the event that you are unable to make your own healthcare decisions. 
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Global Warming and Outdoor Allergies

by Margaret L. Co, M.D., Director of Allergy and Immunology, The Valley Hospital

Posted on April 14, 2017

Global warming and climate change are in the headlines today.  For allergy sufferers, the impact of warmer temperatures on their daily lives may soon become very apparent.  If you think that your spring allergies have worsened, you may be right, and global warming may have contributed to this.  With this year’s winter being warmer than usual (temperatures this year were the second highest in history for the month of February), the pollen season is most likely going to be early.  In the Garden State, the tree pollen count will surely be one of the highest in the nation.  
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Safety and Quality Go Hand in Hand

by Healthgrades 2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award™

Posted on April 12, 2017

For a third consecutive year, The Valley Hospital has received the Healthgrades 2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award™, a designation that recognizes superior performance in hospitals that have prevented the occurrence of  serious, potentially avoidable complications for patients during hospital stays. Valley is among 460 recipients of the Patient Safety Excellence Award for 2017 out of approximately 4,600 hospitals with inpatient Medicare claims from 2013 to 2015, and is also among the top 5 percent of all short-term acute care hospitals in the nation reporting patient safety data for its excellent performance. Valley is the only hospital in Bergen County to have received this distinction.
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