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Diagnosing Prostate Cancer

Posted on September 5, 2017 by Howard Frey, M.D., Medical Director, The Urologic Oncology Center, Valley-Mount Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Care

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men (after skin cancer), but it can be treated successfully. In fact, more than 2 million men in the U.S. count themselves as prostate cancer survivors. Most cases of prostate cancer occur in men older than 50, and two out of three cases are in men over 65.
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Preventing Strokes in Patients with AFib

Posted on September 5, 2017 by Suneet Mittal, M.D., Director, Electrophysiology, The Valley Hospital, and Medical Director, Snyder Center for Comprehensive Atrial Fibrillation.

Did you know that more than 3 million Americans are affected by atrial fibrillation? Atrial fibrillation, which is also referred to as AF or AFib, is the most common irregular or abnormal heart rhythm disorder. It decreases the heart’s pumping ability and can make the heart work less efficiently. In addition, patients must be aware that AFib can lead to potentially life-threatening problems such as blood clots and a higher risk of stroke.
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What is an Embryologist?

Posted on August 8, 2017 by Nicole Burns and Melissa Nanidzhanyan, Embryologists, The Valley Hospital Fertility Center

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?

Posted on July 25, 2017 by Benita Burke, M.D., FACC, Medical Director, Valley Medical Group’s Heart Care for Women

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

Posted on June 27, 2017 by Melissa Bagloo, M.D., Director, Center for Bariatric Surgery and Weight-Loss Management, The Valley Hospital

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

Posted on June 13, 2017 by Jodie Katz, M.D., Director, Center for Integrative Medicine, The Valley Hospital

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

Posted on May 30, 2017 by Adam Kelman, M.D., Endocrinologist, Valley Medical Group

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!

Posted on May 16, 2017 by Tamar Zapolanski, M.D., FAAD, Dermatologist, Valley Medical Group - Park Ridge

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

Posted on May 2, 2017 by Kenneth A. Levin, M.D., Medical Director, The Valley Hospital Stroke Center

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

Posted on April 17, 2017 by Tina Basenese, RN, MA, APN-C, ACHPN, Director of Valley Hospice

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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