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Heart-Healthy Soup for Valentine’s Day

Posted on February 14, 2018 by Nikole Gavriilidis, MS, RD, CDE

Do you need some ideas on how to warm your Valentine’s heart this February? Why not try this heart-healthy soup in honor of American Heart Month! Simmering with flavor and packed with vegetables, this soup will become your sweetheart’s winter favorite. The featured ingredient is butternut squash, a seasonal vegetable that is a great source of vitamin A. Vitamin A plays an essential role in immune function, which is crucial during these cold winter months. Butternut squash is also a good source of fiber. A half-cup serving of butternut squash has three grams of fiber, which helps keep you full longer.  
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Many Don’t Know How to Respond in a Heart Health Emergency

Posted on February 5, 2018 by Gerald Sotsky, M.D., Director, Valley/Cleveland Clinic Affiliation, Valley Health System, and Chair, Cardiac Services, Valley Medical Group

Would you know what to do if a man or woman at your son’s baseball game went into cardiac arrest? Would you recognize the signs if you were having a heart attack? A new survey by Valley’s cardiovascular affiliate Cleveland Clinic reveals that many Americans aren’t sure.  
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Meal Planning Made Easy

Posted on January 23, 2018 by Janet Brancato, MS, RDN, Valley Dining

We all know that cooking is much healthier than frequent eating out or take out because a home cook is more in control of the ingredients and portions. Unfortunately, it can be much easier with a busy schedule to do the latter. I have many clients that struggle with planning, shopping, and cooking during the week, when the schedule is fast paced and time is limited.
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Who is a Candidate for LASIK Eye Surgery?

Posted on December 12, 2017 by Eric Saunders, M.D., Ophthalmologist, Refractive Surgery Center, Valley Medical Group Ophthalmology

If you struggle with nearsightedness, farsightedness, and/or astigmatism, you probably wear glasses or contact lenses to help you to see. This can be frustrating, especially if you misplace your glasses or lose a contact lens. You’ve probably heard of LASIK eye surgery and may be wondering if the procedure is right for you. 
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Tags: eyes

Healthy Eating — Tips for the Holiday Season

Posted on December 1, 2017 by Janet Brancato, MS, RD, Outpatient Registered Dietitian

This holiday season is a great time to try new recipes and make healthy recipe substitutions to continue your wellness goals.
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Palliative Care and Cancer Treatment

Posted on November 27, 2017 by Ayelet Spitzer, D.O., Supportive Care Specialist, Valley-Mount Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Care

A cancer diagnosis is frightening and often impacts patients on both a physical and an emotional level. It can actually lead to symptoms such as pain, nausea, anxiety and depression. These symptoms, as well as those that are caused by the cancer and/or the cancer treatment, can be eased through the incorporation of palliative medicine into the patient’s care plan.
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How Can I Manage My Diabetes?

Posted on November 21, 2017 by Adam Kelman, M.D., Endocrinologist, Valley Medical Group

Diabetes is a medical condition in which sugar or glucose levels build up in your bloodstream.
Managing diabetes is a daily challenge to keep blood sugar levels in the desired range.  Balancing the food you eat with exercise and medicine (if prescribed) will help you control your weight and keep your blood glucose in the healthy range.
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Tags: diabetes

Lung Cancer Screening

Posted on November 17, 2017 by Robert Korst, M.D., Chief, Oncology Surgical Services and Thoracic Surgery, The Valley Hospital; Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, The Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai

Screening for lung cancer with a low-dose CT scan can identify small nodules or other abnormalities in your lungs. Finding a problem at an early stage, before there are symptoms, may make it easier to treat.
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What Causes Congestive Heart Failure Hospitalizations?

Posted on November 7, 2017 by Cardiologist Kariann Abbate, M.D., Heart Failure Specialist, Heart Care for Women, Valley Medical Group

Heart failure (HF) affects approximately 5.7 million adults in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If not properly managed, HF can lead to frequent hospitalizations.  A heart failure hospitalization should be viewed as a sentinel event.  Five year survival after a heart failure hospitalization is only 20 percent, a prognosis that is worse than most cancer diagnoses. Importantly, if HF is properly managed by team of skilled heart failure clinicians, prognosis and quality of life can improve.   
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Tags: cardiology

Breast Cancer: Risk, Screening and Signs

Posted on October 17, 2017 by Laura Klein, M.D., Medical Director, The Valley Hospital Breast Center

October is a month that is known for pumpkin picking, hayrides and beautiful fall foliage. The month is also synonymous with breast cancer awareness and features walks, fundraisers and nationwide comradery to raise awareness, as well as funds, to beat the disease. This cause is as important as ever, with approximately 1 in 8 women in the United States developing invasive breast cancer during her lifetime. 
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