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February 21, 2008
Would you rather die than admit you?re having a heart attack? Many people believe that heart disease is more of a concern for men than women. In fact, heart disease kills almost 500,000 American women each year, twice the number of all female cancer deaths combined. A woman is 10-14 times more likely to die of heart disease than of breast cancer, in part because cancer is treated more effectively. Forty percent of women do not survive their first heart attack. For women under 50, a heart attack is twice as likely to be fatal as for a man. That brings up a number of questions: Are women?
December 28, 2006
Losing weight continues to be one of the most popular New Year's resolutions, which is not surprising given that more than 66 percent of Americans are considered overweight or obese. The physicians at Arroyo Seco Medical Group, with offices in Arcadia, Pasadena and Glendale, are encouraging resolution-makers to post these eight reasons why it's important to lose the excess weight in a place where they see it every day. Reduce the risk of certain cancers ? Excess weight has been shown to increase the risk of developing breast cancer, uterine cancer, esophageal cancer, colon cancer and kidney cancer, among others.
June 8, 2006
More than one-third of seniors over age 65 fall each year according to the Centers for Disease Control. In recognition of National Safety Month, the balance professionals at Verdugo Hills Hospital's A Balanced Life program are reminding the community about the importance of improving balance and preventing falls. Dangers around the home cause as many as 20,000 deaths, seven million disabling injuries, and 20 million hospital trips in the U.S. each year, according to the Home Safety Council.
By Nancy Turney | August 12, 2010
Q. It seems that all my friends are having cataract surgery lately. What can I do to reduce my risk? Americans are living longer than ever before, and most people who live into their 70s and beyond will develop cataracts at some point. That's why it's important to know the risks and symptoms of cataract, what to do to delay onset, and how to decide when it's time for surgery. People should get a baseline eye screening exam at age 40, when early signs of disease and vision change may begin to occur, according to the American Academy of Opthalmology.
February 16, 2006
While most Americans have hearts on their minds this week thanks to Valentine's Day, Verdugo Hills Hospital staff is thinking about hearts for a whole different reason. February 12-18 is Cardiac Rehabilitation Week, a time to recognize the value that trained medical professionals bring to the millions of people who have heart disease or cardiovascular defects. Cardiac rehabilitation is a medically supervised program to help heart patients recover more quickly and improve their cardiovascular strength.
By Mary O'Keefe | July 12, 2007
A 9-3 jury verdict of $15 million was awarded July 2 to a local family in support of their claims that Verdugo Hills Hospital and their son's pediatrician did not properly address their newborn's jaundice. The actual costs to pay for extensive medical care over the course of Aidan Ming-Ho Leung's lifetime may be closer to $96 million. The child was born at the local hospital in March 2003 and according to Leung's attorney, Luan K. Phan, neither the hospital nor the pediatrician, Dr. Steven Wayne Nishibayashi, did all they could to inform and treat the child's jaundice.
By Nancy Turney | May 20, 2010
Q. My mom was recently diagnosed with vascular dementia. How is that different from Alzheimer?s? My mom was recently diagnosed with vascular dementia. How is that different from Alzheimer?s? Dan, La Cañada ? Vascular dementia is widely considered the second-most-common type of dementia. It develops when impaired blood flow to parts of the brain deprives cells of food and oxygen. The diagnosis may be clearest when symptoms appear soon after a single major stroke blocks a large blood vessel and disrupts the blood supply to a significant portion of the brain.
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