Runners, Join Our LVHN Via Marathon Blog Series

2014 LVHN Via Marathon finish lineWhether you’re a newbie or a veteran, and whether you’re already training or waiting for the spring thaw, if you’re running in any of the 2015 Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) Via Marathon events this September, we want to hear from you.

We’re looking for runners to contribute to a weekly series of blog posts leading up to the Sept. 12 and 13 events, including the 5K, team relay, half-marathon and marathon. Share your story with the running community here on the Lehigh Valley Health News blog. We’ll promote the posts on the LVHN Facebook page, and Via will share them too — all using the new hash tag, #LVHNVia.

It’s our goal to gather a variety of voices on numerous topics to help LVHN Via Marathon participants make the most of their race while helping a worthy cause in our community. Read More »

Concert by LVHN Physician Rick Boulay, MD, Will Support Cancer Charities

Richard Boulay, MD

Richard Boulay, MD
Gynecologic oncology
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As both an oncologist and a caregiver to family members with cancer, Rick Boulay MD, finds solace in music.. “The combination of a beautiful melody and powerful lyrics taps deeply inside me to a healing place,” says Boulay, Lehigh Valley Health Network’s chief of gynecologic oncology and a classically trained singer.

You will have an opportunity to experience the power of music when Boulay performs “This is the Moment: Songs and Lessons of Cancer Survivorship.” This interactive program, geared toward cancer survivors and their caregivers, explores lessons of cancer survivorship including courage, hopefulness, vulnerability, fear and spirituality through stories and songs in the style of Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Read More »

Looking to Help Your Child or Teen Live Healthier? Read The New Healthy You Magazine

Healthy You March April 2015 coverIs your teenager staying up all night and feeling groggy during the day? Then the March-April issue of Healthy You magazine should rise to the top of your must-read list.

Inside, you’ll meet Christina Lessig. She had those very symptoms – and they sapped away her energy. Then the Bangor High School student received a sleep study from pediatric pulmonologist Dharmeshkumar Suratwala, MD, with Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital. Now her restless nights are a thing of the past.

Inside LVHN’s bimonthly wellness magazine you’ll also be inspired by the stories of:

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Many Faces of Breast Cancer: Staying Active Helps Margaret Boyle, 88, Keep Cancer Away

Margaret BoyleWhen Margaret Boyle was diagnosed with breast cancer at 88 years old, she didn’t panic. She kept her positive attitude and trusted in her doctors and the new technology and medicine available today.

She also stayed active. Even in her late 80s, you might see her with her binder of exercises at LVHN Fitness in the Health & Wellness Center at Muhlenberg.

“Not everyone my age appreciates that you can have cancer and still live,” she says. “I would say enjoy the day you have, even with cancer. With the treatment you can get today, there could be many more days ahead.”

She credits preventive medicine – getting her annual mammogram – and exercising regularly for helping her stay healthy and recover quickly.

“I was happy with how it all turned out. I have to look in the mirror to see where the surgery was done – it’s just a little line that I hardly notice.”

She shares her story in this eighth and final installment of the weekly winter 2015 series of Many Faces of Breast Cancer. Read 14 first-hand accounts from survivors of breast cancers.

Broken-Heart Syndrome (Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy) Demonstrates Role of Stress in Heart Disease, Cardiologist Explains

Deborah Sundlof, DO

Deborah Sundlof, DO
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Broken-heart syndrome isn’t just feeling sad if you didn’t get chocolate and roses on Valentine’s Day. It’s the name for a serious condition with symptoms similar to a heart attack and requires treatment, says Lehigh Valley Health Network cardiologist Deborah Sundlof, DO, with LVPG Cardiology—Muhlenberg.

Takotsubo cardiomyopathy got the nickname broken-heart syndrome because it’s usually triggered by a sudden emotionally or physically stressful event.

Initially described in 1998, this condition is just starting to increase in awareness, and it’s putting a spotlight on the role of stress in heart disease. About 90 percent of patients diagnosed with takotsubo cardiomyopathy are women, and they’re usually older than 60, although young people can experience it as well.

Potential causes include acute and severe stress caused by an incident such as the death of a loved one, the loss of a job, or a catastrophe. The role chronic stress plays in takotsubo cardiomyopathy is uncertain.

“We all need to take the time to reevaluate and say, ‘Is my life too stressful? What can I do to relieve my stress? Do I need to talk to my doctor about it – is it becoming a problem?’” Sundlof says. Read More »