Get Screened for Colon Cancer

1 in 20 people get colon-rectal cancerOne in 20 people will develop cancer of the colon or rectum, which are parts of the large intestine. Because colon and rectal cancers have many features in common, they sometimes are referred to together as colon-rectal cancer. Such cancers are the third most common.

“Colon cancer is preventable and treatable when detected early,” says Lehigh Valley Health Network general surgeon Guillermo Garcia, MD, with LVPG General Surgery–Hausman Road. “That’s why it’s important to have a screening colonoscopy.” During a colonoscopy, a flexible, lighted tube called a colonoscope is inserted through the rectum into the colon to examine the entire length of the large intestine.

Here’s what you need to know about having a colonoscopy and getting screened for colon-rectal cancer. Read More »

Ways You Can Lower Your Risk for AFib

Help your heart keep a steady beatAtrial fibrillation (AFib), the most common heart rhythm disorder, can be a very serious condition. With AFib, the electrical signals in the upper chambers of the heart (atria) fire quickly and uncontrollably. The chambers quiver instead of contracting normally, which may cause blood to pool and/or clot. “If a blood clot forms and becomes lodged in an artery in the brain, a stroke may occur,” says Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) cardiologist Nghia Hoang, DO, with LVPG Cardiology-1250 Cedar Crest. About 15 percent of strokes occur in people with AFib.

Do these things to lower your risk for AFib. Read More »

5 Supplements to Improve Your Health

5 supplements that may improve your healthIf you eat healthy but are concerned you’re not getting all the nutrients you need from your diet, you may want to consider dietary supplements. They may be an effective way to get nutrients that otherwise are lacking from your diet.

Lehigh Valley Health Network orthopedic surgeon Eric Lebby, MD, with VSAS Orthopedics, is an expert on the use of supplements. “If you’re thinking about taking supplements, find a primary care provider who is knowledgeable and comfortable talking about their benefits,” Lebby says. Read More »

Three Ways to Prepare for Surgery

Stay in Motion After SurgeryIf you’re among the thousands of people gearing up for joint replacement, weight-loss surgery, gallbladder removal or any other type of elective surgery (a procedure scheduled in advance), Lehigh Valley Health Network surgeon Scott Beman, MD, has a message for you. “Get prepared before your surgery day,” says Beman, who practices with LVPG General and Bariatric Surgery—1240 Cedar Crest. “Understand why you need the surgery and what you can do to improve your recovery.”

To help you remember the three most important ways to prepare for surgery, we’ve related each one to a well-known rule or phrase. Read More »

Save Yourself Some Pain; Warm Up Before Your Workout

Warm-up wisdom from Faisal Al-AlimIn our rush-rush world, it’s not easy to find time to exercise every day. So it’s no surprise that you want to start exercising without warming up. Besides, you might figure, is a warm-up really that important?

The answer: yes. A proper warm-up may make the difference between getting hurt and not getting hurt. “Nearly 90 percent of all sports injuries don’t require surgery, and a great many of those injuries are preventable,” says Lehigh Valley Health Network sports medicine physician Faisal Al-Alim, MD, with LVPG Sports Medicine—One City Center. “Warming up before physical activity is your first line of defense against injury.” Read More »