LVHN News (Healthy You)

2018
August
14,
2018
Start on the right foot About four to six weeks before the season starts is the perfect time to have a preparticipation physical examination (PPPE). “A PPPE can help detect any condition that may limit participation or predispose an athlete to inj...
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August
09,
2018
When Kunkletown resident David Baldwin woke up one fall Sunday in 2016, he didn’t think he was having a heart attack even though he had some of the classic symptoms. “My arm went numb on the left side, and I felt nauseous,” says the 65-year-old retir...
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August
08,
2018
Fast treatment is essential for people who experience a stroke. And now, the “golden window” for stroke treatments has been extended from six to 24 hours in some patients, a boon for stroke patients, say stroke experts at Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)...
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July
18,
2018
It is summer, and gardens are abloom with fresh favorites of the season. It’s also when the area is booming with fairs, festivals and other events that frequently exclude the healthy fare you usually eat. (Unless funnel cake, fried food on a stick an...
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June
14,
2018
From part 1: In June 2017, when an infection triggered a widespread sepsis attack, Clark Deardorff’s life hung on drastic measures. But with help from Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) doctors like James Wu, MD, and nurses like Lisa Forstburg, RN, ...
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June
14,
2018
Feeling unwell one evening in June 2017 didn’t worry Clark Deardorff of Harleysville, Pa. “I thought I had a minor bug,” Clark recalls. It didn’t seem like the start of a life-and-death struggle that would change him and his growing family forever. ...
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June
11,
2018
Sleep disorders are common but difficult to identify on your own for a simple reason: You’re not fully aware of what transpires while you sleep. Many people experience sleep apnea, a condition in which breathing involuntarily pauses as often as 20 to...
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June
04,
2018
Calling 911 when you or someone you know is experiencing a medical emergency is the fastest and most efficient way to receive potentially life-saving care. In the Pocono region, rapid response by emergency medical services (EMS) providers ensures ...
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May
31,
2018
Kevin Learish of Bethlehem had a choice when he felt pressure in his chest and struggled to breathe after hitting the shower at his gym: Call 911 or don’t. Fortunately, he recognized he was having a heart attack and made the call. ER and heart care t...
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May
22,
2018
Neurosurgeon Luis Cervantes, MD, with LVPG Neurosurgery in East Stroudsburg, recalls a patient who drove himself home, even though he was experiencing the worst headache of his life. “He should have gone to the ER,” Cervantes says. “Eventually we saw...
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May
16,
2018
Obstetrician-gynecologist Cheryl Hamilton, MD, with LVPG Obstetrics and Gynecology is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology and a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Practicing since the 1980s, Hamilton has witnessed a...
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May
14,
2018
Morning sickness is quite common in early stages of pregnancy, affecting as many as 80 percent of pregnant women. What’s less common is extreme morning sickness, also known as hyperemesis gravidarum. You may have read that Kate Middleton (Duchess of ...
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May
14,
2018
Fred Tim’s painful left hip was standing between him and the skiing, sailing and hunting he loved. So after having his hip replaced at Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Pocono, the Pocono Pines resident was happy to quickly get back to the ski patrol and ...
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May
07,
2018
Have you ever felt an unusual fluttering or thudding feeling in your chest? Cardiologist Praveer Jain, MD, with Lehigh Valley Hospital–Pocono, who has specialized training in electrophysiology (electrical activity of the heart), shares the signs – an...
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May
03,
2018
If you often feel sleepy during the day no matter how well you slept the night before, and your bed partner or family members complain about your snoring, you may have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea affects approximately 3 to 5 percent of the population...
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May
01,
2018
3-D mammogram Detecting breast cancer as early as possible is our mission. Tomosynthesis, also known as 3-D mammography, makes diagnosing hidden breast cancer possible. During tomosynthesis, an arc of X-ray images is taken of each breast. The imag...
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April
26,
2018
Some headaches are a pain, but mild enough that they will resolve quickly. On the other hand, some headaches can take over your life. “People often tell themselves: ‘Everybody gets headaches. I’ll just take something over the counter and try to live ...
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April
19,
2018
More than half of people over age 50 have hemorrhoids, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. But talking about swollen and inflamed veins in the anal or rectal area is something most of us would rather avo...
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April
17,
2018
You’ve probably heard of fetal alcohol syndrome. But what about opioid neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS)? “We are seeing a rising incidence of this syndrome in our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU),” says Amanda Flicker, MD, LVHN Chief of Medic...
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April
12,
2018
As we “spring ahead” into a new season, changes will begin taking shape in the coming months at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Hazleton. Modernized and patient-friendly changes that will soon grace the interior and exterior of our community hospital. Constru...
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April
11,
2018
“Ouch! My back hurts!” If you’ve ever groaned about your back, you’re not alone. Back pain affects 8 out of 10 people at some point in our lives. It’s one of the most common reasons for a visit to a health care provider. If you have back pain, you...
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April
03,
2018
They’re the three words no one wants to hear: You have cancer. “It is definitely a daunting moment for anyone who gets a cancer diagnosis,” says Joseph Puzzi, MD, otolaryngologist with Boran and Puzzi, Ear, Nose and Throat Associates, Pottsville. “Th...
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March
28,
2018
While you might not call your primary care provider (PCP) your best friend, there’s probably no one else who knows your body as well. Your PCP: Meet Our Expert Oliana Ros, MD Family Medicine View Profile Keeps tra...
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March
26,
2018
Though you may not know it by name, you might have seen someone with the hand condition Dupuytren disease (or Dupuytren contracture). The telltale sign is a severely curled and contracted finger, typically the ring or pinkie finger, or both. It affec...
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March
20,
2018
The appendix is a thin worm-shaped pouch sitting at the junction of your small and large intestines. Measuring just under 4 inches, this small organ may not seem significant, but it can develop a painful, life-threatening condition called appendiciti...
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March
20,
2018
Whether you’re laid up from surgery or an injury, physical therapy can help you get back in the game. “Physical therapy can help you recover faster,” says physical therapist Leanne J. Cramer, manager of rehabilitation services at Lehigh Valley Hos...
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March
16,
2018
After surgeons removed her thyroid gland in February, Judy Davidson-Roth was thrilled to learn she would be one of the first patients to benefit from Lehigh Valley Health Network’s (LVHN) new Thyrogen® program. The injectable drug allows patients to ...
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March
06,
2018
One of the hallmarks of multiple sclerosis (MS) is unpredictability. “Symptoms can vary greatly, and each patient’s clinical history is different,” says neurologist Gary Clauser, MD, with LVPG Neurology. “Among the most consistent symptoms are loss o...
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February
27,
2018
While undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer, Doug Geisner, 57, a retired Lehigh Township police officer, experienced lower back pain, especially at bedtime. It’s a common side effect of the major surgery Geisner had, known as a Whipple procedure...
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January
17,
2018
Jack and Winona Baloga of Hazle Township don’t want aches, pains or even surgery to slow them down. “We’ve been active most of our lives,” Jack says. Winona played softball from the 1950s to the 1990s. He was a high school track and field athlete in ...
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