LVHN News (Healthy You)

2018
October
02,
2018
New treatment guidelines from the American Heart Association lower the threshold for high blood pressure. Instead of 140/90 mmHg, it’s now 130/80. “The new guidelines help better identify people who are at risk for cardiovascular disease and who n...
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September
21,
2018
It’s no surprise that accidents happen during summer activities, even when you’re trying to be careful. “Because we’re outside more and the days are longer, summer can be a more dangerous time,” says Colleen Kennedy, MD, medical director at Lehigh Va...
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September
20,
2018
Ken Kolakowski, 53, of Bushkill, Pa., father of six and grandfather of eight, is feeling fine these days. Nearly everyone who knows him finds that amazing because not long ago he was the opposite of “fine”. “Everybody tells me I’m a miracle,” Kola...
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September
12,
2018
For many high school students, summer is the chance to sleep in and hang out with friends. But for committed athletes looking ahead to August practices, it can mean a workout-filled schedule. “There’s a lot of demand on high school athletes in the...
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September
07,
2018
The arrival of Daniel Koh, MD, brings additional expertise in medical oncology and general hematology (blood diseases) to Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Pocono, a part of the Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute. The Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute’s membersh...
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August
29,
2018
When Kelly M. Wanamaker MD, began college, medicine wasn’t even on her radar. “I set out to become a math teacher,” Wanamaker says. “Quickly, I began to realize that interacting with people is what interested me most.” She switched majors from mathem...
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August
21,
2018
Life is filled with ups and down as well as arthritis, sprains, strains, broken bones and other injuries that can keep you from doing what you need to – like blow drying your hair or comfortably operating a computer mouse. To help you get back on ...
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August
16,
2018
The start of a new school year is not far off. If you have a child who will be ready for kindergarten next year, now is the time to make sure your child will be up to date on required immunizations for attendance at school. Pediatrician Garry Hami...
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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
Imaging Technology Gives the Inside Peek Advances in imaging technology can give your doctor a clearer picture of your health, resulting in a more precise diagnosis and treatment plan. Here’s a snapshot of some of the latest tools available across...
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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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