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Archive for the ‘ heart/cardiovascular’ Category

The 7-minute workout

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Carol Sames PhD

Exercise physiologist Carol Sames, PhD, talks about the new ” 7-minutes workout” everyone’s been talking about, and the benefits and contraindications of high intensity circuit training (HICT). Sames is associate professor, College of Health Professions and director of the Vitality! Fitness Program at Upstate Medical University.


Implantable cardiac defibrillator

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Traian Anghel, MDAmy TetraultTraian Anghel, MD is joined by Amy Tetrault, RN, to talk about a new subcutaneous implantable cardiac defibrillator offered at Upstate, that will help regulate abnormal heart rhythms.  Anghel is assistant professor of Medicine at Upstate, and founding partner at the Heart Group of Syracuse, and Tetrault is the associate director, Upstate Heart and Vascular Center.


What you need to know about atrial fibrillation

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Luna Bhatta MD, talks about the causes and treatments of atrial fibrillation, an irregular and often rapid heart rate that commonly causes poor blood flow to the body and can put you at higher risk for a stroke. Symptoms can include heart palpitations, shortness of breath and weakness. Luna is the director of the Heart Rhythm Center and Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Lab at Upstate. For more information, call 315 464-5973.  Read the “What’s Up at Upstate” blog: Reducing stroke risk in patients with atrial fibrillation


Understanding heart failure

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Lorrie Langdon, RNLorrie Langdon, RN, coordinator of the Heart Failure Program at Upstate, helps us understand exactly what this condition is, what causes it, which people are most susceptible and how it’s diagnosed. For the third consecutive year, Upstate University Hospital has received the Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Failure Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation secondary prevention guidelines for heart failure patients.


‘Healthy Eats’: What is the DASH diet?

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Upstate University Hospital registered dietitian Maureen Franklin, RD, explains the DASH diet – short for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension – an eating plan designed to lower sodium intake which helps to lower your blood pressure.  The heart-healthy diet focuses on eating foods that are low in saturated fat and cholesterol, and increasing foods rich in nutrients, which can often lead to weight loss.  


New guideline for stroke prevention

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Antonio Culebras, MDUpstate neurologist Antonio Culebras, MD served as the lead author of an updated guideline from the American Academy of Neurology that recommends that people with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation, or irregular heartbeat, take oral anticoagulants, a type of blood thinner pill, to prevent stroke.  The World Stroke Organization has endorsed the updated guideline.  Read more: Guideline: People with Irregular Heartbeat Should Take Blood Thinners to Prevent Stroke


‘What’s Your Emergency?’: What to do when you experience chest pain

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

William Paolo, MDUpstate emergency physician William Paolo, MD helps us understand chest pain – what is happening in the body that causes the pain, why it’s an emergency and what people should do for someone who says they are suffering from chest pain.


Determining your “fitness age”

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Carol SamesExercise physiologist Carol Sames PhD, discusses a recent study out of Norway that has shown you can determine your “fitness age” and overall health using some simple parameters, including waist circumference, resting heart rate and frequency and intensity of exercise.
How fit are you, really? – try out the Fitness Calculator.
Read the study: Estimating V·O 2peak from a non-exercise prediction model: the HUNT Study, Norway


Boost your brainpower with regular exercise

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Carol SamesExercise physiologist Carol Sames, PhD discusses recent research that identifies numerous previously unknown ways in which regular exercise reduces the risk of heart disease and cancer, helps control diabetes and boosts brainpower. Sames is the Director of Upstate’s Vitality! program, which was conceived as a natural extension of the programs and activities offered through the traditional health care system. For more information or to enroll in the Vitality! program, call (315) 464-9992.
Read the story: Researchers Explain Why Exercise Works Magic, The Scientific American.


‘What’s Your Emergency?’ – Chest pain

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Derek R Cooney, MD, FF/NREMT-P, FACEPChristian C Knutsen, MDDr. Derek Cooney, director of emergency medical services and disaster medicine at Upstate, is joined by Christian Knutsen, MD, medical director for EMS Education Programs at Upstate, to explain how patients with chest pains are diagnosed and treated in the emergency department.


Robotic cardiac surgery

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Randolph Chitwood, Jr. MDDr. Randolph Chitwood, Jr., one of the world leaders in minimally invasive and robotic mitral valve surgery, describes how these techniques affect outcomes and what it means for the future. Chitwood is recognized as the first heart surgeon to perform robot-assisted heart valve surgery in North America, and currently serves as Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Sr. Vice Chancellor at East Carolina University.


‘Healthy Eats’ – Foods that help fight inflammation

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Upstate University Hospital dietitian Terry Podolak, RDTerry Podolak, RD, our ‘Healthy Eats’ expert, tells us how to protect our immune system by eating a variety of foods that help fight inflammation.