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Archive for the ‘ heart/cardiovascular’ Category

‘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. 


What killed Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum?

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Harold Smulyan, MDUpstate cardiologist Harold Smulyan, MD collaborated with a retired former colleague to investigate what killed Wizard of Oz author and Chittenango native L. Frank Baum in 1919. It was congestive heart failure. Their paper, which was recently published, explores what tools physicians had at their disposal to treat heart problems in the early 1900s, and what the thinking and beliefs were regarding heart disease at that time. Dr. Smulyan shares how he got involved in such a project, how he conducted research by sifting through Baum’s papers at Syracuse University’s Bird library, and what he discovered about medicine 100 years ago.


Excellus grant to pay for EKG machines for Central New York rescue squads

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Jay ScottArthur Vercillo MDJay Scott, director of education programs for Upstate’s Emergency Medicine Department, is joined by Dr. Arthur Vercillo, local surgeon and regional president of Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, to discuss a $30,000 grant from Excellus that will pay for EKG machines for volunteer rescue squads across Central New York.  The grant will provide life-saving cardiac care equipment for ambulance and rescue squads across five counties.

Read the story: Ambulances get new life-saving equipment


‘Go Red For Women’ initiative aims to increase public awareness about heart disease in women

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Richard Veenstra PhD In honor of National Wear Red Day (February 1), Upstate researcher Dr. Richard Veenstra will talk about the unique aspects of women and heart disease, debunk some myths and offer preventive measures to help avoid the situation. Dr. Veenstra’s research focuses on the electrical activity of the heart, and he also sits on the board of the Syracuse chapter of the American Heart Association. 

Read more about:
The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women initiative to increase public awareness about heart disease in women.
The 2013 Syracuse Heart Walk - April 6


Second annual ‘Strong Women, Strong Hearts’ event coming in February

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Alicia Taylor, RNElizabeth Urban, RNCardiovascular nurses Alicia Taylor and Elizabeth Urban Hartigan remind us to save the date for the second annual Strong Women, Strong Hearts event slated for February 2, 2013.

This free, day-long event will include health screenings, exercise, nutritional information, heart-healthy tastings, Reiki therapy, massage, yoga, meditation and local vendors with jewelry, foods and more.

Read more about:
The Upstate Heart and Vascular Center at Upstate University Hospital
Strong Women, Strong Hearts, a free day of education, entertainment and indulgence.