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Archive for the ‘ heart/cardiovascular’ Category

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.


Public Health Today: Statins and heart disease

Friday, December 7th, 2012

National heart disease and cholesterol expert Dr. John LaRosa discusses the newest and most powerful class of cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins, and the role they play in the decline of heart disease and stroke.


What killed Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum?

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Harold Smulyan, MDUpstate cardiologist Harold Smulyan 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 Bird library at SU, and what he discovered about medicine 100 years ago.


Cardiovascular MRI at Upstate

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Ali K Salah, MDDr. Ali Salah, director of cardiac imaging at Upstate, talks about cardiovascular MRI -  what it’s used for and how Upstate is the only hospital in the region with this expertise.  Read “Complex heart abnormalities come into focus with cardiac MRI” on Upstate’s blog “What’s Up At Upstate“.


Update on new Upstate Cancer Center

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Linda Veit Thoracic surgeon Leslie Kohman, medical director of the Upstate Cancer Center, and Linda Veit, special projects manager, update us on the exciting new cancer center as it rises from the ground. The capital campaign continues to support the building and many exciting new programs that will complement the existing cancer program.

To learn more about the capital campaign for the new Upstate Cancer Center, or to donate: Give Hope a New Home.


New pump device for patients with complicated heart problems

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Interventional cardiologist Hani Kozman talks about a new Impella device, a “heart pump” for patients with complex heart problems.

The Upstate Heart & Vascular Center (HVC) at Upstate University Hospital.


7/29/12 Women’s heart support group

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Upstate University Hospital and the national organization WomenHeart are hosting Central NY WomenHeart—free monthly meetings that serve as a support network for women who are living with heart disease.  Upstate’s Jamie Waterstripe RN and heart disease survivor Leisha Tedford MSW talk about the support group, held at Upstate’s OASIS/HealthLink Learning Center, 1 Telergy Parkway (6333 State Route 298) in East Syracuse. The public is invited to an Open House on Monday, July 30, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

For more information about the Central NY WomenHeart, contact call 315-663-1712.


5/13/12 Resistant hypertension

Friday, May 11th, 2012

Apurv Khanna, MDInternist Apurv Khanna, director of the Hypertension Clinic at Upstate, talks about ‘resistant hypertension’, or high blood pressure that is difficult to control.  Dr. Khanna will discuss the reasons for this condition and the testing and treatment the clinic provides.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Upstate Connect 1-800-464-8668


3/18/12 Heart disease in women

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Lubna Wani, MDDr. Lubna Wani is a clinical investigator and internist treating acute and chronic diseases and conditions such as heart disease and diabetes in adult patients, and an advocate for women and heart disease.  Dr. Wani will address the impact heart disease has on women and how the disease is different in women than in men.

View Dr. Wani’s video