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HealthLink on Air radio show/podcast: May 29, 2016

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

May 29, 2016

Vascular surgeon Michael Costanza, MD, goes over the importance of screening for vascular diseases. Research scientist Stephen Glatt, PhD, discusses the genetic epidemiology of neuropsychiatric disorders. Meaghan Greeley and Tiffany Brec from Vera House talk about strategies for stopping sexual violence.


How vascular disease can lead to muscle problems, heart attacks, strokes

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Vascular disease, or diseases of the blood vessels, can lead to difficulty walking, heart attacks, strokes and gangrene, explains Upstate vascular surgeon Michael Costanza, MD. Changes in lifestyle habits often help: Don’t smoke, get reasonable exercise, follow a healthy diet, and control any problems with diabetes, cholesterol or blood pressure. Costanza also addressed how vascular disease is diagnosed, who is likely to get it and the importance of screening.


Screening needed to detect common, but serious, disease: hypertension

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

High blood pressure is a fairly common condition that can contribute to a stroke, heart attack or vascular problems, and yet it often goes undetected. Since it often shows no symptoms, screening is important to detect it, and treatments are available, says Upstate cardiologist Harold Smulyan, MD. He explains the associated risks, such as smoking, obesity and excessive salt intake, and also who tends to be at higher risk for high blood pressure, also known as hypertension


HealthLink on Air radio show: April 17, 2016

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

April 17, 2016

Urologist Oleg Shapiro, MD, discusses kidney cancer. Nurses Lorrie Langdon and Michelle Vallelunga tell about atrial fibrillation and its connection to stroke. Wikipedian Lane Rasberry talks about the medical information available at the online encyclopedia.


Atrial fibrillation: A heart problem that can lead to stroke

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

Atrial fibrillation, or “a-fib,” is a common heart problem that can greatly increase the risk of stroke, as two Upstate nurses explain. A heart that is in atrial fibrillation is beating too fast, too slow or irregularly, which might allow blood to pool and clot instead of being pumped normally, say Lorraine “Lorrie” Langdon (at right), coordinator of the Heart Failure Program, and Michelle Vallelunga (at left), data coordinator of the Comprehensive Stroke Center at Upstate. Those clots can travel to the brain and cause a stroke. The nurses go over risk factors and how atrial fibrillation is diagnosed and treated, plus what to do if you think someone is experiencing atrial fibrillation or a stroke.


HealthLink on Air radio show: November 22, 2015

Friday, November 20th, 2015

November 22, 2015

Gynecologist Renee Mestad, MD, tells about the new medication designed to boost a woman’s libido. Endovascular neurosurgeon Grahame Gould, MD, discusses advances in stroke treatment. Philip Rose, a program coordinator at the Prevention Network of Central New York, provides an update on underage drinking. Orthopedic surgeon William Lavelle, MD, tells how to deal with a muscle pull, or knot, in a shoulder.


New stroke team neurosurgeon offers open as well as minimally invasive surgical options

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

The surgical option for patients suffering from stroke used to be limited to traditional open surgery. Advances in radiology have made it possible for specially trained neurosurgeons, called endovascular neurosurgeons, to make repairs from within blood vessels using catheters and guide wires. “With the advent of interventional radiology techniques, we’re finding more ways to get to places that were hard to get to with surgery, and we can get to them very quickly, which is critical for treating a patient who might be having a stroke,” says Grahame Gould, MD, one of the members of the stroke team at Upstate University Hospital. He goes on to say that he is glad to be able to offer both approaches, since minimally invasive procedures are not necessarily the best option for all patients with neurovascular diseases, including stroke. 


HealthLink on Air radio show: October 18, 2015

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

October 18, 2015:

On this week’s edition of Upstate Medical University’s “HealthLink on Air”: Michael Weiner, MD, explains his research on Alzheimer’s disease and the Brain Health Registry. Neurologist Hesham Masoud, MBBCh, tells about interventional neuroradiology and its role in stroke care. Gail Banach from the Upstate New York Poison Center unveils a new program in Onondaga County for disposing of medical needles and medications.




Today’s stroke care is rapid, precise and minimally invasive

Friday, October 9th, 2015

Some patients who suffer strokes have a clot blocking the blood flow in a vessel in their brains. Quickly getting into the vessel, securing the clot and removing it can be life-saving, says a neurologist at Upstate Medical University. Hesham Masoud, MBBCh, said he has been fortunate to see patients go home from the hospital two days after such clot-retrieving procedures — with no deficits. Masoud is a new member of the team of health professionals at Upstate’s Comprehensive Stroke Center, the first in Central New York.  


Outreach strengthens stroke care throughout region

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Jennifer Curry, BSN, RN, CCRNThe region’s emergency medical responders are well trained to deal with stroke, partly because of Jennifer Curry, RN. As outreach coordinator for Upstate’s Comprehensive Stroke Program, Curry helps keep EMS teams and outlying hospitals abreast of the latest information on stroke and whether a patient needs to be transferred to Upstate. She also has an easy-to-remember way for the general public to recognize and deal with a possible stroke in a loved one.


Group helps stroke patients avoid social isolation

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Carrie Garcia, MSA stroke can damage a person’s ability to perform many day-to-day functions, which can lead to social isolation, according to Carrie Garcia, MS, speech language pathologist with the Physical Rehabilitation and Medicine Department at Upstate Medical University. Partnering with a nearby hospital, she helped create a stroke support group that provides patients, loved ones and caregivers with a way to find information and emotional support as well as to socialize and express themselves.


How to recognize a stroke, and why getting to a comprehensive stroke center promptly is crucial

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Carmen M Martinez, MDCatherine Stephens, RNNeurologist Carmen Martinez, MD, and Catherine Stephens, RN, explain why time is critical for someone suffering a stroke. Learn the symptoms, and what happens at Upstate University Hospital even before a stroke patient arrives to the emergency department. They also talk about the value of getting care at a comprehensive stroke center.