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Friday, March 10, 2017
Mary and Damon living an active lifestyle after their bariatric procedures It was the little things that were really starting to get to Mary. Describing herself as morbidly obese since the age of 10, 48-year old Mary McInnes had lived with sleep apnea, shortness of breath and fatigue for years. But the “little things” of shopping in stores or walking up the stairs without spilling a cup of coffee was a life Mary never knew. This was a sentiment shared with her husband, Damon, 53, also obese, who had to ...
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
McLaren Macomb low-dose CT screenings are key in the early detection of lung cancer, but for one patient, it was also a way to achieve peace of mind. For several years, the risk of lung cancer had been weighing on Kurt Van De Wiele’s mind. At 59, he had never been a heavy smoker, characterizing himself as an “infrequent” smoker—lighting up for a few weeks at a time and during social occasions. Kurt Van De Wiele But he had begun to notice a trend. Stage IV lung cancer had started to take many of his loved...
Monday, February 27, 2017
An arrhythmia is an irregular or abnormal heartbeat and the most common type of heart arrhythmia is atrial fibrillation (AFib). AFib patients experience irregular beating of the upper chambers of the heart (atria) and blood doesn’t flow as well as it should from the upper chambers to the lower. (Click here to see if you are at risk for AFib) Statistics of AFib: • Affects more than 5 million Americans • Risk increases with age—median age, 66.8 years old for men, 74.6 years old for women • 35 percent exper...
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
When compared to the warm summer days enjoyed during July, the cold and low-sunlight days of winter can be linked to a two-fold increase in the number of heart attacks. “This time of year, the cold, low-light, winter months, are peak timing for heart attacks,” said Dr. J. Quen Dickey, a cardiologist with the McLaren Cardiovascular Institute. “When we compare the statistics from January to those from July, we see about twice as many heart attacks during the winter months. I cannot stress enough for every...
Thursday, February 16, 2017
The slow start to the annual flu season has picked up in recent weeks to the point that one McLaren Macomb emergency medicine physician described it as “epidemic.” “The amount of influenza cases we’ve seen this week have been well above average,” said Dr. James Larkin, an emergency medicine physician at McLaren Macomb. “It’s always important to take preventative measures to avoid contraction, but with the prevalence of flu cases we’ve seen this week, taking extra precaution is highly advisable.” Common ...
Thursday, February 2, 2017
Celebrate American Heart Month by putting your heart health first. Each year, hundreds of thousands of Americans die from various forms of heart disease while millions of others live with it every day. • Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United State, ahead of cancer. • 610,000 Americans die every year from heart disease—representing one in every 4 adults. • 735,000 heart attacks are reported in the United States each year. The major risk factors include high blood pressure, high choles...
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Nearly half of today’s 15.5 million cancer survivors are between the ages of 40 and 70 years old. “They have a lot more living to do,” said Kathryn Candela, LMSW, a social worker with the Karmanos Cancer Institute at McLaren Macomb, Ted B. Wahby Cancer Center. Cancer survivors can display a variety of emotional symptoms related to their diagnosis and treatment, ranging from feelings of depression and anxiety to euphoria and triumph. Or some might feel nothing at all. “There are many emotions that our pa...
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
For the better part of the winter, Metro Detroiters will be digging themselves out of snowfalls and blizzards until March arrives and ushers in spring. Until then, physical therapists from McLaren Macomb offer the following tips to safely combat the sometimes-physically demanding removal of a fresh snowfall. To prepare yourself prior to shoveling: • Walk or perform another activity to promote blood flow to the tissues you are about to use. • Stretch by sliding your hands down the front your thighs while...