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Monday, April 17, 2017
Many years of jogging and distance running can eventually take its toll on the body, specifically the knees, potentially leading to painful damage and, possibly, osteoarthritis. With many dedicated runners flocking to downtown Mount Clemens for the seventh annual Let’s Move Festival of Races on April 29, the thought of a medical procedure and extended time off their feet might cause these runners to forego medical advice, choosing instead for home readies or—more damaging—to “run through it.” Dr. Michae...
Monday, April 10, 2017
Physician's advice for peak performance on race day. Dr. Kurtis Kieleszewski Family medicine physician (click for physician info) With races of varying length and the drive of friendly competition, runners for the McLaren Let’s Move Festival of Races strive to show up on race day prepared to turn in a personal best. Organized by the Macomb Health and Fitness Foundation, the 7th annual McLaren Let’s Move Festival of Races will be held on Saturday, April 29, with proceeds donated to the Macomb Food Progra...
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Patients have been steadily arriving in significant numbers to the McLaren Macomb emergency department with symptoms consistent with influenza B, signaling a spread of the flu strain within the community. This late-season spike comes on the heels of a weaker flu season, when compared to previous years. “Having fewer cases of influenza A does not have any impact on the prevalence strains of influenza B can have,” said Dr. James Larkin, physician and director of emergency medicine at McLaren Macomb. “One ...
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 ...