Princeton HealthCare System
Call David at 609-497-2230 for an appointment. Medicare and most insurances accepted.
Breathe in. Breathe out. It sounds simple, but for the millions of people suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) the ability to take a full breath is not so easy.
“If you have trouble breathing, talk to your physician. While COPD cannot be cured, once diagnosed it can be treated so you can breathe easier,” says Joseph A. DeBlasio, Jr., M.D., a member of the medical staff at University Medical Center of Princeton (UMCP), specializing in internal medicine.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is an inflammatory lung disease that obstructs airflow out of the lungs and is a term that includes chronic bronchitis, emphysema or a combination of the two.
A progressive disease, COPD typically develops slowly with symptoms worsening over time. Common symptoms of COPD include: an ongoing cough or a cough that produces a lot of mucus (often called smoker’s cough), shortness of breath (especially with physical activity), wheezing, and chest tightness.
If you experience symptoms of COPD or notice that you are changing your lifestyle to make breathing easier, see your doctor for an evaluation.
In addition to affecting your quality of life, COPD puts you at greater risk for the flu and pneumonia, both of which can cause a worsening of COPD symptoms.
If COPD is diagnosed, there is a range of treatment options to help manage symptoms and maintain quality of life. Millions of people are living with COPD. If you have trouble breathing, talk to your doctor. Treatment can help manage your symptoms and enhance your quality of life.
To find a physician with Princeton HealthCare System, call
(888) 742-7496 or visit www.princetonhcs.org.
CONTACT David to register for PHC lectures
When to Call 911 – Thursday, April 13, - 10:45am-11:45am
When an emergency strikes, knowing the basics of when to call 911 is essential. Whether it’s an accidental injury or sudden chest pains, do you know when to call 911? Join Barbara Vaning, MHA, EMT Instructor at Princeton HealthCare System, for this interactive, educational lecture designed to teach you went to call for help. Topics include: What constitutes an emergency, what you need to tell the emergency dispatcher when you call, what to do if you cannot talk, what you can do while waiting for help to arrive
All About Joint Replacement – Wednesday, April 26
10:30am-11:30am. Every year, thousands of people suffering from painful joint conditions undergo replacement surgery and reclaim their lives. Join Victoria Ribsam, RN, BSN, ONC, Orthopedic Patient Navigator, for a discussion on how to know when it’s time for a joint replacement, what is involved and the services available at UMCP, including the Jim Craigie Center for Joint Replacement.
Posture Perfect - Tuesday, May 2nd-10:45am
Poor or improper posture can have a negative impact on your body. Poor posture can cause problems with digestion, breathing, muscles, joints and ligaments. Join Eileen Kast, PT, OCS, physical therapist with University Medical center of Princeton’s Outpatient Rehabilitation Network. To learn what constitutes proper posture, as well as some exercises to improve posture sign up today.
Free Vision Screening -Thursday, May 18th-10:00am-1:00pm
Half of all blindness is preventable through regular vision screenings and education so have your eyes checked today. Princeton Healthcare System and the NJ Commission for the Blind: Project prevention Unit are pleased to offer these free vision screenings to uninsured and underinsured adults and children. Must sign up by calling David at 609-497-2230
Aging and Breast Health
Many women experience changes in their breasts as they age. Typically, these changes are normal and are just a natural part of growing older.
“However, increasing age is a significant risk factor for breast cancer,” says Rachel P. Dultz, fellowship trained breast surgical oncologist, board certified surgeon, fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and medical director of the Breast Health Center at University Medical Center of Princeton (UMCP).
As you age and your hormones change so do your breasts. Women approaching menopause may notice that their breasts feel tender – even when they’re not menstruating – and lumpier than usual. Lumps are common, and while they are often non-cancerous cysts, they should be examined by your doctor to be sure.
Regular mammograms can help find breast cancer at an early stage, when it is usually not causing any symptoms and treatment is most successful. Additionally, you should see your doctor if notice any abnormalities in your breasts or you have breast pain that does not go away.
No matter how old you are, it is important to talk to your doctor about changes in your breasts as they occur and to determine the best plan of regular screening for you.
The Breast Health Center is part of the overall cancer care program at UMCP, and has been awarded a three-year full accreditation by The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).
Stopping Colon Cancer Before it Starts
“Colon polyps are extra pieces of tissue that grow inside the large intestine. While most polyps are not dangerous, some types can change into cancer over the course of several years,” says Anish Sheth, MD, board certified in gastroenterology, Chief of Gastroenterology and Director of the Esophageal Program at University Medical Center of Princeton (UMCP).
Anyone can get polyps, but some people are at greater risk. Common risk factors include being over the age of 50, prior history of polyps, having a family member with polyps or a family history of colon cancer. If you have any of these risk factors, talk to your doctor about screening. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommends that men and women of average risk should have a colon cancer-screening test starting at age 50.
UMCP, through a partnership with local gastroenterologists, offers a Direct Access Colonoscopy program to help speed the process of scheduling a routine screening for certain patients.
To be eligible, individuals must be age 50 or older, must not have a family history of colon cancer, cannot be on blood thinners or have a history of bleeding disorders, cannot have a history of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, must never have been diagnosed with congestive heart failure, and must not have experienced chest pains
or a heart attack within the past 12 months.
Those who meet the criteria can call UMCP’s Surgical Scheduling Office directly to make an appointment for a colonoscopy and if they meet certain screening criteria, will be scheduled for the procedure within days. For more information, or to schedule a colonoscopy through the Direct Access Colonoscopy program at UMCP, call (609)853-7510.
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Blood Pressure Check
Tuesday April 18 -10:00 am – Noon
Tuesday May 16 -10:00 am – Noon