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Call David at 609-497-2230 for an appointment. Medicare and most insurances accepted.
Every year, one in three people over the age of 60 experience a fall. Many of these accidents can be prevented with the right exercises and some simple changes in habits and environment. Attend this class to learn how to improve your balance and what you can do to prevent falls. The class will include a lecture and exercises, so wear sturdy shoes and comfortable clothes. Classes will be taught by Carolyn Schindewolf, Health Educator with Princeton HealthCare System’s Community Education & Outreach Program and Matter of Balance Instructor.
Stroke, Thursday, March 9 at 10:45am-11:45am
An estimated 80% of all strokes can be prevented if you know and address your risk factors. Join Kimberly Rogers, BSN, RN, CEN, Stroke Coordinator, to learn about risk factors, warning signs and the importance of seeking medical attention, as well as the services available through University Medical Center of Princeton’s state-designated Primary Stroke Center Stroke Program to identify and treat stroke. UMCP is a state-designated Primary Stroke Center.
Early detection is key to fighting colon cancer, and screening with a colonoscopy can detect and stop 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.
When Chronic Cough is Something More Serious
A persistent cough can be more than just an annoyance; it could be a sign of an underlying medical problem that needs attention.
Coughing is a natural reflex that protects your lungs and helps clear your airways of irritants such as smoke and mucus. “But if you have a cough that persists for more than a few weeks, it could also be your body telling you that it’s time to see a doctor,” says John A. Heim, M.D., board certified in general and thoracic surgery and chairman of the Department of Surgery at University Medical Center of Princeton (UMCP).
An acute cough is the type that you typically get with a cold and generally resolves within two to three weeks. A chronic cough lasts longer and can interfere with your day-to-day activities.
If you are otherwise healthy with no history of underlying lung disease and have a cough that lasts for more than four weeks, you should make an appointment to see your doctor.
If you have been diagnosed with a lung condition such as COPD or chronic bronchitis and the nature of your cough changes, you should consult your physician.
Treating a cough depends on the underlying cause. Research shows that patients with lung diseases or breathing problems can benefit from rehabilitation. The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at UMCP is a medically supervised program that helps patients reduce shortness of breath and anxiety, increase ability to perform daily activities; improve breathing techniques, stamina and strength; and enhance physical and mental well-being.
A cough that doesn’t go away is cause for concern. If you suffer from chronic cough, make an appointment to see your doctor.
To find a physician with Princeton HealthCare System, call
(888) 742-7496 or visit www.princetonhcs.org.
Get Your Flu Vaccine Today
Some things you can count on to come around every year – birthdays, anniversaries, flu season. And although you can catch the flu any time, flu season in the United States typically runs from October to May, peaking in the winter months.
“Flu vaccines are easy, effective and widely available, and by getting yourself vaccinated, you won’t have to suffer through flu season this year,”’ says Karina K. Lee, M.D., board certified in internal medicine and a member of the medical staff at University Medical Center of Princeton.
Influenza – flu – is a respiratory virus that is spread though droplets expelled when coughing, sneezing or talking. Flu is highly contagious as germs can be spread at distances of up to six feet, and you can have the virus for several days before symptoms occur.
Common flu symptoms include; fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, aches, fatigue, or vomiting or diarrhea (more common for children). If you have flu symptoms, call your doctor. Often the best thing you can do is let the virus run its course by staying home, resting and avoiding contact with other people.
A flu vaccine is especially important for these people at higher risk of having flu complications; people over age 65, children under 5, pregnant women, people in nursing homes, and people with certain medical conditions such as asthma, heart disease or lung disease.
Flu season may come around every year, but getting vaccinated is an easy way to keep the virus at bay so you and those around you can stay
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