Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. claiming more than 500,000 lives in this country annually.
An additional 1,500,000 Americans suffer heart attacks, often striking individuals in their most productive years.
- Pulmonary disease is the third leading cause of death in this nation.
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) affects nearly two million Americans and asthma more
As we conclude our observation of Heart Health Month, let’s take a look at COPD–Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). COPD is a term used to describe a variety progressive lung diseases including chronic bronchitis, emphysema, non-reversible asthma, and some forms of bronchiectasis.
Many people consider a shortness of breath and coughing as part of the aging process, but that is not necessarily so. COPD can sneak up on you, developing for years without problematic breathlessness.
This is an issue because if COPD is identified early, intervention can slow the loss Read More
Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC) is pursuing certification as an accredited Chest Pain Center through the Society
AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION News:
What is an AED?
An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a lightweight, portable device that delivers an electric shock through the chest to the heart.
The shock can stop an irregular heart rhythm and allow a normal rhythm to resume following sudden cardiac arrest. Sudden cardiac arrest is an abrupt loss of heart function.
If it’s not treated within minutes, it quickly leads to death. Most sudden cardiac arrests result from ventricular fibrillation. This is a rapid and unsynchronized heart rhythm starting in the heart’s lower pumping chambers (the ventricles). Read More
Update: Response from Kyler Nerison, HSD spokesman:
“This is nothing more than the same partisan stunt orchestrated by the same Washington politicians more than a year ago. The Feds have extensively reviewed this matter and found that the state acted in accordance with the anti-fraud regulations put in place by the Affordable Care Act.
The companies in question overbilled the state millions of dollars in Medicaid funding that should have been used to help those in need. That’s a fact, and we’ve already collected more than $4 million on behalf of taxpayers. The Attorney Read More
In recognition of February as Heart Health Month, RN Lori Coffelt, director of emergency services at Los Alamos Medical Center, instructs Rotarian Nina Thayer in new CPR procedures while Rotarian Brian Newnam plays the role of a heart attack victim. Cardiac specialist Dr. Josiah Child, not pictured, joined Coffelt to tell Rotarians about recognizing and responding to heart attacks. Child is the medical director for the LAMC emergency department. Photo by Linda Hull Read More
LANL researcher Brian Foley has worked in bioinformatics since 1984. He has spent 20 years in HIV research at Los Alamos National Laboratory and has published 98 papers currently listed on Research Gate, the science networking site
LANL Microbiologist Brian Foley
A specialist Read More
By LORI COFFELT, RN
LAMC Emergency Room Director
The World Heart Federation and the World Health Organization tells us that cardiovascular disease (CVD) – heart disease and stroke – is the biggest killer of women globally, killing more women than all cancers, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and malaria combined. Here are a few remarkable statistics:
Heart disease and stroke cause 8.6 million deaths among women annually– a third of all deaths in women worldwide. Of this: 3.4 million women die of ischemic heart disease; 3 million women die from stroke each year; the remainder 2.2 million Read More
HEART COUNCIL News:
The Los Alamos Heart Council is hosting its 2016 Heart Health Month Seminar at 5:30 p.m., Feb. 23 at the First Baptist Church of Los Alamos, 2200 Diamond Dr.
Dr. James Sussman, a popular location physician with Allergy Partners of NM, will be addressing the overlap of Asthma and COPD illnesses that affect millions around the country, including many patients right here in Los Alamos. If you or someone you know or care for has Asthma – COPD Overlap Syndrome, this seminar is a must see.
Dr. Sussman received his medical training in Philadelphia and is board certified in internal Read More
By JUNE ENGLISH
Professional quality mineral makeup is a wonderful way to help clients look years younger.
Mineral makeup is the preferred cosmetic recommended by dermatologists, plastic surgeons and skin care professionals. Doctors even use these minerals to camouflage surgical procedures.
As an Esthetician I like to offer my clients, cosmetics after performing procedures such as microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and facials. There are virtually no contraindications for wearing this type of makeup.
Minerals are well suited for aging clients. The minerals give a healthy Read More
MSA, BSN, RN
Chief Nursing Officer, Los Alamos Medical Center
When a heart attack strikes, every minute matters. In fact, the first few minutes are critical in determining the short-term and long-term outcome for the patient.
According to the National Institutes of Health, of the people who die from heart attacks, about half will die within an hour of their first symptoms.
At Los Alamos Medical Center, we want to make sure everyone in our community knows what signs to look for and understands what to do if you or someone you know experiences a serious heart problem. Quickly Read More
LAMC Staff Report
Los Alamos Medical Center has started a new community education program designed to help seniors improve and maintain their health and lifestyle.
The LAMC Physician Lunch Program is offered at the Betty Ehart Senior Center at noon on the second Friday of the month. The lunch program is free, courtesy of LAMC, and every month physicians will present on important health issues relevant to the senior population. Since February is Healthy Heart month, the first topic will be (drum roll…) heart health!
The presenter for February is Josiah Child, MD, Medical Director for the LAMC Read More
Please join us for “A Very Important Dialogue” … an expert panel discussion on cancer. Presented by the K2 Women’s Weekend to benefit the Anita Salas Memorial Foundation 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2390 North Road in Los Alamos.
This event, which is open to the public, brings together experts in the field of cancer to discuss being diagnosed, living with, treating, supporting and surviving cancer.
The panelists include: Dr. Anna Voltura – Breast Oncology Surgeon, Dr. Melanie Pickering, DO – radiologist Read More