By Todd Medland
Earlier this week, between patient appointments and his role training medical students, Clyde Yancy, MD, associate director of Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, took time for a special class. Yancy was invited to present to a group of aspiring doctors and healthcare professionals who are part of the hospital’s Medical Explorers program and host an interactive session where they could learn about the field of cardiology.
By Megan McCann
On February 13, we shared an update from Dr. Rahul Khare who was volunteering in Haiti to teach emergency medicine. Along with teaching medical students the art of emergency medicine, Khare and his team also helped Justinian University Hospital in Cap Haitien learn how to best utilize a newly constructed critical care unit (CCU). While a CCU is a familiar site at American hospitals, it’s a new concept to the Haitians. Below are some reflections on the trip from Dr. Khare, who returned to Chicago last week:
By Erin White
Thanks to the quick thinking of a Northwestern Medicine® pediatrician, 14,000 silver mylar blankets, the kind typically handed out to runners after a marathon, are headed to Afghanistan to help children in danger of freezing to death this winter in scarcely heated refugee camps. More than 20 Afghan children have already died from the cold in the past month.
Craig Garfield, M.D., well knows the value of the blankets, used by paramedics to warm newborn babies and by mountain climbers who camp overnight in frigid outdoor conditions. An athlete, Garfield also uses the blankets to maintain his body temperature after a triathlon.
By Abbey Lichten, MPH, CHES
More than 130 women came together for the 2012 Heart Health: What Smart Women Need to Know symposium on February 3 to learn how to live heart healthy and be proactive about their health. Participants heard from 12 Northwestern Memorial Hospital experts who spoke on topics related to heart disease prevention, awareness and risk education.
Among the speakers who offered real-world advice and innovative strategies that busy women can put into practice during their everyday lives, was Clyde Yancy, MD, Associate Director of Northwestern Memorial's Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute. Yancy opened the event with a key takeaway message – "move more and eat less for better heart health."
By Lindsey Fox
It’s the day after Valentine’s Day and if you’re anything like me, you’re still enjoying the abundance of sweet holiday treats. Thankfully, some of those treats may actually support good health. Experts agree that chocolate in moderation can provide certain health benefits for the heart, so we caught up with Northwestern Medicine cardiologist Stephen Devries, MD to learn more. Devries says it’s okay to indulge a bit and explains that dark chocolate may help lower blood pressure and improve blood flow.
“Chocolate, especially dark chocolate, is rich in flavonoids, the same compound that gives plants their vibrant color and reduces cellular damage. Flavonoids are also found in grapes, red wine and tea,” said Devries.
By Todd Medland
Just a few months ago, Jim Callahan and his wife Denise were having a difficult time seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Jim had suffered a heart attack in 1995, followed by triple bypass surgery in 2009, and had been told he now needed a heart transplant. The news was worrisome and left them wondering if Jim would survive. But as they prepare to spend Valentine’s Day together, they realize that the journey, while difficult, strengthened their love and only made them stronger.
The couple first met in kindergarten and reunited at their 15-year middle school reunion. It wasn’t long before they knew they’d be together forever. Jim and Denise had a courthouse wedding in 1988, but always wanted to get married with a Catholic Priest officiating. After receiving the news that he would need a transplant, Jim knew it was the perfect time.
By Megan McCann
As a follow up to the February 2 post “Northwestern Medicine Doctor Heads to Haiti to Teach Emergency Medicine”, below is an update from Rahul Khare, MD, emergency medicine physician at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, regarding his journey.
It’s been a phenomenal week so far. We are in Cap Haitien, Haiti, a city in the north of Haiti on the water. We are working at the Justinian University, which is the 2nd largest hospital in Haiti. Justinian University has a nursing school, residency (one year for primary care), and over 250 hospital beds (including surgery, medicine, OB/GYN, pediatrics, urology, and orthopaedics). Like many hospitals, the ER is not a big part of the hospital…yet.
By Colleen Sheehan
Two years ago, 56-year-old Allus Brown underwent a simultaneous heart-kidney transplant and spent months in and out of the hospital after battling dilated cardiomyopathy, a condition that enlarges and weakens the heart. Now fully recovered, Brown is still in and out of Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute each week. Only nowadays when he visits, he’s laughing it up, playing board games, and sharing accounts of his own struggles with heart disease as part of the Bluhm Institute’s new and innovative program, SMART Heart, stress management and recreational therapy for heart patients. Brown says he thrives in his new role because it’s one way he can give back and help others coping with the emotional aftermath of cardiac surgery.
By Megan McCann
When reflecting back on the most significant day in our lives, most of us think of a wedding anniversary, or a birthday. For Howard Zwirn, however, January 16, 2004 is a much more important milestone – it’s the day the seizures he had experienced for seven years stopped.
Zwirn experienced his first seizure at the age of 28 and was diagnosed with mesial temporal sclerosis, a condition that was causing a type of focal epilepsy. Zwirn’s seizures continued, taking a toll on his life. For several years, Zwirn continued to try to control his seizures with medications and lifestyle changes. However, he found little relief.
By Erin White
When a massive earthquake hit Haiti in 2010, more than 100 volunteers from Northwestern Medicine® traveled to the devastated country to offer emergency medical care to victims. Two years later, one of those volunteers is returning, this time training young Haitian doctors and medical students who are trying to rebuild the health of their nation.
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