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Am I a Binge Drinker?

By February 9, 2018 Just the Facts

According to Allen Nace, MA, LMHC, CASAC, Administrative Director of Community Rehabilitation Services/Addiction Treatment Services at HealthAlliance Hospital: Broadway Campus, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), “Binge drinking is defined as five drinks for men and four drinks for women in a period of one or two hours. It is also thought to be heavy episodic drinking, with the intent of becoming intoxicated.”  Read More

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How Can I “Spring Clean” My Diet?

By February 9, 2018 Just the Facts

If you packed on a few extra pounds this winter, you’re not alone, says Susan Epstein, MS, RD, CDN, registered dietitian at The Surgical Weight Loss Institute at Good Samaritan Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth). Read More

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Here’s How to Properly React to Common Emergency Situations

By February 9, 2018 Just the Facts

From car accidents to cooking mishaps, when you’re faced with an accident, do you know what to do? Here, Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) emergency doctors at the region’s only verified Level I and Level II trauma centers offer their advice to manage some common scenarios.

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What is Your Health Advice for Heart Failure Patients?

By January 4, 2018 Just the Facts

Alan Gass, MD, FACC, Medical Director, Cardiac Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support at Westchester Medical Center, the flagship of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), gives heart failure patients the same advice he gives to those who’ve had a heart attack: If you smoke, stop. If you drink alcohol, stop. If you’re overweight, lose weight. If you’re sedentary, exercise. Read More

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How can I keep fit through the winter?

By December 12, 2017 Just the Facts

It happens every year. As the cold and darkness sets in, fitness can fall by the wayside. But that’s no excuse to let your fitness goals slide. Read More

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Is snow shoveling bad for my heart?

By December 12, 2017 Just the Facts

When it comes to older adults and snow shoveling, know the risk factors, because according to Martin Cohen, MD, interventional cardiologist at Westchester Medical Center, the flagship of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), “Shoveling can be a very dangerous activity for many people, especially those with certain heart conditions, if the right precautions aren’t taken.” Read More

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How can we make sure sledding stays fun?

By December 12, 2017 Just the Facts

During a typical winter season, our pediatric emergency department cares for dozens of children injured while sledding, snow tubing and tobogganing,” says Darshan Patel, MD, Chief of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth). Read More

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Is there a “right” way to wash your hands?

By October 23, 2017 Just the Facts

“Hand hygiene is the most important way to prevent spreading infection to our families, friends and coworkers. Read More

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What is COPD?

By October 23, 2017 Just the Facts

If the costs of cigarettes or fear of lung cancer weren’t good enough reasons to kick your cigarette habit, consider that smoking is the leading cause of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Read More

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Are You a Compulsive Hoarder?

By October 23, 2017 Just the Facts

Have you ever wondered if having a constantly cluttered home means you are a compulsive hoarder? Read More

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