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Should I Take Statins to Reduce My Risk of Heart Disease? 

By January 2, 2020 Just the Facts

Statin are medications that lower cholesterol with minimal side effects for most patients, and they “should be used for primary prevention in patients who have no symptoms but have the risk of developing heart disease,” says Aneta Dimova, MD, a cardiologist at HealthAlliance Hospital: Mary’s Avenue Campus.

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What Is Broken Heart Syndrome?

By January 2, 2020 Just the Facts

Known as stress-induced cardiomyopathy and takotsubo syndrome, broken heart syndrome first described women who buried their husbands and later experienced heart failure, says Cary Hirsch, MD, Medical Director, Cardiovascular Institute at Good Samaritan Hospital.

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How Reliable Are Wristwatch Health-Tracking Apps?

By January 2, 2020 Just the Facts

Around 450 types of wearable devices, including watches, wristbands and rings, compile data about the number of steps taken, along with temperature, heart rate, sleep patterns and oxygen saturation, which can be downloaded to nearly a half million apps or other computer programs and sent to healthcare providers.

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Is Intermittent Fasting Healthy?

By January 2, 2020 Just the Facts

“Fasting for several hours or even up to a few days has recently regained popularity, and it may be safe for some people but is not advisable for everyone. It may even be dangerous for others,” says J. Keith Festa, MD, Associate Director of Medical Affairs at MidHudson Regional Hospital.

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Here’s How to Successfully Keep Your News Year’s Resolutions

By January 2, 2020 Just the Facts

Most resolutions center on four principles: redemption, renewal, hope and accountability, says Stephen J. Ferrando, MD, Director of Psychiatry at Westchester Medical Center.

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5 Habits Parents Need to Teach Their Kids for Good Heart Health 

By January 2, 2020 Just the Facts

“It’s never too early to instill healthy heart habits,” says Michael Gewitz, MD, William Russell McCurdy Physician-in-Chief and Chief of Pediatric Cardiology at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. “In our preventative cardiology program, parents and children learn about the ways to protect their hearts together.”

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What should I know about toddler safety during the holidays?

By October 28, 2019 Just the Facts

Most parents are well versed in the dangers of toy-choking hazards facing toddlers. Darshan Patel, MD, Chief of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network, says parents of young children should be mindful of a few lesser-known holiday hazards. Read More

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How can I maintain a healthy weight in winter?

By October 28, 2019 Just the Facts, Uncategorized

The key is planning and pacing, according to Maria Scaffidi, MPA, RD, CDN, Bariatric Coordinator 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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Can eating too much sugar cause diabetes?

By October 28, 2019 Just the Facts

“No, that’s a myth — and so is the misconception that people with diabetes can ‘never’ eat sweets or traditional foods they enjoy,” says Donna Gibbons, RN, MS, CPT, CDE, Diabetes Program Manager at Westchester Medical Center, the flagship of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth). Read More

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How do I manage the stress of being a caregiver at holiday time?

By October 28, 2019 Just the Facts

“One of the first ways is giving ourselves permission to accept help,” says Heather Greene, LCSW, Director of Resident and Family Services at Mountainside Residential Care Center, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), in Margaretville. Read More

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