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As the baby boomer generation becomes the silver tsunami in the coming years, more resources and creative ideas will be needed to care for the growing number of American seniors. According to the Administration on Aging, nearly a quarter of Americans will be age 65 or older by 2050.
The latest thinking in senior health care takes a step back from the traditional focus on providing medical services in response to sickness, instead reaching out into the community to coordinate a web of social services and medical care providers to keep older adults healthy at home and out of the hospital.
Sunscreen bottles boast an overwhelming list of features and ingredients. But which ones truly matter when it comes to effective sun protection? In this blog post, Lisa Hladik, M.D., a Mills-Peninsula internal medicine physician explains.
For most people, the phrase “innovations in cardiovascular care” probably brings to mind high-tech gadgets. And Mills-Peninsula cardiovascular specialists are indeed innovators who partner with Silicon Valley medical tech firms to design and refine the latest devices and software programs.
But more important than their involvement with fancy high-tech equipment is the fact that our cardiovascular specialists are also innovators in terms of how they care for patients, according to Conrad Vial, M.D., Mills-Peninsula cardiothoracic surgeon and medical director of Cardiovascular Services. “Some of the most exciting and valuable innovation in the cardiovascular service at Mills-Peninsula is not necessarily related to a particular novel procedure or new technology,” Dr. Vial says. “Rather, it has more to do with how we organize care, how we form treatment plans and how we carry out follow-up for our patients.” Read More about Innovations in Cardiovascular Care
Seventy-two-year-old San Mateo resident John D. Moore, a retired business owner, felt strong despite a couple of health issues. He had chronic lung disease, collateral damage from a 30-year, two-pack-a-day smoking habit, and rheumatoid arthritis. But Moore quit smoking 17 years ago and stayed active through golf, walking and swimming. He had no reason to suspect that the blood supply to his heart was slowing to a trickle and on the verge of sealing shut.
Last spring, when playing golf or climbing stairs, Moore began to experience shortness of breath. He casually mentioned the problem to his rheumatologist during a routine appointment. Knowing Moore was a former smoker, his doctor recommended a chest X-ray, which led to more tests.
Moore was referred to David Kurzrock, M.D., a Mills-Peninsula interventional cardiologist, who encountered a grim situation when evaluating Moore’s heart. His heart muscle was weak, his right main cardiac artery was completely blocked and his left main artery, which normally supplies about 80 percent of blood to the heart, was 90 percent blocked and now feeding everything. This is a situation that Dr. Kurzrock describes as “100 percent jeopardy.” Read More about Minimally Invasive Surgery for Complex Coronary Blockages
It’s summer. The days are longer, the warm light of the sun beckons outside. But that mood-boosting brightness has a dark side. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, every year more than 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the United States. The vast majority – 90 percent – are caused by the sun. The sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) A and B rays are also the main culprit when it comes to visible skin damage such as wrinkles, discoloration and sagging that can make you look older.
“Nearly all skin cancers are preventable if you take the right precautions,” says Lisa Hladik, M.D., a Mills-Peninsula internal medicine physician. “With our sunny climate in California, good daily sun protection is a must. It’s your best defense against skin cancer and is more effective than any anti-aging product you could buy at keeping your skin looking youthful.” Read More about Sun Protection Tips
Most of us are always seeking ways to exercise more, lose weight, stress less and improve our health. The latest digital health apps and activity trackers promise an innovative solution. But do they really work, or are they just the latest health fad soon to be abandoned like the exercise equipment gathering dust in the garage?
“The first step in making any change to improve your health is gaining awareness,” Tarini Anand, M.D., a Mills-Peninsula internal medicine physician, says. “A proven strategy is to keep a daily log of the exercise you are doing, or each meal or snack you have eaten. Apps and activity devices are excellent trackers. They can help make you more mindful of what you are doing daily and help you jump-start healthy changes.” Read More about Can Activity Trackers Improve Health?
What if you knew you would get cancer and the exact type of cancer you would get? For some people, that knowledge can be gained through genetic testing for cancer, allowing them to take steps to prevent the cancer, or at least catch it early.
This type of testing looks for mutations in the genes a person was born with – mutations that researchers now know put a person at high risk of developing certain types of cancer. Often people with these mutated genes have relatives who have developed cancer younger than expected. Read More about Genetic Screening for Inherited Cancer