• President’s Message
     In this issue of Healthy Living, we focus on the Neuroscience Center of Excellence, exploring conditions of the spine, neck and brain in depth. Aches and pains are nothing new to most adults,... click for more
  • Barbara Sinatra and Ma...
    In April, the Junior League Sustainers of the Coachella Valley and the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center at Eisenhower will partner to recognize National Child Abuse Prevention Month. On April 2,... click for more
  • Eisenhower Physician P...
    Over the past several years, Svetlana Rubakovic, MD, FACP has been invited to present new research data about melanoma genetics to the international melanoma community — namely, the 7th International... click for more
  • The Memory Assessment ...
    Since 2007, residents of the Coachella Valley who are struggling with memory changes — and the people who love them —have been offered close-to-home access to the Memory Assessment Center (MAC). The Center offers a newly revised, first-of-its-kind program for diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or a related memory disorder, as well as a wealth of care and support resources tailored to their individual needs.

    The Memory Assessment Center, under the operation of Eisenhower Medical Center and located in the Uihlein Building on the Eisenhower campus, is a collaboration between Eisenhower, the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) and the Alzheimer’s Association®, California Southland Chapter, that provides a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to evaluation, care and support. click for more
  • Eisenhower Desert Orth...
    In keeping with its longstanding tradition of community service, Eisenhower Desert Orthopedic Center (EDOC) is involved in numerous activities and programs that “pay it forward” to local residents.... click for more
  • A Primer On Choosing A...
    The importance of having a primary care physician cannot be overstated. A primary care physician is a doctor who helps patients maintain their overall health and well-being, as well as coordinating a patient’s care when specialists or other medical professionals are needed. Seeing patients at regular intervals and not just during times of illness, a primary care physician can also help a patient to establish and maintain healthy lifestyle goals. Family physicians, geriatricians and internists are all primary care physicians.

    Getting to know a patient over time can have a profound effect on the health of that patient — understanding a person’s family history, workplace situations and stress, age-related concerns and more. Establishing a long-term care relationship with a patient can help a primary care physician treat an acute problem or focus on a larger issue. Regular visits to one’s primary care physician may also help expedite the diagnoses and treatment of high risk factors like high cholesterol or hypertension before a serious illness has had time to develop. In short, the primary care doctor is a patient’s first line of defense for getting well and staying well. click for more
  • Breast-Imaging — Seein...
    In the world of breast imaging, dense breasts present the most difficult problems in detecting cancer. Standard mammography equipment often cannot detect cancer lesions in women with dense breast tissue. According to Eisenhower Radiologist John Cutrone, MD, Board Certified in Radiology/Diagnostic Radiology, “It’s like looking for a small cloud behind a big cloud. Some small cancers, which are typically white on a mammogram, are easily obscured by breast tissue, which is also white.” 

    Thanks to a generous donation from BIGHORN Behind a Miracle (BAM), Eisenhower Schnitzer/Novack Breast Center was able to purchase the most advanced, state-of-the-art dense breast imaging diagnostic tool available, and is only the second facility in California to offer this exciting new technology. The SenoBright® Contrast-Enhanced Spectral Mammography (CESM) from GE Healthcare is a powerful diagnostic modality — able to detect minute cancers, as well as reduce the waiting time between detection and diagnosis. click for more

  • Relief From A Lifetime...
    Engineer and private pilot Neil Whelchel was just nine years old when he first experienced the rapid palpitations. “I would change my position or hold my breath and it would happen. As I got older the episodes got longer.”

    Whelchel went to doctors who ran electrocardiograms (EKG) and ultrasounds but nothing ever turned up and he was often dismissed. Rapid heart rate — supraventricular tachycardia — was something the young man learned to adapt to. He even taught himself to “reset” his heart by doing vagal maneuvers (methods used to reset or slow the heart rate). “At the time, I didn’t know that I was doing vagal maneuvers. I just was curious and aware of my body and was able to figure it out.” Whelchel would hold his breath and bear down, or press on his carotid artery to reset himself. He would sometimes use ice on his face, chest or back to put his heart back into rhythm. click for more

Ocean Antics

Healthy ways to Beat the Heat

It happens every year — desert temperatures rise until most of us retreat indoors to exercise. We escape to the gym or the mall or to a pool that’s still cool. Or… we head west to find the great Pacific.

There is really nothing like the beach. With a backdrop of blue sky, sunshine, crashing waves and long stretches of sand, it’s hard to come up with a more natural place for fresh air and good, clean fun.

Whether you enjoy diving into the water or walking for miles on a firm, sloping beach, ocean activities abound. Swimming, surfing, body surfing and body boarding are some of the more popular choices. There is also kayaking, wind surfing and standup paddle boarding. Non-water activities include walking, running, Frisbee, and football.

Grab a partner for some fun, basic calisthentics. Exercising on the beach can work muscles differently
due to the increased resistance of the sand. [821]
Grab a partner for some fun, basic calisthentics. Exercising on the beach can work muscles differently due to the increased resistance of the sand.
Too cold? Try a wetsuit!
Some people love to play in the ocean but aren’t particularly keen about the water temperature. Wetsuits are a great way to enjoy the ocean year-round. Wearing a wetsuit also helps protect skin from sand rashes while body boarding.

There is an art to buying (and putting on) a wetsuit. Wetsuit quality and price vary — depending on how often you might use this underwater blanket, you may want to start with something in the moderate price range. Ask the salesperson how a wetsuit should fit (like a second skin) and tips for putting one on and taking it off — which can itself feel like a workout! You may also want to ask about the best way to care for your wetsuit.

Body Boarding
Not ready for surfing? Consider the next best thing — body boarding. Also called boogie boarding, body boarding can be as fun as an amusement park ride without the waiting line. Catching a wave and riding it in to shore is great fun and something to share with friends, children or even grandchildren. When choosing a body board, the top of the board should be at, or near, your belly button.

Catching a wave and riding it in
to shore is great fun and something
to share with friends, children or
even grandchildren. [2006]
Catching a wave and riding it in to shore is great fun and something to share with friends, children or even grandchildren.
Pay Attention to Water Conditions
Whenever you spend time at the beach or in the ocean, observe the weather and the waves, and look for flags, located at the lifeguard station, which indicate ocean hazards and surf conditions. Generally, green flags mean mild ocean hazards with the possibility of occasional larger waves and rip currents; yellow means moderate ocean hazards with frequent larger waves and rip currents; and red means extremely hazardous ocean conditions with large powerful waves and strong rip currents.

Protect Yourself
No matter what you choose to do at the beach, come prepared. Pack waterproof sun screen with a rating of at least 30 SPF and remember to reapply it throughout the day. When you’re not in the water, park yourself beneath a beach umbrella or wear a long-sleeve, light-weight UV-protective shirt for even better protection. Hats and sunglasses are essential and don’t forget to treat the tops of your feet with sunscreen throughout the day as well. If temperatures are cooler and the sky is overcast, pack warm clothing to layer over beach wear and always use sun screen.

Bring plenty of water, fresh fruit and healthy snacks to replenish your system. Keep them in tightly closed containers tucked inside a durable cooler that can’t be opened by marauding seagulls. Avoid caffeinated drinks which can leave you dehydrated.

Now, go enjoy the beach. Surf ’s up!