• Getting to the Heart o...
    In this issue of Healthy Living, the focus is on Eisenhower’s Cardiovascular Center of Excellence — a fitting topic to start the New Year as many of us make resolutions to improve our fitness. The... click for more
  • 11th Annual Community ...
    February is Heart Month and a great time to educate oneself about heart health. For Coachella Valley residents, the Community Heart and Stroke Conference — presented by Eisenhower Smilow Heart Center and Eisenhower Desert Cardiology Center — is the perfect opportunity to do just that!

    The 11th Annual Community Heart Conference will be held Saturday, February 1 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower. The popular annual event focuses on the prevention and symptoms of heart disease and stroke as well as the latest treatments for those living with cardiovascular issues. Attendees should be 18 years of age or older. Reservations are not required. click for more

  • Eisenhower Medical Cen...
    Eisenhower Medical Center has again received full accreditation as a chest pain center from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). Originally accredited in 2006 and then in 2009,... click for more
  • How to Live a Long, Sw...
    Zorba Paster, MD, Professor of Fam ily Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and host of the popular National Public Radio show On Your Health, will be the guest speaker at the... click for more
  • Celebrity Golf Invitat...
    The 26th annual Frank Sinatra Celebrity Invitational, benefiting the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center for Abused Children, tees off February 20-22, 2014. Eagle Falls Golf Course and Fantasy Springs... click for more
  • 5 Things
    (1) Breathe, Long and Deep
    Practice long, deep breaths — at home, in your car, at work or anytime. The increased oxygen and slower pace will benefit your body and your mind.

    (2) Find a New Recipe
    Surprise your family and your taste buds — find a new healthy recipe to make for dinner

    (3) Visit Your Local Library
    Plan to spend a couple of hours exploring your favorite book aisles or consider choosing a topic you’ve never read!   click for more
  • Cheeky’s No Ordinary M...
    It may sound cheeky , but the worst thing about this Palm Springs eatery is the menu. After all, when everything sounds this enticing, how can you possibly decide what to order?

    Will you have the rainbow chard frittata with fried eggplant wheels? Or maybe you’re more interested in the pumpkin bread pudding French toast. How about the braised short rib hash with crispy skillet Yukon golds and sunny eggs?

    And that’s just breakfast. Flip the menu over, and you’ll see dozens of lunch options, each one more mouthwatering than the last. No wonder Vogue magazine visited Cheeky’s and declared, “Its menu means business.” click for more

  • Watercolor Painting
    Imagine a quiet place — a sturdy table, a comfortable chair, a tablet of thick paper, brushes and a palette of bright colors. You have cleared your schedule, turned your electronic devices off and all that remains is creative possibility and the rhythm of steady breathing. You are ready to begin.

    Painting is one of the best ways to be present — to be in the moment. Think of it as something as important as exercise. Carve out a few hours each week, during your morning, your evening or on the weekend. You might even schedule a weekly date with your brushes and paper. click for more

  • Sunnylands
    For decades, desert dwellers have wondered what lies beyond the pink walls of Sunnylands, the private estate of Walter and Leonore Annenberg. The sprawling, 200-acre Rancho Mirage property has been... click for more

Cover Story

  • GOLF

    Drive the length of the Coachella Valley and you will surely notice an armada of golf courses dotting the landscape. Golfing in the desert has become one of America’s favorite pastimes, combining temperate weather, sunshine and green fairways. Courses are booked year-round, even during the desert’s off-season summer months as golfers swing their way to a day of finesse, friends and strategy.

    According to some sources, golf dates back to the 1400s in Britain, specifically in Scotland. Modern day golf emerged in the 19th century, eventually finding its way to the United States. In 1894, delegates from golf clubs in New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Chicago met to form the Amateur Golf Association of the United States, which later became the United States Golf Association. click for more

Features

  • Brain Storm

    Andy Alvillar, 43, knew he had a brain tumor for more than a decade.

    “I was in my early thirties, living in Los Angeles and just wasn’t feeling right,” he recalls. After seeing several doctors who gave him a clean bill of health, he finally saw a neurologist who agreed to order a brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

    “He found a small tumor in a delicate part of my brain and referred me to a neurosurgeon,” Alvillar says. “She felt surgery was too risky, so the neurologist sent me to another neurosurgeon at UCLA. He didn’t think the tumor was causing symptoms, but if it needed to be taken out some day, he felt he could do the procedure.”

    “At the time, I didn’t want to have anyone cut into my head,” Alvillar says. He agreed to annual checkups and “watchful waiting.” After a few years, imaging revealed that the tumor had grown, but it wasn’t impacting Alvillar from a neurological standpoint. click for more

  • Electrophysiology Procedure Cures Life-Limiting Arrhythmias

    Shawn Robinson, 34, had occasional heart palpitations for as long as he could remember.

    “They’d last just a few seconds,” the Blythe resident says. “I thought it was normal.”

    Over time, however, they became more frequent and prolonged. He was discharged from the Navy because of them. And during the past three years, they began to be debilitating. On more than one occasion, he went to his local emergency room where his heart rate was measured at 170 beats per minute (a normal heart rate is 60 to 100). He also began to experience lightheadedness, weakness, chest pain and breathlessness. click for more

  • Advanced Prostate Cancer: The Latest Treatments

    When prostate cancer is in its early stages, immediate treatment may not be necessary. Depending on a patient’s age and other determining factors, watchful waiting is an option — followed by radiation and surgery as the next line of defense. However, if the cancer has metastasized, spreading to other parts of the body, physicians have access to an array of systemic treatments.

    According to Eisenhower Medical Center physician Murthy Andavolu, MD, MBA, Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology and Hematology, prostate cancer is the medical parallel to breast cancer in women. “Pathologically and physiologically, prostate cancer is the equivalent of female breast cancer — a hormonally dependent, hormonally driven cancer,” says Dr. Andavolu. “And, advanced prostate cancer is responsive to hormone treatments. As a result, hormone treatments are becoming more and more center stage in the treatment of prostate cancer as opposed to chemotherapy, although it is not the only mode of treatment.” click for more

  • Passionate about Breakthroughs in Treating Diabetes

    With a true fascination for the intricacies of the human body and the heart of a scientist, Elke Jost-Vu, MD, is perfectly suited to treat the patients she sees most often. Section Chief of Endocrinology and Medical Director of the Eisenhower Medical Center Diabetes Program, Dr. Jost-Vu is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Diabetes. “Sixty percent of my patients have diabetes and the majority of them require insulin injections,” says Dr. Jost-Vu. “I am passionate about helping these patients. It can be challenging trying to understand the way insulin interacts with other body chemicals; however, when I am able to improve a patient’s diabetes, it is truly gratifying.”

    Dr. Jost-Vu seemed destined to become a physician. When attending high school in a small town near Heidelberg, Germany, she gravitated toward anything medical or scientific. After high school she attended the prestigious University of Heidelberg Medical School with her focus on being a scientific physician.

    Dr. Jost-Vu came to the United States in 1983 for a three-year research fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center. “I was shadowing a fellow to treat patients with lipid disorders,” explains Dr. Jost-Vu. “I really enjoyed it and decided to go into clinical medicine.” Following a residency in Bakersfield and a two-year endocrinology fellowship at the University of Southern California, Dr. Jost-Vu opened her private practice in 1991 at Eisenhower Medical Center. click for more

  • All Things Hip - The Ball and Socket Joint

    It is estimated that there are more than 300,000 total hip arthroplasties — hip replacements — performed in the United States every year. One of the most successful orthopedic procedures, it is also one of the most successful surgical procedures of... click for more
  • Fit to a T

    “My body’s been through a lot,” says Gregg Sawaya. At age 52, he’s undergone two hip replacements and a partial shoulder replacement, the legacy of his early career as a Hollywood stuntman.

    “I grew up in the motion picture business; my father was in it for almost 50 years,” Sawaya recalls. “So I got into the business right out of high school and did stunts for about 12 years.” click for more

  • Back To The Future

    In 1994, then-23-year-old Gloria Sotomayor injured her back at work.

    “I used to work serving banquets at a hotel, lifting those big trays,” she relates. “I had a herniated disk and was told I needed surgery to fix it. I had heard bad things about back surgery so I was reluctant to have it. So I just went to therapy.”

    Over the years, however, Sotomayor’s back issues worsened.

    “I was in a lot of pain, sciatic pain, and my back would go out,” she says. “I was taking painkillers and after awhile, even the medications didn’t work. I tried a chiropractor, but that didn’t help.” click for more

  • The Complexities of the Rotator Cuff

    Every year thousands of Americans are stricken with shoulder pain due to an injury involving the rotator cuff. Whether you are an athlete, weekend warrior or even if you enjoy a more sedentary lifestyle, you might be one of those afflicted with rotator cuff pain.

    The shoulder complex is considered a ball-and-socket joint that allows the shoulder to move in all directions. (Compare this to a knee, for example, which is only a hinge joint.) The rotator cuff (often incorrectly referred to as a “rotor cup” or “rotary cuff”) is comprised of four muscles and the tendons needed to stabilize the shoulder during these movements. click for more

  • The Eisenhower Center for Family Medicine

    If you would like the convenience of having one physician who can care for every member of your family, the Eisenhower Center for Family Medicine is just what the doctor ordered.

    Located at the Eisenhower George and Julia Argyros Health Center in La Quinta, the Center for Family Medicine is home to a team of five faculty family medicine physicians, as well as a team of associate family physicians who care for patients of all ages, from newborns to the elderly, giving you a one-stop resource for managing all your family’s health concerns at every stage of life.

    “One of the greatest benefits of having a family physician is the comprehensiveness and breadth of family-based care,” says Maureen Strohm, MD, Program Director, Family Medicine Residency. “Busy moms and dads don’t have to make separate appointments with different doctors for their children and themselves — everyone can be seen by one doctor, in one place. click for more