• 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

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.

In practice for more than 23 years, Dr. Jost-Vu is excited about the new developments in her field. “When I started my practice, all we had was insulin and one diabetic medication,” notes Dr. Jost- Vu. “Now, we have all kinds of different insulins and a multitude of medications to treat diabetes. There is also new technology — insulin pump therapy and continuous glucose monitors — helping physicians to treat patients more effectively and in turn, helps patients to improve their diabetes and ultimately live longer and healthier lives.”

A very dedicated physician, Dr. Jost-Vu relaxes by walking, hiking or getting away on her boat in Long Beach when Palm Springs temperatures become too steamy. She also makes frequent visits to San Francisco to visit her 24-year-old daughter.