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  • The New Guidelines for Hypertension, Cholesterol and Obesity

    In November 2013, the hypertension and lipid guidelines for cholesterol management were updated; nearly 10 years after previous guidelines were released. Now managed by the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology, largely randomized controlled trials were used to set new guidelines as directed by the Institute of Medicine which wanted physicians to have guidelines that can be trusted. Eisenhower physicians gathered to discuss the new guidelines of hypertension, cholesterol, and obesity, and to give an update on stroke management. Participants included Board Certified physicians Rodolfo Batarsé, MD, Nephrology, Reza Salari-Namin, MD, Neurology, Eric Sontz, MD, Cardiology, as well as Registered Dietitian Rosalind Elemy, MA, RDN, CSO. The roundtable was moderated by Cardiologist Philip Shaver, MD. click for more

Features

  • When Alzheimer’s Disease Takes Hold

    Aunt Claire* was 80 and living on California’s central coast when she lost her husband to Alzheimer’s disease in December 2009. Just two and a half years later, her only child, a son, was killed in a car accident. During this period, Aunt... click for more
  • Ready to ride

    Lea Douglass, 66, had suffered from back and leg pain for 20 years. “I’m a hairstylist and I stand for hours every day,” she says. “That’s what the doctors said caused the problem.” The problem was spondylolisthesis, a condition in which a... click for more
  • Dementia-Can We Stem the Tide?

    Diagnosis, Treatment and CaregivingIt is estimated that dementia occurs in 2.5 to 5.5 million Americans. According to the World Health Organization, there are nearly 40 million people suffering from the disease with a yearly increase of 7.7 million.... click for more
  • THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT

    Eisenhower Medical Center recently completed a pilot study of the Mobile Heartbeat MH-CURE (Clinical Urgent REsponse) smartphone application to enhance clinical communications. During the pilot, clinicians significantly reduced the number of steps it normally takes to locate patient information or to contact another person
    on a patient’s care team, greatly reducing their patient response time.
     
    “The ability to tie all of the clinicians who are caring for patients together and to develop a quick, efficient and secure methodology for communicating amongst those clinicians brings us into the 21st century,” says Ann Mostofi, MSN,
    RN, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer, Vice President, Patient Care Services. “It also affords read-only access to the medical record, so that the nurse can have information about the patient at his or her fingertips.”
     
    The Mobile Heartbeat application has been installed on hospital-supplied Apple iPhones, allowing clinicians to experience the new system of care team communications. “This new application is an outstanding tool that has
    allowed our clinicians to simplify their jobs by literally putting the patient and care team data they need, right in the palm of their hand,” says Wendy Edwards, BSN, Director, Eisenhower Walter and Leonore Annenberg Pavilion, 3 South. “If I’m standing at a patient’s bed side and have a question, I can enter a four-digit passcode into my phone and find all the data I need. It has streamlined and expedited critical tasks. click for more
  • TAKE A HIKE

    In the recently published book Wild, the main character leaves everything and everyone she knows to embark on a soul searching journey, hoping to lose her demons, clear her head, and somehow, find herself. Woefully unprepared for the challenges of... click for more
  • Healthy Home Cooking — Doable and Delicious

    It is no secret that living heart healthy helps prevent cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and stroke; however, as recent studies suggest, it may also help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Eating heart healthy means eating whole foods with a... click for more
  • When Alzheimer’s Disease Takes Hold

    *Names have been changed to protect the patient’s privacyAunt Clai re* was 80 and living on California’s central coast when she lost her husband to Alzheimer’s disease in December 2009. Just two and a half years later, her only child, a son, was... click for more
  • When Medications Don’t Work

    Alice Perez has struggled with depression and anxiety for most of her life. “The day I gave birth to my daughter, my 16-year-old brother was being buried and I couldn’t be there,” the now-58-year-old Thermal resident recalls. “That was when I... click for more
  • Exercise and Alzheimer’s Disease

    Regular exercise has been shown to have many beneficial effects, including reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes, weight loss, strengthening muscles and bones, reducing stress and depression, and improving function and ease of... click for more
  • STILL FLYING HIGH

    At 91, retired aerospace engineer J.W. “Billy” Orr has survived a lot, including the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 and the loss of his wife in 2007. Then, in 2011, he had a heart attack that landed him in the Tennity Emergency Department at... click for more
  • Pelvic Floor Health for Men

    Pelvic floor exercises, known as Kegel contractions, are well known to women, especially women who have given birth. But men, particularly those who have had prostate surgery or radiation therapy for prostate cancer, or have issues of incontinence,... click for more
  • Compassionate Communication

    Recommendations from the Alzheimer’s Association and Liz Ayres, Alzheimer’s Association Volunteer and Caregiver People with Alzheimer’s and other dementias have more difficulty expressing thoughts and emotions; they also have more trouble... click for more
  • Hip, Hip Hooray!

    By last summer, daily life had gotten increasingly challenging for Synthea Hill of La Quinta, then age 54. “I’d been having difficulty walking and was limping,” she says, recalling the previous seven months. “I was in a lot of pain, especially... click for more
  • WINGING IT

    Birds — intelligent, striking and social creatures — are often ignored or missed, and from a distance, they may even appear dull and uninteresting. Look closer, however, and a fascinating story unfolds. In the Coachella Valley, we are fortunate... click for more