Get Hands-on About Your Health

Get Hands-on About Your Health

Get Hands-on About Your Health
Preventive screenings help you understand your state of health.

Health screenings look for the risk or presence of a wide variety of conditions, including diabetes, heart disease and certain types of cancer, to name a few. When done regularly, screenings can help pinpoint many problems early, when they may be corrected with lifestyle changes such as eating a healthy diet, exercising or taking medication.

Having the right screenings at the right time is vital.

Let’s Talk About It

 

“When — or even if — you need certain screenings depends on many factors, including your age, family history and other medical issues you may be living with,” said Ron Waldridge II, MD, physician executive at KentuckyOne Health Medical Group and family practice physician with KentuckyOne Health Primary Care Associates. “It’s best to have a relationship with a primary care doctor who can help you make smart screening decisions.”

Use your annual wellness visit as an opportunity to talk with your primary care doctor about screenings and check in regularly about any other medical concerns that may arise. Together, you and your doctor can design a wellness plan that uses screenings and preventive measures to help you stay healthier, longer.

Speak with your primary care physician to learn more about each type of health screening.

Looking for Lung Cancer

 

Statistically, cancer occurs more frequently in Kentucky than anywhere else in the U.S., and lung cancer in particular is a serious health concern in the Commonwealth.

“Hearing you have cancer is devastating,” said Hilary Deskins, RN, manager of cancer prevention services with KentuckyOne Health. “Our lung cancer screening program helps us diagnose this potentially deadly disease early. That’s important, because catching it early saves lives. According to the Lung Cancer Alliance, ours is the largest screening program in the United States.”

A lung cancer screening is done using a low-dose computed tomography (CT) scan.

Patients qualify for the screening who:

  • Are ages 55 to 80
  • Have a 30-pack-year smoking history (the equivalent of smoking one pack of cigarettes per day for 30 years)
  • Haven’t had a chest CT scan in the last year
  • Don’t already have symptoms of lung cancer
  • Still smoke or quit within the last 15 years

This article originally appeared in the 2017 Spring edition of One Health magazine. To receive more wellness news and information, subscribe today

Louisville Symposium on Heart Disease, Free Joint Pain Seminar and More News

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Sixth Annual Golf Tournament, Bite Size Learning Event and More News
Below is your weekly roundup of KentuckyOne Health news.

Louisville Symposium to Help Educate Women on Heart Disease Treatment and Prevention

Cardiovascular disease (CVD), including heart disease, hypertension and stroke, is the number one killer of women in the United States, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year.

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Saint Joseph London to Offer Joint Pain Solutions in Community Seminar

London, Ky. (June 23, 2017) – Saint Joseph London, part of KentuckyOne Health, will be offering a free Joint Pain Seminar to help educate the community on the causes of hip and knee pain, along with the latest treatment options.

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Solving Structural Heart Problems

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Solving Structural Heart Problems
When the valves and chambers in your heart aren’t working correctly, a specialized heart team with experience can make the difference.

Structural heart disease describes any defect with the anatomy of your heart or chambers. Whether it’s the valves that control blood flow, the chambers that make up your heart or a problem with the aorta, structural heart disease can lower your quality of life and put you at increased risk for potentially life-threatening heart health concerns, such as heart failure or stroke.

Some common structural heart problems include:

  • Valve stenosis (narrowing). When blood flows from one area of the heart or body to another, it passes through a valve, which acts as a gateway in or out of the heart. The aortic valve controls blood flow from the heart to the rest of the body. The mitral valve controls blood flow between the two chambers on the left side of the heart. And the pulmonary valve controls blood flow out of the heart and into the lungs. All can have narrowing. Left untreated, valve stenosis can cause irregular heartbeat, stroke, heart failure or loss of life.
  • Mitral valve regurgitation. When the mitral valve does not close properly, it can allow blood to flow backward, leading to heart failure and arrhythmia. Degenerative mitral regurgitation (wear and tear) along with mitral valve regurgitation caused by other conditions, such as coronary artery disease or heart muscle problems, are common causes of mitral regurgitation. If severe enough, mitral valve regurgitation can cause heart failure.
  • Atrial septal defect (ASD). A wall of tissue separates the upper chambers of the heart. An ASD is a hole in the tissue that allows oxygen-rich blood to flow into the oxygen-poor part of the heart. Symptoms vary depending on the size of the hole.

Treatment Requires a Skilled Team

Although medications can sometimes be used to manage symptoms of structural heart problems, surgery or a minimally invasive procedure may be the best treatment option.

“This subset of heart disorders is very complex and requires a collaborative team approach to address effectively,” said Nezar Falluji, MD, MPH, FACC, FSCAI, board-certified interventional cardiologist with KentuckyOne Health Cardiology Associates–Lexington. “At KentuckyOne Health, we offer a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach. We combine the skills of interventional cardiologists, who specialize in structural heart disease, with those of cardiovascular surgeons to provide the best evidence-based pharmacologic, minimally invasive and surgical intervention care.”

A Minimally Invasive Approach to Treating AVS

If you are dealing with aortic valve stenosis (AVS), you know how exhausting the condition can be. For patients with severe AVS who are not ideal candidates for surgical replacement, implanting a prosthetic aortic valve using a minimally invasive approach saves lives and improves quality of life. This approach is known as transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR).

At Saint Joseph Hospital and Jewish Hospital, both part of KentuckyOne Health, physicians use a catheter to place the replacement valve within the old, damaged valve, almost like a stent. The new valve takes over, and normal blood flow is restored. At KentuckyOne Health, TAVR is performed under conscious sedation, which improves patients’ recoveries and decreases hospital length of stay.

“The quality of life prior to aortic valve replacement is poor, and patients with aortic valve stenosis can’t do any type of activity that requires exertion — climbing the stairs, walking more than a block or doing things they want to do become impossible,” said Michael Flaherty, MD, PhD, board-certified interventional cardiologist, associate professor of medicine and physiology at the University of Louisville and director of adult structural heart disease at Jewish Hospital.“Fixing the valve not only improves patients’ quality of life, but is lifesaving. All those limitations are gone. When we perform the replacement with a catheter and use conscious sedation, patients are up and walking around the day of the procedure and go home the next day.”

Fixing Blood Flow Without Surgery

Patients with mitral valve regurgitation also face exhaustion, extreme fatigue and shortness of breath. If you have severe leakage but are not a candidate for surgery, the MitraClip system can help.

Available at Saint Joseph Hospital and Jewish Hospital, this system uses a nonsurgical puncture and a catheter to place a clip on the mitral valve. MitraClip allows the valve to close more completely, reducing the backflow of blood.

This article originally appeared in the Winter 2017 edition of One Health magazine. For more stories like this one, subscribe to One Health today