February 2014 posts
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Sudden changes in hearing can happen overnight or over a few days and can be accompanied by loud ringing in the ear (tinnitus), dizziness/vertigo and/or fullness or pressure in the same ear. They typically will occur in one ear and in very rare cases will occur on both sides.
The National Institute of Deafness and Communication Disorders (NIDCD) reports the incidence of sudden sensorineural hearing loss at approximately 4,000 new cases a year. Sensorineural is a term used to denote hearing loss that occurs at the cochlea, the organ for hearing.
There are many causes of sudden hearing loss but it is ...
About half of all Americans have at least one of the three main risk factors for heart disease: high blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking. Other risk factors include diabetes, overweight/obesity, poor diet, inactivity, alcohol use and family history.
More people die from heart disease than any other medical condition. Controlling these risk factors is the most effective method of prevention.
What is your risk for heart disease? Find out by taking a free online Heart Risk Test.
If you need care, we have a team of cardiologists who can evaluate your risk, show you how to reduce that risk, and help you take the first steps to a healthy future.
Five tips for finding a cardiologist:
Convenience. Care close to home or work makes life easier. Swedish has more than 35 cardiologists in 20 locations throughout the Greater Puget Sound area.
Credentials. Cardiologists at Swedish are board certified by their national professional organizations.
Quality. The American College of Cardiology has recognized Swedish cardiologists for being leaders in safe, high-quality care that reduces the risk of death among heart patients. Find out more about our quality outcomes.
Love also means keeping them safe.
Advances in maternal-infant health are one of the greatest success stories of the 20th century, with a drop in the death rate of 99%. But some of those dangers only stay in the past through constant vigilance. Behind every screening test and preventive measure is a careful, research-driven rationale. Here are seven newborn tests, screenings, and prevention measures you should know about:
Vitamin K injection
Vitamin K is vital for blood to clot properly. Newborns cannot make Vitamin K and it is poorly transferred in breast milk. Without this injection, babies are at risk for spontaneous bleeding from the umbilical cord, mucus membranes, even in the brain. Giving Vitamin K has greatly reduced this "hemorrhagic disease of the newborn," but rates are increasing as more parents refuse it. Oral Vitamin K has not been shown to prevent this potentially devastating disease.
Hepatitis B vaccine
This is an anti-cancer vaccine. Before this vaccine existed, approximately 10,000 kids under age 10 contracted hepatitis B each year. Most had no known exposure to it. Kids are more likely than adults to get very sick and to have complications. Vaccination at birth has greatly reduced rates of pediatric liver cancer due to hepatitis B.
Antibiotic eye ointment
This prevents bacterial eye infections. Some of these infections are associated with sexually transmitted bacteria, but not all of them are. Negative testing or a monogamous relationship does not ...
All skin cancers are not alike, and melanoma, a malignant cancer of pigmented skin cells (melanocytes), is by far the most dangerous of the group, accounting for over 75% of skin cancer deaths in the United States. This amounts to about 48,000 melanoma related deaths world wide per year.
Found early, when the lesion is superficial and small, cure rates are high, but as the cancer progresses, it invades deeper into the skin, and becomes far more likely to spread far from where it started. It is for this reason that ...
Patients may have seen a health care provider in the past and told that there is no treatment, that treatments were not effective, or not worthwhile due to side effects. Patients have been reluctant to seek treatment because they have heard about the terrible side effects associated with treatment, including flu-like symptoms, fatigue, depression, muscle aches, rashes, etc, lasting up to a year.
However, this is a pivotal time for hepatitis C patients because treatment has improved by leaps and bounds. In late 2013, two ...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 10
Contacts: Clay Holtzman, Swedish, 206-386-2748, email@example.com
SEATTLE – Swedish/Cherry Hill Chief Operating Officer Rayburn Lewis, M.D., has been named the new chief executive of Swedish/Issaquah. He will begin work in his new role on Feb. 10 and replaces retiring Swedish/Issaquah Chief Executive Chuck Salmon.
“I am honored to be charged with the responsibility of leading one of the newest and highest quality hospitals in the entire region,” Dr. Lewis said. “Our focus will continue to be on building the strongest, healthiest communities across Issaquah and East King County.”
Dr. Lewis, a board-certified internal medicine physician who has been a member of Swedish’s medical staff since 1984, brings to his new executive role a wealth of leadership experience from across the Swedish system.