St. Mary Health Connections

Back SurgeryMost back and spine patients will not need surgery, in fact,  Dr. Steven Fulop, a neurosurgeon at St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne says just 10-percent of his patients require operations.
Alternative Sedation for Heart ProceduresYou feel relaxed and pain-free, not groggy and nauseous and that's safer for the procedure and the recovery according to Dr. George Heyrich, director of structural heart disease and interventional cardiology at St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne.
Low Dose CT Scans Offer Early Screening for Lung CancerEarly screening for lung cancer can drastically improve your chances of survival, according to Brooke Leibfreid, Cancer Center Nurse Navigator at St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne. She says too often, lung cancer is diagnosed after symptoms occur, which in many cases indicates the disease has spread to other parts of the body. At that point, the survival rate is low, just 20 percent. But with early screening, before you have symptoms, she says the disease can be found before it has spread, which leads to many more treatment options that give patients a shot at a long-term cure and as a result a patient's survival rate skyrockets to 88 percent.
St. Mary's New Heart Failure CenterHeart failure is the leading cause of hospitalization for people over 65, so it's important to find ways to keep patients at home.
Breast Cancer RisksA family history of breast cancer puts you at higher risk, but there's no way to alter your family tree.
Women's Hormones Increase Depression RiskOne in seven new mothers suffers from post partum depression according to Dr. Afua Mintah, an obstetrician/gynecologist at St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne. She says women who have experienced depression in the past or are experiencing problems during pregnancy are at higher risk for post partum depression. If you notice a new mom experiencing severe sadness, difficulty sleeping, concentrating or getting motivated, you might want to suggest a trip to the doctor.
Non-Healing Wounds Related to DiabetesWounds that won't heal can become a major health risk for diabetics and protecting yourself is the best prevention according to Dr. Nathaniel Holzman, Medical Director of the St. Mary Wound Healing Center in Langhorne. He says patients can help themselves by keeping their diabetes in good control, eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and maintaining healthy skin. He says cracks in the skin can allow bacteria to enter which may lead to infection. He also urges people to regularly see a podiatrist for preventative foot care to manage risk factors before wounds occur.
Catheter-Based Heart SurgeryTraditional open heart surgery remains the preferred method to repair many heart defects, according to Dr. Scott Burke, Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology at St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne. But, he states, minimally invasive procedures using catheters are gaining ground. In many cases, these methods reduce the risk of complications and shorten recovery time. Also, catheter-based pr
St. Mary Medical Center - Bee Well BoutiqueIt's not easy to find the products you need to help soothe the pain of chemotherapy, radiation and deal with the side effects of certain medicines. Now you can find many of these items all in one place at St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne. The shop is called Be Well Boutique and it has been open for several months.
Early Detection of Lung CancerSurvival rates for lung cancer are normally quite low, because the disease is often found late after the cancer has spread. If it can be found early before symptoms appear, the chances of survival skyrocket, according to Brooke Leibfreid, Lung Cancer Care Coordinator at St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne. She says annually screening those at risk for lung cancer will save lives.

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