St. Mary Health Connections

Nutrition for Cancer PatientsYou know you're supposed to eat healthy avoiding sodium, sugar and fats, but eating anything can be a challenge when undergoing cancer treatment.
Benefits of Robotic SurgeryRobotic surgeries are less invasive and less painful than traditional procedures. Patients also recover faster, according to Dr. Jamison Jaffe, Chair of Urology at St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne.
Structural Heart DiseaseMillions of people suffer from structural heart disease where parts of the heart can fail over time. One of the most common issues is a leaky mitral valve, according to Dr. Roi Altit, an Interventional and Structural Cardiologist at St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne.
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.