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Spring 2014 Interactive MagazineWe are excited to welcome you to Adventist HealthCare & You, a quarterly magazine featuring the health stories of real people in our community that connects you with health care resources at our hospitals and beyond.

Current Issue – Spring 2014

Joint replacement lives up to this nurse’s high expectation.

That story, upcoming community health classes & events, and more in the Spring 2014 issue of Adventist HealthCare & You magazine.  To read, launch the interactive edition of the magazine or browse the articles below.

 

There is Hope

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There is Hope

Electroconvulsive therapy offers a safe and effective option for people who suffer from mental illness Although many individuals suffer through occasional bouts of depression that can be managed by medication or other treatments, millions of people are affected by major depression, a debilitating mental illness that can prevent a person from participating in the activities of daily living. According to the National Institutes of Mental Health, major depressive disorders affect approximately 14.8 million American adults, or about 6.7 percent...

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40 Years Bringing Home Care to You

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40 Years Bringing Home Care to You

Being surrounded by the comforts of home and family while healing can greatly lift a person’s spirits and ease recovery. Adventist Home Care Services, which is part of the Adventist HealthCare system, is honored to be celebrating its 40th anniversary of bringing healing home. A dedicated team of skilled nurses, therapists, nursing aides and social workers provides home care services tailored to each patient’s specific needs, whether it is assistance with daily living activities or recovering after a hospital stay. “Our goal is to provide...

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Woman and Heart Disease

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Woman and Heart Disease

Did you know that one in five women in the U.S. has some form of heart disease? In fact, heart disease claims more women’s lives each year than the next eight leading causes of death combined, including breast cancer. Lower your risk for heart disease with a few simple steps such as avoiding tobacco, maintaining a healthy weight, controlling your cholesterol and blood pressure, and having regular checkups with your doctor. Women may also experience slightly different symptoms than men when having a heart attack. Know the signs: Chest pain or...

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Care for the Heart, from the Heart

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Care for the Heart, from the Heart

An innovative treatment helps a busy grandmother recover quickly, in time for a big family event Kris Quinn of Gaithersburg is certainly not your typical 71-year-old. A kitchen designer by day and professor by night, she has a lot to keep her busy. The cardiac team at Washington Adventist Hospital provided this active grandmother with an innovative, minimally invasive approach for her heart problems that helped her recover just in time for a long-awaited family wedding. Knowing the Signs of Trouble Looking back, Quinn realized there were...

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Understanding Ultrasound

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Understanding Ultrasound

Quality, noninvasive vascular screenings save lives Vascular conditions, such as artery disease and blood clots, affect millions of Americans, according to the Vascular Disease Foundation. When left untreated, vascular diseases can lead to impaired mobility, decreased quality of life and, in severe cases, stroke, amputation, kidney failure or death. Rapid diagnosis and treatment of vascular conditions are key to limiting serious complications. “Early intervention is vital to treating a vascular condition before it becomes more serious or...

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Love and (Weight) Loss

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Love and (Weight) Loss

After dropping 250 pounds after bariatric surgery, one man finds romance and a renewed lease on life David Muir would tell you that in losing more than 250 pounds he found his happy ending. The energetic 33-year-old Frederick resident is the father of three with another on the way. Yet, the future wasn’t always so bright. In February 2010, Muir reached rock bottom. At 474 pounds, routine tasks like getting in the car, seeing a movie and shopping for clothes were nearly impossible. He had lost a job because of his weight and was recently...

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It’s All in the Wrist

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It’s All in the Wrist

Orthopedic surgeons from the Joint Replacement Centers at Shady Grove Adventist and Washington Adventist Hospitals answer common questions about carpal tunnel syndrome Q. What is carpal tunnel syndrome? A. LORNE WEEKS, MD: The carpal tunnel is a canal in the wrist through which the median nerve and nine flexor tendons pass. The median nerve runs from the forearm into the palm and controls sensation to the thumb and index, middle and ring fingers. Flexor tendons control joint movement in the hands. Carpal tunnel syndrome, or CTS, results from...

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Protect and Serve

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Protect and Serve

Medical teams at the ready save two police officers who have heart attacks on the same day On Sept. 10, 2012, dozens of Montgomery County police officers lined the halls of Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville. In Takoma Park, dozens more officers visited Washington Adventist Hospital. In an amazing twist, heart attacks sent two of their uniformed brothers to the hospital on the same day. They followed different paths, but both say they reached the same conclusion: Learn about your heart health. A Racing Heart “The triathlon masked the...

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New Life with a New Knee

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New Life with a New Knee

Joint replacement surgery helps a Bowie mom return to an active life After suffering with knee pain for several years, Rita Heywood, 55, of Bowie, reached her tipping point. “Medication wasn’t working anymore. I knew surgery was the next step,” Heywood says. Taking the recommendation of a friend, Heywood went to see Christopher Magee, MD, orthopedic surgeon at the Joint Replacement Center at Washington Adventist Hospital. “When I met Rita, it was clear conservative measures were no longer managing her intense knee pain,” Dr. Magee says....

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A New Era in Cancer Care

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A New Era in Cancer Care

Introducing the Shady Grove Adventist Aquilino Cancer Center This fall, the Shady Grove Adventist Aquilino Cancer Center will open its doors as the first freestanding, comprehensive cancer center in Montgomery County. Local cancer patients will no longer have to drive from location to location for medical appointments. Just steps away from Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville, the cancer center will house comprehensive outpatient services that include multiple physician specialties and treatments, as well as education and support...

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