Items filtered by date: January 2020

Exercising Safely with Asthma

Published in NJ Heart and Lung News

Asthma is characterized by a narrowing and swelling of the airways. During an asthma attack, breathing becomes difficult, which can lead to coughing and wheezing.

There are numerous causes for asthma, and a variety of stimuli that can trigger an attack. For example, although exercise does not cause asthma, it is a common trigger of asthma. The Asthma Foundation of America estimates that approximately 90% of people with asthma experience an attack when exercising, a condition referred to as exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (EIB).

Even for people without asthma, exercise and strenuous activity can cause a shortness of breath. However, for people with asthma, this shortness of breath can easily trigger an asthma attack.

Since exercise is fundamentally important to maintaining one's health, it is important for people with asthma to know the appropriate steps and medications required in order to exercise safely.

The main rules that people with asthma need to keep in mind in order to exercise safely include:

  1. Using a bronchodilator such as albuterol before exercising. This opens the airways, making an asthma attack less likely.
  2. Warming up before beginning any type of strenuous activity. Between 10 and 15 minutes of stretching and slow movements can help prepare the body for more strenuous exercises.
  3. Cold air is a well-known asthma trigger, and exercising in cold weather creates a double risk. In order to diminish this risk, it is useful to wear a scarf or some sort of mouth covering when exercising in cold weather. This can help warm up the cold air before it reaches the lungs.

Another technique is to breathe in through the nose rather than the mouth, which prevents cold, dry air from going directly into the lungs.

  1. It is important to know which types of weather conditions are unsuitable for exercise. For example, when it is extremely cold outside, or the air is highly polluted (whether outdoors or indoors, due to chemicals and cleaners), exercising with asthma is best avoided.

The takeaway message for those with asthma is that exercise is healthy —  when taking appropriate precautions. It is especially important for anyone with asthma to consult with their physician before starting any exercise program.

At the NJ Heart and Lung Center™, we create an individualized plan for each patient. This is proven to prevent readmission to the hospital, and to improve independence.  

Regency Jewish has partnered with the area's leading cardiologists and pulmonologists to create a program that:   

  • Reduces hospital readmissions and patient length of stay
  • Maximizes ability for patient to regain ADL skills and independence
  • Offers 24/7/365 physician coverage through on-site staff and advanced telemedicine program
  • Has an on-site sleep study program to unlock Medicare benefit for Bipap utilization upon discharge
  • Offers STAT availability of Labs, X-Ray and other diagnostic tools

Our Outcomes & Capabilities include: 

  • Cardiologist and pulmonologist on site daily for immediate intervention
  • Specialized rehab & nursing protocols developed in partnership with leading cardiologists & pulmonologists
  • A plan proven to prevent readmission to the hospital and improve patient independence and functionality
  • Regular Communication Between Patient, Family, Staff & Physicians
  • Collaborative care planning with other physician & therapy specialists
  • Advanced staff education & training
  • Transitional care nurse & enhanced discharge-to-home process
  • Follow-up home visit within 24-48 hours
  • Educational material provided to patients & families

Regency prides itself on offering the very best of care in a patient-centered environment. This means always listening to our residents and patients and respecting their capabilities, while helping them to achieve maximum functionality and independence. And always maintaining the highest professional and quality standards in our staff and our facilities. Our 25 years of excellent care have led to us being awarded a Best Nursing Homes award by US News & World Today, a 5-Star rating by USA Today, and an A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau, among many other awards.   Contact us by clicking here.

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COPD: Just the FAQs

Published in NJ Heart and Lung News

What is COPD?

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a progressive lung disease that most commonly includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. While emphysema and bronchitis work differently — emphysema destroys the lungs’ air sacs, and bronchitis causes inflammation of bronchial tubes — what they, and other COPD diseases, have in common is the general increase in difficulty breathing. As many as 30 million people in America have COPD, but only 50% of them have been diagnosed with the disease.

What Are the Symptoms of COPD?

COPD is a progressive disease, with symptoms varying according to the stage of the disease.

Early-stage COPD symptoms include:

  • shortness of breath, particularly after exertion
  • a mild, recurrent cough
  • a frequent need to clear one’s throat, particularly in the morning

Mid-stage COPD symptoms include:

  • shortness of breath, even after mild exertion, such as walking
  • chest tightness
  • chronic cough
  • frequent respiratory infections
  • wheezing
  • fatigue

Late-stage COPD symptoms include:

  • weight loss, caused by the exertion of breathing
  • swollen legs, ankles, or feet

Since these symptoms can often be ascribed to other causes, many people with COPD do not realize they have the disease — until it becomes a medical emergency. Emergency treatment is needed if any of the following symptoms are present:

  • a blue-ish cast to the skin, particularly in the fingertips or lips
  • difficulty breathing
  • difficulty catching one’s breath
  • feeling lightheaded and confused
  • feeling that one’s heart is racing

What Causes COPD?

In developed countries, 90% of people with COPD are either smokers or former smokers. According to the COPD Foundation, between 20 and 30% of long-term smokers will develop COPD. In the developing world, COPD is also associated with poor ventilation in homes. Fumes from fuels used for heating and cooking are the main culprits.

Lung irritants, including air pollution, dust inhalation, and exposure to chemicals and fumes in the workplace,  can also cause COPD. In the United States, West Virginia’s coal mining industry makes it the Number One state for COPD.

How is COPD Treated?

There is no cure for COPD, but it can be managed with medication, oxygen therapy, and, in severe cases, surgery. Most private insurance plans, as well as Medicaid and Medicare, will pay for pulmonary rehabilitation for COPD. Pulmonary rehab includes exercise, therapeutic lifestyle changes, counseling, as well as strategies to manage one’s energy throughout the day.

Regency Jewish Heritage has partnered with the area's leading cardiologists and pulmonologists to form The NJ Heart and Lung Center™

Our program:

  • Reduces hospital readmissions and patient length of stay
  • Maximizes ability for patient to regain ADL skills and independence
  • Offers 24/7/365 physician coverage through on-site staff and advanced telemedicine program
  • Has an on-site sleep study program to unlock Medicare benefit for Bipap utilization upon discharge
  • Offers STAT availability of Labs, X-Ray and other diagnostic tools

Our Outcomes & Capabilities include:

  • Cardiologist and pulmonologist on site daily for immediate intervention
  • Specialized rehab & nursing protocols developed in partnership with leading cardiologists & pulmonologists
  • A plan proven to prevent readmission to the hospital and improve patient independence and functionality
  • Regular Communication Between Patient, Family, Staff & Physicians
  • Collaborative care planning with other physician & therapy specialists
  • Advanced staff education & training
  • Transitional care nurse & enhanced discharge-to-home process
  • Follow-up home visit within 24-48 hours
  • Educational material provided to patients & families

We offer the very best of care in a patient-centered environment. This means always listening to our residents and patients and respecting their capabilities, while helping them to achieve maximum functionality and independence. And always maintaining the highest professional and quality standards in our staff and our facilities. Our 25 years of excellent care have led to us being awarded a Best Nursing Homes award by US News & World Today, a 5-Star rating by USA Today, and an A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau, among many other awards.

Contact us by clicking here.

 

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Surprising Risk Factors for Heart Disease

Published in NJ Heart and Lung News

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. It is implicated in fully one-quarter of all US  deaths each year. We are all familiar with the risk factors for heart disease; they include smoking, high cholesterol, hypertension, obesity, a sedentary lifestyle, diabetes, and stress. But it turns out there are other risk factors that might surprise you.

The Flu

Research shows that someone is six times more likely to have a heart attack the week after having the flu than in the entire year before and after having it. While the reason for this is unknown, it certainly adds to the already abundant evidence that getting a flu shot every year is an important step to take for our health.

Gum Disease

Your dentist is not the only one who wants you to floss your teeth. Your cardiologist does, too. Research shows that bacteria that enters your system through your gums can cause inflamed arteries. So now you can consider taking care of your teeth and gums to also be taking care of your heart.

Loneliness

Who would have thought that loneliness is a risk factor for heart disease? Yet research shows that loneliness raises risk as much as secondhand smoke does. Feeling alone can cause both stress and high blood pressure, and both of these increase the odds of heart disease.

Noise

Noise is all around us: the sounds of people on their cell phones, the honking of cars on the street, even the constant hum of the appliances in our homes. Research has demonstrated that the constant noise around us causes a stress reaction, which in turn increases our risk of heart disease.

At the NJ Heart and Lung Center™, we create an individualized plan for each patient. This is proven to prevent readmission to the hospital, and to improve independence.  

Regency Jewish has partnered with the area's leading cardiologists and pulmonologists to create a program that:   

  • Reduces hospital readmissions and patient length of stay
  • Maximizes ability for patient to regain ADL skills and independence
  • Offers 24/7/365 physician coverage through on-site staff and advanced telemedicine program
  • Has an on-site sleep study program to unlock Medicare benefit for Bipap utilization upon discharge
  • Offers STAT availability of Labs, X-Ray and other diagnostic tools

Our Outcomes & Capabilities include: 

  • Cardiologist and pulmonologist on site daily for immediate intervention
  • Specialized rehab & nursing protocols developed in partnership with leading cardiologists & pulmonologists
  • A plan proven to prevent readmission to the hospital and improve patient independence and functionality
  • Regular Communication Between Patient, Family, Staff & Physicians
  • Collaborative care planning with other physician & therapy specialists
  • Advanced staff education & training
  • Transitional care nurse & enhanced discharge-to-home process
  • Follow-up home visit within 24-48 hours
  • Educational material provided to patients & families

Regency prides itself on offering the very best of care in a patient-centered environment. This means always listening to our residents and patients and respecting their capabilities, while helping them to achieve maximum functionality and independence. And always maintaining the highest professional and quality standards in our staff and our facilities. Our 25 years of excellent care have led to us being awarded a Best Nursing Homes award by US News & World Today, a 5-Star rating by USA Today, and an A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau, among many other awards.   Contact us by clicking here.

 

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Surprising Risk Factors for Heart Disease

Published in NJ Heart and Lung News

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. It is implicated in fully one-quarter of all US  deaths each year. We are all familiar with the risk factors for heart disease; they include smoking, high cholesterol, hypertension, obesity, a sedentary lifestyle, diabetes, and stress. But it turns out there are other risk factors that might surprise you.

The Flu

Research shows that someone is six times more likely to have a heart attack the week after having the flu than in the entire year before and after having it. While the reason for this is unknown, it certainly adds to the already abundant evidence that getting a flu shot every year is an important step to take for our health.

Gum Disease

Your dentist is not the only one who wants you to floss your teeth. Your cardiologist does, too. Research shows that bacteria that enters your system through your gums can cause inflamed arteries. So now you can consider taking care of your teeth and gums to also be taking care of your heart.

Loneliness

Who would have thought that loneliness is a risk factor for heart disease? Yet research shows that loneliness raises risk as much as secondhand smoke does. Feeling alone can cause both stress and high blood pressure, and both of these increase the odds of heart disease.

Noise

Noise is all around us: the sounds of people on their cell phones, the honking of cars on the street, even the constant hum of the appliances in our homes. Research has demonstrated that the constant noise around us causes a stress reaction, which in turn increases our risk of heart disease.

At the NJ Heart and Lung Center™, we create an individualized plan for each patient. This is proven to prevent readmission to the hospital, and to improve independence.  

Regency Jewish has partnered with the area's leading cardiologists and pulmonologists to create a program that:   

  • Reduces hospital readmissions and patient length of stay
  • Maximizes ability for patient to regain ADL skills and independence
  • Offers 24/7/365 physician coverage through on-site staff and advanced telemedicine program
  • Has an on-site sleep study program to unlock Medicare benefit for Bipap utilization upon discharge
  • Offers STAT availability of Labs, X-Ray and other diagnostic tools

Our Outcomes & Capabilities include: 

  • Cardiologist and pulmonologist on site daily for immediate intervention
  • Specialized rehab & nursing protocols developed in partnership with leading cardiologists & pulmonologists
  • A plan proven to prevent readmission to the hospital and improve patient independence and functionality
  • Regular Communication Between Patient, Family, Staff & Physicians
  • Collaborative care planning with other physician & therapy specialists
  • Advanced staff education & training
  • Transitional care nurse & enhanced discharge-to-home process
  • Follow-up home visit within 24-48 hours
  • Educational material provided to patients & families

Regency prides itself on offering the very best of care in a patient-centered environment. This means always listening to our residents and patients and respecting their capabilities, while helping them to achieve maximum functionality and independence. And always maintaining the highest professional and quality standards in our staff and our facilities. Our 25 years of excellent care have led to us being awarded a Best Nursing Homes award by US News & World Today, a 5-Star rating by USA Today, and an A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau, among many other awards.   Contact us by clicking here.

 

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