Southcoast Health System launches Structural Heart Program
New program to be led by renowned cardiologist Adam J. Saltzman, MD
Southcoast Health System is excited to announce the launch of the Structural Heart Program, led by renowned cardiologist Adam J. Saltzman, MD. The Southcoast Structural Heart Program is the only program of its kind in the region and one of only a handful of dedicated structural heart programs in all of New England.
The Structural Heart Program offers minimally invasive therapies to eligible patients as an alternative to traditional open surgical interventions. These patients, who in the past have needed to travel outside the region, will now be able to be evaluated and treated at Charlton Memorial Hospital by a multidisciplinary cardiac team that includes cardiologists, cardiac surgeons and support staff who work together with referring physicians to develop a specialized treatment plan for each patient.
Structural heart disease refers to any heart disease caused by the interruption of the natural flow of blood through the heart. This includes conditions like atrial or ventricular septal defects (so-called "holes" in the heart); hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy (the thickening of the heart muscle); and valve issues (valves can either be "leaky" or "narrowed"), among others.
To learn more about Southcoast’s new Structural Heart Program, visit http://southcoastheart.com/.
Southcoast announces 'Living Healthy with Diabetes'
Event to be held at Makepeace Farms at Tihonet Village
Southcoast Health System will be presenting, "Living Healthy with Diabetes" a community event on Sunday, December 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Makepeace Farms at Tihonet Village, 146 Tihonet Road in Wareham.
This is a free event and is open to the public. Certified diabetes educators from the Southcoast Diabetes Management Program will discuss how to live healthy with diabetes. Featured topics include healthy recipes and exercise tips. In addition, a registered Southcoast dietitian will be available to answer questions about making healthy food choices.
Southcoast Diabetes Management Program is an American Diabetes Association recognized program that offers a comprehensive series of educational sessions designed to give adults and their families the knowledge to live healthy lives with diabetes. The program addresses all aspects of diabetes self-management, including continuous glucose monitoring program, insulin pump use and training, self management skills, gestational diabetes management (development of diabetes during pregnancy), medication management, medical nutrition therapy, basic meal planning, personal sensor education and insulin injection instruction.
The program is staffed by a team of certified diabetes educators that includes registered nurses, dietitians and an exercise physiologist who are committed to helping patients live a healthier life.
For more information on the Southcoast Diabetes Management Program, call 1-877-212-9135 or visit www.southcoast.org/diabetes/.
Southcoast Health System launches groundbreaking Lung Cancer Screening Program
Groundbreaking program aims to detect early stage lung cancer
Southcoast Health System will be introducing its groundbreaking lung cancer screening program to Greater Fall River. This innovative program aims to detect early-stage lung cancer in high-risk individuals, before symptoms are present to the program will be expanded throughout Southeastern Massachusetts in the coming year.
The Southcoast Lung Cancer Screening Program, directed by Richard Miller, MD, thoracic surgeon and Physician-in-Chief of surgery, has been modeled after the National Lung Cancer Screening Trial, and is being offered to community members who fit the following criteria:
- Age 55 to 74
- Smoking history of 30 pack years* or greater
- If ex-smoker, quit within the last 15 years
- No personal history of previous lung cancer
There is a $20 enrollment fee for the program.
Recent studies, including the National Lung Cancer Screening Trial, have shown that selective screening of high risk patients with low-dose CT scans of the chest can find early stage lung cancer. Lung cancer that is detected at an early stage can be curable.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States and in the South Coast region. Of the four most common cancers (lung, prostate, breast and colon) it is the only cancer without a widely adopted preventative screening test.
After an initial evaluation, each participant who qualifies will be given a low-dose computed tomography (CT) scan of the chest. Participants who continue to qualify for the program will undergo two additional CT scans in year two and year three. In the event that an abnormality is present in any of these scans, Southcoast will review and coordinate further care with the individual’s current medical team.
For more information, or to enroll in the Southcoast Lung Cancer Screening Program, please call 855-259-5864 or visit http://www.southcoast.org/lungscreening/.
* A pack year is a way to measure the amount a person has smoked over a period of time. It is calculated by multiplying the number of packs of cigarettes smoked per day by the number of years the person has smoked. For example, one pack year is equal to smoking 20 cigarettes (1 pack) per day for 1 year or 40 cigarettes (2 packs) for a half year.
Southcoast promotes importance of receiving the flu vaccine
With the flu season fast approaching, Southcoast would like to remind the public that the best way to protect themselves, their family and the community is to get a seasonal flu vaccine each year. The seasonal flu is a very serious and contagious disease of the respiratory system that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death.
Every flu season is different and the flu can affect people in different ways. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and can spread it to others. Symptoms are often confused with the common cold, but are much more severe and potentially dangerous.
Receiving the annual flu vaccine is an effective way to reduce the chances of contracting the seasonal flu and lessen the chance that you will spread it to others. The more people that get vaccinated against the flu, the less the flu can spread throughout the community.
Southcoast recommends that people get vaccinated as soon as the flu season vaccine becomes available in their community. Flu seasons are unpredictable and can begin as early as October. It takes about two weeks after you receive the flu shot for a vaccine to become fully active in the body and provide protection against the flu.
For more information about the flu vaccine, please visit www.southcoast.org/flu.