Back pain affects people of every age. In fact, it’s so prevalent, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) says only headache pain is more common.
Overexertion or repetitive injures frequently cause lower back pain. So too does age-related degeneration of the vertebrae and the cushioning intervertebral discs.
But Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) board-certified neurosurgeon Robert Morrow, MD, with Neurosurgical Associates of LVPG – Bethlehem, says there are other things you can do to slow spinal decline. Read More
You’ve been doing a good job eating a heart-healthy diet. You’re watching your portions and avoiding foods high in fat and salt. Suddenly, you’re faced with a dilemma. An old friend invites you to dinner at your favorite restaurant. Oh no! The last time you were there, you broke every rule in the “heart healthy” book. Should you accept the invitation and harm your heart, or decline and break your friend’s heart?
Lehigh Valley Health Network cardiologist Amy Ahnert, MD, with Lehigh Valley Heart Specialists says you can be kind to your friend and your heart. “Eating at a restaurant can be challenging,” she says, “but there are things you can do to be heart healthy while eating out.” Here are some tips. Read More
In the old days, foraging for something to eat was a matter of survival. Today however, easy access to food has transformed “survival eating” into a social dining experience.
That “socializing and eating” connection concerns Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) cardiologist Deborah Sundlof, DO with Lehigh Valley Cardiology Associates of LVPG in Bethlehem. As she works with her patients, Sundlof sees the destructive side of social events turned into indulgent food fests and how that social eating connection contributes to obesity, diabetes and heart disease. “I’m asking my patients to change their lifestyle,” Sundlof says. “And part of that change is to look at food, and how it fits into their lives, differently.” Read More
It’s something most people do every day without thinking about it. But it’s actually a great form of exercise, and it can do wonderful things for your health.
We’re talking about walking.
“It’s another very good form of exercise, and yet some people do not consider it exercise,” says Lehigh Valley Health Network cardiologist Ellina Feiner, MD, with Lehigh Valley Heart Specialists in Allentown. “I make the same recommendation to all my patients: at least take a walk for a half-hour to an hour every day. The benefits may really surprise you.”
How good is walking for you? Take a look at these statistics from the American Podiatric Medical Association: Read More
Digging out of winter’s latest snow is taxing, and not for the faint of heart. In fact, depending on the water content of the snow, the weight per cubic foot can range from just over 3 pounds for fluffy snow to a heart pounding 20-plus pounds for wet snow.
“Whether you are in shape or not, shoveling snow is exerting work,” says Lehigh Valley Health Network cardiologist Benjamin Sanchez Jr., MD, with Lehigh Valley Heart Specialists in Allentown. “And the more sedentary you are, the greater the impact on your heart when you shovel.”
A 2010 study looked at the incidence of snow shoveling injuries in the United States over a 17-year period. It found that about 11,500 people end up in the emergency room each winter due to shoveling injuries, most in the muscle strain and slip-and-fall categories. While heart attacks accounted for just under 7 percent of emergency room visits during the study time period, they were responsible for 100 percent of snow-shoveling-related deaths. Read More