A Promising New Treatment for Sleep Apnea

Fred Lin, MD

Fred Lin, MD, Chief of the Division of Sleep Surgery at the Mount Sinai Health System, left, and Boris Chernobilsky, MD, Director of the Division of Sleep Surgery at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, are pioneering new surgery for sleep apnea.

Physicians at the Mount Sinai Health System are among the first in New York State to offer a promising new surgical treatment for people with moderate-to-severe obstructive sleep apnea, a common disorder characterized by the recurrent narrowing and closing of a person’s upper airway during sleep. Moderate-to-severe sleep apnea—defined as 15 or more episodes of disturbed airflow per hour—is often associated with excessive daytime sleepiness and an increased risk for diabetes and heart disease. Read more

Advancing Cardiac Care at Mount Sinai Beth Israel

Advancing Cardiac Care at Mount Sinai Beth Israel

From left: Ramesh M. Gowda, MD, Assistant Professor, Medicine (Cardiology); John T. Fox, MD, Director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, Mount Sinai Beth Israel; John D. Puskas, MD, Professor and Site Chair, Cardiovascular Surgery, Mount Sinai Beth Israel; Blase Carabello, MD, Chair of Cardiology, Mount Sinai Beth Israel; Sam Hanon, MD, Associate Professor, Medicine (Cardiology); Susan C. Somerville, RN, President, Mount Sinai Beth Israel; Beth A. Oliver, DNP, RN, Vice President, Clinical Operations, Mount Sinai Heart; Merle Nazares, RN, Director of Invasive Cardiology; and Maureen Rorke, RN, Director of Nursing (Cardiology), Mount Sinai Beth Israel.

Physicians and staff at Mount Sinai Beth Israel recently celebrated the opening of the newly renovated Cardiac Catheterization Procedure Room located on the eleventh floor of the Dazian Building. The facility houses a state-of-the-art Philips AlluraClarity high-definition X-ray system with advanced software that improves image quality while significantly reducing X-ray exposure. The new X-ray system enhances the physician’s ability to diagnose patients quickly and to efficiently perform complex coronary and peripheral procedures, including stent implants, valvuloplasties, balloon angioplasties, carotid artery stenting, and thrombectomie

Limiting Salt Intake in Pulmonary Hypertension

Hooman Poor, MDPulmonary hypertension is a condition of increased pressure in the blood vessels of the lungs. Because of this increased pressure, the heart has more difficulty with effectively pumping blood throughout the body, which can lead to symptoms of shortness of breath and leg swelling. While there are a number of effective medications to reduce the pressure in the blood vessels of the lungs, limiting salt intake is an important measure to help alleviate this pressure and reduce symptoms. Read more

Wall Street Run and Heart Walk

More than 300 Mount Sinai Health System physicians, nurses, and staff laced up their sneakers to participate in the recent American Heart Association’s (AHA) three-mile Wall Street Run and Heart Walk. Team members raised $52,000 to help the AHA advance its cardiovascular research. They wore pink and black T-shirts designed by Jonathan P. Kyriacou, a Director of Hospital Operations, who won the “Best T-shirt” contest initiated by Lisa Allen, Administrative Director, Cardiology, Mount Sinai Beth Israel.

Jubilant Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for the Lauder Family Cardiovascular Ambulatory Center

The Mount Sinai Hospital officially opened its 20,700-square-foot Lauder Family Cardiovascular Ambulatory Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception on Wednesday, May 6, before an audience of jubilant supporters. The expansive Center, which will allow Mount Sinai physicians to treat nearly 300 heart and vascular outpatients a day, was established with generous support from Ronald S. Lauder and Leonard A. Lauder and their families in honor of Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, the Director of Mount Sinai Heart and Physician-in-Chief of The Mount Sinai Hospital. Read more

Mount Sinai Beth Israel Employees Receive Heart Awards

Eleven Mount Sinai Beth Israel employees received a 2015 Heart Award, one of the institution’s highest honors, at a breakfast reception on Thursday, April 30, at Podell Auditorium, Petrie Campus. The award recognizes employees—nominated and selected by peers—who make outstanding contributions that help staff provide the highest quality care for patients, with a special focus on compassion and concern for their well-being. Mount Sinai Beth Israel President Susan Somerville, RN, congratulated the 2015 awardees at the reception.

Pioneering Surgical Techniques to Benefit Stroke Patients

A 37-year-old devoted runner, Cory Root, PhD, seemed an unlikely candidate for an acute stroke. But in the midst of a seven-mile jog along the Hudson River in early March, he suddenly felt weak and began to drag his foot. After he fell and struggled to get up, several onlookers rushed to his side. “They thought I showed signs of a stroke and called an ambulance,” recalls Dr. Root, a postdoctoral fellow in neuroscience at Columbia University. “I thought that was crazy because I was too young for a stroke.” Read more

A Leader in Stroke Treatment and Prevention

The Mount Sinai Hospital, a leader in stroke treatment—and the first Joint Commission-certified comprehensive stroke center in New York State—continues to push the boundaries of research and clinical care.

“We have won high marks for the rapid response we’re able to deliver, particularly to complex stroke patients who need endovascular intervention, and for our commitment to community outreach and education,” says Stanley Tuhrim, MD, Professor and Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs, Department of Neurology, and Director of the Stroke Center at The Mount Sinai Hospital. Read more

Leadership and Staff Celebrate National Walking Day

Hundreds of Mount Sinai Health System employees laced up their sneakers and participated in several 30-minute, lunchtime walks in their hospital campus communities on Wednesday, April 1, for National Walking Day, to raise awareness of the health benefits of walking for cardiovascular health. Beth Oliver, DNP, RN, Vice President of Cardiac Services for the Mount Sinai Health System, set the tone for the day, saying, “Mount Sinai is committed to teaming up to get active and make strides against cardiovascular diseases. A simple 30-minute brisk walk each day can significantly impact and improve heart health and longevity.” Walking, she says, can help individuals lower risk of heart attacks and strokes, maintain normal blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, and prevent diabetes and obesity.