The Wheelchair Abilities Dance Program, a recreational therapy program organized by the Klingenstein Clinical Center (KCC) of The Mount Sinai Hospital, recently featured a dance performance at the World Stroke Day Fair held on Thursday, October 29, in the Guggenheim Atrium. The unique program allows outpatient stroke survivors and people with multiple sclerosis or spinal cord injuries to gain independence through dance classes. Read more
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is an exceedingly common sleep disorder. It is estimated that one in five adults in the United States have OSA. OSA has been linked to many health conditions including high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.
OSA was traditionally diagnosed using an in-laboratory sleep test requiring the patient to spend the night in a sleep center. It is an expensive test necessitating special equipment, dedicated software for data processing, and trained technicians to conduct and score the sleep test. Subsequently, a sleep medicine provider interprets the data and provides a diagnosis and treatment plan. Under this model, OSA has been vastly under diagnosed. Read more
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
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
Pulmonary 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
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.
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
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.
It is estimated an individual loses 1.9 million brain cells in the first minute of a stroke, and 10.2 billion brain cells after 10 hours, according to Stephan Mayer, MD, newly appointed Director of Neurocritical Care for the Mount Sinai Health System. “Stroke is really a very devastating disease, but very, very treatable—the key is getting to people quickly,” he says. Read more
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