Venous disease affects greater than half the U.S. adult population. Those who suffer from varicose veins know it is more than “just” a cosmetic problem. Varicose veins can cause significant leg pain or swelling that can impact your lifestyle or predispose you to the development of travel-related blood clots. Dr. Saundra Spruiell, Diplomat of the American Board of Venous & Lymphatic Medicine at the Center for Venous & Lymphatic Medicine with Greenville Health System, discusses treatment options available for those painful, unsightly varicose veins.
The Nurse Residency Program provides an opportunity to provide new nurses with a solid career foundation. Kristi Farmer, Manager of the Nurse Residency Program, shares details about the nurse residency program.
Rhame Culledge and Brian Underwood had individual challenges that led them to Nutrition Solutions. Listen as Rhame and Brian each share the impact that Nutrition Solutions has had on their health and wellness.
Robert Arrington suffered a stroke in 2015. His wife quickly recognized the symptoms and sought expert help right away. Listen as Robert shares his story of the stroke, his treatment, and his life after stroke.
Actor Gary Moore had some surprising symptoms appear, prompting him to seek medical advice. He was diagnosed with a rare, aggressive cancer. Listen as Gary shares his story of diagnosis, treatment and recovery.
A diagnosis of diabetes can be scary. If your doctor tells you you're at risk for developing diabetes, you should take it very seriously. But there are ways you can start living healthier right away. If you already have diabetes, you can control it and be a healthy person living with diabetes. Learning more about the types of diabetes, the warning signs and how you can reduce your chance of developing it (or manage your diabetes better) is an important first step toward living a healthy lifestyle. In this segment, Dr Ronak N. Desai discusses Diabetes and the ways to manage the symptoms to ensure a healthy quality of life, even with Diabetes.
Patients with heart failure who come to GHS for care will find state-of-the-art cardiovascular and congestive heart failure observation units and a dedicated heart failure inpatient unit. Our care model includes multidisciplinary rounds with physicians and physician extenders and with representatives from nursing, pharmacy and social work. A dedicated heart failure clinic serves to follow patients closely, prevent readmission to the hospital, improve quality of life, coordinate advanced heart failure care when necessary, and help patients and their families cope with congestive heart failure (CHF). Listen as Jason Guichard,MD., cardiologist with Greenville Health System discusses heart failure and treatments available at Greenville Health System.
What began as a car-seat check 15 years ago has led to the creation of the Bradshaw Institute for Community Child Health and Advocacy, an innovative Greenville Health System-led partnership whose audacious goal is to improve the well-being of all children in S.C. through targeted research and intervention. The institute, one of a handful of similar efforts in the US, could help pave the way for national changes in pediatric care. Listen as Kerry Sease, MD, MPH, Pediatrician and Medical Director of the Bradshaw Institute for Community Child Health & Advocacy, part of GHS Children's Hospital, discusses The Bradshaw Institute's unique scope that extends care "beyond hospital walls" and into the community with a mission to promote child and family wellness and advance child health through education and research.
When you're in your 20s you may think you have your whole life to get healthy and make better choices about eating and exercising. However, changing your lifestyle to a healthier one can be challenging at any age, but seems to be a little more difficult as you get older. Staying healthy in your 20s is strongly associated with a lower risk for heart disease in middle age. What can you do in your 20s to help you live a healthier life as you age? Listen in as Lien Nguyen, MD discusses healthy lifestyle tips, and why it is important to start living a healthier lifestyle as early as your 20s because it can carry over to a healthier you as you age.
According to the American Heart Association, at least 2.7 million Americans are living with AFib or atrial fibrillation. AFib is a quivering or irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications. Andrew Brenyo, MD discusses AFIB, and the most current treatment options to help you live a normal, healthy life, even with Afib.
TAVR is a minimally invasive procedure that allows cardiologists and cardiac surgeons to implant a prosthetic aortic valve through a catheter placed in the femoral artery, much in the same way a cardiac catheterization is performed. It can provide a treatment option for patients with severe, symptomatic aortic stenosis who have been determined by a heart team to be at intermediate risk for open-heart surgery. In this segment, Jesse Jorgensen, MD shares what you need to know about TAVR and the questions you should ask your doctor before considering this procedure.
Up to one in 10 children in the United States have ADHD. Nationwide, approximately 9.5 percent or 5.4 million children ages 4-17 have been diagnosed with ADHD, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. GHS Children’s Hospital has one of the most comprehensive developmental-behavioral pediatric centers in the nation. Its Donald A. Gardner Family Center for Developing Minds specializes in evaluating and treating children with developmental difficulties and related behavioral issues such as learning problems, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism, mental retardation and cerebral palsy. Listen as Dr S. David Blake discusses evaluating and treating children with developmental difficulties and related behavioral issues such as learning problems, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to help parents guide their ADHD child through a healthier, happier life.
Sepsis is a clinical syndrome that develops as a response to a severe infection in the body. The resulting inflammation caused by the infection results in various systemic responses such as the dilation of, and increased leakage from your blood vessels. The spread of the infection can causes an increase in heart rate, respiratory rate, infection fighting blood cells, and temperature. In this segment, Robert Alexander Brevetta, DO, explains the importance of urgently seeking care if you suspect you or a loved one might have sepsis.
March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month. In many cases, colorectal cancer can be prevented. Don't let common myths stop you from getting the life-saving screening tests you need, when you need them. Colorectal cancer often is highly treatable. If it's found and treated early (while it's small and before it has spread), the five-year relative survival rate is about 90%. But because many people are not getting tested the way they should, only about four out of 10 are cases diagnosed at this early stage when treatment is most likely to be successful. Listen as Einar G. Lurix, MD explains that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Colonoscopies save lives, so be sure to talk to your doctor about when you should be screened for colon cancer. For more information please go to: ghs.org/colonhealth
Midwives perform comprehensive physical exams and prescribe medications, including contraception. CNM's provide quality and compassionate care for expectant mothers and women of all ages. Listen as Bethany D. Smith, CNM, Director of Midwifery Services at Greenville Health System, explains how midwives can help you through your pregnancy and beyond.
As the holiday season ramps up, we may have some of our favorite traditional foods on our minds. Many of these traditional foods are considered less than healthy since they are typically loaded with saturated fat, salt, sugar and animal products, all waiting their turn to clog our arteries, raise our blood pressure and lure us into a diabetic coma if we overdo it. There are so many choices and some of them are just pans of sugary, marshmallow-covered side dishes masquerading as orange vegetables. Listen in as Mary-Elyse Edgar explains that this holiday season, resolve to be mindful of your food choices, exercise daily and, most importantly, make the commitment to maintain these changes throughout the next year.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States and worldwide. Approximately 85% of lung cancer occurs in current or former tobacco smokers. Lung cancer forms in the tissues of the lungs, usually in the cells lining air passages. The two most common types are small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer. Listen in as Doug McCormick, Nurse Practitioner, explains that early detection of lung cancer is key to more successful treatments and better outcomes.
Dr. Spence Taylor is breaking new ground as the first physician to lead the Greenville Health System in its more than 100 year history. He joins the show today to say thank you to the Greenville Health System Community and lay out plans for the future.
According to the American cancer society, Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. About 1 in 8 (12%) women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. The Breast Health Program at Greenville Health System is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) and provides a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to breast health. Women can be comforted in knowing we offer the best in medical science and compassionate care to partner with patients for the best in breast health. Listen in as Brian P. McKinley, MD explains that GHS makes it easy to take care of your breast health – from prevention and screening to treatment for benign breast disease and cancer management.
Learning to develop healthy lifestyle habits and a positive body image as a teenager are important contributing factors to both your current teenage health as well as your future adult health. When teens are faced with their emerging sexual health, parents often wonder how to talk with their teens about sexual health, the HPV vaccine and many other issues that arise when you are raising a teenager. Greenville Health System encourages people of all ages to engage in a healthy lifestyle. We realize how difficult it is to imagine your adult life and the responsibilities that lie ahead. GHS would like to help you understand the long-term benefits of learning good nutrition habits, leading an active lifestyle and having a healthy body image. The teenage years are when lifelong health habits start to develop. Additionally, as your child matures (going through puberty etc..) questions are bound to come up from your teen that have them wondering. Knowing how to answer these questions will go a long way toward helping your teen deal with all these changes. Melisa Holmes, MD is here to give great advice to parents about the best ways to help your teen get through these difficult and exciting years.
Cataracts are the most common cause of vision loss in people over age 40 and is the principal cause of blindness in the world. In fact, there are more cases of cataracts worldwide than there are of glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy combined, according to Prevent Blindness America (PBA). If you have noticed frequent changes in your vision, dull faded colors and a glare or “halos” around lights you may be suffering from cataracts. A cataract is a “clouding” of the eye’s natural, crystalline lens. In a normal eye light passes through the lens and is focused on the retina – the light-sensitive area located at the back of the eye that transmits images to the brain. To help produce sharp images, the lens must remain clear. Listen in as Alan B. Leahey, MD, discusses cataracts and what you can expect from our practice, which offers state of the art surgical treatment of cataracts, glaucoma and various ocular conditions.
According to the American Cancer Society, Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men (after skin cancer), but it can often be treated successfully. More than 2 million men in the US count themselves as prostate cancer survivors. National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month is observed every September in the United States by health experts and advocates, and individuals concerned with men’s prostate health. Designating a month for the disease serves the purpose of increasing public awareness of the importance of prostate health and screenings, educating about risk factors and symptoms, and advocating for further research on prostate health issues. Urologists at Greenville Health System are the first in the Carolinas equipped with a new 3D-imaging device used to detect prostate cancer, according to a spokesperson for the hospital system. The new system is called Artemis. Listen in as Matthew D. Young, MD discusses the importance of screening, this new system Artemis and what it means for men concerned about prostate cancer.
Greenville Health System’s Patewood Memorial Hospital has been recognized as one of the best hospitals for 2016-17 in orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report. The hospital is ranked #19 in the nation in orthopedics and is the only hospital in the state to be ranked in this specialty. Patewood Memorial Hospital was also named high performing in hip replacement, and GHS’ flagship hospital, Greenville Memorial, was named high performing in heart failure, colon cancer surgery and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Beverly Haines, president of Patewood Memorial Hospital, is here to discuss the success of Greenville Health System’s Patewood Memorial Hospital.
Ovarian cancer begins in the ovaries. Some early symptoms may include bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, trouble eating or feeling full quickly and urinary symptoms such as urgency or frequency. While these symptoms may mimic a womens normal monthly cycle, Ovarian cancer can sometimes be hard to detect. Gynecologic Oncology is a sub-specialty within the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology established and dedicated solely to caring for the unique set of cancers that occur only in women. Our primary focus is the diagnosis and treatment management of reproductive cancers which include malignancies of the ovaries, uterus, cervix, fallopian tubes, vagina and vulva. Our physicians are experts in gynecologic oncology surgeries, including minimally invasive robotic surgery, and in the administration and management of chemotherapy for gynecologic cancers. Listen in as Larry E. Puls, MD discusses the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer.
GHS is making care more accessible and convenient in communities across the city of Greenville with a mobile health clinic that is the first of its kind in the Upstate. NHP bring resources into the communities we serve. We know access to health care and resources can be limited. That's why we're committed to caring for people in the neighborhoods where they live. Listen in as Jennifer Snow, the Director of Accountable Communities, explains how all patients are welcome, including those using employer insurance, Medicare, Medicaid and the uninsured.
Screening exams are medical tests done when you’re healthy. When your doctor suggests a screening test, it does not mean he or she thinks you are sick. Screening tests are done when you have no symptoms. They can help find cancer other diseases at an early stage, before symptoms appear. When abnormal tissue or cancer is found early, it may be easier to treat or cure. Taking charge of your own health is one of the most important things you can do for your self and your loved ones! And health screenings are the way to be your own best health advocate. Listen in as Philip Way, MD discusses the importance of Medical Screenings as a tool for early detection of medical conditions that might require intervention.
Hospice care is a service to help terminally ill patients live more fully and comfortably during the last phase of life. Accepting hospice care does not mean that a person has given up or has quit trying. For many patients, care delivered by a trained hospice team may help their condition improve or stabilize. Listen in as Pam Miller, Director Hospice of the Foothills/Cottingham Hospice, explains that with so many options for hospice available, how do you choose the best one for yourself or a loved one?
The death of a loved one is universally difficult and personal. No one can prepare you for the feelings you will experience. Grief resulting from the loss will affect you physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually, socially and economically. GHS Hospice of the Foothills also extends bereavement support services to all members of the community. We offer these services to those who are dealing with grief, whether or not they’ve had previous contact with our hospice care services. Listen in as Eunice Lehmacher, EAP Counselor, explains how her mission is to facilitate a safe and healing grief process for all persons in our community who are adjusting to a loss of a loved one.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) developed the medical home as a model of delivering primary care that is accessible, continuous, comprehensive, family-centered, coordinated, compassionate, and culturally effective to every child and adolescent. A pediatric medical home is a family-centered partnership within a community-based system that provides uninterrupted care. Your interdisciplinary team consists of patients and families, primary care physicians, specialists and subspecialists, hospitals and healthcare facilities, public health and the community, all to give you the best possible care for you and your family. Listen in as J. Hunter Leigh, DO explains all the advantages of a medical home.
When your child is sick, or when your child has to come in for shots and check-ups it's important to have a pediatrician you trust. However how do you find the right pediatrician for your child? When do you start the search and what questions should you ask a potential doctor that will be in charge of the care of your child? These are all very important questions. Listen in as Stephen Lookadoo Jr. shares how you can select the right pediatrician for you and your family.
Unfortunately there are quite a few pediatric conditions and diseases like asthma, eczema, urinary tract infection, diaper dermatitis, and many more that your child is susceptible to. What can be some common signs that your child could have one of these conditions? Listen in as Christina Martin, MD discusses common pediatric conditions, and the common signs that your child could have one of these conditions. To learn more about GHS pediatricians you can visit ghschildrens.org or to get a pediatrician recommendation close to you, call 1-844-GHS-DOCS (447-3627).
Rheumatology is a subspecialty of internal medicine, and doctors who specialize in rheumatology diagnose and focus on non-surgical treatment of arthritis and related rheumatic diseases such as systemic lupus, osteoporosis, and gout. Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (also known as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis) can show up in your child with symptoms such as a fever, a rash, or swollen knuckles. It can be incredibly unexpected to have to diagnose your child with arthritis and you may feel overwhelmed and confused. Why does it happen and what causes it? Listen in as Sarah Payne-Poff, MD discusses arthritis in children and how they can find relief from this painful arthritic condition.
Getting back into a routine after a long summer and a relaxed schedule can be tough. During the chaos of early mornings and juggling multiple schedules how can you prepare your children (and yourself) for getting back into the swing of school? Listen in as Joe Maurer, MD shares tips on how to get your kids ready for back to school.
The Center for Success in Aging’s Memory Health Program offers a comprehensive evaluation which includes medical, cognitive, social and physical evaluations to diagnose memory conditions and develop a plan of care for patients and their family members or care partners. The interdisciplinary team provides excellent care for those faced with the complex needs and changes related to memory changes and impairments. Listen in as James W. Davis, MD, explains more about the The Center for Success in Aging’s Memory Health Program at Greenville Health System.
In response to a growing body of national research on cancer survivors’ ongoing needs, the Greenville Health System has launched a clinic dedicated to the ongoing care of cancer survivors. LeAnn Perkins, MSN, ARNP, is here to explain how The Lifetime Clinic can help survivors get the long-term expert care and screenings they need to help ensure that they thrive, not just survive.
The Greenville Health System Board of Trustees approved a resolution to explore changes to the organization’s current governance structure that would keep GHS as a public, not-for-profit organization but as part of a larger multi-regional health system that provides the flexibility needed to survive in today’s changing healthcare environment. Here to explain these changes is Michael C. Riordan, President and Chief Executive Officer, Greenville Health System.
Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses that focuses on reducing symptoms, pain and stress–whatever the diagnosis. The goal is to improve quality of life for both patient and family. Such care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplains and other specialists who work with the patient’s doctors. Palliative care is an extra layer of support whereby the team can offer information and guidance for complex medical decisions. It is appropriate at any age or stage in a serious illness and can be provided with curative treatment. Parampal Singh Bhullar, MD., is here to explain how Greenville Health System's palliative care is here to help the whole family when one of your loved ones is suffering.
Each year nearly 800,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke, and a stroke happens every 40 seconds. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. It is caused by disease of the blood vessels leading to the brain or within the brain. If you or a loved one was suffering from a stroke, would you know what to look for? Would you know what to do? Up to 80 percent of strokes can be prevented. If you believe that you or someone else is suffering from stroke get medical attention immediately. Proper treatment within the first 90 minutes could mean the difference between, life, death, permanent disability or full recovery. Mahmoud Rayes, MD., a neurologist with Greenville Health System, is here to give you the "FAST" information on what Stroke signs to look for so that you can get help as quickly as possible.
The experts at Fertility Center of the Carolinas don’t believe in unexplained infertility, and neither should you. There are many factors that can affect a woman’s ability to conceive including endometriosis (which is sometimes invisible), polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and male factor infertility. Some women have no problem getting pregnant but are unable to carry a baby full-term. Join Dr. Forstein to hear the latest in scientific research and treatment options for infertility and recurrent pregnancy loss. Dr. Forstein is no longer with GHS having been appointed Dean at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in September 2017. Visit Fertility Center of the Carolinas to Find out How They Can Help Overcome Fertility Issues
IF you have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and obesity, here are reasons to consider bariatric surgery. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, bariatric surgery is superior to intense medical therapy in the remission of type 2 diabetes. Evidence suggests that surgical intervention soon after diagnosis of type 2 diabetes offers a better chance for remission than does surgery after an extended period following diabetes onset. Patients with type 2 diabetes who have bariatric surgery have about a 50% lower risk of having complications related to diabetes (blindness, need for dialysis and amputations). If you have had type 2 diabetes and have related health conditions, you might be a candidate for surgery. Recent evidence suggests that you may have a change for remission, to decrease diabetes medicines and to reduce your risk of having future medical problems related to diabetes. John D. Scott, MD is here to discuss Type 2 Diabetes: What’s right for you? Consider all of the options.
Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained heart rhythm abnormality. It affects nearly 5 million people in the United States. AF is an irregular and often rapid heartbeat that can cause poor blood flow to the body. During AF, the upper chambers of the heart (Atria) begin to quiver and beat chaotically-out of synch with the lower chambers of the heart (Ventricles). Some of the more common signs of AF include palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness and fatigue. With the help of your healthcare team, AF can be treated. Andrew Brenyo MD is here to discuss AF, its diagnoses and treatments.
Fluctuating vision, red tired eyes, burning, irritation, light sensitivity, excessive tearing, red swollen lids can all be indicative of dry eye syndrome. There are numerous options for treating dry eyes including drops and oral medications. For patients with evaporative dry eye or meibomian gland dysfunction, there is a new FDA approved procedure done in the office to help with dry eye disease. Alan Leahey, MC is here to discuss dry eye and how you can help those precious eyes of yours.
The paranasal sinuses are a collection of air cells that open into the nasal cavity. There are generally four pairs of sinuses including the frontal, ethmoid, maxillary, and sphenoid sinuses. Sinusitis occurs when there is inflammation and/or infection of the paranasal sinuses. Problems with the lining of the sinuses include environmental allergies, inability to adequately fight infection, production of abnormally thick mucus, and the tendency to form polyps. Drew V. Collins, MD is here to discuss sinusitis and how Greenville Health System is here to help you.