In the late fall or early winter, do you tend to have low energy, feel depressed a lot of the time, and have trouble sleeping? Do these symptoms get worse as the winter progresses and then go away, or at least get better, in the spring and summer when the days are lighter and longer? If this sounds familiar, you may have seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, a type of depression brought on by changes in the seasons, particularly fall and winter.
When asked if they should make their health a priority, most people would say yes. However, not all of us do. Between work, kids, housework, yardwork, carpooling, paying bills, visiting with friends and family, and a host of other tasks, paying attention to our health often gets pushed to the bottom of the list. We know we should eat less red meat and more vegetables, exercise more, get more sleep and drink more water, but we don’t do it. Or don’t do it consistently. However, despite our busy schedules, family obligations and never-ending to-do lists, it is possible to make our health a priority and actually enjoy it.
At Westchester Health, some of our female patients come to us complaining of irregular or missed periods, and they want to know if this is a signal of an underlying condition that needs attention. After taking a medical history and performing tests, what we find in many cases is that these patients have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a hormonal disorder common among women of reproductive age.
If you asked most people what are the 10 most common cancers in both men and women, they probably wouldn’t name kidney cancer, also called renal cell carcinoma, as one of them. But it’s true. According to cancer.net, kidney cancer is the sixth most common cancer for men, and the eighth most common cancer for women. In 2019, an estimated 73,820 adults (44,120 men and 29,700 women) in the U.S. will be diagnosed with kidney cancer, resulting in an estimated 14,770 deaths.
At Westchester Health, many of our patients, especially older ones, have AFib, or atrial fibrillation, a quivering or irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other serious heart-related complications. According to the American Heart Association, at least 2.7 million Americans are living with AFib, which accounts for 15-20% of those who have strokes. Yet, many people are unaware that AFib is a serious condition. To share important information about this serious but treatable condition, we offer this blog and related resources.
From time to time, most men have trouble getting or keeping an erection that is firm and long-lasting enough for satisfying sex. There may be several reasons for this erectile dysfunction (ED), and usually it’s temporary. But, even if the episode doesn’t last long and erectile function returns, it can still be upsetting and embarrassing for men.
One of the most uncomfortable conditions our patients come to us at Westchester Health complaining about is a kidney infection, caused by bacteria travelling from your bladder, ureters or urethra into one or both of your kidneys. Some people confuse a kidney infection with cystitis, a common infection of the bladder that makes urinating painful, but a kidney infection is more serious.
At Westchester Health, we have a number of patients who are overweight and come to us for guidance on how to eat a healthier diet. They want to lose weight, lower their blood pressure and take better care of their heart. Others want to maintain their present weight rather than gaining, and still others want to know if they are eating as healthily as they could be. Given the strong connection between your diet and your risk of heart disease, this seems to be a good time to share important information about ways to align your eating habits to help your heart become, or remain, healthy.
According to the Urology Care Foundation, approximately 60% of women and 12% of men will have at least one urinary tract infection, or UTI, during their lifetime. Not only that, the UCF says that UTIs cause more than 8.1 million visits to healthcare providers each year. That’s an enormous number.