At Westchester Health, many of our patients have high blood pressure (hypertension) and come to us looking for ways to bring it down to healthier levels. In some cases, this means prescribing medication. However, for many people, lifestyle changes can significantly reduce their blood pressure numbers and lower their risk of cardiovascular disease without having to resort to prescribed drugs.
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In light of the recent measles outbreak affecting thousands of people, we at Westchester Health are more passionate than ever about the importance of vaccinating your children, and yourself, against vaccine-preventable diseases. To get the facts about vaccinations, we urge you to read this highly informative blog by Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP and Cindee J. Ivker, MD, FAAP, Lead Pediatric Physicians with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group (excerpted below).
At Westchester Health, we firmly believe in the importance of vaccinations, for children and adults. Even though some people choose to “opt out” of getting immunized against disease, we recommend to all our patients, now more than ever, that they vaccinate themselves and their families, every year.
You feel tired, weak, achy and overall lousy. Your nose is running, your throat hurts, you’re sneezing and coughing, you have a headache and you’re running a fever. Do you have a cold or the flu? Is the flu even something you should still worry about in April?
If you’ve ever had a wart, you know how unsightly, painful and downright annoying it can be. You just want it to go away, fast. Unfortunately, getting rid of warts is often a slow process, but it can be done. At Westchester Health, we’ve pooled our most effective treatments, both at-home remedies and those administered by a physician, and we share those with you here.
As a dermatologist, whenever I ask people what they think is the most common type of cancer, they usually say breast cancer, lung cancer or prostate cancer. But in fact, skin cancer is the most common. Not only that, more people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined. Continue reading →
At Westchester Health, we have a lot of patients come to us wanting relief for their psoriasis, a common but chronic skin condition that’s primarily caused by an overactive immune system which produces inflammation, triggering new skin cells to form too quickly. Normally, skin cells are replaced every 10-30 days but with psoriasis, new cells grow every 3-4 days. It’s the buildup of old cells being replaced by new ones that signals psoriasis.
Here at Westchester Health, many of our adult patients drink, some of them heavily. In these cases, we do our best to warn them of the dangers of heavy drinking over a long period of time, explain how this can damage many of their vital organs and threaten their life, and refer them to support groups and/or treatment facilities.
Here at Westchester Health, we want you to be safe as well as healthy and happy, which is hard to do if you’re you’re in an abusive relationship. According to a survey by the CDC, 23% of females and 14% of males who have experienced abuse by an intimate partner first experienced it between the ages of 11 and 17 years. And because much of abuse is not reported, those numbers are probably much higher. If you’re in an abusive relationship and are wondering what to do or how to get out of it, please read this blog by Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group (excerpted below). Remember, there’s help out there. You don’t have to suffer in silence.
Although postpartum depression in new moms is well known, it’s much less acknowledged that fathers can also become depressed after their baby’s birth. Often, the first few months are filled with the joy of a new baby, but after that, things can get tough for many men. Sound familiar? For help, please read this very helpful blog by Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group (excerpted below).