EMU Health is proud to announce its partnership with Mount Sinai to provide cardiology services in its Glendale, Queens multispecialty medical center. Mount Sinai, Ranked 9th nationally for Cardiology & Heart Surgery by U.S. News & World Report, is celebrated internationally as a world leader in all facets of cardiology care, cardiac surgery, and advanced research.
Mount Sinai’s team of award-winning physicians has invigorated the science of cardiovascular medicine, pioneering treatments for arrhythmias, coronary artery disease, heart failure, valvular disease, and vascular disease. Dr. Joseph Tawil of Mt.Sinai’s Cardiology Department will be providing cardiac services at EMU Health. He is board certified in cardiovascular disease holding certification from the National Board of Echocardiography and the Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology. He is an active member of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Cardiology.
Dr. Tawil earned his medical degree from the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center. He advanced his training with a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in cardiovascular disease at Beth Israel Medical Center. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from Yeshiva University.
Daniel Lowy, CEO and Founder of EMU Health, said that “this partnership brings EMU another step closer to fulfilling my dream of bringing world class Medicine to the borough of Queens, eliminating the need for residents to travel to Manhattan for the highest quality of care.”
About EMU Health: Queens is the most diverse urban area in the entire world and home to two and a half million people. Yet, its residents are often compelled to seek quality healthcare outside the borough. Why is this? Because that’s just the way things have always been. But Daniel Lowy, EMU’s Founder and Chief Executive Officer, is not content with how things have always been, or how they are. He sees how things should be, and he makes them happen. Like the indigenous Australian bird, the Emu that cannot walk backwards, Daniel is an Aussie that is always moving forward. He founded EMU to provide patients with the highest quality healthcare possible, and move healthcare forward to benefit every resident of Queens. Visit www.emuhealth.com for more information.
Vinita: It is now for Morning Rounds at CBS News contributor Dr. Holly Phillips, and Orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Neil Roth. Neil is sports medicine specialist and has served on the medical staff for several teams. First up, football and concussions. Concern over head injuries is dominating all levels of the sport and the CDC plans a rigorous evaluation of the risks of tackling in youth football.
One study found that 1 in 30 players ages 5 to 14 will suffer a concussion during any one season. I still think despite all of these talks, some people don’t really know how to evaluate if they’ve had a concussion. What is it?
Doctor Holly: Concussions actually can be confusing, but I’m so glad there’s increased awareness. It’ll help our young people, it’ll help athletes, it’ll clear up a lot of misconceptions. Concussion actually comes from a Latin term that means to shake violently and that’s essentially what it is. Concussions happen after a sudden and violent blow to the head.
Our brain is made of soft tissue. It is cushioned by a strip of spinal fluid inside of the skull. The impact from a sudden blow to the head can jolt the brain or sometimes physically move it within the skull. That results in bruising, damage to blood vessels, damage to nerves. The ultimate effect of that is that the brain doesn’t function normally whether that’s for a period of days, weeks or month. There can be a huge number of symptoms ranging from nausea, or vision disturbances.
We’re understanding more and more that concussions can affect your mood or even your personality. We see depression, we see changes in the way people behave.
Anthony: Neil, I know from having had a concussion that didn’t really show itself the effect for about a week to ten days later that it can be complicated to know whether you had. Have you actually diagnosed a concussion?
Doctor Neil: It’s a great question. Concussions are like snowflakes. They’re different all the time, there’s really no two that are alike. As we will look into the brain which basically controls every function of our body it can manifest itself in a lot of different ways. You can have some dizziness, you can have headaches which are some of more obvious, but you can have more subtle findings with mood changes and things along those lines.
The real way to diagnose it is to, number one, know your kid, know your athlete and if something just does not seem right, then that’s a pretty good indication that something could be wrong and you could have a concussion. Doesn’t mean you necessarily have to, but it certainly would warrant having it worked up and being looked at.
The best way to really diagnose it is we do these preseason evaluations. We do baseline testing, there are a lot of neurocognitive tests, there are balance tests that are done preseason so in the event that an athlete gets a concussion, we can evaluate it to where they were at their baseline and monitor their progress and additionally monitor the severity of the concussion itself.
Vinita: I have to, though as a parent, it makes me nervous that I should notice certain things and that the symptoms could always be different. Is there a way for there to be some definitive diagnostic tools? Is that something in the works?
Doctor Holly: There’s a lot of work going on in that area. Just this past week at the American Academy of Neurology conference, ome researchers presented a small,but very promising study using something called a transcranial doppler. They developed basically a device where you can put it on the head, it does a Doppler ultrasound of the brain which measures blood flow.
What they found was that it was 83% accurate in distinguishing between high school students that had concussions and high school students that had healthy brains. The point of all of this and other research like it is to try to develop some type of device or diagnostic tool that is fast, that’s portable and it’s accurate and it can be used right on the sidelines of the game.
Neil, I know you were a team doctor for the LA Lakers, if you just a quicky device right there on the sidelines, I’m sure that would have been a big help.
Doctor Neil: Of course, in an ideal world if we had these portable devices that were reliable and gave us instant information that would be fantastic. The fact remains that concussions are very subtle, tough sometimes findings. Athletic trainers, parents, and coaches need to know your athlete and be able to see what’s going on.
Obviously, we’ve spoken about how the brain is a metabolic type of organism and if it basically has a concussion, the metabolism is altered and a brain flow study or something in those lines would be the crux of being able to diagnose that.
Anthony: Okay. Next up, a problem that sidelines many elite athletes. Of course, back spasms don’t only affect the pros, millions of Americas suffer from the painful muscle contractions each year. Neil, what actually causes this?
Doctor Neil: Back spasm is an end result of irritating one of the nerves in your lower back. It can happen from our everyday activities, from an impact, from an athletic maneuver, from doing something very strenuous and in turn the nerve will send an impulse to the muscle and the muscle sees this constant on signal and goes into spasm, because it’s basically turning it on, like you are flicking the light switch on and off, it seems as though the light switch is on, that the light is on all the time. The muscles go to spasm and becomes very painful and debilitating.
Vinita: I’m convinced led to my back spasms.
Because I also get a massage when it was really intense, what are the best treatments? What should you be doing?
Doctor Holly: Right, massage is a very good one, my oldest childhood friend called me everyday to switch. She was suffering from terrible back spasms. She said, “What’s the treatment?” There’s really isn’t a quick fix, what I can say is that using heat and cold therapy is important. Medications we use very judiciously just some anti inflammatories, muscle relaxants. We try by all means necessary not to use heavy duty medications like the opioid, pain killers or anything else. Massage, acupuncture, stretching, yoga, all of these things are really keys to getting better. Then, strengthening your core and your lower back muscles is critical so you don’t re-injure yourself.
Vinita: Well spasms are just one symptom from those who suffer from chronic back pain. A study of 342 patients by researchers in Seattle points to a potentially helpful treatment; meditation. It found those who engage in yoga and mindfulness based meditations had a 61% improvement in the activities they could do compared to 44% who stuck to their normal routines. The meditation group also reported 55% improvement in pain compared to just 27% in normal care mind over matter a little bit of that.
Doctor Holly: Very much so.
Doctor Neil: We’re talking about how the brain, how it affects concussions. It would certainly follow that you have a complete connection on the physical nature of back issues that are tied to your brain, that are tied to your mood, your stress levels, there are hormonal changes that occur with stress levels that will affect your entire muscular approach to things. It’s a great connection and one that obviously should be incorporated into any type of therapeutic regiment.
Anthony: Doctor Neil Roth, Doctor Holly Phillips, thank you both very much for being with us.
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EMU Health Earns ACR Mammogram Accreditation
(Glendale, New York) — EMU Health has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in 3D mammography as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Mammography is a specific type of imaging test that uses a low-dose X-ray system to examine breasts. A mammography exam, called a mammogram, is used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women.
Our Genius™ 3D exams is very similar to a regular mammogram, but the latest technology in the Genius™ 3D Mammogram deliver a series of detailed breast images, allowing your doctor to better evaluate your breasts layer by layer, and over 100 clinical studies support the benefits of this technology. Studies show that the Genius™ 3D Mammography has greater accuracy than 2D mammography for women across a variety of ages and breast densities. It finds, on average 41% more invasive breast cancers than 2D mammography. For some women this could mean an earlier diagnosis.
The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Parameters and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report that can be used for continuous practice improvement.
The ACR, founded in 1924, is a professional medical society dedicated to serving patients and society by empowering radiology professionals to advance the practice, science and professions of radiological care. The College serves more than 37,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.
EMU Health Queens is the most diverse urban area in the entire world and home to two and a half million people. Yet, its residents are often compelled to seek quality healthcare outside the borough. Why is this? Because that’s just the way things have always been. But Daniel Lowy, EMU’s Founder and Chief Executive Officer, is not content with how things have always been, or how they are. He sees how things should be, and he makes them happen. Like the indigenous Australian bird, the Emu, that cannot walk backwards, Daniel is an Aussie that is always moving forward. Daniel founded EMU, Efficient Medical Utilization, to provide every patient with the highest quality healthcare possible, and move healthcare forward to benefit every resident of Queens.