Earlier this month employees from across the Sutter Health not-for-profit network came to work dressed in red for National Wear Red Day®–a nationwide movement aimed at raising awareness about the dangers of heart disease and stroke in women.
Each year, 1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke. But, 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. Sutter Health cardiologist, Diane Sobcowicz, M.D., says knowing the following heart health indicator numbers could help save your life.
Healthy cholesterol guidelines call for:
- Total cholesterol (LDL plus HDL) below 200 mg/dl
- LDL at 100 mg/dl and below
- HDL at 50 mg/dl and above
- Triglycerides below 150 mg/dl
The guidelines for ideal blood pressure:
- 120/80 or less: Normal blood pressure reading.
- 120-139/80-89: Pre-hypertension. This measure is a warning sign of potential problems, and a doctor will recommend you begin lifestyle changes to reduce your pressure. (See 7 Ways to Lower Blood Pressure.)
- 140/ 90 and above: Hypertension, or high blood pressure. These numbers indicate you should find a way to reduce your blood pressure, which may involve lifestyle changes and/or medications.
- 180/100 or above: Readings this high can be dangerous and should be addressed immediately by a physician.
The recent measles outbreak, now reported in 11 states, serves as a reminder about the importance of vaccinations. Physicians within the Sutter Health not-for-profit network encourage vaccination as the best way to prevent measles and its spread.
Measles, a highly infectious, airborne disease, typically begins with fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes, and within a few days a red rash appears. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports most of the current measles cases in California are part of an outbreak linked to Disneyland.
Our Health Maintenance Guidelines outlines recommended screenings and immunizations at all ages. In addition, Jeffrey Silvers, M.D., infectious-disease specialist at Sutter Health’s Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley and Yasuko Fukuda, M.D., pediatrician at Sutter Health’s California Pacific Medical Center spoke about measles with the San Francisco Chronicle and ABC 7 News.
Find more information about the measles on the CDPH website.
What better way to ring in the New Year than to announce the birth of Sutter Health’s first babies born in 2015! Congratulations to the families that welcomed their New Year’s baby at a Sutter Health-affiliate hospital.
San Francisco’s California Pacific Medical Center welcomed baby Fiona only a few seconds into the New Year, making her the first baby born in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2015. Meet the new parents and see what CPMC doctors Fung Lam, M.D., and Yuan-Da Fan, M.D., had to say on an NBC Bay Area news report.
Sutter Health’s Mills-Peninsula Health Services in Burlingame welcomed their first baby of the year to Sarah Hurd and Craig Sullivan. Healthy baby girl, Jordan, arrived at 11:22 p.m.
Whether you live with diabetes or someone you love does, Diabetes Awareness Month is the perfect time to learn more. According to the American Diabetes Association:
- Nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes.
- Another 86 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.
- The American Diabetes Association estimates the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $245 billion.
Throughout November we’re hosting a number of unique educational events. Please find details below.
Mills-Peninsula Health Services
Join us Nov. 5 at our free event to learn about prediabetes and how changing your lifestyle and habits can reduce your risk of developing diabetes.
Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation
Join us Nov. 12 for three free events in support of World Diabetes Day. Events include free screenings, an inspirational lecture by Lou Brock, Major League Baseball Hall of Famer and Type 2 diabetic, and a panel discussion of expert advice covering diet and fitness.
California Pacific Medical Center
To raise awareness about diabetes, California Pacific Medical Center will host an event on Nov. 13. Hear Ironman Jay Hewitt speak, watch a live cooking demo and get health tips from Karen Earle, M.D.
Alta Bates Summit Medical Center
Join Alta Bates Summit Medical Center’s Diabetes Center and Ethnic Health Institute on Nov. 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Health Education Center. You’ll learn how to reduce the risk of diabetes, participate in free screenings related to diabetes and learn how to live well with diabetes. Additionally, Hall of Fame Major League Baseball player, Lou Brock, will meet with attendees and talk about his experience with managing diabetes. Kitchen on Fire Cooking School will provide a live cooking demo with delicious, health food samplings.
Many of us look forward to leaves changing color, cooler temperatures, pumpkins and football games as we transition into fall, but for nearly 20 percent of Americans the fall season canbring itchy eyes, running noses, sneezing and other irritating allergy symptoms.
Sutter Health allergy expert, Ron Brown, M.D., explains while springtime is known to cause misery for most allergy sufferers, the fall season can be just as bad for a select few.
“Here in California there are relatively few fall allergens compared to the Midwest and eastern parts of the country where ragweed is a major allergen,” Dr. Brown said. “However, allergies from mold and local weeds that are still pollinating tend to cause the most outdoor allergy problems.” Read More about Achoo! Fighting Fall Allergies is Nothing to Sniffle At
Guys, it’s no secret you shy away from visiting your doctor. A 2011 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report found nearly 26 percent of men in the United States do not have a regular source of health care. You may find it easier to book that appointment if you know what health tests you need. Read More about Tuneup Tips for Men of All Ages