Posts Tagged "San Francisco"

Seven Ways to Lower Your Blood Pressure

Posted on May 23, 2013 in Wellness

bloodpressureKnown as the silent killer, high blood pressure cause serious health conditions if left untreated.

Dr. Gary Milechman, a specialist in cardiovascular disease in San Francisco, offers seven ways to help lower blood pressure. Some you may already know; some may surprise you.

Understanding Your Blood Pressure Numbers

Posted on May 16, 2013 in Wellness

blood pressure cuffWe all have heard the terms “blood pressure” or “hypertension” but many of us don’t fully understand this chronic condition. If you have hypertension your heart works harder than normal to circulate blood through your blood vessels.

Blood pressure is typically recorded as two numbers, written as a ratio (120/80). The first and higher of the two numbers is the systolic pressure, measuring the full pressure when the left ventricle of the heart pushes out blood through the arteries into the body. The lower of the two numbers is the diastolic pressure, measuring the pressure within the arteries when the ventricles are “at rest” before the next pulse of blood is pushed through.

To learn more about how to decode your blood pressure reading Dr. Gary Milechman, a cardiologist with California Pacific Medical Center, breaks down the numbers for you on MyLifeStages.

Unnecessary Early Deliveries of Babies Reduced Considerably, Study Finds

Posted on Apr 8, 2013 in Quality

Sutter Health Network Sees Even Greater Decreases


A study published today in Obstetrics & Gynecology shows that multistate, hospital-based quality improvement programs, including the one piloted for March of Dimes at Sutter Health-affiliated hospitals Mills-Peninsula Health Services in Burlingame, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento and Sutter Roseville Medical Center, can be remarkably effective at reducing early elective deliveries of babies.

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The rate of elective early term deliveries (i.e., inductions of labor and Cesarean sections without a medical reason), in a group of 25 participating hospitals nationwide, fell significantly from 27.8 percent to 4.8 percent during the one-year study period, an 83 percent decline.

In 2010, Sutter Health implemented a similar program across its Northern California network to reduce the delivery of babies before 39 weeks of pregnancy. Since beginning its program, Sutter has seen a nearly 90 percent drop in early elective deliveries.

The March of Dimes, which partly funded the study, says the reduction of early elective deliveries is good news for moms and babies because newborns delivered before full-term are at increased risk of serious health problems and death in their first year of life.

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Advanced Illness Management (AIM)® Program Expands to Greater Bay Area

Posted on Mar 20, 2013 in Expanding Access

Patients with late-stage chronic illness now have more options for care

As part of a three-year, $13 million Health Care Innovation Award from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), Sutter Health today expanded its AIM program to serve more patients in the greater San Francisco, East Bay and Solano areas facing advancing chronic illness.

Provided at no additional cost to patients, AIM offers nurse-led care management, palliative care and advance care planning for patients with late-stage chronic illness.

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CPMC Leads Study on Link Between Turmeric and BPA Exposure

Posted on Dec 17, 2012 in Research, Uncategorized

Study on Turmeric's Effects on BPA ExposureResearchers at Sutter Health affiliated California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute (CPMCRI) announced an exciting new research study which investigates the effects main ingredients of the spice turmeric have on bisphenol-A, or BPA, exposure.

Low doses of curcumin, a key ingredient in turmeric, was found to reverse many of the major changes caused by exposure to BPA. BPA exposure has long been linked as a potential risk factor for developing breast cancer and other developmental conditions, such as fetal abnormalities and possibly male cancers such as prostate cancer.

It’s said to be the first study of is kind offering promise that the effects of BPA can be reversed by main elements of the spice turmeric. Learn more on California Pacific Medical Center’s newsroom.