Sinus Problem Solutions

Posted on : 02-25-2015 | By : tsimons | In : Aches & Pains, Events, Health Tips, News, Rehabilitation

sinusEach year, millions of Americans suffer from severe sinus infections with painful symptoms of nasal congestion, facial pressure, and headaches. Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox is offering a free program that will inform area residents about the causes and treatments for sinus pressure.

Sinuses are hollow air spaces within the bones between your eyes, behind your cheekbone, and in the forehead. Sinuses generate mucus, which helps keep the inside of your nose moist. “If the tissue in your nose is swollen from a cold, allergies, or environmental causes, it can block the sinus passages,” said Ankit Patel, M.D. “Then your sinuses can’t drain, and you may feel discomfort.”

Common Sinus Problems

Sinus Blockages: Each sinus has a narrow opening, called the transition space, which drains any fluid. If a blockage occurs, mucus backs up.

Deviated Nasal Septum: Another common issue is a deviated nasal septum, which is the thin wall of bone and cartilage inside your nasal cavity that separates your two nasal passages. Ideally, your septum is in the center of your nose, equally separating the two sides. But in many people, the septum is positioned to one side, making one nasal passage smaller than the other. A deviated septum is one reason some people have sinus issues, which can also lead to obstructed breathing and snoring.

Narrow Sinuses: More often, people just have variations in their anatomy that creates a longer, narrower path for the transition spaces to drain. This may lead to recurrent infections.

Sinus Sensitivity and Allergies: Finally, some people are sensitive to tobacco smoke, dust particles and foods. This sensitivity triggers a dilation of blood vessels in the nose, which may releases chemicals from cells in the nose that cause swelling.

If you suffer from sinus problems, try these tips to prevent future occurrences:

  • Apply a warm, cloth to your face several times a day to help open the transition spaces.
  • Consume a lot of fluids to thin the mucus.
  • Inhale steam two to three times per day.
  • Use a nasal saline spray several times a day.
  • Clean the nose with a salt water solution from a neti pot using distilled water.
  • Try a humidifier to moisten the air you breathe to help open sinuses.
  • Try antihistamines and decongestants. Oral decongestants should be avoided by cardiac patients.

Finally, if you have recurrent sinus problems, you might talk to a physician about surgery to clean and drain the sinuses or outpatient balloon sinuplasty.

Learn More

Patel,Ankit396606The inflammation of the sinuses is one of the most common problems doctors treat. Join Dr. Ankit Patel, ear, nose, throat, head and neck surgeon, Tuesday, March 10 to learn more about the latest medications and outpatient surgical treatments to alleviate sinus symptoms and pain. The free Aches & Pains: Sinus Pressure program will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. This talk is part of an Aches & Pains Lecture Series which also includes an upcoming seminar on low back pain March 31. All participants will receive a gift bag that includes a complimentary low back screening performed by a physician with Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross Hospital, and other items to help you stay active. Register to attend at online or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

Pamper Your Heart, Receive a Smoothie and Chance to Win a NutriBullet

Posted on : 02-05-2015 | By : tsimons | In : Discounts, Events, Health Tips, Heart Health, I Matter Benefits, News, screening

Americans spend millions of dollars a year pampering their bodies with massages and manicures, so why not pamper the most vital body part – your heart – to ensure it’s running smoothly? With heart disease as the number one leading killer of both men and women, Silver Cross encourages area residents to pamper themselves by getting a cardiac screening during the month of February.

Strawberry smoothieFree Smoothie with Cardiac Risk Assessment
Keep your heart running smoothly with a Baseline Cardiac Risk Assessment. The $40 screening includes measurements of total cholesterol including HDL and LDL levels, blood glucose level, triglyceride level, blood pressure and body fat; 12-lead EKG, health and lifestyle evaluation, and a personal phone consultation with a registered cardiac nurse to review results and answer questions. A 12-hour fast is required.   Individuals who call (815) 300-7076 during the month of February to schedule an appointment at the Silver Cross Health Center, 12701 W. 143rd St., Homer Glen or Silver Cross Hospital,, 1900 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox will receive a heart-healthy smoothie in a keepsake cup from Café 1900 at Silver Cross Hospital, an I Matter card which can be used for valuable discounts at over 100 local businesses; and will be entered in a raffle to win a NutriBullet.  Cash, check or credit card will be accepted at time of appointment. Insurance will not be billed.

Fortunately, there are ways to lower your risks for heart disease thru these simple steps:

  • Exercise.  According to the American Heart Association, having high blood pressure is one of the major risk factors. By exercising 20 to 30 minutes several days a week can cut your blood pressure and prevent heart disease.
  • Prevent and Control High Blood Pressure and Cholesterol .  Prevention and treatments for high blood pressure and cholesterol includes eating a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol and high in fiber, keeping a healthy weight, and getting regular exercise.
  • Control Blood Sugar and Diabetes. Diabetes significantly increases your risk for heart disease. Maintaining a normal blood sugar most of the time can help reduce that risk. Be sure to check your blood sugar according to your doctor’s recommendation or daily if needed in order to keep blood-sugar levels under control.
  • Stop Smoking. Smoking increases your risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. People who smoke are four times more likely to develop coronary heart disease than nonsmokers. The good news is, no matter how long or how much you’ve smoked, if you quit, your risk for heart disease decreases soon after.
  • Maintain a Healthy Weight . People who have excess body fat-especially at the waist-are more likely to develop heart disease even if there are no other risk factors. Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy and lean protein can help you lose weight. Avoiding trans fat and limiting saturated fat can directly reduce heart disease risks.
  • De-Stress. Putting yourself on your “to do” list and finding ways to defuse stress will help slow your breathing and heart rate as you lower your blood pressure. Visit a friend, listen to mood music; all are good ways to reduce stress, you just have to come up with ways that are right or you.

Cardiac Services at Silver Cross
Silver Cross Hospital brings together advanced technology and the finest medical professionals to create an innovative and efficient approach to heart care.  From prevention programs to aftercare, Silver Cross provides patients with everything they need to maintain a healthy heart.  Cardiac patients receive expert education, diagnosis, treatment, professional consultation, and rehabilitative care. From state-of-the-art Cardiac Catheterization suites to an accredited programs for Echocardiography and Cardiac Rehab, Silver Cross offers a wide range of comprehensive services to expertly diagnose, treat, and rehabilitate heart disease. For a referral to a cardiologist on staff at Silver Cross, call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325) or click here.

Know when to See a Doctor for Headaches

headacheAccording to the American Headache Society (AHS), 36 million Americans chronically suffer from severe headaches or migraines.

“One of the most important questions patients need to ask themselves is when should they see a physician for a migraine or headache,” said Dr. Richard Burgess, neuro interventional radiologist & stroke neurologist with the Silver Cross Neuroscience Institute.  “You should seek medical attention if your headaches are often, severe or come on suddenly.”

The AHS recommends seeing your physician immediately if your headache is accompanied by any of the following:

  • confusion
  • dizziness
  • fever
  • numbness
  • shortness of breath
  • slurred speech
  • stiff neck
  • persistent vomiting
  • unexpected symptoms affecting your ears, nose, throat, or eyes
  • unremitting diarrhea
  • vision loss
  • weakness or paralysis.

Other tips to know if you are suffering from a severe headache or migraine is if:

  • the pain keeps getting worse and won’t stop.
  • the headache interferes with your normal activities.
  • you find yourself taking pain relievers more than two days a week.
  • the dosages of over-the-counter medications are not giving you adequate relief

“I encourage all patients to play it safe and call their doctor or go to the emergency room because severe head pain may be indicative of a more serious condition,” adds Dr. Burgess.

Aches & Pains: Staying Active Lecture Series

Dr. Burgess will shed light on the types, causes and new ways to treat severe headaches and migraines Monday, Feb. 16 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. This free Aches & Pains: Headaches program is part of a lecture series which also includes seminars on hand and wrist pain, sinus pressure, and low back pain. Register to attend online or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

All participants will receive a GIFT BAG that includes a complimentary carpal tunnel or low back screening performed by a physician with The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross, and other items to help you stay active.

Limited Time: Get a Free Smoothie with a Heart Screening

Posted on : 02-02-2015 | By : tsimons | In : Discounts, Events, Heart Health, I Matter Benefits, News, screening

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Encore Resale Shop Moving to New Lenox

Posted on : 02-02-2015 | By : tsimons | In : Discounts, Events, News

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The Silver Cross Encore Shop is moving to the new Business Center on the Silver Cross Hospital campus, 710 Cedar Crossings Dr., New Lenox. The new store will open at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 24 featuring a wide selection of gently used adult and children’s clothing, household items, jewelry, books and seasonal decorations. Shoppers will have a chance to win a $50 Mastercard Gift Card.

For over 50 years the Encore Shop has been operated by a volunteer group of women called the Silver Cross Advisory Board. In the past 12 years, the Advisory Board has donated more than $935,000 to Silver Cross for the purchase of a variety of medical equipment. The group recently completed a $75,000 pledge to purchase the water feature in the Dralle Serenity Garden outside the new Silver Cross Hospital.

Beginning Feb. 24, the new Encore Shop will be open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and the first Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Donations can be dropped off at the Shop or in the collection bin on the south side of the Silver Cross Hospital. For more information, call either the Encore Shop at (815) 300-7642 or Volunteers Services at Silver Cross Hospital at (815) 300-7117.

 

 

 

 

Specialist Spotlight: Stroke Care

Posted on : 01-29-2015 | By : tsimons | In : News, Rehabilitation, Silver Cross Neuroscience Institute, Stroke Care, Video
Harish Shownkeen, MD

Harish Shownkeen, MD

It wasn’t long ago that Silver Cross patients suffering stroke had to be transferred to another facility to get the advanced care they needed. That was until Dr. Harish Shownkeen, a nationally renowned interventional neuroradiology clinician and researcher, set-up shop at Silver Cross Hospital in late 2012. Since then, Dr. Shownkeen and his colleagues with the Silver Cross Neuroscience Institute have cared for hundreds of stroke patients—some are now even being transported to Silver Cross from other area hospitals for this lifesaving treatment.

Medical Director of the Neuro Interventional Surgery Program at Silver Cross Hospital, Dr. Shownkeen uses minimally invasive techniques to diagnose and treat disorders of the blood vessels of the brain, head, neck and spinal cord.

“This is a lower risk and faster alternative to traditional surgery for treating and preventing many neurological conditions, including aneurysms, strokes, blocked or narrowed arteries, malformed blood vessels and tumors,” says Dr. Shownkeen.

Many procedures require only a small incision in the groin where Dr. Shownkeen inserts a catheter threading it through blood vessels to the site of the injury guided by X-rays. He is able to perform many procedures in Silver Cross Hospital’s state-of-the-art Endovascular Suite that historically have only been available at academic medical facilities including:

  • Brain aneurysm repair using self-expanding coils, quick-setting polymers, stents and balloons to prevent rupturing
  • Stroke treatment and prevention using balloon angioplasty and stents to widen narrowed blood vessels, clot dissolving drugs, mechanical blood clot removal and clot suction devices
  • Malformed blood vessel repair to block off abnormal vessels
  • Tumor treatment using various techniques to block blood flow to abnormal tissues.

“Most patients receiving interventional neuroradiology treatments spend 24 hours in the hospital and are able to resume normal activities within days of the procedure,” says Dr. Shownkeen.    “Depending on the seriousness of the disease or injury, some patients may require additional care. Fortunately, we have some of the most experienced specialists in the Chicago area offering the full continuum of care right here at Silver Cross including neurosurgeons, neuro interventional radiologists, neurologists, pulmonologists, and specialists from RIC—The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.”

Silver Cross has partnered with RIC, which has been ranked the “Best Rehabilitation Hospital in America” by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1991. Patients benefit from RIC at Silver Cross’ 24-bed inpatient rehabilitation unit as well as four outpatient facilities—at the hospital, Homer Glen, New Lenox (Route 30) and West Joliet.

In addition to caring for patients, Dr. Shownkeen is a champion for prevention lecturing extensively in the community on the common signs and symptoms of stroke.   He is constantly participating in several research studies for new treatments and leads continuing education conferences and workshops attracting thousands of physicians, nurses and paramedics throughout greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana areas.

“Each year, nearly 800,000 Americans suffer a new or recurrent stroke. That means on average, a stroke occurs every 40 seconds,” adds Dr. Shownkeen. “And, I have made it my personal mission to do everything I can to prevent it from happening or re-occurring.

Are you at Risk for Stroke?  Take this online assessment to find out.

“Girl Parts” Sagging? We can Fix That!

Posted on : 01-28-2015 | By : tsimons | In : Events, Health Tips, News, Pelvic Floor Disorders, Rehabilitation

Pelvic-organ-prolapseIt is estimated that nearly 50% of all women between the ages of 50 and 79 have some form of pelvic organ prolapse - a medical condition that occurs when the normal support of the vagina is lost, resulting in “sagging” or dropping of the bladder, urethra, cervix and rectum. As the prolapse of the vagina and uterus progresses, women can feel bulging tissue protruding through the opening of the vagina.

“Prolapse is not life threatening but it can be uncomfortable and sometimes makes it hard for women to empty their bladders normally or even exercise,” said urogynecologist, Dr. Nahla Merhi, who is Co-Director of the Center of Excellence for Minimally Invasive Gynecology at Silver Cross Hospital.

Some women are born with weaker tissues and are therefore at risk to develop prolapse.  Others encounter a loss of pelvic support when a part of their pelvic floor is injured during vaginal delivery, surgery, pelvic radiation or back and pelvic fractures during falls or motor vehicle accidents. Also, hysterectomy and other procedures done to treat pelvic organ prolapse are associated with future development of prolapse. Other conditions that promote prolapse include: obesity, constipation and chronic straining, smoking, chronic coughing and heavy lifting.

There are many treatment options available. For most women, the treatment they choose depends on how much they are bothered by their symptoms. Many conservative treatment options are available including pelvic floor rehabilitation. Finally, some women are bothered by their pelvic organ prolapse enough to consider surgery.

“Only you and your doctor can determine what treatment option is best for you. But if surgery is your best option, women should consider da Vinci robotic surgery,” said Dr. Merhi. “da Vinci surgery offers women many potential benefits over traditional open surgery, including: less blood loss, shorter hospital stay, and low rate of complications,” said Dr. Merhi. “The benefits are remarkable!”

How does Robotic Surgery Work?

nahla-merhi-ready-for-surgeryControlled by a surgeon from a console, the innovative da Vinci robot is used to make 8mm (`1/3 inch) to 12 mm (~ 1/2 inch) incisions and then long, delicate instruments are inserted into the patient that enable specially trained physicians to perform the surgery.

Interestingly, misconceptions still exist that the robot is actually performing the surgery all by itself. “The important aspect to understand is that the da Vinci robotic system cannot be programmed nor can it make decisions by itself,” said Dr. Nahla Merhi. “The da Vinci System can only operate with direct input from the surgeon.”

The enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control of the da Vinci robot allows physicians to perform an excellent surgery even for women with complex cases.

Free Lecture: Girl Talk:  Pelvic Disorders

Join Dr. Nahla Merhi and physical therapists with The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross on Wednesday, Feb. 18 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. to learn why vaginal prolapse and incontinence is more common than you might think. At this special Girl Talk:  Pelvic Disorders, attendees will hear expert advice about pelvic floor disorder signs, symptoms, and treatment options including robotic surgery with one tiny incision through the belly button. Get answers to the questions you have been wondering about but never asked. Register to attend this free Girl Talk:  Pelvic Disorders program at online or by calling 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

Heart Attacks Happen with No Warning Signs

Posted on : 01-28-2015 | By : tsimons | In : Events, Heart Health, I Matter Benefits, Interview, News, screening, Success Stories, Video

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As 47 year-old Mary Pat Falloon was hiking with her girlfriends in the Arizona mountains, she noticed a heaviness sensation in her chest and down both her arms.

“I was living a healthy lifestyle – I exercised regularly and my weight, blood pressure and cholesterol were in normal ranges,” said the Orland Park reisdent. “However to be safe, I had a stress test with Dr. Kathleen Drinan, who determined that I had a blockage. Then I had an angiogram that found a 95% blockage in my right coronary artery. I was treated with a coronary stent, and for several years been blessed with no further cardiac incidents.”

“Mary Pat had no significant traditional cardiac risk factors. She didn’t smoke, led a very healthy lifestyle, and had no family history of heart disease,” said Dr. Kathleen Drinan, board certified cardiologist, who is on the Silver Cross Hospital Medical Staff.

However, Mary Pat’s history of breast cancer, which occurred over 20 years earlier, alerted Dr. Drinan to investigate further. “The fact that Mary Pat’s breast cancer was treated with radiation therapy put her at risk for a coronary artery blockage,” said Dr. Drinan.  “Mary Pat’s unusual occurrence is why patients and health care professionals must continue to educate themselves on the unique presentation of heart disease in women, so they can follow a different approach when evaluating women for the disease.”

Dr. Drinan notes that younger women who had gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia, pregnancy associated hypertension, or chronic inflammatory disease need to be evaluated for their lifetime risk of heart disease. “For years, these prior illnesses were not recognized as risks for the development of heart disease, and so many women were not diagnosed or treated with appropriate treatments,” said Dr. Drinan.

Free Lecture – Girl Talk:  Women & Heart Disease

Join Dr. Kathleen Drinan, cardiologist, on Tuesday, Feb. 10, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox, for a special Girl Talk:  Women and Heart Disease seminar.  At this free program, participants will learn the facts about heart disease and what women need to do to prevent heart attacks.  Register to attend this free program online or by calling 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

Free Smoothie for Getting Cardiac Risk Assessment

Keep your heart running smoothly with a Baseline Cardiac Risk Assessment. The $40 screening includes measurements of total cholesterol including HDL and LDL levels, blood glucose level, triglyceride level, blood pressure and body fat; 12-lead EKG, health and lifestyle evaluation, and a personal phone consultation with a registered cardiac nurse to review results and answer questions. A 12-hour fast is required.   Individuals who call (815) 300-7076 during the month of February to schedule an appointment at the Silver Cross Health Center, 12701 W. 143rd St., Homer Glen or Silver Cross Hospital, 1900 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox will receive a heart-healthy smoothie in a keepsake cup from Café 1900 at Silver Cross Hospital, an I Matter card which can be used for valuable discounts at over 100 local businesses; and will be entered in a raffle to win a NutriBullet.  Cash, check or credit card will be accepted at time of appointment. Insurance will not be billed.

Benefits to Birthing with a Midwife

Posted on : 01-28-2015 | By : tsimons | In : Events, Fertility, Health Tips, Interview, News, Pregnancy, Success Stories

There are many benefits to using a Midwife. They can help women have a more natural childbirth experience. Further, midwives collaborate with the couple to develop a plan that offers more personalized care, which includes taking the time to talk to the mother-to-be about her concerns and needs regarding where to deliver, treatment of medications and other nuances of the birthing process.

Midwife Sherry Burnam, RN, CNM, APN; with Lara Greiman and her 4-month old daughter, Faith, who Sherry delivered last fall

Midwife Sherry Burnam, RN, CNM, APN with Lara Greiman and her 4-month old daughter, Faith, who Sherry delivered last fall

“Both my husband, Jon and I are so grateful for the support our Midwife Sherry Burnam provided us during the entire pregnancy and birthing process of our second child at Silver Cross Hospital, Faith,” said 34-year old Lara Greiman, who resides in Mokena. “The day I went into labor, my obstetrician was out of town. Fortunately, Sherry stayed with us during the many hours of labor that followed. Her calm presence gave us the extra support to guide us through the labor. Also, her impressive medical expertise and experience gave us the peace of mind that our baby was in good hands – especially when she delivered our precious daughter.”

How Do I Choose a Midwife?

“When choosing a midwife, you need to make sure the midwife you choose is certified and licensed to practice in your state,” said Sherry Burnam, RN, CNM, APN, midwife with Partners in Obstetrics and Women’s Health. “Also you need to be sure your midwife understands what you want your birth experience to be like and ensure they are willing to support your decisions.”

In addition to providing support and care to women during labor and delivery, midwives provide many varieties of gynecologic care including: conducting gynecological exams, educating patients on preconception planning, offering prenatal care, giving help with breastfeeding and other newborn care issues, and assisting women who are going through menopause.

Girl Talk: Birthing with a Midwife

If you are thinking about or expecting a baby and wonder what it would be like to birth with a midwife, attend a free Girl Talk: Birthing with a Midwife on Tuesday, Feb. 3 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Join Sherry Burnam, RN, Certified Nurse Midwife, to discover how to experience a normal, physiologic birth in the safety of the hospital environment with as little intervention as necessary.   Register to attend this program by calling 1-888-660-HEAL (4325) or at click here

 

Growing Cancer Services to Shrink More Tumors

Posted on : 01-22-2015 | By : tsimons | In : breast cancer, Breast Reconstruction, Cancer, colon cancer, Mammography, News

 New ImageMore and more patients are choosing the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital prompting the need to expand radiation therapy services.

“Over the past year, we have seen a significant increase in the number of new patients requiring radiation therapy,” said Theresa Quinn, executive director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital.  “And, they are appreciative of the care they receive. In fact, according to Press Ganey, we rank in the Top 1% in the nation for patient satisfaction.”

“To even better accommodate our patients, we have just installed a second TrueBeam™ linear accelerator that uses image-guided radiation therapy to safely shrink cancer cells and hard-to-reach tumors,” said Dr. Anne McCall, radiation oncologist with the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital. “Both hi-tech machines allow for quick and accurate high-dose treatments.

Radiation TherapyThe TrueBeam system often is used to deliver intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), an advanced type of radiation treatment that conforms to the shape of the tumor. With IMRT, the radiation beam is broken up into many smaller beams that can be individually adjusted to deliver varying levels of radiation intensity. University of Chicago Medicine radiation oncologists were the first in the Chicago area to offer IMRT before bringing it to Silver Cross. Combining this advanced technique with years of experience, physicians at the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital can maintain excellent cancer control rates while limiting the long-term side effects of radiation on healthy organs.

“When treating cancer, time is of the essence,” said Dr. Daniel Golden, radiation oncologist with the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital.  “So having two linear accelerators makes it easier for patients to begin treatment even sooner.”

“Many patients are starting radiation therapy just days after diagnosis—especially those participating in our Multidisciplinary Breast and Lung Cancer Conferences,” adds Dr. McCall.

DSC_3260Every Tuesday, a group of cancer specialists meets to review and discuss breast and lung cancer patients’ medical information.  They develop a recommended treatment plan which is shared with referring physicians for consideration.  This saves patients valuable time meeting individually with multiple specialists who can take several weeks or even months.  Instead, this multidisciplinary, collaborative approach allows patients to begin treatment within the shortest time possible.

To learn more about cancer services available close to home or to schedule an appointment with a University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center specialist at Silver Cross Hospital, call 1-855-UCM-1400 or click here.

 

Cancer Services available at Silver Cross Hospital