Newsletter for February 2012

  • Cholesterol: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

    Image CaptionWhen it comes to cholesterol, the key to staying healthy is achieving a proper balance of “good” and “bad” types of cholesterol.  Ochsner Health System Cardiac Rehabilitation and Preventative Cardiology department medical director Dr. Carl Lavie said low-density lipoprotein (LDL) is much worse for overall health than high-density lipoprotein (HDL).

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  • Are You Sleeping?

    Image CaptionSleep deprivation has always been a major concern for adults suffering from one of the 81 known sleep disorders, but Ochsner sleep medicine division chair Dr. Katherine Smith said the consequences of sleep deprivation can affect anyone. Sleep deprivation has been linked to weight gain, mental stress and physical stress on other body systems.

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  • A Pain in the Knee

    Image CaptionFor thousands of people young and old, knee and joint pain can hinder even the most ordinary everyday activities. Ochsner Health System sports medicine orthopedic surgeon Dr. Misty Suri said most people in their late 20s and 30s who experience knee pain and haven’t had a traumatic knee injury are probably suffering from a combination of muscle imbalances.

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  • Have a Healthy Heart

    Image CaptionHeart disease is one of the most costly and deadly ailments affecting America today, ranking as the leading cause of death for both men and women.  Treatment, medications and lost productivity costs are expected to top $316 billion in 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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  • Golden Years

    Image CaptionConventional wisdom dictates that when someone retires from the professional world they essentially retire from active life as well.  But Ochsner Health System Executive Wellness section head Dr. W. Brooks Emory said the “golden years” can be every bit as active and fulfilling as the pre-retirement years.

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