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PALOS HEALTH WELCOMES NEW PHYSICIANS Vinay Arora, MD

Abdurrahman Arif, MD*

Alec Block, MD

Board certified and specializing in interventional cardiology, completed his residency and fellowship at University of Illinois at Chicago. He received his medical degree from Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus. Dr. Arora is affiliated with Consultants in Cardiology & Electrophysiology LLC, 11800 Southwest Highway Suite 209, Palos Heights.

Board certified and specializing in internal medicine, completed his residency at McLarenFlint/Michigan State University in Flint. He received his medical degree from Windsor University School of Medicine, St. Kitts, West Indies. Dr. Arif is affiliated with Palos Medical Group, 12255 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights.

Specializing in radiation oncology, completed his residency at Loyola University Medical Center, Chicago. He received his medical degree from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Block is affiliated with Loyola University Medical Center, 2160 South First Avenue, Maywood.

*Hospitalist providing general medical care to patients at Palos Hospital

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Palos Health focuses on‌ I Creating a better everyday life for our community I Supporting healthy living while calming the anxiety of serious illness I Providing compassionate health care

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Mazen Diab, MD

Shervin Karimpour, MD

Umair Nazeer, MD

Board certified and specializing in nephrology, completed his residency at the University of Illinois/Advocate Christ Medical Center and fellowship at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He received his medical degree from Damascus University – Faculty of Medicine, Damascus, Syria. Dr. Diab is affiliated with DuPage Medical Group, 17495 LaGrange Road, Tinley Park.

Board certified and specializing in radiation oncology, completed his residency at Washington University/BarnesJewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO. He received his medical degree from Rush Medical College of Rush University, Chicago. Dr. Karimpour is affiliated with Alpha Med Physicians Group, LLC, 17333 South LaGrange Road, Suite 100, Tinley Park.

Board certified and specializing in internal medicine, completed his residency at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Chicago. He received his medical degree from Frontier Medical College in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Dr. Nazeer is affiliated with DuPage Medical Group, 2100 Glenwood Avenue, Joliet.

Imad Qayyum, MD Farooq Kahn, MD*

Truc Hoang, MD Board certified and specializing in neonatology, completed his residency at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark, and fellowship at New York University. He received his medical degree from the Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha, NE. Dr. Hoang is affiliated with Renaissance Medical Group, 4440 West 95th Street, Oak Lawn.

Puja Karanth, MD* Board certified and specializing in internal medicine, completed her residency at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, Cleveland, OH. She received her medical degree from Sri Devaraj Urs Medical College, Karnataka, India. Dr. Karanth is affiliated with Palos Medical Group, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights.

Board certified and specializing in internal medicine, completed his residency at the University of Cincinnati, OH. He received his medical degree from Aga Khan University Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan. Dr. Kahn is affiliated with Palos Medical Group, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights.

Board certified and specializing in colon and rectal surgery, completed his residency at the University of Illinois at Peoria and fellowship at Spectrum Health/Michigan State University. He received his medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Qayyum is affiliated with Palos Medical Group, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights.

Nahla Merhi, MD

Anwer Zia Rahman, MD*

Board certified and specializing in urogynecology, completed her residency at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. She received her medical degree from the American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine, Lebanon. Dr. Merhi is affiliated with Suburban Gynecology, LLC, 1890 Silver Cross Boulevard, New Lenox.

Board certified and specializing in internal medicine, completed his residency at Saint Louis University Hospital, MO. He received his medical degree from Saint Louis University School of Medicine. Dr. Rahman is affiliated with Palos Medical Group, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights.

*Hospitalist providing general medical care to patients at Palos Hospital

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Nadia Siddiqui, MD

Raymond Wynn, MD, FACR

Nasser Zakieh, MD

Board certified and specializing in internal medicine, completed her residency at St. Luke’s Hospital, St. Louis, MO. She received her medical degree from Baqai Medical University, Karachi, Pakistan. Dr. Siddiqui is affiliated with Palos Medical Group, 15300 West Avenue, Orland Park.

Board certified and specializing in radiation oncology, completed his residency at the University of Rochester, NY. He received his medical degree from Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN. Dr. Wynn is affiliated with Loyola University Medical Center, 2160 South First Avenue, Maywood.

Board certified and specializing in pulmonary and critical care, completed his residency at St. Luke’s Hospital, Maumee, OH, and fellowship at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, KY. He received his medical degree from Damascus University Faculty of Medicine, Damascus, Syria. Dr. Zakieh is affiliated with Pulmonary Consultants, SC, 12820 South Ridgeland Avenue, Palos Heights.

Judy Sun, MD Board certified and specializing in urogynecology, completed her residency at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, and fellowship at The Woman’s Hospital of Texas, Houston. She received her medical degree from the University of Missouri, Kansas City. Dr. Sun is affiliated with Suburban Gynecology, LLC, 1890 Silver Cross Boulevard, New Lenox.

Palos Imaging & Diagnostics

Palos Imaging & Diagnostics

Nitesh Thakker, MD Board certified and specializing in internal medicine, completed his residency at Wright State University, Dayton, OH, and fellowship at Indiana University, Indianapolis. He received his medical degree from K. J. Somaiya Medical College, Mumbai, India. Dr. Thakker is affiliated with DuPage Medical Group, 2100 Glenwood Avenue, Joliet.

Competitive pricing Experienced staff works closely with board-certified radiologists Advanced imaging technology Convenient evening and weekend hours One charge – technical and radiologists’ interpretation

708.226.2500 Palos Health South Campus 15300 West Avenue Suite 100 - East Building Orland Park

The physicians listed or quoted, while having privileges, are not

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employees or agents of Palos Health unless they are specifically identified as such.

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NEW PALOS THERAPY OFFERS HOPE FOR DEPRESSION Crestwood resident Linda had not felt like herself for a long time. Each year since her daughter’s death in 2012, she felt the weight of depression grow heavier. Medications weren’t very effective and, while therapy was helpful, it didn’t take away the constant feelings of sadness or make Linda want to participate in activities she had once enjoyed. But after learning about TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) Therapy, Linda felt a glimmer of hope. “I was very happy to read the Perspective article,” says Linda. “I had no idea there was anything like that available.” TMS therapy treats depression by using highly focused magnetic pulses to stimulate areas of the brain. By activating neurotransmitters, the brain can begin working to positively impact mood. Palos psychiatrist Anmol Tolani, M.D., advocates

the use of TMS, as it “allows patients to be treated safely and effectively for depression without the typical side effects caused by medications.”

“Many have told me they enjoy their lives more, and feel greater energy and hope. It’s been very gratifying to see.” For Linda, TMS treatments have given her the ability to manage difficult days and allowed her to once again find enjoyment in life. “There was a time when I didn’t want to go on, but now I’m back to visiting friends and volunteering with my church. If I do feel sad, I know I can cope.”

Palos is currently the only hospital in the south suburbs offering TMS treatment. “For patients who do not respond to medication, it can be an effective choice,” explains Jill Haley, a registered nurse who helps administer the therapy at Palos.

If you are someone who struggles with depression, TMS Therapy may be an option for you. Contact Palos Behavioral Health at 708.460.2721 to schedule an initial appointment. Most major insurances cover TMS.

Patients commit to 36 treatments, receiving five treatments per week. A recent upgrade in treatment technology at Palos has reduced TMS treatment times from 40 minutes to less than 19 minutes for many patients. According to Linda, the treatments were uneventful. “You feel something, but it’s not painful. All you need to do is show up. It didn’t interfere with my schedule at all.”

Take a free online mental health screening at http://screening.mentalhealthscreening.org/palos

Nurse Jill was able to witness Linda’s depression go into remission, and she has seen similar results in other patients. Jill Haley, RN, stands beside the chair used during TMS Therapy.

Learn more about TMS Therapy at a FREE class on May 1. See page 14 for details.

Is TMS Therapy Right for You? TMS Therapy may be an option if: 䡲 You have been identified with depression and have not benefited from prior medication 䡲 Medication side effects are an issue 䡲 Standard treatments such as medications and talk therapy (psychotherapy) are ineffective 䡲 You are searching for a drug-free depression solution

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Ask your doctor if you may be a candidate.

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SUMMER READY FEET Palos Medical Group Podiatrists

Warmer weather means more time outdoors and a welcome chance to remove extra layers of clothing, including heavy winter socks and boots. However, bringing feet out into the open may also reveal various health issues, some of which may be serious. Podiatric physicians are considered to be the primary caregiver of the lower extremities, including feet, ankles and related leg structures. Their expert assessment of these areas can serve as a gauge for overall health and may serve to uncover severe yet unrecognized systemic disorders, such as diabetes or vascular conditions. Perspective recently spoke to Palos Health podiatrists James Geiger, Jr., D.P.M., and Maureen McShane, D.P.M., about common foot concerns and how to address them for optimum health. My toenails are discolored. Should I be concerned?

Dr. Geiger: Nail problems are among the chief complaints of my patients.

James Geiger, Jr., D.P.M.

Dark discoloration of the nail occurs when blood accumulates beneath the nail plate, often due to trauma, from ill-fitting shoes or from friction during daily activities or exercise. Eventually the development of a new nail underneath the original causes the old nail to simply peel off. In order to prevent nail discoloration or loss, I strongly recommend appropriately fitting shoes, along with the application of a non-alcohol-based moisturizing cream to nails in order to reduce injury-causing friction.

Maureen McShane, D.P.M.

Fungal and bacterial infections of the nail also can cause discoloration. In most cases, these conditions can be treated safely and effectively with medication. SPRING 2018

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However, good foot hygiene and regular nail surveillance are imperative to prevent recurrence. What foot-safe practices should I be on the lookout for when getting a pedicure at a salon or spa?

Dr. McShane: There are a few do’s and don’ts when considering a pedicure: DO schedule your appointment first thing in the morning when the facility is clean. DO bring your own instruments for your treatment. Be sure to clean afterward at home by soaking in rubbing alcohol. DON’T allow anyone in a salon to use any sharp instrument, such as a razor or sharp tool, under your nail. Have them use a pumice stone or file. DON’T shave your skin right before a treatment. DON’T apply polish over thickened or discolored nails. Note: If you are a diabetic or have peripheral vascular disease (PVD) you should avoid a salon or spa. When should someone seek treatment for ingrown toenails?

Dr. McShane: Ingrown toenails--the most common nail impairment--are nails whose corners or sides dig into the soft tissue of nail grooves, often leading to irritation, redness and swelling. You should see a podiatrist if you are experiencing pain, redness and swelling, drainage, odor or prominence of skin around the nail border. The ingrown portion of the nail needs to be removed, and topical and/or oral antibiotics may be necessary to resolve the problem. This procedure can be performed

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in a doctor’s office using a local anesthetic. I have a sore on my foot that won’t heal.

Dr. Geiger: It’s important to see your doctor immediately for any non-healing wounds on the feet or lower legs. I see many patients with diabetes, and this condition can often lead to benign infections becoming very serious. In some cases patients may require hospitalization and the administration of long-term antibiotics. Those with diabetes should check their feet often and take any wounds very seriously. Tight control of blood sugar levels, together with cholesterol and blood pressure management, are of paramount importance in order to avoid complications that can be both limb- and life-threatening. Concerned patients can visit the Palos Wound Care Clinic at Palos Hospital, either through self-referral or physician referral. The clinic offers multi-disciplinary management of chronic wounds as necessary by a collaborative team of specialists. Call 708.923.5280 to make an appointment. What footwear is best for my feet?

Dr. McShane: When selecting shoes, you must first closely examine your foot type to determine the best shoe for your specific needs. Feet are generally categorized into three types: low/flat arch, normal arch, and high arch. A podiatrist can evaluate your foot and advise on proper shoe gear. Those with a low arch should choose a supportive shoe designed for stability and motion control. This will help correct the overpronation

that occurs with a flat foot structure. If you have a normal arch, choose a shoe with equal amounts of stability and cushioning to help absorb shock. And if you have a high arch, choose a cushioned shoe with a softer midsole and more flexibility to compensate for the poor shock absorption of the foot.

Hypoallergenic moisturizer, applied on a regular basis, also helps.

Flip flops are not an appropriate shoe for any foot type. They provide no support and no protection of the feet. The incidence of plantar fasciitis, which is pain in the heels and arch area, goes up dramatically after a summer of walking in flip flops. I have had multiple incidents of patients wearing flip flops and sustaining injuries from bumping a foot into another object, from being stepped on, or from dropping things on a foot.

If the condition of the skin does not improve, you should be evaluated by a podiatrist. There are several skin conditions that could be undiagnosed and in need of treatment, including psoriasis, fungal infections, warts and skin cancers.

How can “weekend warriors” avoid foot problems/injuries?

Dr. McShane: An important factor for athletes in preventing injury is to wear proper fitting and supportive footwear. Each sport has different requirements, and an athletic shoe store can help with selection. A good running shoe, for example, should provide maximum shock absorption, while tennis, with its stop-and-go and side-to-side motions, requires a lighter shoe with less midsole support, as well as a sole that is more responsive to quick stops and starts. Be diligent about replacing shoes after 300-500 miles and warm up prior to any activity to prevent injury. How can I safely get rid of my dry and scaly skin?

Dr. McShane: Keep your skin well-moisturized to maintain skin health and ease any discomfort. SPRING 2018

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Apply moisturizer daily to the tops and bottoms of feet, but avoid the spaces in between toes where moisture can build up and lead to a breakdown in skin, resulting in fungal and bacterial infections.

When should I see a doctor about my foot issue?

Dr. Geiger: You should consult a podiatrist if you experience any of the following conditions: 䡲 persistent pain in your feet or ankles 䡲 changes in the nails or skin on your feet 䡲 persistent dry, scaling/ peeling skin on your feet or heels 䡲 blisters on your feet or evidence of increased redness 䡲 foot tenderness 䡲 non-healing wounds or increased swelling of the lower legs and feet

Need a podiatrist? Visit paloshealth.com/doctor to find a physician near you.

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Expanded Health Care Opt

Radiation Oncology Center – Expands

Ambulatory Surgery Center –

on the services already offered through the Loyola Center for Cancer Care & Research at Palos Health South Campus (currently open during renovation). This continuing partnership between Palos Health and Loyola Medicine will offer the most advanced technology, ViewRay’s® MRIdian, an MRI-guided radiation therapy system.

Brings three modern, fully-equipped outpatient operating rooms with space for further expansion, all in a convenient location.

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Scenic views make the wait a little easier for loved ones.

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tions Close to Home. Open 2018. Now Open Palos Diabetes & Metabolism Center – Comprehensive management of patients with diabetes as well as pre-diabetes, obesity, dyslipidemia and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). For an appointment please call 708.226.2626.

Palos Imaging & Diagnostics – The latest technology including MRI, CT, PET, ultrasound and X-ray, all in a relaxing outpatient atmosphere with competitive pricing and convenient location. For questions about ordering or scheduling, please call 708.226.2500. Walk-in X-ray available (physician order required). Palos Immediate Care – Access to quality care for the treatment of minor accidents and illnesses when your doctor isn’t available. Open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday – Friday and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.

Palos Medical Group – Exceptional care in specialties including Endocrinology, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN), Podiatric Medicine and Rheumatology. Additional specialties available at our hospital campus and Women’s Center. Request an appointment by calling 708.923.1000.

Loyola Medicine – Continued access to orthopaedic and cancer doctors in the southwest suburbs. Nearly a dozen more specialties will be added to increase patient options for care.

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Palos Outpatient Behavioral Health – Offering a Partial Hospital Program and Intensive Outpatient Program for psychiatric, chemical dependency and co-occuring disorders. Counseling services, as well as family and marital therapy available. To request an appointment, call 708.923.7878. Loyola Center for Cancer Care & Research – Highly specialized cancer care for patients in various stages of cancer, provided by nationally recognized medical oncologists, specially trained oncology infusion nurses (certified by the Oncology Nursing Society) and surgical oncologists. Patients also have access to Loyola’s clinical research trials, which may include experimental new drugs not available at most hospitals.

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New Palos Clinic Doesn’t Miss a Beat Many things can cause the rapid beating of your heart: the sight of someone you love, a strenuous workout, a big presentation for the boss. However, if you suffer from Atrial Fibrillation (A Fib), your heart beats irregularly, sometimes too fast. A Fib is a serious condition that can impact daily life and cause health problems, including stroke, heart failure and other complications. Each person’s experience with this condition is unique, requiring an individualized plan of care. After realizing that many residents in the community live with A Fib, Palos Health decided to create a comprehensive cardiac care program that could benefit those with A Fib. In 2017, the Atrial Fibrillation & Arrhythmia Clinic was born. The clinic includes surgeons, electrophysiologists, cardiologists, advanced practice nurses, nurses and dietitians, all working together to meet the needs of patients with A Fib. Palos Health’s Atrial Fibrillation & Arrhythmia Clinic offers a multidisciplinary approach to

care including screening, education and treatment. “Many people are unaware of the most recent treatment options for atrial fibrillation,” says clinic director Debbie Oksanen. “Having the A Fib Clinic at the hospital makes it much easier for multiple disciplines to collaborate and quickly determine the best treatment approach for each individual.”

Defining Atrial Fibrillation In a normal heart, certain cells send out electric signals at regular intervals to indicate when the heart should pump and contract. In A Fib, these electric signals get sent unevenly. Some people may not notice the irregularity, while others may detect a fast heart rate or palpitations, pain in the chest, dizziness, fatigue or shortness of breath. Risk factors SPRING 2018

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for A Fib include: age over 65, recent heart surgery, thyroid problems, high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, heart, lung or kidney disease, obesity, heart valve problems, and sleep apnea. There are several different types of A Fib: Paroxysmal or Intermittent A Fib – In this type of A Fib, the heart will go in and out of normal rhythm on its own, and symptoms can be mild to severe. The problem may come and go periodically, or it may recur as often as every day or two. Paroxysmal A fib is sometimes referred to as “holiday heart syndrome” because it tends to occur at times when otherwise healthy individuals are under stress or celebrating more than normal. Intermittant A Fib is often without symptoms and found during a routine doctor visit.

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Persistent A Fib – A Fib is considered persistent if the abnormal heart rhythm continues for more than a week and does not go away on its own. A Fib becomes longstanding persistent when it stays active for six months. Medical interventions have success in restoring the heart to normal rhythm. Patients with this condition who are at high risk for stroke may be candidates for procedures that target the source of the irregular heartbeat to restore normal rhythm. In other cases, an individual may forgo interventions and instead focus on controlling the heart with medications. Permanent A Fib – With this condition, a normal heart rhythm is more difficult to restore with treatment. Over time, both paroxysmal and chronic A Fib may become more frequent and could result in permanent A Fib.

Screening/Diagnosis Screening includes discussing risk factors, checking for symptoms that could be due to A Fib, and performing an electrocardiogram (EKG) or using a monitor to show the electrical beating of the heart. These tests are non-invasive, and the heart rate is obtained through small pads attached directly to the skin on various areas of the body. A doctor then analyzes the results for the presence of A Fib.

Treatment Treatment of A Fib involves resetting or controlling heart rate while preventing blood clots and decreasing the risk of stroke. Palos Atrial Fibrillation Clinic patients receive an individualized care plan that may include blood tests, EKG, functional evaluation,

and one or more of the following: Cardioversion – A procedure that restores normal heart rhythm either with electricity or drugs. Medication – Drugs are monitored that control heart rate, rhythm, and prevent blood clots. Catheter Ablation – Flexible tubing is used to electrically alter the heart, preventing abnormal electrical activity. AV Node Ablation – An area of heart tissue is prevented from sending faulty electrical signals to control the heart rate. Pacemaker – A device inserted in the heart to regulate slow heart beats and medically treat A Fib. Maze – Surgical scarring is created to interfere with the stray electrical impulses that cause A Fib. Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion (LAA) – An alternative for those who can’t take blood thinners and don’t have a valve problem, LAA occlusion can be either an implanted device or surgical procedure that helps reduce the risk of stroke.

” “Atrial fibrillation is becoming a non-infectious epidemic, but earlier detection and treatment allows for better outcomes for patients. Expert doctors are helping A Fib patients daily.” – Martin Burke, MD, Medical Director, Palos Atrial Fibrillation & Arrhythmia Clinic

Education Palos Atrial Fibrillation & Arrhythmia Clinic provides comprehensive education for the patient, family members and caregivers. Education consists of identifying and modifying risk factors, promoting lifestyle changes through diet, nutrition, and smoking cessation counseling, learning how to take your pulse and what to do if the rate is too fast or too slow, monitoring symptoms, knowing when to seek medical attention, understanding treatment options, SPRING 2018

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reviewing signs and symptoms of bleeding, supporting correct medication taking, and reviewing fall risk and prevention.

Please call 708.923.5460 to schedule an appointment with the Atrial Fibrillation & Arrhythmia Clinic

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Tips for

n e m o W May is Women’s Health Month. To celebrate and raise awareness about strategies for fostering women’s health, we’ve enlisted the help of Tina Murphy, an advanced practice nurse with Palos Medical Group. Tina takes a special interest in promoting women’s wellness throughout all stages of life, and she’s offered some tips on how to take charge of your health.

EAT SMART – Aim for a balanced diet comprised of a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. Avoid processed foods and foods high in saturated fats, carbohydrates and sugar. Also limit your intake of foods that contain preservatives or artificial ingredients.

EXERCISE – The American Heart Association recommends that adults get 150 minutes or more of moderate physical activity weekly to reduce their risk of heart attack and stroke. By incorporating resistance and strength training, you can also help prevent osteoporosis.

VISIT YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER REGULARLY – Annual screenings and labs can help you stay healthy by identifying the risk of potential disease early. When I see patients for their annual exam, I take the opportunity to learn about their health goals and help them formulate a plan.

DO A BREAST EXAM/GET A MAMMOGRAM – Perform a self-breast exam every month, and report any changes or concerns to your health care provider. Discuss when to get a screening mammogram with your health care provider. If you have a family history of breast cancer, an earlier screening may be necessary.

DON’T SMOKE – More than 170,000 American women die of diseases caused by smoking each year. When a patient informs me that they are ready to quit smoking, I discuss the options available to them, including prescription smoking cessation medication as well as alternative methods.

KNOW YOUR NUMBERS – Get regular check-ups to keep track of the following: blood pressure (less than or equal to 120/80mmhg), total cholesterol (less than 200), blood glucose (fasting less than 100mg/dl), and pulse (60-100). Patients who understand how their bodies work and react are more capable of SPRING 2018

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creating change that can improve their numbers and potentially stave off disease.

MAINTAIN A HEALTHY WEIGHT – Maintaining a healthy weight decreases your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, including breast cancer. It also allows you to be more physically active and have increased energy to do the things you enjoy.

BONE HEALTH/OSTEOPOROSIS – If you are over the age of 65 or are at risk for osteoporosis (family history, small bone structure,, post-menopausal or have had fractures before) ask your health care provider about a Bone Density Test.

REDUCE STRESS - Stress can increase your risk of heart disease and high blood pressure, and it can also weaken your immunity. Find time in your daily schedule to relax and unwind, like going for a 10minute walk, deep breathing, meditating and yoga.

Tina Murphy is a family nurse practitioner who provides primary care for her patients. She is currently accepting new patients. Her office is located at 15300 West Avenue in Orland Park. To schedule an appointment with Tina, please call Palos Medical Group at 708.590.5300.

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Top Health

Tips for

Men

June is Men’s Health Awareness Month – a month dedicated to shifting the public’s attention toward common health concerns facing men. To raise awareness and promote men’s wellness within our own community, Dr. Andrius Kudirka, M.D., a primary care physician with Palos Medical Group, has put together tips for men to stay on top of their health.

TAKE CARE OF YOUR MENTAL HEALTH – Men often don't recognize or admit they're depressed, and they are less likely than women to seek help. Your doctor will often screen for depression at your yearly physical. Depression is treatable—treatment may include medications, counseling, exercise, or even meditation.

GET SCREENED FOR COLON CANCER – Men under age 50 should be screened every 5 years if there is a strong family history of colon cancer or polyps. Between ages 50 to 75, men should be screened for colorectal cancer with either a stool test or a colonoscopy.

DON’T SMOKE – Cigarettes

EAT MORE PLANTS –

are bad, but cigars may be worse, with a higher level of cancer-causing substances, more tar and a higher level of toxins. And chewing or smokeless tobacco is known to contain at least 28 cancer-causing chemicals and puts users at increased risk for cancer, including cancers of the mouth.

Increase your intake of high-fiber foods (fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans) to help with blood pressure and high cholesterol, and reduce your risk of certain cancers (colon and prostate). Most patients should strive for five servings of fruits or vegetables per day.

DRINK IN MODERATION – Don’t consume more than 3 - 4 standard drinks (12 oz. beer or 5 oz. glass of wine) per day and no more than 12 -14 drinks per week. Drinking too much can damage the liver and heart, disrupt sleep and contribute to depression.

YEARLY CHECK-UPS – A routine exam is the best way to establish a relationship with your primary care provider and to receive preventive, evidence-based care. Yearly physicals help keep patients on track for preventive services, but also can be a chance to bring up new health concerns or questions.

HEALTHY WAIST – Too much belly fat can signal trouble, putting you at higher risk for developing diseases linked to obesity, such as: type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, certain types of cancer and osteoporosis. Aim to keep your measurement under 40 inches.

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CUT DOWN ON RED MEAT – Consuming too much meat – specifically red meat – can increase the risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, according to the Harvard School of Public Health. The saturated fat it contains can increase your LDL, or "bad," cholesterol, which is a risk factor for heart disease and stroke.

EXERCISE – Find a workout you like and stick with it. The American Heart Association encourages men to get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise per week. Dr. Kudirka is an experienced family practice physician. He is currently accepting new patients. His office is located at 15300 West Avenue in Orland Park. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kudirka, please contact Palos Medical Group at 708.590.5300.

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CLASSES, EVENTS & GROUPS SPRING &

SUMMER

2018 WELLNESS Take Better Care of Your Back Learn how posture, body mechanics and other forms of physical therapy can be used to prevent or manage back pain. This workshop is led by a Palos physical therapist. Registration is required. TIME/DATE: 6 - 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 9 LOCATION: Palos Hospital ACC1 Conference Room, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: Free

Stress Less: Overcoming Anxiety

Your Diabetes Game Plan

Are fear and worry affecting your daily life? Stress can impact people in areas of life, including physically, emotionally and behaviorally. Learn helpful coping skills for anxiety and understand the difference between normal anxiety and anxiety disorders. Presented by Palos therapist Joseph Maranto. TIME/DATE: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 15 LOCATION: Palos Hospital Auditorium, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: Free

Don’t get sidelined by diabetes! Our nationally recognized diabetes program gives you the tools you need to manage the physical and emotional aspects of this disease. Get information about nutrition and physical activity, instructions on blood glucose monitoring and a customized eating plan. Note: A physician referral is required to join the program. LOCATION: Palos Diabetes & Metabolism Center, Suite 122, South Campus, 15300 West Avenue, Orland Park INFORMATION: For additional information, including meeting times, call 708.226.2330.

Diabetes Prevention: Living on the Border

Nutrition for Your Heart

Led by a Palos diabetes educator, this class offers lifestyle modifications to help you eat healthy and lose weight. Learn how losing just five to 10 percent of your body weight can make a difference in delaying or preventing diabetes. TIME/DATES: 6 - 7 p.m., Tuesdays, May 15 and June 26; 1 - 2 p.m., Tuesday, July 10; 6 - 7 p.m., Tuesday, August 14; 1 - 2 p.m., Tuesday, September 11 LOCATION: Palos Diabetes & Metabolism Center, Suite 122, South Campus, 15300 West Avenue, Orland Park REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: $10/ individual; $15/couple (max 10 people)

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy for Depression Learn about this new outpatient treatment offered at Palos for patients suffering from depression. If you or a loved one has not achieved satisfactory improvement from antidepressant treatment, TMS therapy may help. Presented by Anmol Tolani, MD, Palos Health psychiatrist, Jill Haley, TMS RN and Kirk Bergmark, Director of Outpatient Behavioral Health. TIME/DATE: 7 - 8 p.m., Tuesday, May 1 LOCATION: Palos Hospital Auditorium, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: Free

Eat healthy for your heart’s sake! Understand how to control fat and saturated fat intake, avoid trans fats, cholesterol and sodium, increase fiber and read food labels. Taught by a Palos registered dietitian nutritionist. LOCATION: Palos Hospital, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights INFORMATION: For additional information, including meeting times, call 708.226.2300.

Courage to Quit This seven-week program is designed for adults who are ready to quit smoking. Offered by the Respiratory Health Association. TIME/DATES: 9 - 10 a.m., Mondays, beginning April 30, June 25 or August 27 TIME/DATES: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning May 2, June 27 or August 29

Taking Steps Together: Improving Safety and Quality of Life for Loved Ones at Risk for Falling Receive practical strategies to support family members at risk for falling. Palos therapists will discuss why falls occur and how developing a simple exercise routine, fall proofing the home and communicating, listening and working together can help keep a loved one safe and more independent. Area resources, including Palos’s fall prevention services, will also be discussed. TIME/DATE: 6 – 7 p.m., Thursday, June 7 LOCATION: Palos Hospital Auditorium, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: Free

LOCATION: Palos Hospital, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: Free

A Matter of Balance Maintain your independence and reduce your fall risk. Led by physical or occupational therapists at Palos, this program emphasizes practical strategies to manage falls. Know a loved one who might benefit? Gift certificates now available for purchase! TIME/DATES: 10 a.m. - noon, Tuesdays, May 1 – June 19 LOCATION: Palos Hospital Woodland Café Conference Room, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights TIME/DATES: 10 a.m. - noon, Wednesdays, May 2 – June 20 LOCATION: Palos Hospital ACC1 Conference Room, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: $80

Nutrition and Cancer Good nutrition can be a challenge when dealing with cancer and treatment. Learn how to eat to maintain body weight, cut the risk of recurrence, reduce nausea and improve your overall quality of life. Led by registered dietitian nutritionist Lela Iliopoulos. TIME/DATE: 2- 3 p.m., Thursday, April 19 LOCATION: Palos Hospital Woodland Café Conference Room, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: Free

Don’t Skip a Beat! Living with Atrial Fibrillation People who experience an irregular and/or rapid heart rate are at an increased risk of stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications. Learn how medications and other interventions can help manage this condition. Presented by electrophysiologist Wassim Ballany, M.D. TIME/DATE: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Monday, June 18 LOCATION: Palos Hospital Auditorium, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: Free

Register online at paloshealth.com/classes-events or call 708.226.2300. SPRING 2018

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Eat Your Way to a Healthy Glow

Breastfeeding Basics

What you eat can impact your appearance. Certain foods and drinks can help contribute to younger looking skin, brighter eyes and more vibrant hair and nails, not to mention their effectiveness on overall health. Learn what to eat and what to avoid to look your best. Led by registered dietitian nutritionist Lela Iliopoulos. TIME/DATE: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 3 LOCATION: Palos Hospital Auditorium, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: Free

FAMILY-CENTERED Birth, Babies and Beyond Express Get the most out of your birthing experience. In a relaxed setting, expectant mothers and their support person learn about labor, birth, medical interventions, physical and emotional changes after birth, infant care and more. TIME/DATES: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturdays, May 12 and June 9 LOCATION: Palos Hospital Childbirth Classroom, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: $85/couple, meals provided

Baby Basics This three-hour class offers up-todate information on caring for a newborn. Topics include: feeding, diapering, bathing, growth and development, infant stimulation, newborn characteristics and behavior, infant-soothing techniques, signs of illness, immunizations, choosing baby equipment, car seat safety and general safety. TIME/DATES: 6:30 - 9:30 p.m., Wednesdays, May 23 and June 27 TIME/DATES: 8 - 11 a.m., Saturday, June 23 LOCATION: Palos Hospital Childbirth Classroom, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: $20/couple

A Palos lactation consultant provides the basics for successfully nursing your baby. This class covers breastfeeding advantages, practical techniques, pumping, storing, returning to work, dad’s role and family support. TIME/DATES: 6:30 - 9 p.m., Thursdays, April 19, May 17 and June 14 TIME/DATES: 8 - 10:30 a.m., Saturdays, April 21, May 19 and June 16 LOCATION: Palos Hospital Childbirth Classroom, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: $20/couple

Infant/Child/Adult CPR Be prepared to act in an emergency. This American Heart Association class is intended for anyone 11 years and older interested in learning cardiopulmonary resuscitation techniques to assist infants, children and adults in distress. Note: This is not a class for CPR certification. TIME/DATES: 6 - 9 p.m., Thursdays, April 12, 26, May 3, 24, June 7, 21 LOCATION: Palos Hospital Childbirth Classroom, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: $30/person

Birthing Center Tour One of the most important decisions to make when expecting a baby is where to deliver your child. Learn how Palos is different from other hospitals through our single-room maternity care, where labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum all take place in newly remodeled private rooms. TIMES/DATES: 6 - 6:45 p.m., select Wednesdays or Thursdays; 11 - 11:45 a.m., select Saturdays. Call for dates. LOCATION: Palos Hospital, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: Free

Joy of Grandparenting Are you welcoming a grandchild? Explore the many facets of the grandparent role and learn about family adjustment as well as ways you can support the new parents. An update on childbirth practices, the latest in baby care and a tour of the Birthing Center are included.

TIME/DATE: 7 - 9:30 p.m., Thursday, May 10 LOCATION: Palos Hospital Childbirth Classroom, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: FREE

Nursing Moms Network Get the support you need when it comes to breastfeeding. Meet and share experiences with other mothers and receive ongoing guidance and support from an experienced lactation consultant. TIME/DATE: 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Tuesdays LOCATION: Palos Hospital ACC1 Conference Room, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: Free

I’m a Big Brother/ Big Sister! Future siblings can learn what to expect with a new baby and how they can be a help to their growing family. Class includes a short tour of the birthing unit. Appropriate for children ages 3-9 years of age; children should bring a doll or stuffed animal to class. TIME/DATE: 4 - 5 p.m., Wednesday, May 16 LOCATION: Palos Hospital Childbirth Classroom, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights, REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: $5/child with a maximum of $15/family

Lymphedema Support Group Network with others experiencing lymphedema while receiving updates on products, community resources and management strategies. TIME/DATE: 5:30 - 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 1 LOCATION: Palos Hospital ACC2 Conference Room, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: Free

Caregiver Support Group Offered by professionals from Palos Home Health Care, this group provides emotional and practical support for family members and friends caring for a loved one in the last years of life. REGISTRATION: Call for details, 630.257.1111 COST: Free

Fall Prevention Support Group Open to anyone interested in decreasing their fall risk and increasing their activity level. Group discussion followed by exercise demonstration. TIME/DATES: 10 - 11 a.m., first Thursday of each month (no group in July) LOCATION: Palos Hospital Auditorium, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: Free

SUPPORT GROUPS Look Good … Feel Better Look your best during cancer-fighting treatments with training from cosmetic industry professionals. Learn makeup, skin and nail care techniques, as well as how to wear wigs, hats and scarves to enhance your appearance. This non-medical program is offered in partnership with the American Cancer Society. TIME/DATES: 3 - 5 p.m., Tuesday, May 8 and Tuesday, August 7 LOCATION: Palos Hospital Conference Room C, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: Free

Register online at paloshealth.com/classes-events or call 708.226.2300. SPRING 2018

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