May/June 2014 Download the PDF version WVU Heart Institute YOUR HEART STAYING ON THE CUTTING EDGE OF TECHNOLOGY WVU Healthcare is a regional leader in advanced heart care. Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, also known as TAVR, is a new approach to treating aortic valve disease without surgery. Aortic valve disease is a condition in which the valve between the main pumping chamber in the heart and the main artery to the body (aorta) doesn’t work correctly. One common valve disease is aortic stenosis, which is an abnormal narrowing of the aortic valve. Aortic stenosis occurs three times more commonly in men than women. It is a progressive condition that can lead to heart failure if left untreated. Severe aortic stenosis is often treated by aortic valve replacement. Unfortunately, some patients who need valve replacement may not be good candidates for open heart surgery. Now, using TAVR technology, WVU Healthcare physicians can replace valves that were inaccessible just a few years ago. TAVR doesn’t require an incision in the chest. It’s a minimally invasive procedure that accesses the aortic valve through a small incision in the groin. The new valve is inserted with a slim flexible catheter in the femoral artery. If you would like to make an appointment with the WVU Heart Institute, please call 1-877-WVU-4HRT (1-877-988-4478). The WVU Heart Institute in Morgantown is operated by WVU Hospitals. Treating Vascular Disease When a person’s heart beats, blood is pumped throughout the body via a network of arteries and veins. Conditions or problems that affect this circulatory system are called vascular disease. Vascular disease can include narrowing or blockage of arteries, abnormal bulges (aneurysms) of arteries or veins, or blot clots deep within the body. The WVU Healthcare Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery is pleased to offer patients the most advanced treatments available for diseases and conditions of arteries and veins of the circulatory system (outside of the brain and heart). Our comprehensive team of board-certified vascular and endovascular surgeons has years of experience treating and repairing vascular disorders. We are on the forefront of innovative practices, using minimally-invasive techniques and other cutting-edge therapies. Call for an appointment: 304-598-4800. Vascular surgery services are operated by WVU Hospitals. 5 THINGS your pharmacist wants you to know but hasn’t told you… until now. 1. Pharmacists are experts. Pharmacists are highly educated and are the experts when it comes to medications, drug interactions, and side effects. While a common misconception is that pharmacists simply place pills into bottles, a licensed pharmacist is a healthcare professional who is highly trained in chemistry, physiology and mathematics. At the WVU Healthcare Medical Center Pharmacy, we offer advanced services including pharmaceutical compounding, which means that we custom make medications and dosage forms tailored to the unique needs of patients as prescribed by their physician. This service is especially important when it comes to converting medications for use in babies. David Flynn, RPH Director of Medical Center Pharmacy 2. Patients should ask questions. Pharmacists are available not only to fill prescriptions, but to help patients use their medicine correctly. Pharmacists can answer your questions about prescription drugs, and they also have a vast knowledge of over-the-counter (non-prescription) medications and vitamins. Our pharmacists are available to answer medication or other questions even without filling a prescription. You may want to talk to your pharmacist to make sure that any medication or herbal supplement you are taking is not interacting with your prescriptions. 3. Patients should consider filling their prescriptions at only one pharmacy. You may have to see several doctors, but using one pharmacy is a good idea. Each of your physicians may not know all of your medications that you currently are taking, but your pharmacist can check for potential medication interactions and problems if he/she has an up-to-date, complete medication history. The WVU Healthcare Medical Center Pharmacy has the resources to conduct comprehensive reviews of medication profiles. 4. Sometimes, drugs are not the best option. While medications may seem like an easy answer to a health issue, sometimes there are better solutions. For example, in certain situations, a change in diet or lifestyle could be more beneficial to the patient in the long term. Sometimes an antibiotic is not the best treatment for an illness. WVU Healthcare physicians and staff can discuss non-pharmaceutical options that can have positive health benefits and help patients feel their best. 5. Know how to safely dispose of medicines. Some medications may be harmful or even lethal if taken by someone other than the person for whom they were prescribed. Some medications should not be flushed down the toilet. There are different ways to handle the disposing of medications, so talk to your pharmacist about the proper method of discarding unwanted medication. The Medical Center Pharmacy is a full-service pharmacy that is available for patients and the community. We are located next to Ruby Memorial on the first floor of the Physician Office Center at 1 Medical Drive, Morgantown, WV. Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday: 7:30 am – 6:00 pm Saturday: 10 am – 2:00 pm Closed Sundays and holidays Please call 304-598-4848 for more information. The Medical Center Pharmacy in Morgantown is operated by WVU Hospitals. STAY ACTIVE. STAY HEALTHY. The summer is certainly a season to get outside and be active. After a long winter of being sedentary, it’s important to ease into summer activities so that your body can adjust to your new level of activity. If you do suffer an injury, WVU’s Sports Medicine Center provides comprehensive treatment and rehabilitation to patients of all athletic levels. We offer the most advanced musculoskeletal care and are experienced in all sports-related injuries. Whether you’re looking to return to team practice or to your daily jog, the experts at WVU Healthcare can help. Our board certified specialists know what it takes to keep athletes of all ages and abilities at the top of their game. Our physicians treat all acute and chronic health problems related to athletic and recreational activities including sprains, fractures, muscle and joint pain, concussions, and more. We also treat and help manage issues such as allergies, asthma, and diabetes that can affect your athletic performance or exercise routine. As a part of the WVU Healthcare family, the WVU Sports Medicine Center has access to specialists from multiple disciplines. Our physicians also provide osteoporosis evaluations as well as evaluations for clearing athletes to return to their sport after an injury. If you’d like to make an appointment at the WVU Sports Medicine Center, please call 304-598-4830. WVU Eye Institute We use our eyes every day and probably consider our eyesight to be one of our most important senses, yet many people don’t think about their vision health in their daily activities and only get their eyes checked when they notice a problem. May is Healthy Vision Month, and though we’re nearing the end of the month it’s important to keep a few things in mind in order to maintain good eye health year-round. Get regular eye exams. A comprehensive exam can detect vision problems and eye diseases in early stages when they are most treatable. There are many eye diseases that don’t present a warning and can only be detected by a healthcare professional. Wear eye protection. When using tools and yard equipment or when playing sports, be sure to wear proper eye protection. In sports, appropriate eyewear can reduce eye trauma by up to 90 percent. Protect your eyes from the sun. (See the section on sun protection below.) Eat a diet rich in leafy greens. Vegetables like spinach and kale will provide you with nutrients that are beneficial to the eyes. There’s also evidence that taking fish oil or eating fish high in omega-3 fatty acids may support healthy vision. Don’t smoke! Smoking can increase risk for cataracts,macular degeneration, and other diseases. We’re always ready to help you care for your eyes, providing eye expertise from routine to the most advanced procedures. If you’d like to make an appointment with the WVU Eye Institute, please call 304-598-4800. The WVU Eye Institute is operated by WVU Hospitals. Stay safe in the summer sun. Sun safety is important year-round, but warmer weather means more time spent outdoors, resulting in more exposure. Harmful UV rays from the sun can cause eye problems, wrinkles, and even skin cancer. People with pale skin and light eyes and hair are most susceptible to sun damage because they have less melanin or pigment which helps protect against the effects of sun exposure. Still, everyone should take caution when it comes to protection. Here are a few ways to help you stay safe this summer in the sun. Cover up: Wear long-sleeved shirts, pants, and hats when possible to help protect your body. Try to stay in the shade or consider using an umbrella to help. Put on Sunscreen: While having a tan is popular, ultraviolet radiation is a proven cause of cancer. Try to limit sun exposure between 10 am – 2 pm when the sun’s rays are strongest. Sunburns can increase the risk of developing skin cancer, so be sure to apply a sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher liberally over any exposed area whenever you are outdoors. UV rays reflect off of sand and water, so sunscreen is essential for a trip to the beach. Medications: Some medications can increase sun sensitivity, so make sure you talk to your doctor or pharmacist about what extra precautions to take while you are using those medicines. Wear Sunglasses: Sunglasses are more than just summer’s must-have style accessory – they’re necessary for maintaining eye health. While eyelids are designed to protect the eye, the skin is very thin and can be injured by UV light. UV damage can cause eye cancers, cataracts, macular degeneration, corneal sunburn, and more. Be sure to wear sunglasses that block 99- 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays. Fresh, Local Produce One of the first things to do when trying to live healthy is include lots of fruits and vegetables in your diet. Healthy diets, which include at least five servings of fruit and veggies every day, provide essential vitamins, nutrients, and fiber, help keep calorie counts in check, and may reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases. If you are lucky enough to live near a local farmer’s market, this is a great place to stock up on locally grown, fresh produce. In support of healthy eating, WVU Healthcare sponsors a Culinary Station at the Morgantown Market Place/Farmer’s Market on Spruce Street. The Station will feature cooking demonstrations and tastings using fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, and other items sold at the farmer’s market – as a way to help promote healthy eating habits. WVU Healthcare employees will be on hand throughout the season, including the market on June 7. The recipe for that day’s tasting is included to the right. Happy Eating! The Morgantown Farmer’s Market is located at 415 Spruce Street, Morgantown. Market Hours: Sat: 8:30 am – 12:00 pm May 3 – November 1, 2014 Cynthia Gay, Manager of the WVU Health Sciences Center Healthy Café, and Alliene Farley, MS, RD, LD, WVU Healthcare Outpatient Dietitian, provided free healthy smoothies to shoppers on opening day of the Morgantown Market. To make our healthy fruit smoothies, blend equal parts yogurt, milk, and fruit in juice. Eggplant with Mozzarella and Meatballs Meatballs – Mix thoroughly and portion into balls: • 1 lb. ground beef, raw • ¼ cup wheat germ • 1/3 cup skim milk • 1 egg, raw • 2 tbsp. onions, diced • ¼ tsp. garlic powder • ¼ tsp. Italian seasoning • ¼ tsp. Mrs. Dash or other salt-free seasoning Peel and slice eggplant thin. Place in baking dish with tomato sauce. Turn eggplant slices to coat with sauce. Place one meatball on top of each slice of eggplant. Top with mozzarella cheese. Bake at 375 degrees for approximately 20 minutes or until center of meatball is 165 degrees. – Inspired by Laura’s Lean Beef WVU Healthcare is growing We offer excellent healthcare benefits, flexible scheduling, on-the-job training, opportunities for advancement, and more! Click to visit our career website and review our current openings.