Better Imaging Detects Breast Cancer Early

Guest post by Tamara A. Fulop, MD, Director, Breast Imaging at Mount Sinai Beth Israel

Winning the battle against breast cancer is becoming a reality for women of all ages, thanks to diagnostic technology that can frequently detect breast cancer in its earliest stages. “Digital mammography acquires images electronically, resulting in better contrast, so we can often pick up smaller abnormalities before they become cancerous,” says Tamara A. Fulop, MD, Director of Breast Imaging at the Appel-Venet Comprehensive Breast Service at Mount Sinai Beth Israel.  Read more

What is Syncope?

Guest post by Francesco Santoni-Rugiu, MD, Director, Outpatient Services, Al-Sabah Arrhythmia Institute at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s

Syncope is a sudden, unexplained loss of consciousness; most commonly referred to as a fainting spell. A syncopal episode implies that the fainting was sudden and there was an immediate return to feeling normal. Patients typically describe the episode by saying “I was fine and then I must have passed out, because I found myself on the floor; I got up and I was ok.” This type of fainting episode is different from one where you get progressively weaker prior to passing out. These episodes are more likely due to intoxication, or low blood sugar. Also, a different type of loss of consciousness is the one associated with seizures, or a concussion when the patient recovers consciousness but does not feel back to normal but rather groggy, confused. Read more

Worried About HIV? New Prevention Methods Offer More Options

The HIV prevention landscape has changed dramatically over the last few years. In the past, most health care professionals could only support consistent use of condoms, frequent testing, and risk-reduction counseling for HIV prevention. Today, these approaches can be used in conjunction with new methods that have been developed and are now available to the public to lower risk of HIV infection. Read more

Top 5 cancer-combating foods

Guest post featuring Shayne Robinson, RD, C.S.O, Nutrition Services Supervisor at Mount Sinai Beth Israel

In the battle to combat cancer, nutrition can be one of our most surprising defense tactics – when it’s used in combination with other strategies. “Nutrients work in synergy,” says Shayne Robinson, RD, an oncology dietitian with Mount Sinai Beth Israel. “No single nutrient or food is going to protect your body against cancer. It’s a combination of foods, exercise and healthy weight.” Read more

Predicting breast cancer’s unpredictability

Guest post featuring Michael P. Osborne, MD  Director of Cancer Screening and Prevention Programs at the Comprehensive Breast Center at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. 

When it comes to breast cancer, you can’t hide behind your age, your family history, or last year’s exam. According to Michael Osborne, MD, Breast Surgeon and Director of Breast Surgery Programs for Mount Sinai Beth Israel, there’s more to breast cancer than you may think. Read more

Patient Story: Ablation procedure puts an end to atrial fibrillation

Guest post by Stephan Danik, MD, MSc, Director of the Electrophysiology (EP) Lab at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai Roosevelt

When 61-year-old Franklin had his hip replaced three years ago, routine pre-operative work revealed that he had a heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation (or AFib). Because he never had chest pain and never felt his heart beating irregularly, Franklin didn’t know anything was wrong. But fatigue and having low energy are two of the most common symptoms of AFib that people ignore. Read more

Is a PSA test still the most effective way to detect prostate cancer?

Guest post featuring Ronald D. Ennis, MD, Director Radiation Oncology at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai Roosevelt

Yes. The PSA or prostate-specific antigen blood test, although not perfect, is the most effective way to detect prostate cancer. It is the only available screening test for prostate cancer, and thus, is the only indicator to determine if a biopsy should be done. “We save people from dying of prostate cancer thanks to the PSA test, and there is no other way to do that right now,” explains Dr. Ronald D. Ennis. PSA is a protein made in the prostate gland. A PSA level that increases over time can indicate the presence of cancer. Read more

Ovarian Cancer: Know your risk

Guest post featuring Jacques L. Moritz, MD, Director of the Division of Gynecology at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai Roosevelt

Ovarian cancer is one of the deadliest gynecological cancers. It is difficult to diagnose because there are currently no self-tests or routine screenings. Read more

Monitor Your Prostate Health as You Age

Guest post featuring Franklin C. Lowe, MD, MPH , Associate Director, Department of Urology, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai Roosevelt 

There are changes and challenges that come with getting older. Some may be hard to detect but can affect your quality of life. As men move through middle age, it becomes more likely their prostates will grow and could cause problems related to urination. According to Dr. Franklin C. Lowe , a urologist and the Associate Director of the Department of Urology at St. Luke’s and Roosevelt Hospitals, prostate-related problems can range from annoying to debilitating. Read more

Don’t ignore symptoms of atrial fibrillation

Guest post by Conor D. Barrett, MD, Director of the Al-Sabah Arrhythmia Institute at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai Roosevelt.

A human heart beats 80 times per minute, on average — that can be more than 100,000 beats per day. And it all happens quietly and in a way you wouldn’t notice if your heart rhythm is normal. “Anytime someone has an awareness of their heart beating irregularly or is aware of extra beats or skipped beats — particularly if they feel their heart racing or beating very fast — it’s not normal,” says Dr. Conor D. Barrett, Cardiac Electrophysiologist and Director of the Al-Sabah Arrhythmia Institute at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai Roosevelt. Basically, awareness of an irregular heartbeat could signal a heart rhythm disorder. Read more