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Heart Attack Rapid Response Saved this South Shore Resident’s Life

Posted by South Shore Health System on Feb 23, 2017 9:59:36 AM

According to the American Heart Association, approximately every 42 seconds someone in the United States has a heart attack. Abington resident, Donald Mathison became part of that startling statistic when he experienced a massive heart attack at 57 years old. Though he had a family history of heart disease—his father even dying from a massive heart attack at a young age—it still came as a complete shock to him and his family, because he led a very active, healthy lifestyle.

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Topics: Heart Month, Cath Lab, Heart Attack, Heart Disease

Five Questions Moms Pregnant with Multiples Should Ask

As a result of superstar singer Beyoncé and Amal Clooney’s recent announcement that they are both pregnant with twins, we’ve been receiving a lot of questions about multiple pregnancies—specifically what makes them different from singleton pregnancies. In my experience, when moms find out that they are expecting multiples, they go through a range of emotions. Surprise is followed closely by joy and then often concern, as they are understandably unsure of what to expect and start to wonder how this pregnancy might be different.

If you are expecting multiples, here are five questions you should consider discussing with your doctor:

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Topics: Pregnancy

5 Heart Attack Signs Every Woman Should Know

Posted by South Shore Health System on Feb 13, 2017 10:44:49 AM

Hollywood movies have in many ways shaped our image of a typical heart
attack victim—the overweight middle-aged man who smokes, falling to the ground while gripping his chest. The real-life picture includes a much wider spectrum of the population, including women who don’t always have those telltale signs.  In fact, heart disease and stroke are the cause of 1 in 3 deaths among women each year—more than all cancers combined. While a startling statistic, only 56 percent of women actually identify cardiovascular disease as the greatest health problem facing them today.

While women are more apt to seek health care than males for a variety of reasons, women tend to chalk up heart disease symptoms to less life-threatening conditions such as acid reflux, the flu or normal aging. This laissez-faire mindset often means women wait longer than men to go to an emergency room when having a heart attack.

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Topics: Women's Health, Heart Attack, Heart Disease

How to Recognize and Treat Seasonal Affective Disorder

The depths of winter can be a tough time of year for many people. The weather is cold and daylight is hard to come by. Many of us are inclined to hide inside under a blanket until spring arrives. So how do you know if these feelings are more serious than just the “winter blues?”

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a mood disorder that affects individuals around the same time each year. Symptoms typically start in the late fall and early winter and go away during the spring and summer months. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, in a given year, about 5 percent of the US population experiences seasonal affective disorder.

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Topics: Seasonal Affective Disorder, Mental Health

Women and Heart Disease (Infographic)

Posted by South Shore Health System on Feb 3, 2017 2:32:56 PM

Heart disease is the number one killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year—approximately one woman every minute. When it comes to heart disease, women experience unique causes, symptoms and outcomes when compared to men. In addition, certain conditions or unique factors appear to increase heart disease risk in women. If you think you or a loved one is at high risk for heart disease, talk to your doctor about making an appointment with a cardiologist.

Join us on Thursday, February 23, from 6-7pm at South Shore Medical Center—143 Longwater Drive, Norwell—for a FREE event, Seven Steps to Improve your Heart Health to learn strategies for a better YOU. Please register online to RSVP for the event or contact Katie Howard for more information 781-624-4050.

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Topics: Women's Health, Heart Disease, Cardiovascular Disease

Understanding the Symptoms and Remedies for Norovirus

Posted by South Shore Health System on Jan 27, 2017 9:00:00 AM

It’s a fact of life this time of year, either you or someone you know has come down with norovirus illness. Norovirus is highly contagious and generally comes with symptoms like diarrhea, throwing up, nausea and stomach pain. In our most recent video blog, Todd Ellerin, MD, Director of Infectious Diseases at South Shore Health System, explains what  norovirus is, how it spreads, and what to do if you or a loved one gets it.

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Topics: norovirus, infectious diseases

Make These Four Screenings Part of Your New Year’s Resolutions

Every year, millions of Americans pledge their New Year’s resolutions—vowing to make a healthy start to the year ahead. While diet and exercise changes top the list, preventive care and health screenings are just as important to start your year off right.

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Topics: lung cancer screening, osteporosis, mammogram, peripheral arterial disease

Tom’s Life was Transformed Through Total Joint Replacement

Posted by South Shore Health System on Jan 17, 2017 9:00:00 AM

South Shore Hospital's Total Joint Replacement Program offers end-to-end care for hip, knee, and shoulder replacement surgery. Joint replacement surgery is a major surgery and the goal of the program is to guide and partner with patients through the entire process—from pre-surgery education to home care and physical therapy. This is the story of one patient who is finally able to live life pain-free thanks to multiple joint replacement surgeries at South Shore Hospital. 

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Topics: Joint Replacement, Hip Replacement, Knee Replacement, Joint Pain, Arthritis

Should You be Screened for Lung Cancer? (Infographic)

Posted by South Shore Health System on Jan 12, 2017 8:40:28 AM

More people in the US die from lung cancer than any other type of cancer because it’s often diagnosed in later stages of the disease when symptoms first arise. As with many other types of cancer, when found early, lung cancer can be highly curable. 

According to Russell Kelley, MD, Chief of Radiology at South Shore Hospital, low-dose computed tomography (CT) lung scan is the only recommended screening for people at high risk for lung cancer. If you answer "Yes" to any of the questions below, you may be considered high risk and should talk to your doctor about getting a referral for a lung cancer screening. If you have questions about eligibility, request a call from one of our imaging specialists or call 781-624-4368


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Topics: Cancer screening, Lung cancer

Five Things to Look for When Choosing a Total Joint Replacement Surgeon

If chronic knee or hip pain has been ruling your life, total joint replacement surgery is a major step toward getting you back to an active lifestyle free from pain. Despite the overall success rate for most patients, a hip or knee replacement is still a major surgery and requires careful planning. Part of this planning means having complete confidence in the surgeon you choose.

The following are five key things you should look for when choosing a total joint replacement surgeon:

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Topics: Hip Replacement, Knee Replacement, Orthopedic Surgeon

Sharing As One

Welcome to Sharing As One, South Shore Health System’s blog. Our goal is to share regular doses of health news, expert insights to healthy living, wellness tips, and inspiring stories from ordinary people who have overcome extraordinary health challenges. 


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