Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a severe form of acid reflux, is a common disorder that occurs when stomach contents flow backwards into the esophagus. It is caused by a malfunctioning valve between the esophagus and the stomach. Classic symptoms of GERD include frequent, painful heartburn and acid, or food, regurgitation. Painful swallowing, chronic coughing and hoarseness are other symptoms. Left untreated, this condition can damage the esophagus and lead to esophageal cancer. For many patients with severe acid reflux, medication and lifestyle changes do not provide relief. Now, a new minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, using the LINX® device, is giving these sufferers a new lease on life. Reflux-Free Life Jorge Leiva, MD, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons … [Read more...] about New option available at Memorial Hermann Greater Heights for acid reflux patients
Soon-to-be mothers always want what’s best for their baby, and if there’s something they can do to help the baby in the future, they want to know about it. Cord blood and tissue banking is an option many local mothers are choosing. Cord blood refers to the blood inside the baby’s umbilical cord that has stem cells within it with the capability to grow into blood vessels, organs, and tissues. According to babycenter.com, cord blood is currently the subject of FDA-regulated clinical trials that explore their potential in helping people with autism, brain injury, and other conditions. Stem cells can help repair tissues, organs, blood vessels, and a multitude of diseases. Cord blood is a valuable source of stem cells. These stem cells are still immature and haven’t learned to attack … [Read more...] about Cord blood and tissue banking: is it worth it?
Heart to Heart Senior Luncheon Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital Monday, February 12 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. • Learn about community services for seniors • Hear from a panel of cardiologists including Dr. Reddy, followed by Q&A • Free health screenings • Heart-healthy buffet Free event, but registration required as space is limited. Call 713.222.CARE to register. A racing heart. A fluttering heart. Both are symptoms of anxiety. However, they can also signal a heart rhythm disorder (arrhythmia), such as atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation, often called AFib or AF, is a rapid and irregular heartbeat. It is the most common type of heart arrhythmia and increases the risk for stroke and heart failure. Proper Evaluation is Needed Sunil K. Reddy, … [Read more...] about Heart Disorders Can Mimic Anxiety or Panic Attacks
Ann Szapor, MBA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, has been named Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) at Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital. As CNO, Szapor has executive oversight of regulatory standards, compliance, patient satisfaction, patient safety, quality of patient care, and employee engagement. “We are excited to have Ann lead our nursing team. Her extensive background in team building and leadership is supported by a collaborative mentality that elevates patient care,” said Susan Jadlowski, Senior Vice President and CEO of Memorial Hermann Greater Heights. “Ann has a track record of improving patient experience within multi-campus health care systems, like Memorial Hermann Health System, and she will be an excellent addition to our team.” Most recently, Szapor served as … [Read more...] about MHGH hires new VP, CNO
Recovery time is a major concern when women learn they need surgery, especially if they are caregivers and breadwinners. Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital is addressing this concern by offering the da Vinci® Si Surgical System, which utilizes state-of-the-art, robotic-assisted technology for minimally invasive surgery. With robotic-assisted technology, surgeons operate from a console, viewing high-definition 3-D imagery of the surgical field and directing precise micro-movements of a surgical robot. Because smaller surgical incisions are used, patients typically experience shorter hospital stays, less pain and quicker recoveries. These procedures can help lower the risk of infection and minimize scarring. Robotic Technology Offers Greater Range of Motion Concepcion … [Read more...] about Women appreciate minimally invasive surgery at Memorial Hermann Greater Heights