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Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Truth About Chest Pain

Don't ignore chest pain. Join Emergency Medicine physician Thomas DiEnna, DO, for a free program March 10 to learn about the causes of chest pain and treatment options.

Heart attacks don't always announce themselves like they do in the movies, with someone clutching their chest, bowled over in pain.

Sometimes cardiac symptoms are more subtle and may even start slowly. Whatever the cause, chest pain is not normal and warrants medical attention right away. If you are concerned that you may be experiencing a heart attack, call 911.

Know the symptoms

Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.

But there can be other symptoms, particularly in women.

These symptoms may include:
  • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  • Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
"Women may brush off the symptoms for something minor," said Thomas DiEnna, DO, of Doylestown Hospital's Emergency Department. "They tend to put other people first, whether it's kids or spouse or parent, before themselves."

Any kind of delay in treatment could mean a worse outcome.

When in doubt, call 911

Time is muscle, as the saying goes. The sooner a heart attack patient receives treatment, the better the outcome. That treatment can actually start before the patient arrives at the hospital.

Importance of calling 911
  • EMS personnel can perform an EKG to confirm if the patient is having a heart attack.
  • The EKG findings are sent to the Emergency Department at Doylestown Hospital.
  • The cath lab team (that performs life-saving angioplasty) can be activated and ready when the patient arrives.
  • EMS can begin treatment (by giving aspirin or nitroglycerin) and can manage arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), even performing defibrillation if the heart stops beating.
"EMS can diagnose a heart attack in your living room and the cath lab can get ready while the ambulance is en route to the hospital," said Dr. DiEnna.

What if it's not a heart attack?

People are sometimes reluctant to call 911 in case they're not actually having a heart attack. "We'd rather be able to rule out an emergency than have people not come to the ER and suffer the consequences," said Dr. DiEnna.

Chest pain can be a symptom of many disorders. A trip to the ER gives the medical team the opportunity to closely monitor the patient. "That gives them and us reassurance," Dr. DiEnna notes.

Tests done in the ER may reveal another cause for the chest pain, and the need for important follow-up care.

Learn more about chest pain

The Truth About Chest Pain
Tuesday, March 10, 7 pm
Conference Room J, Doylestown Hospital
This is a free program. Register online or call 215-345-2121.

Your accredited Chest Pain Center

Doylestown Hospital's Woodall Chest Pain Center first received accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), just after the new Emergency Department opened in 2010. The accreditation signifies the hospital's efficiency and effectiveness in treating heart attack and other cardiac issues that present with chest pain.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

“Playing for Pediatrics” a Smashing Success

Volunteer group "serves up" inaugural fundraising event at Doylestown Tennis Club to benefit pediatric care at Doylestown Hospital.

More than 100 tennis enthusiasts from the area laced up their tennis shoes and gathered at the Doylestown Tennis Club On Saturday, February 28 to participate in "Playing for Pediatrics". This first-time fundraiser benefited The Carol & Louis Della Penna Pediatric Center of Doylestown Hospital and featured a round-robin style tennis tournament, great food and drink, and lots of fun throughout the evening.

The Pediatric Center’s Community Committee organized the event, and has helped plan other fundraisers on behalf of the center. We would like to offer special thanks to the lead organizers, KC DelPlato, Lisa Kuhnle and Amy Price, as well as the event’s "Full-Court" sponsors, Fred Beans, Centric Alloys, Inc. and Bucks County Bank, for their leadership and support. The event exceeded its goal and raised over $18,000 for Doylestown Hospital.

"We are grateful to everyone who contributed to the success of this event," said DelPlato. "The community as a whole is very excited about the expansion of pediatric care services at Doylestown Hospital, and this event will help to sustain and grow the new pediatric unit moving forward."

The Della Penna Pediatric Center opened in October and features private rooms, accommodations for family members and an experienced pediatric staff available 24/7.

Playing for Pediatrics participants enjoyed the friendly nature of the competition and the community cause at the core of the event. The winners of the "King of the Court" and "Queen of the Court" tournaments were Chris DelPlato and Nina Drinnan.

Many thanks to all of our sponsors!

Full Court Sponsors

Half-Court Sponsors

Towel Sponsor

Water Sponsor

Additional Sponsors

Giving Opportunities for Pediatrics

You can support Doylestown Hospital’s effort to fund the development of The Della Penna Pediatric Center in a variety of ways. Donations of all sizes are welcome, and more events are being planned. For more information or to pledge your support, please contact our Development Office at 215-345-2802, email donations@dh.org, or make a donation online.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Living a Heart Healthy Life

Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States? The month of February is dedicated to raising awareness about heart disease and increasing knowledge about prevention. It's important to educate yourself on the dangers of heart disease and get on track to better heart health!

As heart month comes to an end, it’s important to be reminded of ways to be heart healthy. Below are tips to get heart healthy.

Watch Video: A Little Heart Attack

Are you ignoring any symptoms of heart disease? Go Red For Women - American Heart Association created "Just a Little Heart Attack," to educate women about the realities of heart disease and encourage them to put their health first.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Essential Items for Your Maternity Hospital Bag

Having a baby is an exciting time, and you don't want to be unprepared when you head to the hospital. Here are some tips about what you really need to pack so you're comfortable and ready for the big day.

Preparing a hospital bag ahead of delivery can help new moms stay organized and comfortable for the big day. It's a good idea to pack the bag about a month before your due date, so you're ready to go when baby is ready to arrive.

Kathy Donahue, director of Maternal-Child Services at Doylestown Health's VIA Maternity Center, has 30 years experience caring for and teaching new families.

"The most important thing to bring is patience and an open mind. Babies don't come with instruction manuals and every baby is different. The nurses are here to help you. Enjoy every minute of this wonderful experience!" said Kathy.

Kathy shares her list of items to bring for delivery and afterwards.
Essentials include:

For Mom:

  • ID card, insurance card, a list of any medications you take and the dosages, and any necessary hospital paperwork
  • A couple pairs of warm, non-skid socks or slippers for walking around before and after labor
  • A warm robe
  • Loose, cotton sleepwear: nightgowns or pants with tops
  • Eyeglasses, contacts, cleaning solution, storage case
  • Two maternity bras (whether or not you plan to breastfeed, they are more comfortable)
  • Personal items: Toothbrush and toothpaste, hairbrush, shampoo, hair dryer, deodorant, lip balm
  • Cell phone and charger, phone numbers of people you plan to call
  • Camera, battery or charger, extra memory card
  • Change of clothes, an outfit to wear home
  • 2 pillows from home for mom; 2 pillows from home for your partner
  • Snacks
  • Cash and change for vending machines (Do not bring lots of money, jewelry or anything you can't part with)
  • Music and magazines
  • Your personal breast pump and lanolin for breast care
  • You may want to bring an extra bag for all the paperwork and baby gifts you'll likely receive

For Baby:

  • Car Seat – it is best to have it checked by a Car Seat Safety Technician to confirm proper installation in the car prior to baby's birth
  • Outfit to take the baby's picture, and clothes to wear home from the hospital

The VIA Maternity Center provides the following items, so you don't need to pack these:
  • Soap
  • Towels
  • Breast pump for purchase
  • Breast pads
  • Maternity underpants and sanitary napkins
  • Diapers and wipes for baby
  • Formula – Similac and Enfamil brands

About Maternity Care at Doylestown Hospital

The VIA Maternity Center of Doylestown Hospital is rated among the best in the region for maternity care with services available for every stage of pregnancy through the birth experience. The VIA Maternity Center features a 32-bed maternity unit that includes 9 labor, delivery & recovery rooms, 22 private post-partum rooms, and a Level II Intensive Care Nursery staffed by CHOP neonatologists.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Helping Children Cope with Stress

The carefree days of youth are not so carefree after all. Children of all ages experience stress in varying degrees. Here are two resources to help parents recognize stress in their children and help them cope.

Adults are not the only ones feeling stressed out these days. Children of all ages are feeling the pressures of everyday life, school, activities and social issues.

According to a 2014 survey by the American Psychological Association, 30% of teens reported feeling sad or depressed because of stress and 31% felt overwhelmed. And 36% said stress makes them tired.

Even infants and toddlers can exhibit signs of stress. These can be emotional, social and even physical.

What's a parent to do?

The latest episode of Health Matters with Doylestown Hospital on CBTV focuses on the issue of stress and children, from infants through teens. Guests include Pamela Harrington, MD, chair of Doylestown Hospital's Department of Pediatrics, and Pat McLaughlin, a Central Bucks school psychologist.

Watch Video: "Health Matters" Helping Children Cope with Stress

They share insight into signs of stress including fatigue, mood swings and acting out. Physical signs include stomachache and headaches. Some children become withdrawn or want to spend a lot of time alone.

Parents are encouraged to talk with their children openly and realistically about what's going on. If a child refuses to talk or is exhibiting serious behavior concerns, there are resources for parents. These include school psychologists and guidance counselors as well as mental health professionals.

The Health Matters episode also includes a special guest, a CB South High School senior who shares her experience about the stress felt by older students, including college applications, activities and social issues. This active teen has learned to take some down time to help get through the busiest and most stressful times.

CBTV is available on Comcast channel 28 and Verizon Fios channel 40. Check out the schedule online.

"Resilient Kids" program for students and parents March 14

In addition to the latest Health Matters episode, Doylestown Health is offering a special program for children in grades 1-6 and their parents.

Resilient Kids: Building a Stress-Busting Toolkit is offered by Doylestown Health and the Central Bucks Family YMCA in partnership with CB Cares Educational Foundation.

The free program takes place at the Y in Doylestown on Saturday, March 14 and includes special hands-on activities to help children learn to cope with stress. Parents are invited to a panel discussion.

Register and find more information online.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Handmade Cards Made Special by Caring

Local school children made Valentine's Day cards for patients at Doylestown Hospital and the Pine Run Health Center. The project represented service in action.

Sometimes a simple gesture means more than it appears. Such was the case with a recent project that saw local elementary school students make cards for people they don't even know.

The children had fun crafting Valentine's Day cards in their after-school programs, and gave a nice pick-me-up to patients at Doylestown Hospital and Pine Run Health Center,two components of Doylestown Health.

The Valentine's Day card project was a partnership between CB Cares Educational Foundation and the Central Bucks School District. Students in the after-school program from 15 elementary schools participated. They lovingly made cards for the sick and recuperating, decorating them with glitter, doilies and candy.

More than 300 of the handmade cards were displayed last week at Monkey's Uncle, Busy Bee Toys and Posh Salong in Doylestown before being distributed.

Besides being fun for the students and thoughtful for the patients, the project underscored the 40 Assets upon which CB Cares is built. Service to Others, Creative Activities and Caring are among the 40 developmental assets that help young people make wise decisions, choose positive paths and learn to be caring and responsible.

"For us this is a way to celebrate positive choices and touch upon many assets all at once," said CB Cares Executive Director Kimberly Cambra. "The students learned community value, caring and sense of purpose."

And those who were hospitalized or recuperating in the Pine Run Health Center benefited from the project, as well. "Each resident smiled when we handed them a card," reported Tracy Mullarkey, director of Life Enrichment at the Health Center. And their day was made a little brighter.

About CB Cares

CB Cares Educational Foundation, in partnership with Doylestown Hospital, the Central Bucks School District, local businesses, and the community, is dedicated to enriching the experience of students through learning grants and 40 Assets-based programs which promote responsible and resilient youth.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Caring for a Concussion

Join Doylestown Hospital's experts for a free program on managing concussions on February 18.

When you hear the word concussion, you likely think sports injury. But the fact is anyone can have a concussion – a fall from the monkey bars, a fender bender, a flip off a skateboard onto the sidewalk can all cause concussion.

"A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or upper body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth," explains Michelle Horn, DO, who is fellowship-trained in sports medicine and concussion management.

Even a mild traumatic brain injury can change the way the brain normally works. While concussions are essentially invisible (no brain scan can confirm a concussion), there are recognizable signs and symptoms. These may be subtle and not immediately apparent. Symptoms can last for days, weeks, or longer.

Concussion Symptoms

  • Physical ­– Headache, nausea, vomiting, balance issues, ringing in the ears, dizziness, fatigue and sensitivity to light and/or noise
  • Cognitive ­–Mental fogginess, difficulty concentrating and/or remembering, and slowed thinking
  • Emotional ­– Increased irritability, sadness, nervousness, or feeling more emotional than usual
  • Sleep ­– Drowsiness, sleeping more or less than usual, and trouble falling asleep

Often, the question arises regarding when to seek emergency care. Keep in mind that even a small traumatic brain injury is traumatic and can lead to more serious injuries.

Each year, an estimated 1.7 million people sustain a TBI. Of these, nearly 80% are treated and released from an emergency department, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Visit the Emergency Room if You Experience

  • A loss of consciousness lasting more than a minute
  • Repeated vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Obvious difficulty with mental function or physical coordination
  • Symptoms that worsen over time
  • Things just don't seem right

"Following a concussion, the brain requires cognitive and physical rest. I instruct patients not to do anything that can make symptoms worse," says Dr. Horn. She adds, "Generally, most individuals recover fully and are back to normal function within two to three weeks. However, let your doctor tell you for certain when you're ready to return to life as you know it."

How to Manage Concussions

Wednesday, February 18
12:15 to 1 pm
Conference Room J at Doylestown Hospital
595 West State Street, Doylestown, PA
Register online or call 215-345-2121
Sports Medicine and Concussion Specialist, Michelle Horn, DO, CAQSM and Vestibular (Balance) therapist, Jenna Klenieski, PT, DPT will present a discussion on how to manage symptoms after a concussion.

This program is free and open to anyone who is affected by concussions including the individual with a concussion, and family members/ coaches/teachers/employers who are trying to manage concussion symptoms.

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