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For many of us, the first time cardiac health will register on our radar is when a relative, friend or colleague experiences a heart attack. In the midst of our concern for their recovery, another worry may surface: Is my heart healthy?
In this issue of Seattle Health, we explore that very question, asking local experts what you need to know about understanding, preventing, treating and bouncing back from a variety of heart troubles—from arrhythmia to heart failure and more (“Take Heart”). Plus, we present a comprehensive guide to the cardiac care centers in your backyard, comparing services, treatments and costs. This is definitely a chart to keep in your health files.
From heart to mind, we also check in on the state of traumatic brain injury prevention (“Brain Trust”). For children in youth sports to boomer athletes, the seriousness of concussions is clear. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that nearly 4 million sports- and recreation-related concussions occur in the U.S. every year, constituting a major public health issue—one that disproportionately affects young people.
In this issue of Seattle Health, we explore what you need to know about understanding, preventing, treating and bouncing back from a variety of heart troubles.
We’ll meet local hero Zackery Lystedt, who suffered multiple impacts during a high school football game that left him severely disabled. Through his long, miraculous rehabilitation, he has worked—along with his parents, surgeons and local advocates—to pass a player protection law that has become the national standard. But that’s not the only local breakthrough: Cutting-edge player protection technology is under development in Seattle (and we break some big news there), and clinical trials for an out-of-the-box treatment approach are under way in Issaquah.
In our other big story, Sheila Cain writes about women who, like herself, are diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 40. While they constitute a small percentage of women diagnosed with the disease, they face unique challenges, including tumors that are generally more aggressive and in late stages (“Too Young”). We talk to Seattle oncologists and researchers to understand why this is the case—and where to find support.
These stories, plus more on health care trends (such as integrative care), medical developments, research (weight-loss tips that work), service providers and more, are part of our charge to provide relevant, easy-to-digest information to assist you in making important health care decisions. Of course, we never intend to be a substitute for your most trusted and best resource, your doctor. But we’re here to give you healthy, homegrown food for thought.
The Seattle Health team
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