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Mitral Valve Prolapse

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Mitral valve prolapse is a fairly common disorder of the heart. It happens when the valve between the heart’s lower left chamber, known as the left ventricle, and the heart’s upper left chamber, or left atrium, doesn’t close the way that it should. When a person suffers from mitral valve prolapse, the valve bulges up and back into the atrium. This can sometimes cause blood to leak back up into the atrium, which is a condition called mitral valve regurgitation. For most people, mitral valve prolapse, sometimes referred to as MVP, causes no symptoms and doesn’t require any treatment. Some people, however, do need treatment, which is why it is important to discuss MVP with your doctor or health care provider. Though most people with mitral valve prolapse don’t require surgery, your doctor may suggest it if you have severe mitral valve regurgitation with or without symptoms. Severe mitral valve regurgitation can eventually cause heart failure, preventing your heart from effectively pumping blood. Symptoms of mitral valve prolapse
can include a racing or irregular heart beat, dizziness, shortness of breath, fatigue and/ or chest pain.


Male Breast Cancer

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We are headed into the month of October or what has become “Pink-tober”; recognition and awareness of breast cancer. Of all the cancers, breast cancer may be the one to get the most press. Even professional football players wear pink athletic shoes in the month of October to show support for the dreaded disease. However, many people, probably including some of those aforementioned professional athletes, don’t realize that breast cancer isn’t just a woman’s disease. Men have breast tissue too, thus they are susceptible to
developing the cancer. The disease is most common in older men, but younger men can be diagnosed with breast cancer as well. The disease might be even deadlier in men since they tend not to check their
breasts routinely and may miss out on warning signs such as a lump in the breast tissue. Sometimes a breast cancer can spread to lymph nodes under the arm and cause a lump or swelling there, even before the original tumor in the breast tissue is large enough to be felt. Lumps in the breast aren’t always caused by cancer. For example, most breast lumps in men are caused by gynecomastia, a harmless enlargement of breast tissue. Still, if you notice any breast changes, you should see your health care professional as soon as possible. Men should see the doctor for any thickening, lumps, or changes in the appearance or skin texture, of the breast tissue/nipples.


Dangers of Artificial Sweetners

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With the staggering number of overweight and obese individuals in this country today, it’s no surprise that many switch from full calorie soft drinks to diet drinks. At first, the decision seems sound: consuming
fewer calories equals results in less weight gain. However, there are some new studies that say the dangers in drinking diet soda or foods with artificial sweeteners might be greater than the dangers associated with them regular sugar. The body is fooled by the sweetness in artificial sugars; thinking that sugar is coming into its belly. When no sugar appears, the metabolic response is tricked, and over time, the body might stop responding to actual sugar the way it should. Studies have shown that those who consume diet drinks regularly have a 200 percent increased risk of weight gain, a 36 percent increased risk of pre-diabetes or metabolic syndrome, and a 67 percent increased risk of diabetes. So if you want
something sweet, have a small treat with real sugar, or better yet, grab a piece of fruit!


New Diet Drug Approved by FDA

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It has been over ten years since the FDA approved a new diet drug, but hopes are high for the prescription-only drug, Belviq. The drug is to be used in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise program, and it works by targeting the area in the brain that controls appetite. The drug approval is for use in adults who have a body mass index that puts them in the obese range. It is also designed for those adults who are overweight according to the body mass index scale and who also have at least one weight related medical condition such as high blood pressure, type-2 diabetes, or high cholesterol. Obesity is a major health problem. As with any medication, talk to your doctor to learn if Belviq may be right for you. Inform your doctor if you are taking any other medications and nutritional supplements (including vitamins), or if you’re pregnant, nursing or have any other health conditions. It is important to note that Studies are still required to be sure that the new drug Belviq does not cause heart attacks or stroke.


Low Blood Pressure and Brain Function

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No one wants to hear that he or she has high blood pressure. But, interestingly, low blood pressure can also be bad for the health for a variety of reasons. Most recently, a link was discovered between low blood pressure and brain function. Low blood pressure has been linked to a higher risk of brain atrophy, which is the death of brain cells or of the connections that exist between the brain cells. Normal, healthy blood pressure for adults is considered to be around 120/80. The systolic, or top, number measures the pressure of the blood in the arteries, and the diastolic, or bottom, is concerned with the pressure between heartbeats.
A diastolic number under 70 is considered low. As long as you’re not experiencing symptoms of low blood pressure, there is no need for concern. Most doctors consider chronically low blood pressure dangerous only if it causes noticeable signs and symptoms such as dizziness, fainting, unusual thirst, blurred vision, lack of concentration, nausea, fatigue, depression, and cold, clammy skin.

P.S. Lowering the pressure of people with high blood pressure can slow brain atrophy.


Introducing Psychiatric Services

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Psychiatric Services Now Available!

WNY Medical, PC is pleased to announce that we are starting psychiatric services for our patients. This new service is available at 4985 Harlem Road, Amherst, NY 14226 formerly the location of Niagara Frontier Psychiatric Services and right next door to our Amherst Office (4979 Harlem Road).

Joining WNY Medical, PC as part of our psychiatric division are:

  • M. Sadiqur Rahman, MD
  • Rashida Khanam, MD
  • Vinayak S. Gokhale, MD
  • Ramesh Konakanchi, MD
  • Mohammed Saeed, MD
  • Faye Taber, NP
  • William Bermingham, LCSWR

 

Please call (716) 839-0500 to schedule your appointment with the following providers. We are also accepting new patients.


Cholesterol

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Cholesterol may sound like another one of those buzz words parried around when discussing health topics with the doctor – too high or too low, it can be confusing. But a little clarification can go a long way in
making sure that people understand cholesterol and how to control it. To begin with, cholesterol is a waxy
substance, similar to fat, that is produced by the liver and other cells. It is also found in animal foods such as eggs, dairy products and meat. Cholesterol is necessary for the body to maintain cell walls, hormones, vitamin D and the bile that digests fat. However, if one’s cholesterol level is too high, then problems, including heart disease can occur.

P.S. Have your cholesterol checked regularly, and come up with a plan with the doctor in order to keep high
cholesterol in check.


What Causes COPD

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD, is a very common lung disease. There are two different
types of COPD: chronic emphysema, where the lungs are slowly destroyed over time, and chronic bronchitis,
which is a long-term cough with mucous. There are a few common causes of COPD, by far the most common
being smoking cigarettes, but smoking cigars and pipes can cause the disease as well. Secondhand smoke can contribute to COPD, as can pollution and breathing in fumes or toxic substances at work. One out of
every three people will develop COPD because of genetics. Although rare, another cause of COPD is
asthma, which can cause long-term damage if not treated properly.

P.S. It can take years to develop COPD symptoms.


Pericarditis

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There is a double layer of tissue that surrounds the human heart. This is called the pericardial sac. Between these layers of the pericardial sac is a bit of fluid that is there for lubrication. Sometimes the sac becomes inflamed and can cause a significant (and sometimes worrisome) amount of pain. This is known as pericarditis. Pericarditis can be acute, lasting less than a few weeks, or chronic, lasting for 6 months or more. Often doctors diagnose idiopathic pericarditis, which simply means there is no known cause for the inflammation and swelling. Sometimes the swelling is viral or caused by trauma to the area, such as heart attack or surgery. The most common symptom of pericarditis is chest pain.

P.S. Any abnormal or persistent chest pain should be immediately evaluated by doctor.


Dr. Lonny Walters joins WNY Medical, PC

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WNY Medical, PC warmly welcomes Dr. Lonny Walters to their team.  Dr. Walters is a family physician and has been practicing family medicine for the past 35 years.  He is currently accepting new patients.  Please call 716-923-4380 to make your appointment.