A New Life After Open Heart Surgery: Daniel’s Story

Daniel Lo, 77, was diagnosed in 2010 with multiple myeloma, a relatively rare cancer affecting plasma cells in the bone marrow. The condition was discovered when Daniel was scheduled for open heart surgery to repair blockages found during a routine … [Read more...]

Don’t Let the Numbers Fool You: A User’s Guide to Nutrition Labels

woman comparing food labels in store

by Marianne Beirne *** Ever stood in the grocery aisle, staring at the nutrition label of a can of soup or box of cereal and tried to figure out if it was “healthy” or not? It can feel like you need an advanced degree in mathematics or chemistry to … [Read more...]

Innovative Radiation Therapy Attacks Early-Stage Breast Cancer in One Treatment

Virginia Mason was the first medical center in Washington state to offer intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) to treat women with early-stage breast cancer. Since 2012, 350 patients have participated in the IORT clinical trial, receiving a … [Read more...]

Making the Most of Your Visit: What Your Gynecologist Wishes You Would Do

**By Linda S. Mihalov, MD, FACOG** No matter a woman’s age or how comfortable she is with her gynecologist, she may still be unsure about a few things – like which symptoms are worth mentioning, how often to make an appointment and how to prepare … [Read more...]

Heart Failure: Proper Management Improves Quality of Life

**By Sara Weiss, MD** According to the American Heart Association, heart failure affects 6.5 million Americans and is projected to increase 46 percent by 2030, impacting more than 8 million people. Unfortunately, this common condition was given one … [Read more...]

Memory Loss? Don’t Panic. The Cause May Be Treatable.

**By Alison Koop with Richard Mesher, MD** Maybe you keep misplacing your car keys. Your spouse says you just asked the same question 10 minutes ago. Or perhaps balancing your checkbook has become a more difficult math challenge than it ever was. … [Read more...]

Minimally Invasive Treatment for Carotid Artery Disease Reduces Stroke Risk

**By Nathan Aranson, MD** Virginia Mason is among the first medical centers in the United States to offer patients a minimally invasive procedure called transcarotid artery revascularization (TCAR) to treat carotid artery disease and decrease the … [Read more...]

Heartburn or Heart Attack? Pay Attention to Symptoms

**By Gordon L. Kritzer, MD, FACC** Since large meals are often part of celebrating, it's easy to overdo it on special occasions. If you've just eaten a big meal and you feel a burning sensation in your chest, you might think it is heartburn, and it … [Read more...]

Healing Sounds: The Power of Therapeutic Music

Jessica Gallo rolled her half-size harp into a patient’s room, finding her hunched in a tight ball, her face contorted in pain. It was intolerable, the patient told her, but Jessica learned from the patient’s nurse she had just received her … [Read more...]

When Laughing Leads to Leaks: Dealing with Stress Urinary Incontinence

**By Una Lee, MD** What is stress urinary incontinence? Have you ever laughed so hard you leaked urine? Do you leak urine when you run, dance, or work out? If you do and it happens consistently, you may have stress urinary incontinence (SUI). SUI … [Read more...]