How to Ensure You Get the Health Care You Deserve

**By Jane Dunham, MD** While your health care team does everything in their power to provide appropriate care, the fact is, nobody knows your body better than you. Therefore, it’s important to be a partner in your medical care: speak up about your … [Read more...]

A Smile is Worth A Thousand Words: The Benefits of Virtual Health Care

**By Nicholas Moy, MD** Virtual care is changing the way we think about health care. According to the CDC, there was a 50% increase in the number of telehealth visits in the first three months of 2020 as compared to the same period in 2019. As an … [Read more...]

Not Your Granddad’s Disease: Here’s What to Know About Gout

Gout. Unless you’ve suffered it firsthand, you could dismiss it as something your grandfather might have had. Despite its fuddy-duddy name, gout – a type of arthritis that occurs when extra uric acid in the body forms crystals in the joints – affects … [Read more...]

Knowing the Signs of Stroke Improves Outcomes, Saves Lives

Many of us have heard the phrase “time is brain” referring to the aftermath of a stroke. The most common type of stroke occurs when an artery in the brain becomes blocked, cutting off the flow of blood and oxygen to part of the brain. After a stroke, … [Read more...]

Worth the Distance: Advanced Cancer Treatment Helps Alaska Man After Just One Infusion

**By Hagen F. Kennecke, MD, MHA, FRCPC The day after Christmas in 2016 brought unwelcome news for Wasilla, AK resident Josh McCool. McCool, then 26, was diagnosed with a rare tumor of his adrenal gland, called a pheochromocytoma … [Read more...]

Staying Ahead of Heart Failure: Janet’s Story

To see Janet Henry now, as a successful Human Resources executive for an international chain of stores, and gracious hostess who loves to entertain, it’s hard to realize all she has been through. In the space of one year, she experienced serious … [Read more...]

Exciting Developments for Pancreatic Cancer Care

**By Flavio G. Rocha, MD** After successful treatment for pancreatic cancer, one of our patients shared her story. Life after cancer is not normal, she said, it’s better than that. She talked of being inspired by the dedication of the Virginia Mason … [Read more...]

Watchman Device Potential Alternative to Blood Thinners

People with atrial fibrillation – an abnormal, irregular heart rate – are at increased risk of stroke due to blood clots. The abnormal rhythm may cause blood to pool and form clots, mainly in a small chamber of the heart known as the left atrial … [Read more...]

Transgender Health Care at Virginia Mason: Providers are ‘Driven to Do This Work’

Longtime Virginia Mason patient Samantha Forney and the nurse caring for her sat down to talk. The nurse had made a mistake by referring to Samantha, who is a transgender woman, with male pronouns. Samantha saw an opportunity for teaching, with a … [Read more...]

Cryoablation: New Hope for a Heart Out of Sync

Imagine you are speaking to a large audience when your heart suddenly starts fluttering and racing. You have to finish your talk without letting anyone know about the symptoms you are experiencing. Sounds like a nightmare, but this was Jon … [Read more...]