Am I Having a Heart Attack? What to Expect in the Emergency Department

**By Julianna T. Yu, MD, FACEP** As an emergency medicine physician, I am trained to prepare for every potential scenario. Conversely, most people do not plan ahead prior to coming to an emergency department for an urgent medical condition. A few … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

GERD, Barrett’s Esophagus and the Risk for Esophageal Cancer

**By Donald E. Low, MD, FACS** Ellensburg resident Kathleen (Kathi) Brunson is lucky and she knows it. Her good fortune – namely in the form of better health – is something she’s thankful for every day. The 75-year-old Japanese-American, who was … [Read more...]

Breathing Easier: Noninvasive Therapy Helps Treat Sleep Apnea

Most of us are familiar with a condition known as obstructive sleep apnea, when soft tissue near the throat obstructs air flow during sleep. But there are two things you may not know – that obstructive sleep apnea or sleep-disordered breathing can … [Read more...]

Are You Squinting through Summer? Maybe It’s Time for an Eye Exam

**By Thomas Saunders, OD** August is National Eye Exam Month, and may be the perfect time to consider a comprehensive vision examination. In many ways, the eye serves as a window to the rest of the body’s health, and routine eye examinations are an … [Read more...]

A Look at Macular Degeneration: The Leading Cause of Blindness

**By Connie Chen, MD** Although their fame was the result of individual talent, Stephen King, Georgia O’ Keefe and Bob Hope all share something in common – they all suffered from macular degeneration. Often referred to as age-related macular … [Read more...]

Specialized Treatment Centers Improve Quality of Life for People with ALS

By Lynne P. Taylor, MD, FAAN, FANA Imagine being seemingly healthy one day and the next being diagnosed with a progressive, degenerative neurological disorder that will slowly interfere with your ability to move, speak, eat and even breathe. This … [Read more...]

Surviving Breast Cancer: Linda’s Story

I'm Linda and I'm 68 years old. Three years ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. When I had my regular mammogram, something didn't look right. They wanted me to come back for another mammogram and ultrasound. That showed a possible tumor and a … [Read more...]