New Heart Valve Possible for More Patients with TAVR

**By Moses Mathur, MD, MSc, FACC** Less than a decade ago, replacing the aortic valve required open-heart surgery and involved a long recovery. Then in 2002, the first transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) was performed in France – a … [Read more...]

The ABCs of RA: What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

**By Amish Dave, MD, MPH** What is rheumatoid arthritis?  Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic, inflammatory disease of the joints that, according to the Arthritis Foundation, affects more than 1.3 million Americans. It is a common autoimmune … [Read more...]

More than Medication: How Pharmacists Help in Your Care

**By Alison Koop** When her pharmacist left the neighborhood drugstore, my friend felt adrift. This one pharmacist had always been there to answer her questions in between doctor visits. She could ask him whether a new drug prescribed by her … [Read more...]

Rapid Access TIA Clinic Reduces the Risk of Stroke

What if you suddenly experienced a stroke symptom – weakness, slurred speech, a change in vision or numbness in your body – that completely disappeared after a few minutes? You may have just suffered a transient ischemic attack (TIA), sometimes … [Read more...]

Joint Replacement: The Right Procedure at the Right Time Can Improve Quality of Life

**By Kevin MacDonald, MD** Joint replacement is a type of orthopedic surgery where parts of an arthritic or damaged joint are removed and replaced with a metal, plastic or ceramic device called a “prosthesis.” The prosthesis is designed to replicate … [Read more...]

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...]