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...]

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...]

Eight Tips to Banish Holiday Blues

by Marianne Beirne *** Call me the Grinch, but I need to talk to you about holidays and depression. Thanksgiving and the subsequent holidays usually call up images – either in the media or our own memories – of smiling faces, laughter and festive … [Read more...]

Virginia Mason Physicians Volunteer at Kenya Hospital

Last September at the Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, residents in orthopedic surgery and neurosurgery got a sense of what their U.S. counterparts experience. Virginia Mason complex spine fellow Vijay Yanamadala, MD, traded information … [Read more...]

Are You 50 or Older? Why a Football Star Says you Need the Shingles Vaccine

**By Alison Koop** Have you seen the TV commercial with football great Terry Bradshaw? He’s urging adults over age 50 to be vaccinated for shingles (a virus that inflames nerve endings). He’s got a point: Studies show that most of us underestimate … [Read more...]