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Sudden Cardiac Death Has Several Causes: Recent advances can help prevent sudden cardiac death

Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is usually thrust to the forefront of the public’s attention when a young, otherwise healthy athlete succumbs to it. An Olympic figure skater, a marathon runner or an NFL player dies suddenly, and the public is left wondering why and asking what could have been done to prevent it. SCD is … Continue reading

Yours Until Niagara Falls: Natural wonder thrills the senses

Niagara Falls is a destination that will impact several of your senses. The Falls not only look beautiful, but they also make an impressive sound. When we arrived at the beautiful, historic Red Coach Inn, which overlooks the Upper Rapids leading to the Falls, we could not believe the thunderous sound that filled the air … Continue reading

Concussions Can Have Long-Term Consequences: Brain injury is a serious matter

There is a greater degree of awareness and concern about concussion among athletes, coaches and physicians these days. “In my experience over the past couple of years, the awareness of concussion has significantly risen,” said Chris Sharrock, PT, DPT, CSCS with KORT (Kentucky Orthopedic Rehab Team) in Winchester. “There are more reported concussions than there … Continue reading

Is There a Doctor In the Stadium? Dr. Sam Coy serves as team physician for local high school

When the East Jessamine High School Jaguars head out onto the football field, Dr. Sam Coy is on the sidelines watching, ready to help in case an athlete is injured. Coy, an orthopedic surgeon with Kentucky Bone and Joint Surgeons, has been a volunteer team physician with the Jaguars for two years. “They approached me … Continue reading

Coaches Follow Guidelines for Heat Illness and Prevention: Heat index readings and mandatory water breaks are recommended

In the wake of a number of heated-related fatalities suffered by high school athletes in Kentucky, the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) implemented several measures to protect the health and safety of student athletes. Exertional heat stroke (EHS) is a frequent cause of exercise-related death. Following recommendations from the Kentucky Medical Association Committee on … Continue reading

Weighty Matters: Talk to patients about weight control to reduce risk of significant health consequences

Kentucky medical care providers are beginning to realize that the term “weight control” has different meanings, depending on the patient. “Sometimes the objective is not to gain any additional weight,” said Kathleen Stanley, outpatient diabetes and nutrition coordinator at Central Baptist Hospital. “Some people see it as weight loss, and some people look at it … Continue reading

Mary Breckinridge: Pioneering nurse brought health care to Appalachia

Mary Breckinridge began life in wealth and privilege. But she would spend it bringing health care to the residents of the Appalachian Mountains of Eastern Kentucky, known at the time as one of the poorest and most isolated areas in America. Breckinridge was born in Memphis, Tenn., on Feb. 16, 1881, the daughter of U.S. … Continue reading

Hip Surgery Takes Forward Strides: New approach appears to encourage faster recovery

If you think “cool” is a term applied only to rock bands, you are mistaken. Referring to hip replacement surgery, Lexington orthopedic surgeon Dr. Mathew Nicholls, M.D., Ph.D., says with a straight face, “The anterior approach is the cool thing right now.” What Nicholls means is approaching the hip from the front to repair it, … Continue reading

Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital announces new President and CEO

Lexington, KY—Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital Board of Directors has named Gary Payne as their new President and CEO. Payne brings over 30 years of both healthcare and physical rehabilitation experience. “We are very pleased that Gary Payne has chosen to join Cardinal Hill as its new Chief Executive Officer. We are confident that Gary’s emphasis … Continue reading

Knee Replacement Most Common Replacement Procedure: More than half a million people have the surgery each year

Knee pain can be caused either by arthritis or traumatic injury. The decision to undergo knee replacement surgery is based on the severity of the patient’s pain and the extent of their disability. Knee replacement is the most common joint replacement procedure performed in the United States. Most knee replacement surgeries occur in the age … Continue reading