It's important to stay informed and educated about your health in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The resources below will help you to learn more about your health, identify Crozer-Keystone services to help you maintain your health and find the right providers to guide your healthcare experience.
Lisamarie Poehlmann woke around 2:30 a.m. with what she thought was terrible gas pain. She climbed out of bed and tried to walk it off, but as the fog of sleep faded and the pain intensified, she knew it wasn’t gas.
Poehlmann’s thoughts jumped next to her baby—she was 36 weeks pregnant with her fifth child. “I’ve gone through natural childbirth, and this felt like the worst contraction I’d ever had,” she said. “But I was really confused at that point, because I was thinking there was no way I slept through the start of labor.”
Twenty-four hours after Rich got a lumbar MRI, his primary care doctor said, “So, we have a problem.” The results were clear, and the MRI immediately explained nearly two years of pain, numbness, tingling and burning from hips to knees. “Severe spinal canal stenosis,” said the MRI report. “Clumping of the cauda equine nerve roots?” He didn’t really know what that meant, and she tried to explain it to him, but ultimately she told him to make an appointment with a neurosurgeon, without delay.
At Crozer-Keystone Health System, the safety of our patients, visitors, workforce and physicians is our highest priority. We are working diligently to comply with the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to respond to any potential coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in our community, to prepare for potential patient surges in our facilities, and to do our part to prevent the spread of the virus. Our hospitals, physician offices and outpatient centers are following the latest CDC and public agency guidelines and are prepared to identify, isolate and treat patients who seek care at our facilities.
A landmark study has ignited a dramatic shift in stroke care over the last two years, removing much of the ambiguity that had long surrounded one of the primary treatments.
Main Line Today posted its “2019 Top Doctors” this month, which is derived from an online survey that asks physicians who they most trust. In this year’s results, 105 Crozer-Keystone doctors were voted onto the list, including six who received the most votes in their specialty.
Coordinate with your doctor and your insurance company.
With the intent to catch diabetic retinopathy (DR) in its earliest stages, primary care practices in the Crozer-Keystone Health System have partnered with a regional ophthalmology practice and a national medical devices and software provider to screen patients quickly and easily.
The name of the procedure is a mouthful, but the impact it’s having on patients is huge. It’s called transcatheter aortic valve replacement—TAVR for short—and it’s revolutionizing how patients with aortic valve disease are treated at Crozer Keystone Health System.
The holidays are supposed to be a time of happiness and joy. This can be a challenge when a loved one is terminally ill.
The holiday season could just as accurately be called the “overindulgence season,” especially when it comes to food and drink. From Thanksgiving through New Year’s, this time of year can lead to more gastrointestinal issues than usual, including heartburn and acid reflux.
The average American consumes an eye-popping 3,000 calories at Thanksgiving dinner alone. Add in appetizers, drinks and dessert and the total can swell to 5,000 calories. That’s double or even triple the recommended caloric intake for an entire day.
While those number are sobering, one Crozer-Keystone dietitian says it’s important to put this calorie bomb into perspective.
Exercising outdoors, whether running or hitting a garage gym or engaging in countless other activities in between, can be a liberating experience. No commute to a fitness center, no lines for equipment, and no distractions. But it can also be a challenge between the first frost and first lasting thaw.
Nearly seven million Americans suffer from chronic, or non-healing, wounds associated with conditions such as diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, and autoimmune disease. Treatment of wounds at Crozer-Keystone Health System is a team-oriented, multidisciplinary approach that’s focused on speeding up the healing process, preventing a recurrence, and improving the patient’s quality of life.
Nearly half of all women age 40-and-older have what are considered dense breasts, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF), which published a free Dense Breasts Guide to coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Find out more about the art and science of recognizing cancer in dense breast tissue..
Flu season is upon us—which means you’ll need a flu shot this fall if you haven’t already gotten one.
But getting a flu shot isn’t a guarantee that you won’t get the flu. So, how much does it help, then?
The few houses that dared to give out apples or small boxes of raisins on Halloween were usually bypassed the next year. But that’s changing as society becomes more informed about the detriments of poor eating habits.
The average trick-or-treater in America will consume around three cups of sugar (or about 7,000 calories of candy) on Halloween, according to one industry report.
Buried beneath that mountain of sweets is an already pressing concern about the amount of sugar Americans (kids and adults alike) eat on a daily basis, the growing research that suggests that excess added sugar in the diet has strong links to cancer, and the already strong ties to obesity, diabetes, and heart and other cardiovascular diseases.
At 57, Susan Birkinbine had spent much of her life concerned about her weight and tried lots of different things to control it, none to any effect. Following the recommendation of a few of her coworkers, last February, Birkinbine met with Aley E. Tohamy, M.D., FACS, a bariatric surgeon with the Crozer-Keystone Health System.
Crozer-Keystone Health System’s hospitals have been recognized by U.S. News & World Report for high performance this year. The annual Best Hospitals rankings and ratings, now in its 30th year, are designed to help patients and their doctors make informed decisions about where to receive care for both challenging health conditions and common elective procedures.
“For someone who has complex health needs, it’s very easy to get lost in today’s health care system,” said William J. Warning II, M.D., director of the Crozer-Keystone Family Practice Residency Program. “With each referral, you become another degree removed from your primary care physician. Without a clear diagnosis, how are you supposed to know where to turn next?”
Danielle Lockard, R.D., an outpatient dietician at Springfield Hospital, weighs in on how to snack wisely during a demanding hike in the Livestrong.com article, “Best Hiking Snacks That Keep You Energized on the Trail.”
Pelvic organ prolapse is a problem that many women have, but few want to discuss. That’s largely because of the varying, though embarrassing, symptoms that can accompany it: a bulge in the vaginal area, problems with intercourse or using tampons, difficulty exercising or walking, and the inability to empty the bladder completely.
Private hospital rooms have long been considered a luxury by patients and health care employees alike. But research now shows that having a private room during a hospitalization is more than a nice perk…it can actually promote healing.
Irritating as it can be, much of the pain and tenderness of a sunburn can usually be relieved with over-the-counter treatments and simple first aid. In extreme cases, however, a visit to a specialist may be warranted.
All babies born at Crozer-Chester Medical Center or Delaware County Memorial Hospital on Union game days will receive a “Philly Born” onesie, a certificate, and three non-expiring tickets to a future Union game.
Radiation treatment for prostate cancer is potentially damaging to surrounding organs and tissue. A gel-like material called SpaceOAR is being used at Crozer-Keystone Health System to temporarily distance the prostate from the rectum. This dramatically improves some significant side effects for men who undergo prostate radiation therapy.
The inpatient acute rehabilitation unit at Crozer-Keystone Health System’s Taylor Hospital in Ridley Park, Pa., is now more capable than ever thanks to its new partner, Kindred Healthcare. Kindred is renowned nationally for expertise in long-term post-acute care.
Making time for your routine checkup is extremely important for your overall health. The regular health exams and tests performed during routine checkups can help identify risk factors and problems before they start.
Learn what causes high blood pressure, who is most at risk and how you can maintain or lower your blood pressure.
The knee is vital for movement and is in constant motion from the moment we arise to the time we go to bed. Because of this, the knee is vulnerable to injury. Sudden twists and turns can strain or tear many of the structures within the knee.
Training for a run is fun, exhilarating—and if you’re a newcomer, potentially daunting. It may be a race, but Crozer-Keystone Health System’s sports medicine specialists recommend, above all, taking it slow.
High school athletes account for an estimated 2 million injuries, 500,000 doctor visits and 30,000 hospitalizations each year. But there are measures student-athletes can take to prevent injuries, including physical exams, strength conditioning, warming up adequately and proper nutrition.
Between retail clinics, urgent care centers and emergency departments, you have a lot consider for where and how to get immediate treatment.
If you or a family member suffers a burn, there are some immediate steps you can take to ensure proper care is received.
If managing your health were a business, your primary care provider (PCP) might be considered the president and CEO. This is the person who oversees the big picture and keeps a steady eye on the bottom line — keeping you healthy.
Dizzy spells are common and can be caused by dehydration or low blood sugar. However, there are instances in which dizziness occurs as a result of certain diseases.