Wednesday, 30 April 2014 00:00

Health Education Programs in May

Cortlandt Manor, NY - (April 30, 2014) – Hudson Valley Hospital Center wants you to learn about your health in May with a series of free health education programs. Here are some of the programs being offered in the Hospital’s Ground Floor Conference Room at 1980 Crompond Road, Cortlandt Manor, NY.

Preventing ACL Injuries in Young Female Athletes
Knee injuries in young athletes in many cases can be avoided with the proper training, according to a recent study by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Luckily, Hudson Valley Hospital Center is offering just such a program. Kyle Mack, PT, DPT, Clinical Manager of the Department of Rehabilitation, will speak to parents, coaches and athletic trainers about the hospital’s new 18-session training program and the importance of preventing ACL injuries. The free seminar is being held May 1 at 6 p.m.

Acid Reflux Alternatives
On May 8 at 6 p.m., Surgeon Dr. Eric Sommer will discuss the latest developments in the treatment of acid reflux disease. Many patients with chronic acid reflux who have been taking medications for years are looking for alternative treatments. Dr. Sommer will discuss minimally invasive surgery to permanently treat acid reflux disease.
Many chronic sufferers may find that medication no longer works as effectively or result in side effects such as diarrhea or predisposition to osteoporosis.

Addressing Confusion over Breast Cancer Screening
When should a woman start getting an annual mammogram? This is a question that has been a source of confusion for many women. Some experts say 40, while others say most women can wait till 50. Drs. Melita Charles, a breast surgeon with the Ashikari Breast Center at HVHC, and Maddalena Duarte, a radiologist specializing in breast screening, will discuss this topic and talk about the latest developments in breast screening on May 12 at 6 p.m.

Alzheimer’s Disease: A Silent Epidemic
New research shows that the treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease can be most effective in its early stages, making early diagnosis more important than ever. Dr. Naveed Iqbal, Medical Director of MedicalPsych Care, will present a special program entitled “Alzheimer’s Disease: A Silent Epidemic” on May 13 from 6-7 p.m. in the Hospital’s Ground Floor Conference Room. Dr. Iqbal will discuss new testing that allows clinicians to pick up on Alzheimer’s Disease even before symptoms arise. Dr. Iqbal encourages family members of Alzheimer’s patients to be screened since the disease often runs in families.

“Traditionally Alzheimer’s Disease has been associated with the elderly patient population. However, recent advances in knowledge suggest that the Alzheimer’s disease process may start much earlier in the life; around the age of 50,’’ says Dr. Iqbal. “Currently, there are 5.6 million patients in the United States who suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease, and if we include the undetected progression of the disease in the younger population, the number of individuals suffering or at risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease reaches a “Not so Silent” Epidemic proportion.”

For more information on upcoming health education programs, call 914-734-3557 or register on line


Hudson Valley Hospital Center is dedicated to serving the health care needs of the community and to providing quality, comprehensive medical care in a compassionate, professional, respectful manner, without regard to race, religion, national origin or disease category. Offering state-of-the-art diagnostic treatment, education and preventive services, the Hospital is committed to improving the quality of life in the community. In fulfilling this mission, the Hospital will strive to continuously improve the care provided and develop and offer programs, facilities, systems and alliances that most effectively respond to community health care needs. Hudson Valley Hospital Center is located on Route 202 (1980 Crompond Road) in Cortlandt Manor, New York. Call 914-737-9000 or visit



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