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AR T ER L Y / A D V ER T ISIIN G S E C T I ON
H OSPITAL I NDEX
& U PDATES
Prostate Cancer — Does It Always
Need to Be Treated?
Holy Name Medical Center Physician
Promotes New Treatment for Fibroids.
— Pages 4 & 5
Chilton’s Advanced Capabilities
Help Patient Survive Rare Cardiac
— Pages 6 & 7
Undetected Pollutants Are
Detrimental to Children
By LESLIE PERLMUTTER
Special to Health Quarterly
s temperatures plummet, people are choosing
to spend more time at home. Whether enjoying
a home-cooked meal, a fire in the hearth, or family
game night, those of us in cold weather climes are
discovering the pleasures of staying indoors. While
padding around in pajamas, no one wants to feel cold air
seeping in, so efforts are made to insulate homes, making
them as air-tight as possible. This reduces the circulation
of fresh air and can actually be detrimental to one’s respi-
Dr. Jeffrey Barasch, director of the Pulmonary
Rehabilitation Program at The Valley Hospital in Ridge-
wood, notes that “any problems with indoor air quality
gets worse as home insulation gets better.” Thus, as peo-
ple spend more time in their better-insulated homes during
cold weather months, they are more affected by issues with
indoor air quality.
Indoor air quality can be affected by both pollutants
and allergens. Dr. Barasch lists common pollutants to look
out for such as carbon monoxide, second-hand smoke,
radon and asbestos. Carbon monoxide detectors, cessation
of smoking, and professional testing for and avoidance
of radon and asbestos can greatly diminish these dangers.
However, everyone must be vigilant.
Dr. Barasch notes that carbon monoxide is “odorless,
PHOTO COURTESY OF VALLEY HEALTH SYSTEM
Better-insulated homes can keep the fresh air out and
the bad air in. Dr. Jeffrey Barasch of Vall ey Hospital,
Ridgewood, says common indoor air pollutants can
be particulary detrimental to infants and young children.
invisible and deadly. Low chronic levels, which may not
set off a detector, can affect muscles and cause headache,
fever and malaise. Babies are most sensitive to carbon
monoxide.” He cautions, “Second-hand smoke can affect
anyone in contact with it, but it is worse for infants and
young children; it can worsen asthma, reduce lung func-
tion, impair lung capacity and can even cause lung cancer
in non-smokers.” Gas stoves can emit nitrogen dioxide,
which can affect airways and worsen asthma. All of these
pollutants should be avoided and eliminated, if present.
What about allergies? Mold, dust mites, cockroaches,
rodents and pet dander can all cause allergic reactions.
Dr. John Oppenheimer, chief of Allergy at Morristown
Medical Center/ Atlantic Health System, notes that “up
to 30 percent of the population has allergic rhinitis and up
to 10 percent of the population suffer from lung/asthmatic
allergy symptoms. For some, the dangers are merely
a nuisance. The allergens can cause stuffiness, a runny
See CLEAN AIR, Page 8N
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Atlantic Health System Pages 10 & 11 Englewood Hospital
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Valley Health LifeStyles — Experience
The ‘Medical Fitness’ Difference.
Many Don’t Know How to Respond
In a Heart Health Emergency.
— Pages 12 & 13
Hackensack Meridian Health
Offers Innovative Treatment
Of Carotid Artery Disease —
Can Prevent Devastating Strokes.
— Pages 16 & 17
See Englewood Hospital
And Medical Center.
— Page 20
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