The Record Special Sections Health Quarterly 02-15-2018 - Page 3

The Record Thursday, February 15, 2018 3 HE E AL TH QUA AR T ER L Y / A D V ER T ISIIN G S E C T I ON H OSPITAL I NDEX & U PDATES Knowing the Indoor Air We Breathe Is Clean And Healthy  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 Condition. — Pages 6 & 7 Undetected Pollutants Are Detrimental to Children By LESLIE PERLMUTTER Special to Health Quarterly A 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- ratory health. 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 A DVERTISER I NDEX Professional Hearing Aid Center Lakeview Rehabilitation And Care Center Hackensack Meridian Health HUMC Page 2 Page 9 Page 17 Holy Name Medical Center Kayal Orthopaedic Center , P.C. Uniform Fashions Atlantic Health System Pages 10 & 11 Englewood Hospital Page 7 Valley Health System Page 20 Page 5 Page 13 Page 19  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 — Groundbreaking Procedure Can Prevent Devastating Strokes. — Pages 16 & 17 See Englewood Hospital And Medical Center. — Page 20 H EALTH Q UARTERLY Spring 2018 Key Accounts Director: Janice Friedman Advertising Editorial Supervisor: James Emolo Copy Editor: Joseph Ritacco North Jersey Media Group 1 Garret Mountain Plaza PO Box 471 Woodland Park, NJ 07424-0471 Health Quarterly/Spring 2018 is a product of The Record Advertising Department. To advertise, call 973-569-7272 For content inquiries, call 973-569-7895 COVER PHOTO: THINKSTOCK