Ask the Experts

What is “Chronic Pelvic Pain,” and what can be done about it?

According to Dr. Sam Ahuja – Medical Director of the Center for Women’s Health at University Hospitals Conneaut Medical Center and University Hospitals Geneva Medical Center – pelvic pain can be a symptom of endometriosis, a common gynecological disease affecting more than five-and-a-half million women in North America. Routine minimally-invasive surgery can treat this condition and ease the pain, without a long recovery period. If you have Chronic Pelvic Pain, we urge you to ask the expert about it.

Contact the Center for Women’s Health at University Hospitals, in Conneaut at 440-593-0165 and in Geneva at 440-415-9554 or request an appointment online.

What’s the best way to minimize heartburn?

According to Drs. Benjamin Bryant and Amitabh Goel – board certified general surgeons at University Hospitals Conneaut Medical Center and University Hospitals Geneva Medical Center – the answer is, moderation. To alleviate occasional heartburn, eat smaller portions. Don’t smoke. And avoid tempting heartburn triggers like fried or fatty foods, onions, chocolate and alcohol. But be aware that frequent heartburn may indicate a more serious condition like gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). If you believe you have GERD, we urge you to ask the experts about it. Call the UH Digestive Health Institute experts in Conneaut at 440-599-7640 or in Geneva at 440-415-0115 or request an appointment online.

What causes chronic neck and back pain?

According to Drs. Arpan Desai and Timothy Ko – pain management specialists at University Hospitals Conneaut Medical Center and University Hospitals Geneva Medical Center – neck and back pain that interferes with your daily life may be caused by spinal arthritis. Conservative pain treatments of spinal arthritis include rest and physical therapy. If these approaches aren’t effective, safe interventional procedures like X-ray-guided injections and radiofrequency can block pain signals and provide relief for longer periods. If you have neck or back pain, ask the experts about your treatment options. Call the Center for Comprehensive Pain Management at UH Conneaut Medical Center and UH Geneva Medical Center at 877-325-8127 or request an appointment online.

What is sleep apnea and how does it affect a person’s health?

According to Drs. John Baron and Susan Redline and – board-certified pulmonologists and a Sleep Medicine physicians at University Hospitals Geneva Medical Center – apnea is an extended pattern of breathing interruptions during sleep, often caused by a narrow or obstructed breathing passage. Apnea sufferers can actually stop breathing for up to 30 seconds at a time, as many as 600 times a night. They are four times more likely to have a stroke, and three times more likely to have heart disease. If you believe you or a loved one has sleep apnea, ask the expert about it. In Ashtabula County, call the Center for Advanced Sleep Medicine at UH Geneva Medical Center at 440-415-0162 or request an appointment online.

Can shoveling snow cause a heart attack?

According to Drs. Najeeb Osman and Shyam Bhakta – board certified cardiologists at University Hospitals Conneaut and Geneva Medical Centers – shoveling snow can cause a heart attack, if you’re not accustomed to aerobic activity. If you get little or no regular exercise, snow shoveling combined with extreme cold can cause arterial plaque to rupture, triggering a blood clot which can clog a vessel and lead to a heart attack. Before you exert yourself in the winter cold again, ask the experts about heart attack. Call UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute in Conneaut and Geneva at 866-994-2328 or request an appointment online.

What is pre-diabetes?

According to Dr. Sharistha Peerzade, family physician at University Hospitals Conneaut Medical Center, and Dr. Yasser Mikhail, internal medicine physician at University Hospitals Geneva Medical Center, pre-diabetes occurs when your body's blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as Type 2 diabetes. With pre-diabetes, you are already at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease, so it's important to get screened as soon as possible. If you’re concerned about pre- or Type 2 diabetes, we urge you to ask a University Hospitals primary care experts about it in Geneva 440-466-4641 or in Conneaut at 440-599-7466 or request an appointment online.

Can a person with normal cholesterol have a heart attack?

Yes, even without risk factors like smoking, high blood pressure or diabetes.

Cardiologists Shyam Bhakta, MD, and M. Najeeb Osman, MD, report that a heart attack begins as a response to damaged blood vessels due to inflammation. A C-Reactive Protein blood test can determine if you're at risk by assessing your body's level of inflammation. Then, medication used to lower cholesterol can help reduce your heart attack risk, even if you have normal cholesterol levels. For more facts about C-Reactive Protein and heart attack, ask UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute experts, at two convenient points of contact in Ashtabula County: in Conneaut at 877-563-3559 or in Geneva at 866-994-2328.

What are the advantages of minimally invasive joint replacement over a traditional procedure?

A quicker recovery. And less discomfort while you're recovering.

Orthopaedic surgeons William Seeds, MD, and Michael Retino, DO, want you to know that minimally invasive total hip and knee joint replacements typically result in a smaller incision, less tissue damage, less pain and – most importantly – a shorter recovery period and a faster return to a functional, enjoyable life. If you have arthritis and are considering joint replacement surgery, ask University Hospitals orthopaedic experts about it, at two convenient locations in Ashtabula County: in Conneaut at 888-464-4344 or in Geneva at 440-415-0295.

When should a woman have her first mammogram?

You should have your first, yearly mammogram at age 40.

According to Drs. Amitabh Goel and Benjamin Bryant – general surgeons at UH Geneva Medical Center and UH Conneaut Medical Centers – you should have your first, yearly mammogram at age 40. If you have a parent or sibling with breast cancer, start ten years prior to the age she was diagnosed, but no later than age 40. And be aware that digital mammography, available at both UH Conneaut Medical Center and UH Geneva Medical Center in Ashtabula County, provides more detailed images for earlier detection… which is the best protection.

How can an epidural injection help back pain?

By reducing inflammation around your spinal cord.

An epidural injection is used to administer anesthetic to women during childbirth. But back pain specialists Arpan Desai, DO, Timothy Ko, MD and Timothy Moore, MD reveal another application. Patients with spine disorders can receive safe epidural injections to reduce inflammation and provide pain relief in the lower back, legs and arms.

If you have chronic back or extremity pain, ask the experts about epidural injections.

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