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Hospital doesn’t miss a beat when it comes to cardiac care

February is Heart Month. No, not because Valentine’s Day falls midway through the month, but to raise awareness about heart health. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women. An average...

Working for Your Health: Heart health

Here are some fun facts about the human heart gathered from health.clevelandclinic.org/fun-facts-about-your-heart: The heart is an organ about the size of two clasped hands. It’s made mostly of muscle tissue that contracts rhythmically, to...

Relax, recover, recalibrate with healing sound

Humans have used sound throughout our history, whether for healing, like church bells and didgeridoos, or as weapons, like hovering helicopters or playing painful frequencies. Some say sound healing officially began in ancient Greece,...

On My Way: A walk in the clouds

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We were above the treeline traversing the summit in the clouds for a moment. This is not entirely true. Trees were all around us, and at 236 feet or so, we were not in the...

A Beacon: Working through the cycles

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It returned in much the same way as it always had, a little at a time, deceptively gradual. Three years ago, for six months, the medication I’d started on had worked beyond my expectations....

Health Beat: It’s not too late to protect yourself

With COVID and RSV cases on the rise, as well as patients dealing with the flu this winter, there’s no time like the present to address vaccination confidence. Or in some cases, lack of...

Acupuncture: Pins and needles

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Needles. Did you just wince a little, reading that word? We often associate needles with vaccines, blood draws, and root canals. Yet in acupuncture, needles are believed to serve us in innumerable ways. According...

On My Way: Mapping a new trail

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A few weeks ago, I had the rare opportunity of following a bouncing ball. Have you ever wondered how a trail makes its way onto a map, into a guidebook, or onto an app on...

Working for Your Health: A New Year’s resolution

“This year, I will do what I can to keep from getting sick from an infection, and help others to do the same.” In 1952, the polio epidemic reached its peak in the U.S.; 60,000...

No need to go off-Island for these healthcare services

Much has changed at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital over the past five years in terms of clinical services being offered. Today, the hospital offers close to a dozen specialties to meet the healthcare needs of those...

Working for Your Health: There’s no place like home

The concept of “home” varies from person to person; all of us know its importance. For many of us, home takes on greater meaning during the holiday season. It is a place where we...

On My Way: Community spirit

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The annual 5K for KJ is a Thanksgiving tradition in my family. Our first participation in the event was in ’16 or ’17, when my son Peter was first a member of the Martha’s Vineyard...

Dukes County Health Council: Working for your health

Did you know? By 2050, the number of people in the U.S. living with Alzheimer's disease is estimated to reach nearly 13 million. 1 in 3 older adults dies with Alzheimer's or another dementia. ...

Joint School provides the calm before the surgery

Class is in session at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, and total joint replacement is the subject. Welcome to Joint School. No, you won’t have to take a test, and you won’t receive a grade, but you will...

Be good to yourself

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Over the years, I’ve tried several styles of yoga — Power Vinyasa, Bhastrika, Hot Yoga (which is amazing for those of us who are always cold), hatha, and restorative. Recently, I took a class...

On My Way: Hiking Cedar Tree Neck

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Are you looking for a mellow hike of a few hours in a terrain as varied as the Island? If so, the 400 acres of the Cedar Tree Neck Sanctuary, located in rural West...

Emergency Department uses pediatric training to stay sharp

Dr. Jeffrey Zack, a Martha’s Vineyard Hospital emergency department doctor, and Dan Friedrich, manager of respiratory therapy, huddled over an 18-month-old baby having difficulty breathing. The ambulance staff from Oak Bluffs had scant details...

Working for Your Health: Are you ‘health literate’?

Do you know the names of any medicines you are taking, and why you are taking them? Can you read their labels? Are you confident you are taking your medications the way that your...

On My Way: Reflecting on the Red Trail

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The Red Trail is not the hilliest trail. In fact, it is flat. Nor is the Red Trail a long trail. The trail of which I speak is a stretch of not even a...

Health Beat: Tick-borne diseases: We’re not out of the woods yet

Just because the heat of the summer is behind us, don’t let your guard down when it comes to protecting yourself against tick bites. We’re not out of the woods just yet. Traditionally, we think of...