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Three Times Three

The first set of triplets to be born, Julian, Daniel and Eli, (April 7) was discharged on Friday, April 11, wearing knitted hats made by Alta Bates Summit volunteers.

The first set of triplets to be born, Julian, Daniel and Eli, (April 7) was discharged on Friday, April 11, wearing knitted hats made by Alta Bates Summit volunteers.

The first set of triplets to be born, Julian, Daniel and Eli, (April 7) was discharged on Friday, April 11, wearing knitted hats made by Alta Bates Summit volunteers.

Some interesting and unique records were set at Alta Bates Summit last week. We’ve had a long standing reputation as a high risk pregnancy center where multiple births are often welcomed into the world.

On April 7 and 8, staff and physicians were extremely busy when three sets of triplets—two sets of boys and one set of girls—were born at Alta Bates Summit within 24 hours of each other—including one set of very rare identical triplets. Read More

Born Too Soon: Brooklyn’s Story

The Rantz Family:Kathy, Brooklyn and Rich, Ambassador Family for the 2014 March for Babies Walk

The Rantz Family (l-r): Kathy, Brooklyn and Rich, Ambassador Family
for the 2014 March for Babies Walk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When the painful contractions began the morning of Nov. 16, 2007, Kathy Rantz and her husband, Rich, had no idea that their daughter Brooklyn would be born prematurely two days later. Weighing just 1 pound, 5 ounces, her chances for survival were very slim.

“Brooklyn wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the outstanding care she received at Alta Bates in Berkeley,” says Kathy. “I make it my mission to share our story with anyone and everyone who’ll listen.” Read More

A Heart Attack in Your Leg? Simple Test Saves Lives

Strong and fit, Erick Carlson led marine photography dives all over the world. So when he began to have severe leg pain just walking a few feet, he thought it was a nerve problem:

“If I kept moving, the pain would slowly go down my leg and then would start burning in my calf. … my foot would actually go numb, so that I couldn’t even feel my foot hit the ground.”

When he rested, the pain would go away. So Erick stopped all the activities he loved, until his Sutter Health doctor performed a simple blood pressure test for his legs, known as ABI (ankle-brachial index) screening.

The test revealed that he had peripheral arterial disease (also known as peripheral vascular disease): 90 percent of blood flow to his left leg was blocked. Watch Erick’s story:

Deep-sea diver photographing a sea otter

“Like angina or chest pain on exertion–which is caused by plaque buildup in the coronary arteries–peripheral arterial disease is caused by the same process in the peripheral vessels,” explains Vindhya Hindnavis, M.D., an internist with Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF), who is board-certified in cardiovascular disease and is affiliated with Sutter Delta Medical Center. Read More

New Technology Keeps Everyone Young at Heart

Sudden cardiac arrest claims the life of nearly one American every minute. Most often, its victims are middle aged.sudden cardiac arrest without a subcutaneous implantable cardiac defibrillator

At the age of 58, Tim Russert, the host of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” collapsed and died of sudden cardiac arrest.

But it can also strike the young, as the death of college basketball star Hank Gathers brought to the national forefront in the 1990s. Gathers, a 6-7 forward at Loyola Marymount, collapsed on the court and died of sudden cardiac arrest. He was 23-years-old. Read More

Narsai’s Poached Pear With Non-fat Chocolate and Raspberry Sauces

Pears in Chocolate in a bowl with a ribbon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recipe © 2005 by Narsai M. David

Welcome spring in good health with these succulent pears covered in creamy chocolate and delicious raspberry sauces. Read More

Lowering Your Risk for Stroke

Female brain cross section x-ray anatomyDid you know that most strokes are preventable?

Learn more and lower your risk. Come to our free talk to find out how!

When: Tues., April 22, from  10:30 a.m.-

Where: Ashland Community Center, 1530 167th Ave., San Leandro