When most people go to see their primary care physician, they will inevitably have a discussion on their cholesterol or lipid panel. This is a set of laboratory studies that includes cholesterol subtypes minimally including LDL, HDL and triglyceride cholesterol. Some doctors may choose to order more specialized testing that can include dozens of other cholesterol particle measurements. The overall goal of this type of testing is to help determine an individual’s overall risk for cardiovascular disease including heart attack, stroke and kidney disease.
Dr. Rocco Costabile, For the Times
| October 1, 2014 |
Achieving the full advantages of immunizations begins with patient education. It is critical to understand thoroughly the statistics, necessity and importance of timeliness to complete each immunization series. All childhood vaccines are given in two or more doses. Vaccines stimulate a child’s immune system, thus producing antibodies against potentially fatal infections. Vaccines do not treat diseases. The benefit of routine vaccination prevents them. More information can be found by visiting the federal government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov
Ribbon cutting: Holmesburg residents celebrated the grand opening of a new, comprehensive medical campus on Saturday with a ribbon-cutting and health fair at The Center for Medical Excellence on the 8000 block of Frankford Ave. The former Holmesburg Family Practice, led by Dr. Joseph Pongonis, has expanded into a full-service medical center with EPIC Physicians primary and urgent care, Einstein Healthcare Network’s Multispecialty Suite, Progress Physical Therapy, Lawall Prosthetic & Orthotic Services, Patelka Dental and Holmesburg Pharmacy. Doctors and staff treated visitors to breakfast, refreshments, prize giveaways, child face painting and other entertainment, in addition to medical information.