A “Decade with Dave” – Mark your calendars

Hennepin Healthcare’s Clinic and Specialty Center

Wow.  Healthy Matters is in the midst of our 10th year on the air on WCCO Radio.  I am celebrating 10 years of joining many of you – over the airwaves – for breakfast, coffee, and some fun health and wellness chat.

To celebrate this “Decade with Dave” my Hennepin Healthcare crew and I are planning a really special event – a LIVE broadcast of Healthy Matters from our Clinic and Specialty Center in downtown Minneapolis.

We have never done anything like this before!

The show will be at its usual 7:30 am time on Sunday, June 10.  What I hope for is to fill the atrium of the Hennepin Healthcare Clinic and Specialty Center with Healthy Matters listeners.   I’ll have some of our favorite expert guests attending so you can meet them.  We’ll do a Q&A, check out the new building, and have coffee together. So mark your calendars for Sunday, June 10, and register for this free event by going to www.hennepinhealthcare.org/here4health to RSVP for the “Decade with Dave” celebration – seats will be limited!

Until then, I have a request . . .

Over the past “Decade with Dave” I have heard countless stories of listeners.   Among them:

  • Several of you come to the Minnesota State Fair every summer to hear the show live.
  • There was the person who listened to the live stream of the show from South Africa.
  • One patient at HCMC specifically informed the paramedics that he wanted to go only to HCMC because he was a loyal Healthy Matters listener.
  • Loads of you have told me that you listen to the show while getting ready for church.

So I want to hear your Healthy Matters story. To do so, please leave me a comment in the “Reply” section below.  Tell me where you listen from, or what church you attend when listening, or if you listen online, or the strangest place you have listened from, or anything else you want to share.

I’ll talk about some of our stories on the air in the coming months!

Here’s to you, my friends and listeners,

David  (aka host of Healthy Matters, aka the “Dave” part of “Decade with Dave”)

 

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Women’s heart health: your questions answered

Michelle Carlson, MD & Jill Jordan, PA-C, , MMS, RD

Think men and women are just the same?  No, I didn’t think so.  But when it comes to heart disease, much of what the medical community talks about is focused on men’s heart health.  So on the Healthy Matters radio broadcast last Sunday, we focused on women’s heart health.

I was joined in the WCCO studios by two women whose careers are focused on caring for hearts.  They are Dr. Michelle Carlson, a cardiologist, and Jill Jordan, a Certified Physician Assistant with clinical practice in Cardiology.  Not only are these two really knowledgeable about cardiology in general, they are particularly tuned into the health of women.  Not only that, they do cool work with cancer and heart disease.   And I can personally vouch that they are approachable providers with a good listening ear and wise advice for their patients.

Three things you can do to learn more:

  • Listen to the podcast of the Women’s Heart Health show by clicking the logo here. It is Healthy Mattes Show #482, April 8, 2018

  • Click Dr. Carlson and Jill Jordan’s pictures here for their bio and contact information, or go to the Heart Center at Hennepin Healthcare to learn more and including info on making appointments.

Michelle Carlson, MD

Jill Jordan, MMS, PA-C, RD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Read on for brief and informative answers to listener questions that we did not have time for on the radio broadcast.  Heart attack, jaw pain, ischemia, family history, varicose veins, valves, exercise, diet, yoga.  It’s all here!  The responses are directly from Dr. Carlson and Jill Jordan.  Don’t miss the last question (scroll down!) about heart disease and cancer.   Pictures and links, too!

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Quick tips: Shingles and pnuemonia shots, blocked coronaries, antibiotics for dental work, HIV test

Hennepin Healthcare’s Clinic and Specialty Center

Hey, friends!  Here’s another “Quick tips” post in which I answer a few of the questions posed by listeners to a recent Healthy Matters radio broadcast.  As is often the case, I can’t get to all the questions, but this week’s grab bag of topics is a good one.

Read on.  Or if you are aurally inclined, you can listen to the podcast recording at your leisure by clicking the banner below.  The questions here are taken directly from listeners from Healthy Matters show #480, March 25, 2018.

I’m going to scatter pictures of our newly-opened Clinic and Specialty Center, which is a state-of-the-art medical facility in downtown Minneapolis.  Cool to see a new medical facility that still has that “new clinic” smell – ha!

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The connection between weight and heart disease

We all know that being overweight is probably not good for our health.  It seems to make intuitive sense and there is ample scientific data that says losing weight is good for you in the long run.  But there are many uncertainties.  One of the unanswered questions is how best to measure body fat and how best to correlate being overweight with long-term disease.

This past week there was a big study published out of Europe that tried to address these issues.  In this post I’m going to break it down for you and see if there is anything we can learn from this study.  As always,  it is important to note that this is just one observational study, which means that it simply looks at a large population of people and attempts to observe a specific medical outcome (in this case, heart disease) with a specific condition (in this case being overweight).  It can’t prove cause and effect!

Consider this post a “mini-Medical School” in which I’ll walk you through a medical research study.  It may get a bit nerdy.  Here we go.

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Opioids for back, knee, and hip pain? A chat with Dr. Erin Krebs

You have undoubtedly heard about the opioid crisis. It is a near daily part of my life since treating pain is a hefty part of what most doctors do. In addition, I am fortunate to work in an academic health setting so I am surrounded by researchers and teachers. Just this week, one of my friends and colleagues, Dr. Charlie Reznikoff was in Washington DC where he testified about opioids to members of Congress. So you might say I’m surrounded by smart people on this issue.

In this post, I want to draw your attention to some new information about treating arthritis pain.  A new study was recently published in JAMA (one of the most respected journals in existence) which concluded that for chronic back pain and arthritis pain of the hips and knees, opioids are no better than other remedies.

Let me say that startling conclusion again:  opioids are no better than non-opioid treatments at relieving low back, knee, and hip pain.  There is NO advantage, and plenty of risk, in using opioids to treat these chronic pain conditions.

This is big news.  For me, it is just a little bigger because the lead author of the study is a Minneapolis physician from my medical school class, Dr. Erin Krebs. Dr. Krebs is a leading researcher in this area and I may add, a terrific doctor and person. To her, I say, well done! To learn more about Dr. Krebs, check out her site from the VA here.  You can also learn more about her from the University of Minnesota Medical School.

I reached out to Dr. Krebs and she graciously responded to some of my questions about her research.  I offer her insights to you below.  This is a rare chance to hear from a physician-scientist, uncluttered from what you may find elsewhere on the Internet.  Often people ask me what where to get reliable information on health issues.  On this issue, this is as reliable as it gets.  I’ll include a couple links as well, including one to an audio interview with Dr. Krebs.  Read on.
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Quick tips: tremors, blood pressure, constipation

Hey, everybody.

Some of my most popular posts are these Quick Tips in which I do relatively brief answers to health topics raised by listeners to the Healthy Matters radio broadcasts.

This time, I’ll cover these three topics from actual listener questions.

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New feature: Dr. Hilden in the News

Hey.

Just a brief post to call your attention to a new feature right here on MyHealthyMatters. Since I do a fair amount of media work – including TV, radio, online, and in print, I thought it might be good to do a collection and put links all in one place.

It’s right there at the top of the page: called Dr. Hilden in the News.   

In putting this together I noticed that much of my media appearances involve influenza.  Guess that’s what the media wants to talk about!

That being said, there are a few other links on the Dr. Hilden in the News page that I want to call your attention to:

Photo by Holger, Ellgaard

AirTalk™ on Southern California public radio.  This is an 18-minute discussion about whether you really need an annual physical.  It aired just last month and you can listen to the audio.

10 things to ask your doctor on your next visit.  I did this print interview with the Minneapolis Star Tribune.  Not an exhaustive list but just some things I thought may help equip you for your next clinic visit.

One piece I’m quite proud of is from 2010 when I was interviewed by The New York Times about end-of-life conversations.  I really encourage you to read this one.

 

All these and more available in Dr. Hilden in the News.  Link right at the top of this page.

-David

@DrDavidHilden

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Learning about depression with psychiatrist Eduardo Colón

Dr. Eduardo Colon

Hey, everybody.   Check out this fact:  about 16 million people in the United States will experience an episode of depression every year.  That’s about 7% of the population.  By some estimates, depression is in the top 3 causes of disability (source:  World Health Organization).

To help us learn a bit more about this condition, I asked my colleague Dr. Eduardo Colón to be my in-studio guest on last Sunday’s Healthy Matters broadcast.  It was a great show!  Dr. Colón is the Chief of Psychiatry at HCMC and he has been on the show a few times over the years.  This is terrific since you will not find a wiser and kinder psychiatrist than he.  I really encourage you to listen to the podcast so you can hear Dr. Colón explain things much better than I can in this written form.  

You can learn more about Dr. Colón from this Minneapolis Star Tribune article which appeared shortly after he was named Chief of Psychiatry.  He gives an insider perspective on mental health care in our community that is worth a read.

I’ll use this blog post as a written companion of sorts for the audio podcast of that radio show.  I’ll try to encapsulate a few topics from the show and include some links for more information.

First of all, download the audio podcast here to listen to whenever you want.  Once at the podcast site, select Healthy Matters show #475, February 11, 2018).

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A wealth of information on depression

Here’s what Dr. Colón covered on the show, and you can click the links to jump to specific topics that interest you.

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Quick tips: influenza, angina, kidneys, & blood pressure

Hi, everybody.  I’m back with one of these “Quick tips” posts where I answer questions that were sent to me on a recent Healthy Matters radio broadcast.  Regular listeners will know that I never can get to all of the questions, particularly those sent by text message, so I will try here to do some brief answers.  I’ll keep it to just a few topics, and will do more posts in the near future.

Here are the topics in this post.  Click the links to jump right to a specific topic.

As always, I invite you to listen to the Healthy Matters broadcasts, either live or via podcast.  Here are ways to listen:

  • Live on News Radio 830 WCCO on your AM dial.  Sunday mornings, 7:30 Central Time.  You’d be surprised how far the WCCO signal reaches from our downtown Minneapolis studios.
  • Live on WCCO.COM.  Sunday mornings, 7:30 Central Time, from anywhere on Earth with Internet
  • At your convenience, via podcast.  Simply click on the “Listen to Podcasts” link right here on MyHealthyMatters.org or go directly to WCCO.COM on the “Audio” link and find Healthy Matters.   You can listen directly online or you can download the podcast to your phone, tablet, or computer and listen anytime at your own convenience.  Without commercials!
  • Or just click the logo here:

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Do you need an annual physical?

I’m a doctor (duh).  I do annual physicals sometimes (duh, again).  But I recently was put in the position of debating another doctor – on live radio –  about whether or not the annual physical is doing anybody any good.

Of course, physicals help people to, well, stay healthy.  Right?  Not so fast!  This isn’t as simple a question as it may seem.

Do people really need an annual physical?

The big debate occurred about a couple weeks ago when I was asked to be on Southern California Public Radio, KPCC 89.3 FM out of Los Angeles.  I was on the long-running show AirTalk®, hosted by Larry Mantle.  It was set up as a “pro vs. con” debate between me and a physician-researcher from Harvard, Dr. Ateev Mehrotra.  Dr. Mehrotra has done a great bit of research on just such topics.

I invite you to listen to the audio segment from SoCal Public Radio.  It’s about 18 minutes long, and you can access it from their website, KPCC.ORG, under the AirTalk® section.  It ran on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 so go to that date in the archives and scroll to the bottom. Continue reading

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