Matthew Clyburn

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What’s Your Heart Disease Risk? Your Coronary Calcium Score Can Tell You

Do you know your coronary calcium score? Screening helps you understand your risk of heart disease Coronary artery disease, also known as heart disease, is the No. 1 cause of death for men and women. Knowing your risk before you experience symptoms could save your life. Thanks to coronary calcium...


Hartford Hospital Celebrates Social Work Month

National Social Work Month is celebrated every year during the month of March. During this year’s celebration, Hartford Hospital is recognizing the extraordinary contributions of this profession by encouraging people to reflect on this year’s theme, “Elevate Social Work.” Social workers elevate and empower people, giving them the ability to...


The Open-Heart Surgery Alternative: Hartford Hospital Doctors Perform 1,000th TAVR

Questions about Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)? Click here to download your free informational guide.  On Jan. 14, the Heart & Vascular Institute‘s structural heart team at Hartford Hospital completed its 1,000th Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement procedure. TAVR is designed to treat aortic valve disease, a common condition that develops...


Bimal Patel to Chair United Way 2018 Fundraising Efforts

Hartford HealthCare Senior Vice President and Hartford Hospital President Bimal Patel has been named Chair of United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut’s 2018 Community Campaign. In his new role as Chair, he will serve on United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut’s Board of Directors. “I said yes to...


Can You Get Pregnant Despite Hormonal Disorder?

When you’re trying to get pregnant, how much time is too much time? Some couples have trouble. In fact, about 12 percent of women, or one in nine, will have difficulty getting pregnant. You may have fertility problems if you haven’t been able to get pregnant after trying for at...


Student Projects Contribute to the Fight Against Stigma

Sixteen students and one teacher from schools around Connecticut were honored at the 15th annual BrainDance Awards on April 26, presented by the Institute of Living. The BrainDance Awards encourage high school students to learn about psychiatric conditions and develop a more tolerant and realistic perspective toward people with severe...


Four Years in a Row: Hartford Hospital Earns Healthgrades’ Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Designation

For the fourth consecutive year (2015-2018), Hartford Hospital is the recipient of the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ from Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. This distinction also places Hartford Hospital in the top 5 percent for clinical performance among nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide....


Sleep Apnea Treatment Helps Patient Travel the World

Heather Pulito had never flunked a test before in her life. The first time she did, it was a matter of life and death. During a sleep study, she stopped breathing 46 times in just one hour. Heather had gone in for the sleep study to find out if her...


Teens need early intervention

Pediatric experts call for annual depression screenings Although early treatment is seen as an important first step to combating depression, only about half of depressed adolescents are diagnosed before becoming adults. Primary care physicians only identify about one out of every three adolescents with depression, and only about half of those...

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Exercise Program, Now Covered by Insurance, That Beats Heart Surgery

People living with Peripheral Artery Disease, or PAD, a condition where blood flow to legs is poor because arteries are narrow or blocked, now have another option for reducing pain and improving quality of life: a supervised exercise program. The program — now covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance plans...


Bone & Joint Institute Celebrates First Birthday

The Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital celebrated its first year of operation on Jan. 9, commemorating a year filled with growth and success. “It was a great year,” said Dr. Courtland Lewis, chief of orthopedics. “Opening a new hospital is pretty complicated and I’m proud of the entire...

Jimmy Choi.

Exercise’s Role in Psychiatric Rehabilitation: How it Can Help Your Brain, Too

Could a few minutes of pingpong, basketball or walking help improve cognition and symptoms of mental health disorders? According to Jimmy Choi, senior scientist at the Institute of Living’s Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center, the answer is yes. “We all know physical exercise is good for us, but it is still...


Hartford HealthCare Names New Radiation Safety Officer

Bette W. Blankenship, MS, DABR, has been named Radiation Safety Officer for Hartford HealthCare. In this new role, Bette will be responsible for overseeing all our radiation safety programs and assuring regulatory compliance and accreditation, working closely with our imaging and medical and radiation physics professionals. This includes working with...


Free Screening For Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, The Silent Killer

You’ve probably heard that heart disease, cancer and stroke are among the leading causes of death in the United States. These conditions are often accompanied by several warning signs that can prompt someone to get help. But with abdominal aortic aneurysms, the 13th-leading cause of death in the U.S., you...


With New Therapy Guide, Hoarding Goes From Pop Culture To Evidence-Based Practice

Movies and television have long featured people suffering from common mental health conditions. Hoarding disorder has been highlighted on “The Dr. Oz Show,” “The Oprah Winfrey Show and the A&E series “Hoarders.” Although these representations may focus on extreme examples of people suffering from hoarding disorder, they often attempt to...


A Former Boston Trauma Doctor Remembers The Marathon Bombing

Dr. Jonathan Gates was doing paperwork in his office at Brigham and Women’s Hospital Trauma Center when his phone rang on the afternoon of April 15, 2013. The trauma program manager on the line, a spectator at the Boston Marathon finish line, told him there had been an explosion. “I...


A 15-Year-Old In Need Of A Kidney Transplant Finds A Donor: Her Mother

At first, Dominika Woch thought her stomach ache was just a 24-hour bug that would go away in a day or two. But when the pain continued for a few weeks, she went to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center to get it checked out. A few tests and a kidney biopsy...