New Study on How Smoking May Affect People With Rheumatoid Arthritis

Smoking is already an unhealthy activity, but there may now be even more evidence that smoking can be deadly for people with rheumatoid arthritis. A study conducted by British researchers and published in Arthritis Care & Researchfound that people diagnosed with arthritis had a much higher risk of death if they smoked than if they were smoke free. 

Image of a woman quitting smoking. Learn about how smoking may lead to a high risk of mortality in people with rheumatoid arthritis.

Exercises for Seniors

As you get older, your body starts to change. Arthritis, weakening muscles, and the danger of potential falls are a reality during your golden years, but your life shouldn’t be dictated by aches and pains. 

Seniors can improve the quality of their lives by staying in shape with low-impact exercises.

Exercising as a senior can help you stay active during your golden years. Contact Westshore if you have any injuries or conditions that may impact your ability to exercise.


Health Effects of Underage Drinking

Underage drinking is a growing issue for American youths. Not only is the act of drinking before the age of 21 illegal, it can also affect a teen’s health in both short-term and long-term ways.

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, so we thought it appropriate to shine a light on the dangers of underage drinking.

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Photo Credit: "Pints of Beer" by Simon Cocks is licensed under CC BY 2.0


Sports Medicine Tools of the Trade

Can you imagine the physician for a professional sports team telling an injured athlete to walk down the street to the hospital for an xray?

Well, that’s exactly what happened to Gordie Howe.

I had the pleasure of attending a luncheon which featured one of the greatest hockey players of all time, “Mr. Hockey”, Gordie Howe. He was speaking to us (mostly a group of physicians) about his experiences and the various injuries he encountered during his career in professional hockey.

One story was about when he severely injured his wrist. While being examined in the locker room the physician said, “Gordie, it looks like you may have a fracture in your wrist. You’re going to need x-rays. You’ll have to take a walk to the hospital down the street.

I could hardly believe what I heard. One of the greatest professional athletes of all time had to walk on his own to a hospital in order to receive medical treatment.

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Foods and Exercises That Fight Arthritis Pain

You know that eating right and getting exercise are part of a healthy routine. 

But did you know that specific foods and exercises may help relieve some of your arthritis pain and swelling? 

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Foods That Fight Inflammation

No one food can relieve arthritis, but eating—or avoiding—certain foods can help combat inflammation throughout the body. 

What to Eat

  • Omega-3 fatty acids from cold-water fish, such as salmon and tuna
  • Beans
  • Flaxseeds
  • Walnuts
  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Canola and olive oil
  • Green tea
  • Margarine and butter

What to Limit

  • Omega-6 fatty acids from egg yolks and red meat
  • French fries and other fried foods
  • Packaged cookies, crackers, baked goods, and other processed, sugary foods
  • Fruit juice

In combination with these dietary considerations, staying active is one of the best things you can do for your body. 


Meet Dr. Zenos Vangelos, Sports Medicine Specialist

Meet Dr. Zenos Vangelos, D.O. 

Dr. Zenos Vangelos will bring his Sports Medicine Practice to the Westlake brand of Westshore Primary Care.

Semi-pro soccer player? Check. 

Team physician for the Cleveland Indians and US Soccer Federation? Check.

Seeing new patients for his new sports medicine practice at Westshore Primary Care? Check.

Dr. Zenos Vangelos brings a wealth of sports medicine experience, a passion for returning injured athletes back to the playing field, and a desire to train others in the field of sports medicine.


What Every Parent Ought to Know About Teen Drinking

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Is your teen attending the prom this year?  If so, you've probably been hearing about this event for quite some time now.

Maybe your teen has a date, is asking a date, is going with friends, or is still deciding what to wear. These are all top-priority details for your teen, but as a parent you’re more concerned about the other details that are typically associated with prom.

Since April is alcohol awareness month, we thought we’d share some facts and other resources about teen drinking that can help you get the conversation started with your son or daughter prior to the big night. Even if your child is still in middle school, you’ll see the research below that proves the benefits of talking to him or her early about the risks of drinking.