Mills-Peninsula Health Blog

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Mills Helps SF Giants Strike Out Stroke

Mills-Peninsula volunteers helped make last month’s Strike Out Stroke event at San Francisco’s AT&T Park a great success, says Jenny Im, a Mills-Peninsula stroke coordinator.

Before the San Francisco Giants took the field for a game on August 15 2015, more than 30 volunteers gathered at the park to distribute giveaways with the FAST stroke warning signs: Read More

Get Fit Outdoors in San Mateo County

Staying fit is an essential part of staying healthy. Physical activity strengthens your bones and muscles, helps control body weight and reduces the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers. It also contributes to your mental health and is a proven mood-booster. But what if the gym is inconvenient, expensive, or just plain uninspiring? Try taking your workout outdoors, with free, fun, fitness opportunities right around the corner in local parks and open spaces.

“Physical fitness is part of what creates a healthy community,” says Carole Groom, president of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors. San Mateo County offers numerous programs that combine fresh air and exercise in its parks and open spaces, several of which are described in this blog post. Check out the list, then check in with your local county to see what community fitness opportunities are available near you. Read More

Helping Seniors Stay Healthy at Home


As the baby boomer generation becomes the silver tsunami in the coming years, more resources and creative ideas will be needed to care for the growing number of American seniors. According to the Administration on Aging, nearly a quarter of Americans will be age 65 or older by 2050.

The latest thinking in senior health care takes a step back from the traditional focus on providing medical services in response to sickness, instead reaching out into the community to coordinate a web of social services and medical care providers to keep older adults healthy at home and out of the hospital.

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Sunscreen 101: What to Know

Sunscreen bottles boast an overwhelming list of features and ingredients. But which ones truly matter when it comes to effective sun protection? In this blog post,  Lisa Hladik, M.D., a Mills-Peninsula internal medicine physician explains.

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Innovations in Cardiovascular Care

Mills-Peninsula heart surgeons Christopher Woods, M.D., Ph.D., Conrad Vial, M.D., Dirk Baumann, M.D. and David Daniels, M.D.

Cardiovascular Surgeons With A Heart For Technology And Patient Care

For most people, the phrase “innovations in cardiovascular care” probably brings to mind high-tech gadgets. And Mills-Peninsula cardiovascular specialists are indeed innovators who partner with Silicon Valley medical tech firms to design and refine the latest devices and software programs.

But more important than their involvement with fancy high-tech equipment is the fact that our cardiovascular specialists are also innovators in terms of how they care for patients, according to Conrad Vial, M.D., Mills-Peninsula cardiothoracic surgeon and medical director of Cardiovascular Services. “Some of the most exciting and valuable innovation in the cardiovascular service at Mills-Peninsula is not necessarily related to a particular novel procedure or new technology,” Dr. Vial says. “Rather, it has more to do with how we organize care, how we form treatment plans and how we carry out follow-up for our patients.” Read More

Minimally Invasive Surgery for Complex Coronary Blockages

Mills-Peninsula patient John D. Moore

Seventy-two-year-old San Mateo resident John D. Moore, a retired business owner, felt strong despite a couple of health issues. He had chronic lung disease, collateral damage from a 30-year, two-pack-a-day smoking habit, and rheumatoid arthritis. But Moore quit smoking 17 years ago and stayed active through golf, walking and swimming. He had no reason to suspect that the blood supply to his heart was slowing to a trickle and on the verge of sealing shut.

Last spring, when playing golf or climbing stairs, Moore began to experience shortness of breath. He casually mentioned the problem to his rheumatologist during a routine appointment. Knowing Moore was a former smoker, his doctor recommended a chest X-ray, which led to more tests.

Moore was referred to David Kurzrock, M.D., a Mills-Peninsula interventional cardiologist, who encountered a grim situation when evaluating Moore’s heart. His heart muscle was weak, his right main cardiac artery was completely blocked and his left main artery, which normally supplies about 80 percent of blood to the heart, was 90 percent blocked and now feeding everything. This is a situation that Dr. Kurzrock describes as “100 percent jeopardy.” Read More

Sun Protection Tips

Woman applying sunscreen.

It’s summer. The days are longer, the warm light of the sun beckons outside. But that mood-boosting brightness has a dark side. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, every year more than 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the United States. The vast majority – 90 percent – are caused by the sun. The sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) A and B rays are also the main culprit when it comes to visible skin damage such as wrinkles, discoloration and sagging that can make you look older.

“Nearly all skin cancers are preventable if you take the right precautions,” says Lisa Hladik, M.D., a Mills-Peninsula internal medicine physician. “With our sunny climate in California, good daily sun protection is a must. It’s your best defense against skin cancer and is more effective than any anti-aging product you could buy at keeping your skin looking youthful.” Read More