Are you at risk for peripheral vascular disease?

Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) is a slow and progressive circulation disorder caused by narrowing, blockage, or spasms in a blood vessel. Organs supplied by these vessels, such as the brain, and legs, may not get enough blood flow for proper function. Risk factors for developing PVD include those which can be changed or treated – and those that cannot be changed.

PVD risk factors that you can’t change:

  • Age (especially older than age 50)
  • History of heart disease
  • Male gender
  • Diabetes
  • Postmenopausal women
  • Family history of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or peripheral vascular disease
  • PVD risk factors that may be changed or treated include:
  • Coronary artery disease
  • High blood sugar
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity
  • Physical inactivity
  • Smoking or use of tobacco products (Those who smoke or have diabetes mellitus have the highest risk of complications from PVD because these risk factors also cause impaired blood flow.)

On Wednesday, August 10, YNHH cardiologist Robert Attaran, MD, assistant professor of Medicine (Cardiology), will discuss “Peripheral Vascular Disease and Treatments.” He will talk about treatment for acute and chronic deep vein thrombosis (DVT), venous insufficiency, varicose veins and ulcers; and help identify who is at risk for PVD. The discussion will be held from 7 - 8 pm at Old Saybrook Medical Center, 633 Middlesex Turnpike, Old Saybrook. Registration is required; call 888-700-6543 or register online.

For more information about how Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) is diagnosed and treated, visit our Health Library.

U.S. News & World Report once again recognizes Yale New Haven Hospital

YNHH only hospital in Connecticut nationally ranked

Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH) continues to rank among the top U.S. hospitals, according to U.S. News & World Report’s annual “America’s Best Hospitals” listing. Of the nearly 5,000 hospitals surveyed, YNHH ranks nationally in 11 of 16 specialties.

The hospital’s Geriatrics and Psychiatry specialties rank in the nation’s top 10 at #10 each, while Pulmonology ranks #12, Diabetes and Endocrinology rank #16, Gastroenterology ranks #23 and Neurology and Neurosurgery ranks #25. Yale New Haven Hospital is ranked among the best nationally in five other medical specialties: Urology #29, Ear, Nose and Throat #33, Kidney Disorders #34, Gynecology #35 and Cancer #50. Read more.

YNHH is Baby-Friendly!

YNHH has received prestigious international recognition as a Baby-Friendly designated birth facility. Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. is the US authority for the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund. The initiative encourages and recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. Based on the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, this award recognizes birth facilities that offer breastfeeding mothers the information, confidence and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies. The “Baby-Friendly” designation is given after a rigorous on-site survey is completed. There are 354 designated Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers in the United States.

YNHH offers a number of parenting classes every month with maternity experts who support you through pregnancy and beyond with educational resources, childbirth and infant care classes, information about breastfeeding and more. For details about course offerings, visit Maternity Services.


Ride and help us get closer to free!

The 6th annual Closer to Free Ride will be held on Sept. 10. Every dollar raised directly supports patient care and advanced research at Smilow Cancer Hospital and Yale Cancer Center. Each rider commits to raising at least $500 (but don’t worry, we give you lots of help and the average rider raises more than $1,100!) and you can be confident that those dollars will be put to good work in New Haven and beyond.

With four routes to choose from, Closer to Free offers cyclists of all abilities the opportunity to participate: 100 miles, 62.5 miles, 25 miles and 10 miles. All routes start and end at the Yale Bowl. Ride Day begins with an Opening Ceremony at 6:45 am with the Ride starting at 70 am. Friends, family members and supporters are encouraged to join us at the Yale Bowl for the Finish Line Festival following your Ride. The festival is open to all and includes live music, a complimentary Post-Ride massage, a beer garden (must be 21 or older), Food Truck Village (complimentary tickets for all riders and volunteers), children’s activities, and more.

Register and get additional Ride details online.


YNHHS expands specialty pharmacy services

What is a specialty pharmacy? A specialty pharmacy fills prescriptions for medications that are prescribed for complex diseases such as cancer, hepatitis C, HIV, cystic fibrosis, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory diseases or organ transplantation. Often these medications are not available at a local retail pharmacy. Unlike retail pharmacies, specialty pharmacies also provide a wide range of services to support you based on your unique needs.

Outpatient Pharmacy Services at YNHHS - Specialty Pharmacy Services provides the following:

  • Specialty pharmacy staff can give you h education and support, answer your questions and help you manage side-effects.
  • Pharmacy staff will make monthly calls to check in on you and remind you to refill your medications.
  • Pharmacy staff will document everything in your electronic medical record, where your doctor can review the notes about your medication compliance and review any issues that you may be having.
  • Our pharmacists work closely with your doctor and other caregivers to help make sure your medication therapy is safe and effective.
  • Our pharmacy will fill most prescriptions in 72 hours, unlike most specialty pharmacies in the community which can take up to 14 days to fill.
  • Our specialty pharmacy staff will work closely with your insurance company and will navigate you through the insurance process, including prior authorizations.
  • Our specialty pharmacy staff can work with you to identify financial barriers and find out if you qualify for medication assistance.
  • Medication delivery is included as part of our specialty pharmacy services, however patients may also pick up their prescriptions at one of the two locations listed below.
If you have any questions about Specialty Pharmacy Services at YNHH, call 844-881-0043. A brochure is also available upon request.

Outpatient Pharmacy Services at Yale New Haven Health
Specialty Pharmacy Services
1100 Sherman Avenue
Hamden, CT 06510

Apothecary and Wellness Center at Yale New Haven Hospital
Saint Raphael Campus
1450 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT 06511


Need a doctor? We can help!

YNHH provides free information about and referrals to more than 2,600 affiliated physicians 24 hours a day. Call 888-357-2396 for information on physician specialties, office hours and locations as well as insurance plans accepted. YNHH physicians represent more than 70 medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties, including internal medicine/family practice, obstetrics/gynecology, orthopedics, pediatrics and psychiatry.


Infant/Child CPR & Safety Class

Expecting a baby in your family? YNHH offers an “Infant/Child CPR & Safety” course every month for expectant or new parents, grandparents, family and friends. This month’s class will be held from 9 am - 1 pm on Sunday, August 14 at the Institute for Excellence, 1st floor, 300 George St., New Haven. The class covers the basics of infant/child CPR using a video and skills station.

To register, call 888-700-6543. The class fee is $50 per person. Each person should enroll separately. It is recommended to take this class two months before due date. Please note: This is not a certification course; contact 203-688-9355 for certification resources.


Qigong class relieves stress for cancer patients and caregivers

Qigong (pronounced “chee-gong”) is a gentle practice of coordinated breath, movement and visualization. Learning to guide “Qi” is intended to promote vitality, longevity and wellbeing by gently relieving stress and balancing the body’s nervous systems. Qigong is less complicated than Tai Chi and requires no prior experience to learn.

A qigong class for current and former cancer patients, friends, family and caregivers will be held at 11 am on Saturday, August 20, at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven, 20 York St., 4th floor Suite 101A. For details, call 888-700-6543 or register online.


“Notes at Noon” summer concert series concludes

Notes at Noon, the annual summer music concert series sponsored by the Yale New Haven Hospital Auxiliary, is held on Fridays from 12 - 1 pm in the Hunter Courtyard, at the corner of York and Cedar Streets in New Haven (weather permitting).

This month’s line-up includes:

  • August 5: Nu Haven Kapeyle with the Seltzer Sisters, Klezmer Big Band music
  • August 12: Ramblin’ Dan Stevens, “Rockin’ Fingerstyle Blues”
  • August 19: Sambeleza, Brazilian jazz
  • For details, contact the YNHH Auxiliary at 203-688-5717 or [email protected].


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Billing questions?

Yale New Haven Hospital offers financial counseling to patients and families. Spanish-speaking counselors are available. Additionally, evening sessions are scheduled once a month — the next two are Monday, August 15 and Monday, September 19 from 5 to 7 pm. To make an appointment with a financial counselor, call 203-688-2046.