Jersey City Medical Center’s popular “Dinner with the Doctor” series returns in January with the focus on rheumatology, specifically the diagnosis and treatment of such conditions as rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosis, and osteoarthritis.
Presenting will be Dr. Valentin Marian, a fellowship-trained rheumatologist and the administrator of the Rheumatology Center at Jersey City Medical Center. The event will be held Thursday, January 24th (6:30 – 7:30 p.m.) at Chandelier, 1081 Broadway in Bayonne. There is no cost to attend.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (or RA) affects an estimated 1.3 million adults in the U.S., 75 percent of which are women. For most, the disease begins between ages 40 - 60 (although it can occur at any time). It’s a chronic disease that if not treated can permanently damage the joints and can sometimes affect other organs, like the eyes, heart and lungs. Additional symptoms can include loss of energy and appetite and low grade fevers. As an autoimmune disease, it means that certain cells of the immune do not work properly and start attacking healthy tissue, which results in inflammation. The focus of the inflammation is the synovium, the tissue that lines the joints.
Therapy for RA has improved greatly in recent years. In most cases, treatment can relieve patients’ pain and keep them functioning at near or normal levels. And while there is no cure, many achieve remission where there are no signs of disease. The disease, however, needs to be carefully managed and monitored.
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is also an autoimmune disease. Symptoms vary from person to person, but usually include joint pain and swelling. Other common symptoms include fatigue, chest pain when taking a deep breath, sensitivity to sunlight, mouth sores, and a “butterfly” skin rash over the cheeks and bridge of the nose.
There is no cure for SLE. The goal of treatment is to control symptoms and prevent organ damage. The outcome for the disease has improved in recent years.
The likelihood of osteoarthritis occurring can be due to such factors as obesity, fractures or other joint injuries earlier in life, jobs or sports that impact on the joints, and/or certain medical conditions. Pain and stiffness in the joints are the most common symptoms – usually worse after exercise and when weight or pressure is put on the joint. Joint movement may cause a cracking sound.
Osteoarthritis cannot be cured and will most likely grow worse over time. However, with treatment, symptoms can be controlled.
Dr. Marian completed his residency at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and did his fellowship in Rheumatology at the University of Rochester. He has participated in clinical and basic research, and worked with world leaders in the fields of Rheumatology and Immunology. The results of his research were presented at the American College of Rheumatology’s annual conference.
“Dinner with the Doctor,” held monthly at sites throughout New Jersey, gives local residents the chance to enjoy a light dinner and listen to leading physicians discuss their specialty and answer questions.
“Our mission is ‘enhancing life’ and we are pleased to resume our popular ‘Dinner with the Doctor’ series in the new year,” said Joseph F. Scott, President and CEO of Jersey City Medical Center. “We strongly encourage people to take advantage of the chance to meet Dr. Marian and get answers to questions they may have on what potentially can be very serious and debilitating conditions.”
To register, call 201-915-2080.