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"Announcement" Kao-Ho Hospital's Honorable Achievements

Congratulations ❗❗ Our hospital has become a qualified regional hospital evaluated by the Taiwan Ministry of Health and Welfare. Kao-Ho Hospital, founded by President Hsu Tingyuan in March of this year, has integrated a professional medical team, introduced advanced medical imaging examinations, and provided comprehensive service quality, all aimed at creating a healthy medical environment for the public. Throughout 2022, under the leadership of President Hsu Tingyuan, all colleagues have marched forward, facing challenges together and conquering one obstacle after another! ⚜ In July 2022, we obtained the Taiwan Ministry of Health and Welfare's approval for Autologous Immune Cell Therapy (Cytokine-induced Killer Cell, CIK), igniting hope for cancer patients. ⚜ In October 2022, we acquired international medical certification approved by the Taiwan Ministry of Health and Welfare, showcasing Taiwan's high-quality medical services to the world. ⚜ In December 2022, we passed the evaluation by the Taiwan Ministry of Health and Welfare and became the first fully self-funded regional hospital in Kaohsiung. ⚜ In June 2023, we received the Health Strategy Institute's Health Check Quality Certification, becoming a reliable health management center. For Kao-Ho, this is not only an honor, but also a reassuring guarantee of health for the public. President Hsu Tingyuan expresses gratitude for the dedication and efforts of colleagues. Passing the evaluation is a positive beginning, but he emphasizes the importance of continuous improvement. He hopes that all colleagues will maintain this determination, continue to work towards enhancing medical quality, and implement patient-centered care concepts. Together, they will shape Kao-Ho Hospital's position and value, step by step, solidifying preparations to achieve top-tier medical care and service quality.

DATE:AUGUST 23,2023 | TYPE:Announcement

"Taiwan News" - "Kao-Ho Hospital Receives Health Check Quality Certification from Joint Commission of Taiwan"

▲ Kao-Ho Hospital receives the "Health Check Quality Certification" from the Joint Commission of Taiwan. (Photo taken by reporter Wang Wenling) By Taiwan Good News [Reporter Wang Wenling / Kaohsiung Report] With the advancement of preventive medicine concepts, the public's awareness of personal health promotion has been gradually increasing. In order to provide a higher quality health check environment and top-quality service processes, Kao-Ho Hospital has obtained the "Health Check Quality Certification" from the Joint Commission of Taiwan in June of this year. President Hsu Tingyuan of Kao-Ho Hospital stated that the "Joint Commission of Taiwan" is one of the most important medical quality certification bodies in Taiwan's medical field. Since 2011, it has carried out "Health Check Quality Certification" to examine relevant services from the perspective of the examinees. After rigorous written review and on-site inspections by the evaluation committee, Kao-Ho Hospital has obtained the "Health Check Quality Certification." This certification signifies that Kao-Ho Hospital has demonstrated outstanding performance and has been recognized in the areas of safety, quality, efficiency, and service. The hospital is capable of providing professional and comprehensive high-quality health management services to individuals seeking health check-ups. For Kao-Ho Hospital, which has completed its first year of operation, this achievement undoubtedly marks a pursuit of excellence and serves as a significant milestone on the path to becoming an internationally renowned integrated medical center, regenerative medicine center, and precision medicine center. Kao-Ho Hospital has introduced GE's advanced imaging equipment for health checks, such as 3T MRI, CT, and 4D strain echocardiography, among other cutting-edge instruments. These technologies allow for quick completion of examinations within the shortest time, streamlining the process and reducing waiting time for examinees. The interpretation of results is carried out by Vice President Pan Huiben, who possesses over 40 years of medical center imaging interpretation experience, along with other specialized medical teams. President Hus Tingyuan pointed out that the safety of the examinees is of utmost importance in health check services. Based on this foundation, the quality and efficiency of the health check process are rigorously controlled to ensure accurate and comprehensive health check results, leaving no room for negligence. President Hsu Tingyuan commended and thanked colleagues for their dedication and efforts. Passing the evaluation is a positive start, yet he emphasized the importance of continuous improvement, striving for excellence, and enhancing service quality. He aims to provide examinees with a dignified health check journey in a comfortable environment and with a well-organized process. He also looks forward to the hospital's health check services becoming the preferred choice in the minds of the public. Article reprinted from "Taiwan News" https://newstaiwan.net/2023/06/07/高禾醫院榮獲醫策會「健康檢查品質認證」/

DATE:AUGUST 23,2023 | TYPE:Latest News

"The Liberty Times" - "Wrong Probiotic Intake: From Mild Diarrhea to Severe Allergic Reactions"

▲ Physician explaining personalized probiotic testing chip. By Cheng Kai-hung Probiotics refer to microorganisms that can grow and reproduce in the gastrointestinal tract and contribute to human health. We can obtain sufficient probiotics from foods such as yogurt, kimchi, pickles, and other fermented foods, or from dietary supplements. These microorganisms offer benefits to the human body, including improving digestive system health, enhancing nutrient absorption, and regulating the immune system. The research on the effects of probiotics on human health is extensive, especially in the realm of immune-related diseases. In allergic diseases like allergic rhinitis and asthma, probiotics have been shown to alleviate the severity of symptoms such as wheezing attacks, coughing, and nasal congestion, while also reducing the risk of infant allergies. For autoimmune diseases like inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and multiple sclerosis, probiotics have demonstrated their ability to regulate immune responses, reduce inflammation, and improve symptoms. In cases of viral respiratory infections and urinary tract infections, probiotics have been proven to alleviate symptom severity and illness duration, while also enhancing immune responses. Additionally, they can reduce the risk of antibiotic-induced diarrhea. Certain studies suggest that probiotics can help lower cholesterol levels and blood pressure, subsequently reducing the risk of heart disease. However, more research is needed to confirm these findings. Common side effects of probiotics include mild diarrhea, bloating, and gastrointestinal discomfort. For some individuals, choosing the wrong probiotics might lead to more serious side effects, such as infections, allergic reactions, or an increase in harmful bacteria. This is because the human immune system operates through two pathways: the Th1 (Type 1 helper T-cell) and Th2 (Type 2 helper T-cell) immune pathways. These two pathways antagonize each other; for example, an overactive Th2 response can lead to allergies. Thus, the concept of personalized probiotics arises. It involves selecting the most suitable probiotic supplement from 6-10 common gut probiotics and immune responses based on an individual's immune imbalance, in order to regulate immune imbalances. In conclusion, probiotics are beneficial microorganisms that can aid in improving human health, particularly in the realms of the digestive and immune systems. However, before using probiotics, it's advisable to consult a physician, especially for pregnant women, individuals with weaker immune systems, or those undergoing other treatments. Article reprinted from "The Liberty Times" [Link to original article: https://health.ltn.com.tw/article/paper/1574308]

DATE:AUGUST 23,2023 | TYPE:Latest News

"China Daily News" - "Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine for Car Accident-Related Soreness and Pain: Promoting Blood Circulation and Dispersing Blood Stasis"

▲Chinese medicine practitioner Zhang Liying used acupuncture and medicine to treat the aftermath of a car accident. (Photographed by reporter Wang Zhengping) by reporter Wang Zhengping) 【Reporter Wang Zhengping / Kaohsiung Report】 In the event of a car accident, seriously injured individuals are immediately rushed to the emergency room. However, for minor car accidents, many people continue driving if they don't have any obvious external injuries. Little do they know, the aftermath of a car accident often remains unnoticed at the moment, only to be realized the next day when the body starts to ache here and there. The slightest movement becomes excruciatingly painful. Dr. Zhang Liying(張立穎), a traditional Chinese medicine practitioner at Gaohe Hospital, reminds us that post-accident check-ups should not be taken lightly to avoid hidden health concerns. Dr. Zhang Liying(張立穎) points out that car accidents can result in body collisions and strains on muscles and ligaments. However, the swelling and inflammation caused by these conditions only gradually appear 12 to 24 hours later. This is why most people experience "general body soreness" the day after a car accident. According to traditional Chinese medicine theory, minor car accidents can damage the balance of qi and blood in the body, while severe accidents could harm internal organs. Regardless of the severity of the damage, it could lead to stagnation of qi and blood or insufficiency of qi and blood. Without proper treatment, this could result in lingering consequences such as sore muscles and bones, decreased joint mobility, and even subcutaneous tissue calcification. Dr. Zhang Liying(張立穎) emphasizes that the primary goal of traditional Chinese medicine treatment for car accident injuries is to address the stagnation of qi and blood within the patient's body. In the initial stage, treatment involves a combination of acupuncture and medication to promote qi circulation and blood flow and to eliminate blood stasis. In the middle stage, in addition to continuing acupuncture and medication for blood circulation and stasis elimination, slightly stronger techniques, vein lasers, and light bio-regulation therapy are employed. Simple activities are also recommended to accelerate healing and prevent severe blood stasis or adhesion. In cases of muscle or bone fractures, methods for bone-setting and tendon-connecting will also be employed. ▲Physiotherapist Kang Peiyun conducts photobiomodulation treatment, combined with some simple activities to speed up healing and prevent severe bruising or sticking. (Photographed by reporter Wang Zhengping) In the later stage, treatment methods will be tailored to the extent of qi and blood consumption within the patient's body. Scalp acupuncture will be combined with chiropractic techniques, complemented by physical therapy and appropriate exercises to restore muscle strength and eliminate residual blood stasis and adhesion. Treatment approaches such as strengthening the spleen and stomach, replenishing qi and nourishing blood, and supporting the liver and kidneys will also be administered. The article was reproduced in "yahoo! Sports" and "China Daily News" 「車禍痠痛」 針灸+中藥活血祛瘀

DATE:AUGUST 23,2023 | TYPE:Latest News

"The Liberty Times" - "Vein Laser Treatment: A New Choice for Stroke Rehabilitation"

By Dr. Cheng Kai-hung Vein laser treatment is an emerging therapeutic approach that involves intravascular irradiation through the placement of a venous catheter. The most commonly used light wavelengths are within the red or near-infrared range. This treatment has been proven effective for various conditions such as fibromyalgia and post-stroke functional recovery, contributing to improved physical function and symptom relief for patients. Enhancing Blood Circulation for Pain Relief The effectiveness of vein laser treatment lies in its ability to enhance blood circulation, boost immune function, reduce chronic inflammation, and alleviate pain. ◎ Functions of Vein Laser Treatment: ● Increases tissue blood flow and oxygen delivery, contributing to overall organ and tissue health and functionality. ● Stimulates the immune system, enhancing the body's ability to resist infections and other diseases. ● Possesses anti-inflammatory effects, aiding in the treatment of many chronic inflammatory conditions, such as arthritis or autoimmune diseases. ● Some studies suggest that vein laser treatment may effectively reduce pain, especially for conditions like migraines or neuropathic pain. Furthermore, a renowned director surnamed Li from the mainland's film industry sought treatment from Dr. Hsu in Taiwan, which continued for a span of eight years. ◎ Considerations: ● Currently, there is still a lack of substantial randomized controlled trials to prove its effectiveness and safety. ● Different diseases may require varying dosages and treatment regimens. Therefore, treatment should be managed by experienced medical professionals. ● Before undergoing treatment, physicians should assess the patient's medical history and any potential risk factors, such as clotting abnormalities or venous inflammation. ● Since vein laser treatment may lead to adverse reactions such as venous inflammation or allergic responses, patients should closely monitor and promptly notify their doctors. As such, if you are seeking an alternative therapy to improve your health, vein laser treatment may be a worthwhile consideration. However, it's important to note that vein laser treatment does not cure all diseases and may not be suitable for certain individuals. Article reprinted from "The Liberty Times" [Link to original article: https://health.ltn.com.tw/article/paper/1575228]

DATE:AUGUST 23,2023 | TYPE:Latest News

"yahoo! News" - "Enhanced External Counterpulsation Therapy: A New Option for Coronary Heart Disease and Heart Failure Patients"

By Yahoo! News [Reporter Wang Wenling / Kaohsiung Report] With the Westernization of diets and changes in lifestyle, cardiovascular diseases among the population in Taiwan are not only increasing in number but also showing a trend of affecting younger individuals. According to the 110th-year statistics on causes of death by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, heart disease ranks as the second leading cause of death among Taiwanese people. On average, one person dies every 24 minutes due to heart disease, claiming over 20,000 lives each year. People cannot afford to underestimate the threat that heart disease poses to their health. ▲"Enhanced External Counterpulsation Therapy" can improve the hearts of patients and enhance their quality of life. (Photo taken by reporter Wang Wenling) With advancements in medical technology, the treatment of cardiovascular diseases has progressed from surgical procedures to catheter-based interventions, allowing patients with coronary heart disease to improve their condition and extend their lifespan. However, there are still many cardiovascular disease patients who are not suitable for bypass surgery or invasive stent placement. In light of this, Kao-Ho Hospital has introduced "Enhanced External Counterpulsation Therapy" (EECP). This therapy can be likened to a massage for the blood vessels. Dr. Zheng Kaihong(鄭凱鴻), a cardiologist at Kao-Ho Hospital, explains that the EECP treatment involves attaching three pressure cuffs to the calves, thighs, and pelvic region. These cuffs are triggered by the R wave of the electrocardiogram. During the heart's relaxation phase, the cuffs inflate from the calves to the thighs and buttocks, promoting blood reflux in the lower limbs, increasing arterial blood supply to the heart muscle, and improving blood supply to vital organs such as the heart, brain, and kidneys. Before the heart contracts, the cuffs rapidly deflate, opening up the compressed blood vessels in the limbs and reducing peripheral vascular resistance, thus lightening the workload of the heart. Through EECP treatment, endothelial cell function in blood vessels is improved, vascular inflammation is reduced, and new blood vessel growth in the cardiovascular system is stimulated, achieving the goal of treating cardiovascular diseases. When cardiovascular function is compromised, tissues relatively lacking oxygen tend to produce substances that promote blood vessel growth, attempting to increase the vascular supply of nutrients and oxygen. With the assistance of EECP, which increases blood circulation to these relatively oxygen-deprived tissues, along with the substances promoting blood vessel growth, small blood vessels proliferate to nourish these tissues, addressing the issues of oxygen and nutrient deprivation. Consequently, the heart and other organs gradually regain their original functionality, leading to overall health improvement. Dr. Zheng Kaihong(鄭凱鴻) points out that the advantage of this treatment is that it doesn't require surgery and achieves therapeutic effects non-invasively. Clinical research has shown that the response rate to EECP treatment is as high as 70-80%, with effects lasting for about five years. A complete treatment course consists of 35 hours and does not require hospitalization. Patients only need to undergo one-hour sessions, five days a week, continuously for seven weeks. This regimen can improve blood oxygen levels, increase cardiac output, extend exercise duration, lower heart rate, and enhance overall quality of life. Dr. Zheng Kaihong(鄭凱鴻) states that with the introduction of EECP, there is now an additional treatment option for patients with coronary heart disease and heart failure. After the improvement of cardiac function, circulation in organs such as the brain and kidneys also improves. Thus, patients suffering from stroke and kidney failure experience significant progress in their functional recovery. As for the evaluation of cardiac function, Kao-Ho Hospital employs the latest 4D strain echocardiography, combined with AI-based analysis for accurate examination of cardiac structure and dynamic function. Dr. Zheng highlights that this technology requires rigorous training in the United States to ensure that measurement results fall within an acceptable margin of error before being approved. It enables precise monitoring of patients' cardiac status, early detection of abnormal cardiac function, and the implementation of appropriate response measures. This technology also allows accurate tracking of clues indicating the recovery of patients' cardiac function. It is recommended to practice heart-protective actions in daily life, starting from personal habits, to take care of one's heart and live a healthy "heart" life. Article reprinted from "yahoo! News" https://tw.news.yahoo.com/心臟體外反搏治療-對冠心症和心衰竭患者多了-項新選擇-073109679.html

DATE:AUGUST 23,2023 | TYPE:Latest News

"The Liberty Times" - "Elevated Blood Pressure During Pregnancy: Beware of Heart Disease Risk"

▲During pregnancy, those with a history of heart disease or elevated blood pressure need to consult physicians with expertise in both obstetrics and cardiology, who can perform specialized cardiac ultrasound techniques. This may require a longer assessment to ensure early problem detection. Image is for illustrative purposes and not related to the article. (Image source: freepik) By Dr. Cheng Kai-hung In her early thirties, Xiao Qi often felt chest discomfort while lying down, which prompted her to seek medical attention from various doctors. Despite having a heart murmur and some foot swelling, previous examinations hadn't revealed anything noteworthy. However, when she underwent a cardiac ultrasound, including a special advanced 4D strain echocardiogram, it was found that although she was young, the motion of her heart's posterior and lateral walls during contraction was somewhat impaired, particularly after giving birth just one month prior. I asked her, "Did your blood pressure increase during pregnancy?" She replied, "The systolic pressure went up by over 20 millimeters of mercury (mmHg) compared to before pregnancy." I responded, "I see! I'll prescribe medication for you, but keep in mind that the medication isn't suitable for breastfeeding." ◎ Understanding Obstetric Cardiology: ● Obstetric cardiology is an emerging interdisciplinary field that combines cardiology and obstetrics. Physicians in this field pay special attention to cardiovascular diseases that arise or worsen during pregnancy and childbirth, as well as postpartum cardiovascular health. Failure to promptly address these conditions can result in severe complications for pregnant and postpartum women. ● Peripartum cardiomyopathy commonly occurs during the last month of pregnancy or within six months after delivery. Symptoms include palpitations, chest pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, edema, and arrhythmias. Left untreated, it can lead to severe heart failure and other complications. ● Gestational hypertension refers to high blood pressure that develops in pregnant women after the 20th week of pregnancy. If accompanied by proteinuria or other kidney abnormalities, it may indicate the possibility of preeclampsia or eclampsia. Although gestational hypertension typically resolves after pregnancy, in certain cases, it can progress to more severe conditions like the aforementioned disorders or peripartum cardiomyopathy. During pregnancy, it is advisable to follow medical advice, undergo regular check-ups, and use relevant medications cautiously to avoid affecting the baby. ▲A 4D strain echocardiogram illustrates areas with poor contraction function (blue areas), which are not within the normal range (red areas). Early Detection Prevents Serious Complications For those with a history of heart disease or elevated blood pressure during pregnancy, it's important to consult physicians with expertise in obstetric cardiology and who are skilled in performing specialized cardiac ultrasound techniques. They may need more time to assess your heart health to ensure early detection of any issues. If you experience symptoms like palpitations, chest pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, swelling, or other discomforts, seek medical attention promptly. Early detection and treatment are the best ways to safeguard your health and the health of your baby. Article reprinted from "The Liberty Times" [Link to original article: https://health.ltn.com.tw/article/paper/1575841]

DATE:AUGUST 23,2023 | TYPE:Latest News