Flu season visitor restriction – age 16 or older (Restricción de visitantes durante la Temporada de Influenza (Flu) – Mayores de 16 años.)

Flu Season Visitor Restriction

Visitors temporarily restricted to age 16 or older

As a safety first organization, Christiana Care is implementing a temporary visitation age restriction starting Friday, Jan. 18. This temporary restriction protects patients, their loved ones and health care workers during this time of extremely high number of influenza cases and other respiratory illnesses circulating in our community.

The new restrictions limit visitors to patients in Christiana and Wilmington hospitals to persons age 16 or older. Children and teens younger than 16 years are most likely to get the flu and remain contagious longer than adults. This restriction does not apply to outpatient and ambulatory services. We began restricting visitors under the age of 16 years in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Women’s and Children’s areas on Jan. 18.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

For more information about the Flu visit our Health Library.

Restricción de visitantes durante la Temporada de Influenza (Flu)

Temporalmente solo se permiten los visitantes mayores de 16 años.

Como una organización que promueve la seguridad ante todo, Christiana Care está implementando una restricción temporal en la edad de visitantes a partir del viernes 18 de enero. Esta restricción temporal protege a los pacientes, a sus seres queridos y al personal de cuidados de salud durante esta época con un número extremadamente alto de casos de influenza y de otras enfermedades respiratorias que circulan en nuestra comunidad.

Las nuevas restricciones, en los hospitales Christiana y Wilmington, sólo permiten visitas a pacientes de personas mayores de 16 años. Los niños y adolescentes menores de 16 años son más propensos a contraer el flu y son contagiosos por más tiempo que los adultos. Esta restricción no aplica a las áreas de servicios ambulatorios. Comenzamos la restricción de visitas a menores de 16 años en nuestra Unidad de Cuidados Intensivos Neonatales (NICU) y en las áreas para Mujeres y Niños desde el 18 de enero.

Gracias por su comprensión y cooperación.

Para más información sobre la gripe, visite nuestra Biblioteca de Salud.

Center for Heart & Vascular Health

Familial Cardiovascular Risk Assessment Program

Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of men and women in the United States. Identifying risks and managing them is a crucial part of a heart-healthy lifestyle. Many people believe that heart disease occurs at random but that is not always the case. Up to 15 percent of heart disease is hereditary, meaning that a risk for heart conditions is passed from one generation to the next. These hereditary or genetic risk factors may increase an individual’s odds of heart disease.

The Familial Cardiovascular Risk Assessment program is a vital part of the Christiana Care Center for Heart & Vascular Health. This program offers a comprehensive cardiovascular risk assessment that focuses on family history and genetics, along with personal and environmental factors. In addition, the staff at the Center for Heart & Vascular Health is dedicated to learning new ways to better treat these diseases.

Because many heart attacks, strokes and even sudden cardiac deaths occur without warning, early detection is important. Also, patients diagnosed with cardiovascular disease can help slow its progression by learning to manage their risk factors and lead heart-healthy lives.

Benefits and limitations of genetic testing

Identifying hereditary heart problems allows patients and their doctors to schedule tests for relatives, in order to identify people who need regular care and those who do not. It helps doctors to manage patients with both cardiac and non-cardiac problems. And it helps patients to make informed family-planning decisions.

Genetic testing may not identify all of the inherited causes of heart disease.

Know the key signs of hereditary cardiovascular disease

We cannot change our family history. But knowing it can help reduce our risk of developing heart disease. Some of the red flags to look for in your family are:

  • Two or more close relatives on the same side of the family with the same or related condition, including relatives who have a pacemaker or who have had heart surgery.
  • Multiple relatives with related disorders such as diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure or high cholesterol.
  • Heart disease at a young age in one or more close relatives (males before age 55 or females before age 65).
  • A history of sudden death in the family, including unexplained accidental death such as drowning or car accidents.
  • A personal or family history of fainting or passing out.
  • A pattern of heart disease being passed through generations in the family.

If any of these key indicators are found, genetic counseling can help assess risk for heart disease for you and your family. This allows us to develop a plan to prevent or aggressively manage your heart disease.

Familial Cardiovascular Risk Assessment Program
Center for Heart & Vascular Health
4755 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Newark, DE 19718 directions