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Heart & Vascular
Is There a Difference Between Spider Veins and Varicose Veins?
Sep 2, 2015 By Emory Heart & Vascular Center

legs (1)Though spider veins and varicose veins are both classified as vein disorders, there are some distinct differences between them.

What do They Look Like?

Spider veins are small, wispy, web-like veins on the skin surface, usually less than one millimeter in diameter. They may be purple or red, and often appear in clusters or nests, which may look like a bruise. Varicose veins are larger veins, which often have a blue color and generally bulge under the skin. Both types of veins are visible and one of the primary treatment goals is an improvement in cosmetic appearance.

What Causes Spider Veins and Varicose Veins?

Spider veins are usually inherited. Obesity, female hormones and prolonged sitting or standing are also contributing factors. Varicose veins are most often a result of valves that function incorrectly. Normal valves allow blood to flow in only one direction—out of the leg and towards the heart. Faulty valves allow blood to flow backward into the leg, increasing pressure in the veins. This increased pressure dilates and elongates the vein, causing it to protrude and appear curved or twisted.

Do These Veins Cause Problems?

Spider veins do not usually cause [...]

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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
Takeaways from Dr. Boden’s Spine Surgery Chat
Sep 2, 2015 By Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center

Thanks to everyone who joined us Tuesday, August 25, for our live online chat on “When Should You Consider Spine Surgery?” hosted by Scott Boden, MD, director of the Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center. If you have been told you need spine surgery, it is important to make sure you have the proper information before electing to have spine surgery. The good news is that less than 10% of patients who experience back or neck problems are actually candidates for surgery. See all of Dr. Boden’s answers by checking out the chat transcript! Below are a few highlights from the chat: Question: I have disc degeneration at all lumbar levels, can surgery be performed, if not, what else can be done to relieve pain? boden-scott   Dr. Boden: When there is disc degeneration at all levels and the primary symptom is back pain (and not radiating leg pain), we would typically not suggest surgery. You would have to come in to see a spine specialist to fully address your pain and specific situation, though.   Question: If less than 10% of patients who experience back or neck problems are candidates for surgery, why is that? boden-scott   Dr. Boden: The majority of back or neck [...]

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Weight Management
Emory Bariatric Center Patient Named 2015 OPTIFAST® New You Weight Loss Winner
Sep 1, 2015 By Emory Bariatric Center

tawnismallThe Emory Bariatric Center of Emory University Hospital Midtown is proud to have one of its own patients selected as a winner of the 2015 OPTIFAST® New You weight loss contest. The New You weight loss contest is designed to recognize OPTIFAST patients for their pursuit of and dedication to long-term weight management. Contest winners are living proof that lifestyle changes – mindful eating and physical activity – can help achieve a better quality of life. The selected Emory Bariatric Center patient is Tawni Taylor from Atlanta, GA. Just less than a year ago, Tawni’s 5’3” frame carried 324 pounds. A walk up three steps of stairs left her breathless. Thirty years of not making the right choices in terms of her dietary and physical fitness habits had finally caught up with her, and she was ready to get on the right path. On September 26, 2014, Tawni made a commitment to herself to lose weight and enrolled in the OPTIFAST program at the Emory Bariatric Center. Today at 180 pounds, her whole mindset around food, physical activity and overall well-being has changed. It's difficult for Tawni to imagine a life where mindful eating and exercise is not [...]

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Heart & Vascular
Reward Your Heart 2015
Sep 1, 2015 By Emory Women's Heart Center

October 1, 2015, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. By Emory Women's Heart Centerrewardyourheartevent The Emory Women’s Heart Center will be hosting the third annual Reward Your Heart Event. Enjoy a relaxing evening filled with heart-healthy information and indulgences including delicious tasting of wines and hors d’oeuvres, specialty olive oils, soothing teas, aromatherapy and hand massages. Plus door prizes will be available. Learn about “The Benefits of Changing Health Care” from Jennifer Mieres, MD, an award-winning professor of cardiology who is internationally recognized as a leading advocate for women’s heart health, heart disease prevention, wellness and diversity in health care. The evening will include informal consultations with physicians from Emory Healthcare and a panel discussion and Q & A with the Emory Women’s Heart Team

Reward Your Heart Event Details


Thursday, October 1, 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.


Hyatt Atlanta Perimeter at Villa Christina 4000 Summit Blvd, NE Atlanta, GA 30319


Tickets are $15 per person or $25 per couple. Register online at or call 678-843-8368


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Pancreatic Cancer: Incidence and Outlook
Aug 31, 2015 By Winship Cancer Institute

Pancreatic cancer increases with age and most people are between 60 to 80 years old when diagnosed. Early pancreatic cancer often does not cause symptoms. Pancreatic cancer can affect anyone. People with a family history of pancreatic cancer in first degree relatives have an increased risk. Pancreatic cancer specialist, Dr. David Kooby from Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University talks about why the disease is so prevalent and why it is so difficult to treat. Learn more about Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University. [...]

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Cosmetic Medicine
Ask the Doctor: Can I Get Rid of My Double Chin?
Aug 28, 2015 By Foad Nahai, MD, FACS

nice-neckI am often asked by my patients, “Can I get rid of my double chin?” The answer is, “Of course you can!” There are many options, all of which are effective. The key is to choose the right one for you. I always recommend the option that offers the best result, the least risk and the shortest recovery. Before we discuss the options, lets briefly look at what constitutes a double chin. Most believe it is simply a collection of excess fat under the chin, and in most cases it is. However, there can be more to a double chin than fat. The skin, neck muscles, deeper fat layers and even minor salivary glands can play a role. But in most patients, all that is needed is removal of the fat. The fat can be eliminated through injections, external “fat melting” devices, or liposuction. Kybella™ is an injectable drug newly approved by the FDA, which “dissolves” the fat. It is an in office procedure with a series of injections. External “fat melting” devices are another option where a device is applied to the skin that leads to fat elimination. This is also an in office procedure. The results of both injections and devices are not immediate and may take weeks or [...]

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Emory Transplant Center Celebrates National Minority Donor Awareness Week
Aug 27, 2015 By Emory Transplant Center

multi-ethnicAugust is a good time to honor our minority donors who make the benefits of transplantation possible. National Minority Donor Awareness Week, celebrated annually on August 1-7, is a nationwide observance to honor the generosity of multicultural donors and their families, while also underscoring the critical need for people from diverse communities to become organ donors. The Emory Transplant Center is committed to bringing attention to the critical need for organ donors. The need for minority donors is especially profound.

2014 Statistics:

  • 58% of individuals on the national organ transplant waiting list were comprised of minorities (this number includes Blacks, Asians, Hispanics, American Indians, Pacific Islanders and people of multiracial decent)
  • 32%
of all deceased donors were minorities
  • 42%
of all those receiving transplants were minorities (Source: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services)
We would like to honor minorities who have been donors, and encourage others to register as donors. A greater diversity of donors may potentially increase access to transplantation for everyone. For more information, please visit and “Why Minority [...]

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Heart & Vascular
Your Aching Legs: Minimizing Varicose Vein Pain and When It’s Time to Consider Treatment
Aug 27, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

vv2-calloutThough they may not be preventable, there are ways to reduce the likelihood that you will develop varicose veins. If you already have them, treatment can almost always be performed in the office with minimally invasive techniques with very little discomfort or down time. Join us Tuesday, September 8, at 12:00 p.m. for a live, interactive web chat about “Your Aching Legs: Minimizing Varicose Vein Pain and When It’s Time to Consider Treatment”. Dr. Rheudasil will be available to answer questions and discuss various topics about varicose vein pain prevention and treatment options. During this interactive web chat, you’ll be able to ask questions and get real-time answers from our Emory Healthcare professional. Register now for our September 8 chat. Chat Sign Up

rheudasil-j-mark (1)About Dr. Rheudasil

Mark Rheudasil, MD, graduated magna cum laude from Abilene Christian University in Texas and he earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas in 1983. He completed a general surgery internship and residency program at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and also completed a fellowship in vascular surgery at Emory University in 1989. Dr. [...]

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Risk Factors and Symptoms of Pancreatic Cancer
Aug 26, 2015 By Winship Cancer Institute

The pancreas is a flat, banana-shaped organ that is located behind the stomach. Functionally, it can be regarded as two separate organs based on the chemicals each produces. The exocrine pancreas makes up the largest part of the gland and is responsible for creating enzymes that help break down foods we eat so that they can be used by the body. The endocrine pancreas is composed of groupings of cells that make up a much smaller part of the gland. These cell clusters, called islets, are responsible for producing hormones, such as insulin, that help regulate the amount of sugar in the blood. What are the risk factors and symptoms of pancreatic cancer? Winship surgical oncologist, Dr. David Kooby answers those questions. Learn more about Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University. [...]

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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
What is a ruptured ligament?
Aug 25, 2015 By Oluseun Olufade, M.D.

sprained-ankleA sprained ankle is a very common injury in athletes, non-athletes and people of all ages. Approximately 25,000 people experience this injury each day. Ankle sprains are usually caused by an injury that places stress on a joint or ruptures the supporting ligaments. A ligament is an elastic structure that connects bones to other bones. A ruptured ligament indicates a severe sprain. The ligaments in the ankle hold the ankle bones and joint in position, providing stabilization and support. Rupturing occurs when the ligaments tear completely or separate from the bone, impairing proper joint function.

Causes of ankle sprains

  • Sprains are common injuries caused by sports and physical fitness activities. These activities include: walking, basketball, volleyball, soccer and other jumping sports. Contact sports such as football, hockey and boxing put athletes at risk for ankle injury.
  • Falls, twists, or rolls of the foot that stretch beyond its normal motions are a result of ankle sprains.
  • Uneven surfaces or stepping down at an angle can cause sprains.

Treatment for ankle sprains

When treating a severe sprain with a ruptured ligament, surgery or immobilization may be [...]

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