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Transplant
A Special Valentine's Day Gift: Wife Donates Kidney to Husband
Feb 16, 2018 By Emory Transplant Center

In life, some things just fall into place. Seven years ago, Kerrie Poirot gave her husband Michael her heart. Now for this Valentine’s Day, she gave him the ultimate gift of love – donating her kidney and giving him the gift of life. Watch the story unfold from Fox 5 News. Kerrie’s surgeon, Dr. Nicole Turgeon, Director of Emory’s Living Donor Kidney Transplant Program, says she's most humbled by living donors. "They're selfless," Dr. Turgeon says. "They give an organ. They undergo surgery that they wouldn't otherwise have to have." Emory Transplant Center has a well-established program, performing more than 1,300 living donor transplants to date.

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To learn more about kidney transplant and Emory Transplant Center’s Living Donor Program, visit emoryhealthcare.org/kidneytransplant. [...]

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Heart & Vascular
Real Patients, Real Stories: Bill Hutchens' Problem Solved
Feb 16, 2018 By admin

Alpharetta resident, Bill Hutchens, is constantly solving problems in his career as an IT consultant. However, not too long ago, he realized that he had stumbled onto something that he couldn’t solve. Frequent angina pains similar to extreme heartburn. But with the help of Emory Saint Joseph’s Cardiac Rehabilitation program, the 51-year-old is back on the soccer field, pursuing the hobby that he loves so much. “There’s no doubt in my mind that soccer has been a life-changing event for me. If I hadn’t been such an active player the past ten years, I wouldn’t have noticed the physical changes, and I would have collapsed in my backyard. Somebody was watching out for me for sure,” he says. Because Hutchens has a family history of heart problems, he has always been vigilant about annual physicals and stress tests. His father had his first open heart surgery at the age of 42, his mother passed away three years ago during a procedure, and Hutchens’ grandfather died at 52 after a massive heart attack. “I knew I was at risk, but nothing showed up until a couple of years ago when I noticed my stamina on the soccer field was decreasing. I used to be able to [...]

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Heart & Vascular
Hope For the Broken Hearted
Feb 14, 2018 By Emory Heart & Vascular Center

Heartbreak, heartache, and heartbroken are not words you would typically associate with the day of love (Valentine’s Day)…Or are they? When February rolls around each year, we’re bombarded with messages and sentiments of love.  Couples, families, and friends begin to plan for Valentine’s Day, the day of love and dinner reservations are made, gifts are purchased, cards are written, and for those that are really lucky, the decadence of chocolate awaits. For some of us though, Valentine’s Day can be difficult if that special someone is no longer around. The overwhelming symbolism of love may cause them to reminisce and feel a deep pain. We know this pain, usually felt in the heart, as a broken heart, but in the medical world, this condition (yes, it’s a real medical condition) is known as acute stress cardiomyopathy. Acute stress cardiomyopathy or “broken heart syndrome” is a relatively temporary heart condition brought on by stressful situations, such as a death of a loved one, or the complete shock of an unexpected breakup. The syndrome can lead to congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, and potentially life-threatening heart rhythm [...]

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Heart & Vascular
Real Patients, Real Stories: Luis Aparicio on a Second Chance
Feb 12, 2018 By Emory Heart & Vascular Center

A fit, athletic 64-year-old and lifelong rower, Luis Aparicio is the last person you would imagine suffering a near-fatal heart attack. Much like his life story, Aparicio’s recovery is all about dedication and persistence. Thanks to the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital, he is eagerly sharing his powerful story with others. “I’m a miracle,” Aparicio says. “I will always be grateful to cardiac rehab because they have empowered me.” Aparicio’s story began as a young boy growing up in Mexico City. While his friends were active soccer players, Aparicio never took a liking to the popular sport in his hometown. “I wasn’t good in soccer, so my coach took me to the rowing club,” he says. At the age of 13, Aparicio had such a natural talent for rowing, that his dedication to the sport included riding on six buses across town for two-daily training sessions. The hard work paid off, and Aparicio represented Mexico in the Olympic Games of 1968, 1972 and 1976. In his mid-20s, Aparicio returned to school, earned a masters degree in world history. Fluent in six languages, he began working as a translator for Olympic athletes [...]

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Cosmetic Medicine
What is a Liquid Facelift?
Feb 8, 2018 By Foad Nahai, MD, FACS

A facelift without surgery? A “liquid facelift” may sound like a dream, but it’s a real. Simply put, it’s a nonsurgical facelift. So, if you’re bothered by signs of aging, but aren’t quite ready to make the jump to cosmetic surgery, this may be your answer.

How Injections and Fillers Can Give You a Whole New Look

As you age, your skin loses elasticity and volume. This can cause sagging skin, hollowed eyes, and wrinkles. With the availability of injectables and dermal fillers, surgery is no longer the only option for combating these common signs of aging.

Injectables

Repetitive movements, like smiling or furrowing your brow, eventually create wrinkles. Injectables are used to relax and limit the movement of specific facial muscles that are responsible for wrinkles. Injectibles are commonly used to temporarily soften or eliminate lines and wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes and mouth. The added bonus is they also prevent deeper lines and wrinkles from forming. You can typically expect results to last three to four months.
How Do Injectables Work?
Injectables use a safe form of botulinum toxin to reduce the appearance of certain facial wrinkles. [...]

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Brain Health Center
Dr. Rothbaum on How PTSD Affects Veterans
Feb 7, 2018 By Emory Brain Health Center

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can result from a traumatic or life-threatening event such as military combat. Thousands of servicemembers and Veterans struggle with PTSD. Often, they resist seeking help because of negative ideas about PTSD or the fear of what others might think. PTSD can affect personal relationships and even destroy families.

Question: Can you have PTSD even though you didn’t see combat? Rothbaum_BarbaraDr. Rothbaum: Absolutely. PTSD can result from any event in which someone felt that they or someone they care about could be seriously injured or killed. Sexual assault survivors, motor vehicle crash survivors, natural disaster survivors, and many others develop PTSD. Approximately 10% of the US population at any given time has PTSD, and most of this is not from combat.   Question: What treatment options do you offer besides talking to a counselor? Talking has got me no where. Rothbaum_BarbaraDr. Rothbaum: Good question. We offer what are known as evidence based treatments for PTSD, meaning that controlled studies have shown that these treatments work. “Talking therapy” alone is not one of the treatments that has been shown to work for [...]

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Heart & Vascular
Congenital Heart Disease: Staying in Specialty Care Saves Lives
Feb 7, 2018 By Wendy Book, MD

Congenital Heart DiseaseCongenital heart defects (CHD) are the most common type of birth defect, affecting approximately 8 per 1000 births in the US. The severity of these defects ranges from mild defects that don't require surgery to critical heart defects that require surgery within the first year of a newborn to survive. Advances in medical and surgical care have significantly improved survival for all CHD, even the most complex, severe defects. As a result of these advances, the majority of children born with a heart defect now survive to adulthood. The number of adults with congenital heart defects exceeds the number of children with CHD. Despite these childhood successes, many adults with congenital heart disease face late complications, hospitalizations, need for medications, future surgeries, and may die at a younger age than their counterparts without a heart defect. The surgeries that permitted childhood survival often are a repair, rather than a "cure." For this reason, those born with congenital heart defects require ongoing regular specialty care across the lifespan. Unfortunately, some patients and their providers have the perception that the heart defect has been "cured." The [...]

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Preventive Medicine
What You Should Know About the Stomach Flu
Feb 2, 2018 By Nick E. Colovos, MD, MBA, FACEP, FAAEM

Everyone on the planet has had or will have stomach flu. Would you be surprised to know that stomach flu isn’t really flu at all? It’s actually a virus (norovirus) — and it’s highly contagious. Stomach flu spreads from infected feces or vomit. Yuck, right? The best way to protect yourself and your family is for everyone to wash their hands often and well. If you’re changing diapers or cleaning up after a sick kid, clean up after yourself too. This bug spreads easily and is often picked up when we touch hard surfaces used by many (doorknobs, sink faucets, cutting boards). The best ways to keep things clean and virus-free is to:

  • Stay away from food prep areas if you’re sick or recovering
  • Wash your hands with soap + warm water—hand sanitizers don’t do as good of a job
  • Wear gloves to do laundry
  • Use disinfectant cleaners generously to kill viruses on hard surfaces such as counters, door knobs and light switches

Stomach Flu Symptoms

With a stomach virus, symptoms come on slowly over one to two days. Norovirus symptoms may include:
  • Cramps or aching belly
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
These symptoms are similar to food poisoning symptoms. [...]

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Heart & Vascular
Your Heart Questions Answered by Emory Women's Heart Center
Feb 2, 2018 By Emory Women's Heart Center

Thank you for participating in American Heart Month. Our expert from Emory Women's Heart Center is excited to answer your submitted questions. Answers will be published on March 1, 2018. Don't worry, we'll remind you when they get posted! [...]

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Cosmetic Medicine
Treatment Options to Get Rid of a Double Chin
Jan 25, 2018 By Felmont Eaves, III, MD, FACS

Double chins go by many names, and some of them sound pretty funny. Whether you call it a turkey neck, wattle or something else, one thing is certain—there’s nothing fun about having one. So first of all, let’s start with ‘what is a double chin’, really? Primarily, it means that there are fatty deposits in the central area of the neck starting on the underside of the jaw bone going downward. Generally the fat is just in the middle of the neck, but sometimes it goes more widely from side to side. Because the fat pushes the skin outward, it creates a change in the normally sharp angle between the underside of the chin and the neck when looking from the side. Typically, it looks worse when someone is looking down, or bending their neck downward. In order to address a double chin, it means we need to reduce the fat in this area. Today, there are more options than ever before when it comes to treating and minimizing a double chin. At the Emory Aesthetic Center, our cosmetic surgeons will work closely with you to understand your options, and help you decide if a surgical or non-surgical approach is best for you.

Treatment Options

Understanding what causes your [...]

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