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Heart & Vascular
What Causes Varicose Veins or Spider Veins? - Join Us for a Live Web Chat!
Mar 27, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

Varicose Spider VeinsWhile it’s important to look your best, it’s also important to feel your best. Males, females, the young and the old. Varicose veins can affect anyone. So have you ever wondered what causes those unsightly bulges and twists to appear on your legs? Join us on Tuesday, April 14, at 12:00 p.m. for an interactive web chat discussing the causes of varicose veins and spider veins. Dr. Rheudasil will be available to answer questions and discuss various topics, including the causes, prevention and treatment of varicose veins. 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 April 14 chat at

About Dr. Rheudasil

Mark Rheudasil, MDMark 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. Dr. Rheudasil also completed a fellowship in vascular surgery at Emory University in 1989. Dr. Rheudasil is a diplomat of the [...]

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Cosmetic Medicine
How Do I Know if I Need an Upper Eyelid Lift or a Brow Lift?
Mar 27, 2015 By H. Joon Kim, MD

Brow LiftSagging eyelids are a common problem that most people will experience with the aging process. Because the face functions as a single unit (meaning what occurs in the forehead affects the eyebrows and eyelids, which in turn can affect the lower face), it can be difficult at times to determine a single source for a particular concern. The truth is, it is the combination of sagging brows and excess skin on the eyelids that result in the sagging appearance of the eyelids. No two patients are alike, and it is important to tease out what is contributing to the sagging eyelids to determine which surgical repair is the most appropriate. Upper eyelids lose elasticity over time and become redundant, giving them a tired appearance. For most women, this starts to occur in their early forties as they start to notice difficulty applying and visualizing their eye makeup. For men, it usually becomes a problem much later. When the redundancy is mild, it is mainly a cosmetic issue. When it becomes severe, it can sometimes interfere with a patient’s vision. Either case, the surgical treatment for this is an eyelid lift (blepharoplasty), where the excess skin, and usually the fat underneath [...]

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Emory Liver Transplant Program Raises the Bar
Mar 26, 2015 By Emory Transplant Center

transplant quality measuresAccording to the December 2014 Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) report, Emory’s adult and pediatric liver transplant program is the second busiest in the nation, establishing the Emory Liver Transplant Program as a leader across the U.S. This feat is made more remarkable by the fact that while volume in the adult program has more than doubled over the past six years, survival outcomes have also dramatically improved, according to the SRTR data. The Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) is a national database of transplant statistics. The registry evaluates both the scientific and clinical status of solid organ transplantation for all programs across the nation. This includes the number of transplants performed, wait-list candidates, transplant recipients, and survival statistics for each program. The liver teams at the Emory Transplant Center and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta performed 145 adult and 18 pediatric liver transplants (one of which was from a living donor) in calendar year 2014. This is up from a total of 91 adult and pediatric transplants in 2008. In the most recent SRTR report, Emory's one-year adult patient and [...]

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Heart & Vascular
Why is Screening for Heart Disease Important?
Mar 25, 2015 By Emory Women's Heart Center

Cardiovascular ScreeningDid you know that Emory Healthcare offers preventive health and wellness screenings throughout the metro Atlanta area? Our goal is to improve the health of our patients and provide communities greater access to important screening services, as well as the Emory Healthcare Network of physicians and providers. Emory Women’s Heart Center is a unique program dedicated to the diagnosis, screening, treatment and prevention of heart disease in women. The Center, led by nationally renowned women's heart specialist Gina Lundberg, MD, provides comprehensive heart screenings for patients at risk for cardiovascular disease as well as a full range of treatment options for those already diagnosed with heart disease.

Why is heart disease screening important?

Screenings are often the best way to identify risk factors that may contribute to heart disease. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), few people have “ideal risk levels on all screening tests. However, if you do have test results that are less than ideal, it doesn’t mean you’re destined to develop a serious cardiovascular disease. On the contrary, it means you’re in position to begin changing your health in [...]

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Special Emory Clinic Seeks to Diagnose Rare Diseases
Mar 24, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

Emory Special Diagnostics Patient

Rheumatologist Heather Gladue, DO, sees patient Drew Crenshaw during a check-up at Emory following his diagnosis of severe gout.

Emory Healthcare patient, Drew Crenshaw, was just 18-years old when he started down his six-year journey to diagnosis. After seeking medical help for crippling ankle pain, X-rays revealed that Drew had minor stress fractures in both his feet. Wheelchair bound for six months with casts on his feet, Drew withdrew from college and returned home to recover. But even after his casts were removed, Drew’s pain not only continued, but spread to all of his joints. "Some days, the pain was so bad I could not even get out of bed," says Crenshaw. "My shoulders, knees, elbows, fingers and ankles were all affected. Everything hurt." After visiting doctors and health care facilities in several states, Drew came to Emory's Special Diagnostic Services (ESDS), a year- old practice dedicated to evaluating patients with undiagnosed symptoms and/or illnesses. There, the multidisciplinary team strives to improve each patient's health by thoroughly reviewing his or her medical history before referring on to the appropriate Emory specialist for [...]

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"Top Secret" Cancer Facts Worth Sharing
Mar 23, 2015 By Edith Brutcher, RN, MSN, ANP-BC, AOCNP, Lead Advanced Practice Provider for Medical Oncology, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

cancer secretsIt’s time to stop being embarrassed about the 3rd most commonly diagnosed cancer and the 3rd leading cause of cancer death for both men and women. More than 140,000 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer this year and nearly 50,000 will lose their battle to the disease according to The American Cancer Society. It's colon cancer awareness month – share the facts about how a colorectal cancer screening could save your life. A study, published in JAMA Surgery and recently reported in the NYT, showed that incidences of colorectal cancer have been decreasing by about 1 percent a year since the mid 1980s. Simply said, more people under the recommended screening age of 50 are being diagnosed with colorectal cancer. Colon cancer is not embarrassing. There's simply no sense in keeping secrets from your physician. If you have a history of colorectal cancer in your family or have particular symptoms that you're unsure about then it's time to get the facts from your doctor. Speak openly about your risk factors, prevention, early detection, and treatment. Prevention and early detection of colorectal cancer are possible by appropriately scheduling a colorectal [...]

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Cosmetic Medicine
Takeaways from Dr. Eaves’ Body Contouring – Getting Ready for Summer Live Chat
Mar 20, 2015 By Emory Aesthetic Center

Body ContouringThank you to everyone who joined us for the Body Contouring – Getting Ready for Summer live chat hosted by Emory Aesthetic Center surgeon, Dr. Felmont Eaves. Dr. Eaves discussed body contouring options to help shape the body for summer and tighten excess or loose skin. He described both surgical and non-surgical procedures – including liposuction, tummy tucks, arm and thigh lifts. We were thrilled with the number of people who registered and were able to participate in the chat. The response was so great that we had a few questions we were not able to answer so we will answer them below for your reference. If you missed this informative chat, be sure to check out the full list of questions and answers located on our chat transcript. You may also visit the Emory Aesthetic Center website for more information on therapies and solutions to get your body ready for the summer. Question: What are new procedures for arm lifts? Felmont Eaves, MDDr. Eaves: Arm lifts continue to evolve as we are doing more of them all the time. Arm lifts can be categorized into short scar techniques, full length techniques, and minimally invasive techniques. The short scar technique leaves a scar that [...]

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Heart & Vascular
Are You at Risk? Heart Disease Risk Factors
Mar 20, 2015 By Emory Women's Heart Center

heart riskDid you know that, in some cases, heart disease is preventable? Being aware of your risk factors allows you to take control of your heart health!

Traditional risk factors for heart disease in men and women are:

  • High blood pressure (hypertension)- can damage arteries by speeding up the atherosclerosis process.
  • Diabetes - women with diabetes have a two to four times higher risk of stroke or death from heart disease compared with women who do not have diabetes.
  • Age - women over 55 are more likely to have a heart attack.
  • High blood cholesterol- a high level of Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol can narrow the arteries as the deposits build up in the arteries.
  • Obesity- being overweight (Body Mass Index, BMI, over 25) can lead to high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol.
  • Family history - a person with a family history of heart disease is at higher risk for heart disease.
  • Lack of physical activity and poor diet - people who live sedentary lifestyles and eat unhealthy foods are more likely to develop heart disease.

Other risk factors for women that are not typically present in men include:

  • Metabolic syndrome— metabolic syndrome combines extra

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What Is A PCP and Why Do I Need One?
Mar 19, 2015 By Nick E. Colovos, MD, MBA, FACEP, FAAEM

Primary Care ProviderA primary care provider, or PCP, is your main point of contact for healthcare in non-emergency situations. Think of this type of healthcare provider as the quarterback of your entire health care team, the central point person whose role it is to coordinate your overall patient care, treatment and education. Overall, your PCP is key to:

  • Providing preventive care and guidance on how to achieve a healthy lifestyle
  • Diagnosing and treating acute common medical conditions, such as cold, flu, infections, etc.
  • Treatment and management of chronic diseases such a high blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes.
  • Determining the severity of your medical problems, so he or she can direct you to the most appropriate care provider
  • Referring you to medical specialists when a condition requires more targeted treatment
In addition, a PCP ensures prescribed medications will not adversely affect other medications or supplements you may already be taking. Over time, your PCP learns your health history and what is most important to you and your long-term wellness. This high-level oversight ensures all of the treatments, medications, therapies and recommendations from various [...]

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Taking a Stand in Favor of E-Cigarette Regulation
Mar 18, 2015 By Fadlo R. Khuri, MD, deputy director, Winship Cancer Institute

e-cigarette regulationIt has taken us over 50 years of careful regulation with tremendous pushback to strip the tobacco companies of their ability to aggressively and falsely market cigarettes as safe products. The advent and popularity of e-cigarettes could wipe out much of that progress and endanger an entire generation of young people who are attracted to the slickly packaged cartridges, marketed to a youthful generation as a safe alternative to tobacco burning cigarettes. I firmly believe that the United States Food and Drug Administration should have full authority to regulate e-cigarettes; the same full authority the agency currently has to regulate regular tobacco products. E-cigarettes are not made up of benign compounds. In fact, some of the ingredients such as formaldehyde are known carcinogens. With recent introductions of e-cigarettes from big tobacco companies such as Philip Morris, I believe they will pose some of the same risks as tobacco-burning projects unless they are regulated. We know that nicotine is highly addictive, whether it is delivered from an e-cigarette, a regular cigarette or a patch. There is some data that nicotine may promote certain cancer signaling [...]

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