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Stroke Risk & Prevention in Women
Oct 23, 2014 By Gina Lundberg, MD, FACC

Ladies Night OutCurrent estimates suggest that 6.8 million Americans are living after having had a stroke, approximately 3.8 million of whom are women. Stroke is also the third leading cause of death among women and the leading cause of adult disability in the United States. Although much of the difference in stroke prevalence and burden is because women, on average, live longer than men, some of it is related to factors unique to or more common in women. The American Heart Association (AHA) and American Stroke Association (ASA) recently assembled a panel of experts that published the first gender-specific AHA/ASA guidelines for stroke prevention in women. Stroke is a brain injury caused by a cessation of blood flow in the brain. This interruption can be caused by either a blocked blood vessel or a ruptured blood vessel. Because the brain is not receiving the oxygen and nutrients that it normally obtains from blood flow, the brain starts to die. “How our society adapts to the anticipated increase in stroke prevalence in women is vitally important. Now more than ever, it is critical to identify women at higher risk for stroke and initiate the appropriate prevention strategies,” [...]

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4 Ways to Substitute Greek Yogurt to Make Healthier Snacks and Meals
Oct 22, 2014 By Emory Johns Creek Hospital

Greek YogurtGreek yogurt has skyrocketed in popularity during the past several years as consumers have started recognizing the health benefits of this once obscure dairy product. The difference between the Greek yogurt and regular yogurt is in the straining process. The Greek variety is strained more extensively, which removes more of the liquid whey, lactose and sugars. This also produces Greek yogurt’s thicker consistency. Both low- and non-fat versions of Greek and traditional plain yogurts can play a part in a healthy diet by improving bone health and reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes in adults. Yogurt, Greek or otherwise, is a good source of calcium, potassium, Vitamin D and protein. Both regular and Greek yogurts also contain active cultures (probiotics), which promote better digestive health. One of Greek yogurt’s primary benefits is it delivers higher protein and less sugar than the regular variety. Six ounces of Greek yogurt can deliver as much protein as three ounces of lean meat. As a result, Greek yogurt promotes the sense of fullness with fewer calories than many other protein sources. On the downside, Greek yogurt can be higher in [...]

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Heart & Vascular
Benefits of Stress Reduction
Oct 20, 2014 By Alexis Cutchins, M.D.

Stress ReductionWhether it’s a tight work deadline, an overdue bill or busy parental duties, stress affects all of us. It’s important to understand how stress impacts your health before it starts to severely impact your wellbeing. Reducing stress can help slow your heart rate, lower your blood pressure, increase blood flow and lower fatigue. According to the American Heart Association, stress may affect a person’s risk for heart disease, which is the leading killer of Americans. Things you can do to reduce stress include meditation, eating healthy foods, breathing deeply and leaning on loved ones for support. For some people, simply slowing down may help, while for others, moving around and/or exercising may be the answer. To learn more about stress reduction, please join us for the annual Reward Your Heart event hosted by Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital. You can enjoy an evening of relaxation and heart-healthy information, featuring chair massages, yoga demonstrations and delicious tastings of wines, specialty olive oils and dark chocolates. The evening will include informal consultations with physicians, nutritionists and exercise specialists from Emory Healthcare. Learn [...]

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Book Your November Cardiovascular Screening Before the Fall’s End!
Oct 17, 2014 By Emory Healthcare

Emory Healthcare Mobile ScreeningsEmory Healthcare, along with our mobile health screening partner, HealthFair, continues to offer cardiovascular screenings around the metro Atlanta area in the month of November. This collaboration provides metro Atlanta communities greater access to important screening services and to the Emory Healthcare Network of physicians and providers. Below is listing of screening dates and locations coming to your neighborhood. Cardiovascular screenings offered by HealthFair meet the established screening guidelines by the American College of Cardiology. Each patient, along with the medical staff, can tailor their screening packages to their specific needs. Details about the screenings can be found at emoryhealthcare.org/screening.

November 2014 Cardiovascular Screening Schedule

  • November 1, Kroger, 4045 Marietta Highway, Canton
  • November 3, CVS, 2305 Highway 34 East, Newnan
  • November 4, Rite Aid, 1550 Kennesaw Due West Road NW, Kennesaw
  • November 4, CVS, 3285 New MacLand Road, Powder Springs
  • November 4, Kroger, 8876 Dallas Acworth Highway, Dallas
  • November 5, Wade Walker Park Family YMCA, 5605 Rockbridge Road, Stone Mountain
  • November 6, Rite Aid, 2113 S Cobb Drive,
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Emory Johns Creek Hospital Provides Free Screenings at Health & Wellness Fair
Oct 16, 2014 By Emory Johns Creek Hospital

Johns Creek Health FairEmory Johns Creek Hospital’s Christina Vick, director of lab services, was one of several hospital volunteers who provided free health screenings and patient education at the Park Place Health & Wellness Fair, Friday, Oct. 10. The fair, which launched last year, is hosted by Park Place at Newtown School, an active adult center operated by Johns Creek’s Department of Recreation and Parks. Vick and other volunteers provided free blood pressure, glucose, bone density screenings for the event, and Specialty Certification Coordinator, Patricia Victor, counseled attendees on stroke symptoms and risk factors. Women of all ages interested in free screenings and stroke awareness education are invited to attend Emory Johns Creek Hospital’s 2014 Ladies’ Night Out event on Thursday, Oct. 23 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Suite 109 of Physicians Plaza. The event, presented in partnership with Junior League of Gwinnett and North Fulton Counties, is free and open to the public. In addition to health, beauty and other vendors, the Johns Creek Arts Center will exhibit paintings, pottery, jewelry and other works created by local artists. Desserts and coffee will be served during the [...]

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Fourth Patient with Ebola Virus Disease Will Be Transferred to Emory University Hospital
Oct 15, 2014 By Emory Healthcare

Emory Healthcare New BrandEmory University Hospital is expecting to receive a patient from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas later today, Oct. 15. The patient is the second of two health care workers infected while caring for a patient at the Dallas hospital. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Texas Health Resources specifically requested that the patient be transferred to Emory Healthcare. The patient will be treated in the same isolation unit at Emory University Hospital in which three patients have already been treated. The first two patients were discharged in late August and a third patient is still being treated. Emory University Hospital physicians, nurses and staff are highly trained in the specific and unique protocols and procedures necessary to treat and care for this type of patient. Emory is bound by patient confidentiality and has no additional information regarding this patient.

UPDATE: October 20, 2014

A patient who was transported to Emory University Hospital on Sept. 9 with Ebola virus disease was discharged from the hospital on Oct. 19, 2014. In coordination with the CDC and Georgia Department of Public Health, the patient was [...]

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A Victim No Longer
Oct 15, 2014 By Dick Taylor

Dick TaylorToday, I write poems in ode form as a hobby. How does this peculiar habit of mine relate to the stroke I suffered September 16, 2013? I was admitted to Emory University Midtown Hospital on September 16th to undergo a much needed hip replacement surgery. All went well, and I was scheduled for release the following day. But around midnight I was caught unaware by a stroke that affected my entire left side. I spent five more days in the hospital before I was discharged to Emory Rehabilitation Hospital to begin my recovery. I believe strongly that God sent me there. Can you imagine hip surgery and a disabling stroke occurring on the same day? It goes without saying that coping with both became a daunting challenge for me. And, I was mad at the entire situation. When I placed pen to paper, I intended the poem to be an upbeat, positive feel good piece with a motivational flavor. The finished product shocked me, because it reflected me in an angry light, more confused and afraid than strong and hopeful; not the outcome I was seeking. However, upon review, I concluded that my “Ode To A Stroke” was, in the end, truthful and realistic; something fellow stroke survivors [...]

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Heart & Vascular
Reward Your Heart 2014
Oct 14, 2014 By Emory Women's Heart Center

Reward HeartEmory Saint Joseph’s Hospital is hosting an evening of relaxation and heart-healthy information, featuring chair massages, yoga demonstrations and delicious tastings of wines, specialty olive oils and dark chocolates, as part of its annual Reward Your Heart event. The evening will include informal consultations with physicians, nutritionists and exercise specialists from Emory Healthcare. Learn about “Stress and the Effects on Your Heart” with speaker Viola Vaccarino, MD, PhD, world-renowned expert on stress and the heart.

Reward Your Heart Event Details

WHEN: Thursday, November 13, 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. WHERE: Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Doctors Center Building Atrium 5671 Peachtree Dunwoody Road Atlanta, GA 30342 TICKETS: Tickets are $20 per person or $35 per couple. Register online at med.emory.edu/RewardYourHeart or mail a check payable to Emory Women’s Heart Center at: Department of Medical Education 5665 Peachtree Dunwoody Road NE Atlanta, GA 30342 MORE INFO: For more information about the Reward Your Heart event, call 678-843-5863, or visit emoryhealthcare.org/womensheart [...]

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Cosmetic Medicine
Dr. Foad Nahai to Host Live Chat on Facial Rejuvenation – Surgical & Nonsurgical Solutions
Oct 10, 2014 By Emory Aesthetic Center

Facial Rejuvenation Chat Have you considered a facial cosmetic procedure to help you look as young as you feel, or thought about enhancing features you once thought were lost in years past? Join Dr. Foad Nahai of the Emory Aesthetic Center on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 from Noon – 1PM as he discusses both surgical and nonsurgical solutions to help you realize your vision of you. If you are considering dermal fillers, Botox or facial surgery such as an eyelid lift or face lift, join our live chat to ensure you are confidently ready to take the next step. Dr. Nahai will be available to answer all of your questions such as:

  • What types of results can I expect to see from a facial surgery versus Botox or dermal fillers?
  • Do dermal fillers and Botox injections do the same thing?
  • What is a mini-face lift?
  • Is fat transfer (fat grafting) better than a facelift?
  • Can someone who has had cosmetic surgery be treated with dermal fillers?
  • How long is the recovery period after cosmetic surgery?
  • What is the benefit of having my non-surgical or surgical procedure performed at a place like Emory Aesthetic Center?
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Chat Details:

Date: Tuesday, November, 11, 2014 Time: 12 noon – 1pm EST Chat [...]

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Cancer
Latest in Breast Cancer Research
Oct 9, 2014 By Winship Cancer Institute

According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, 10%-20% of diagnosed breast cancers are determined to be triple negative breast cancer. It tends to primarily affect younger, premenopausal women and is more aggressive than other types of breast cancer. Studies show that African-American and Hispanic women are more likely to be diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer than white women. Triple negative breast cancers don’t have the three types of receptors that most commonly fuel breast cancer growth — estrogen, progesterone and the HER2 gene — so they don’t respond to hormonal therapies and treatments that target those receptors. Chemotherapy is typically used for treatment, but there is an urgent need to find more precise therapies. LaTonia Taliaferro-Smith, PhD, is one of the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University’s scientists who have taken up the challenge to develop more targeted therapies. In her lab research, Taliaferro-Smith searches for alternative targets in the triple negative breast cancer cell. She works closely with Winship physician-researchers toward the goal of developing drugs that will benefit patients with this disease. "I’m [...]

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