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Vision
How to Protect Your Vision from Glaucoma
Mar 10, 2020 By Emory Eye Center

Three million Americans have been diagnosed with glaucoma, and about 2 million are not aware that they have this disease. Since glaucoma often does not show symptoms, eye exams are needed to prevent the disease from getting worse.

What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma refers to a group of diseases that can damage the eye’s optic nerve and cause vision loss. The damage to the optic nerve comes from an increase in fluid pressure inside the eye. There are several different ways fluid pressure can build. Often it happens very slowly but occasionally it can happen quickly, which results in a lot of eye pain. No matter the cause of glaucoma, without treatment it can cause blindness within a few years. The good news is that glaucoma is treatable. The risk of blindness from glaucoma goes down when the condition is found and treated early.

Signs and Symptoms

Glaucoma is often called the "silent thief of sight" because in its early stages it often does not cause symptoms. As the disease worsens, side vision will gradually fade, focusing on objects will become more difficult, halos will appear around light and, without treatment, straight-ahead vision will be lost as well. Eye doctors [...]

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Transplant
End-Stage Renal Disease: What Are My Treatment Options?
Mar 4, 2020 By Emory Transplant Center

kidney failureThe kidneys are small but mighty organs, and they have a big job of filtering 200 quarts of blood, and about two quarts of waste and water every day. When your kidneys aren’t working as well as they should – because of a chronic disease or acute illness – it’s difficult to remove waste and fluids, and dangerous toxins begin to build up into your body. Chronic kidney disease, which affects more than 30 million Americans, can also put you at higher risk for serious issues, including heart attack and stroke.

What is End-Stage Renal Disease?

Kidney failure is known as end-stage renal disease (ESRD) because it’s the last stage of chronic kidney disease. This means that one or both of your kidneys no longer function on their own. ESRD can be very scary for patients and their families. Fortunately, today’s advances in medicine are delivering better treatments and outcomes for individuals with ESRD. The two most common treatment options are dialysis and kidney transplant.

Dialysis

Dialysis is a life-saving treatment process that helps the body remove waste and water from the blood. A machine does the work of your kidneys, prevents salt and water buildup, [...]

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Cosmetic Medicine
CoolSculpting®: A Nonsurgical Way to Remove Fat
Feb 24, 2020 By Emory Aesthetic Center

You eat right, you exercise, but you still can’t get rid of that stubborn trouble zone. It may not feel like it, but there is a way to get rid of those frustrating pockets of fat — without surgery. If you’re looking for a noninvasive option to reduce fat, it’s time to consider CoolSculpting.

What Is CoolSculpting?

You’ve tried fat burning, but how about fat freezing? CoolSculpting is the only FDA-approved, controlled cooling treatment that removes stubborn pockets of unwanted fat. There are no needles, no special diets, no supplements, and no downtime. The procedure cools and freezes unwanted fat—without damaging surrounding tissues. Once the fat has been frozen and crystallized from the treatment, your body will slowly break down the unwanted cells and dispose of them, resulting in gradual fat loss over several weeks.

Who’s It For?

CoolSculpting is great if you’re looking to transform your body without surgery. While it effectively gets rid of small pockets of stubborn fat, it’s not intended for overall weight reduction. So, if you’re happy with your weight, CoolSculpting could be the perfect way to fine-tune your appearance. However, if [...]

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Brain Health Center
Brain Aneurysm: What You Need to Know
Feb 20, 2020 By Emory Brain Health Center

dr daniel barrowBrain aneurysms are often known as “ticking time bombs” — and for good reason. If they rupture, the consequences can be serious. Most people don’t know that more than one in 50 Americans is currently living with an un-ruptured brain aneurysm; however, many of them will live their life without ever being affected by the aneurysm. “An aneurysm is a weak spot in the wall of an artery that has ballooned out,” says Daniel Barrow, MD, Rollins professor & chairman and director of the Emory MBNA Stroke Center. “We don’t know why people get them, but we do know that they’re more common in women than men and that about 15 percent of people with aneurysms have a strong family history.” Brain aneurysm symptoms are also tricky to pinpoint, ranging from no symptoms at all to the worst headache you’ve ever had. Previously undetected aneurysms are often diagnosed during other illnesses or treatments. According to Dr. Barrow, between 50-80 percent of us have brain aneurysms that never rupture during our lifetime. It’s difficult to predict when — or if — an aneurysm will rupture. More than 30,000 Americans suffer from a ruptured brain aneurysm each year — [...]

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Transplant
Transforming Heart and Lung Transplant Programs at Emory
Feb 19, 2020 By Emory Transplant Center

Under the leadership of Mani Daneshmand, MD, Emory has been making transformational changes to its heart and lung failure and transplant programs. They have been brought together into one comprehensive program to improve care and coordination for patients and their families, along with providing the highest quality of care. The goal is to create a future where no Georgia resident will need to leave the state to get advanced heart and lung failure care.

Leader of the Heart and Lung Transplant Programs

Dr. Daneshmand joined Emory in June after leaving Duke University Medical Center where he served as surgical director of lung and heart-lung transplantation and surgical director of the Extracorporeal Life Support Program. He has been eager to apply his experiences and insights here at Emory. When asked what his vision is for the programs, Dr. Daneshmand says, “I see a bright future for Emory Healthcare and for the heart transplant, lung transplant and mechanical circulatory support programs at Emory. We are working towards becoming a national leader in high quality, high volume clinical care, but we also want to be a national leader in innovation and [...]

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Heart & Vascular
More Atlantans Avoid Open-Heart Surgery with Latest Valve Treatment
Feb 18, 2020 By Emory Heart & Vascular Center

It started with shortness of breath, which Donna Jan Green had become used to given a history of heart issues going back to childhood. But it became worse. When she'd visit one of the craft shows she loved attending, she couldn't walk far without having to sit down. It grew so bad that even going to check the mail required a long rest at the mailbox before she could muster the energy to walk back inside. The calcifying valves within Green's aorta—the body's largest artery, which carries oxygen-rich blood away from the heart—were taking her breath away. It was why Green found herself at Emory's Structural Heart & Valve Center, mentally preparing herself for open-heart surgery of the type she'd endured many years ago when her mitral valve began to fail. At least, until she was introduced to a four-letter acronym. "They told me, 'You're a good candidate for a TAVR,'" recalled Green, now 73 and a Jonesboro resident. "I said, 'TAVR? What's a TAVR?' I had never heard of it before." She was in the right place to have her questions answered. TAVR, short for transcatheter aortic valve replacement and pronounced "ta-ver," had been pioneered by physicians at Emory, who [...]

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Vision
How to Prevent and Treat Low Vision and Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
Feb 18, 2020 By Emory Eye Center

Low vision is a common eye condition that affects over 15 million Americans. Learn more about some of the causes of low vision and how you can better protect yourself and your loved ones.

What is Low Vision?

Low vision is a condition that can make everyday tasks like reading, writing, riding a bike, cooking, or driving a vehicle harder. Low vision cannot be fixed with normal glasses, contacts, medicine or surgery, but strategies and tools can improve visual activities, quality of life and independence.

What Are Some Causes of Low Vision?

Some of the common causes of low vision in seniors and adults are eye injury, age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy.

What is AMD?

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) occurs when part of the retina, the macula, begins to deteriorate. It is the most common cause of low vision and a major cause of partial blindness in adults over 50. The macula is in the center of the retina, so as AMD worsens, patients lose their central vision. This can make it impossible for affected individuals to complete everyday tasks. There are two forms of late AMD: the dry form, accounting for 80-90 percent of affected [...]

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Heart & Vascular
Is There a Difference Between Spider Veins and Varicose Veins?
Feb 3, 2020 By Mark Rheudasil, MD

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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Brain Health Center
Innovative Research: Freezing the Hunger Nerve in the Brain for Weight Loss
Jan 23, 2020 By Emory Brain Health Center

Dr J David Prologo with a patientAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the obesity epidemic is at an all-time high, with almost 40 percent of Americans qualifying as obese. It’s no surprise that the diet industry has capitalized on this startling statistic. Each year, more than 45 million Americans go on diet plans or utilize diet products, making it a $70 billion industry. Experts estimate that only about five percent of dieters can keep the weight off long-term. Many dieters wish there was a way to “turn off” the hunger signal – and, thanks to David Prologo, MD, interventional radiologist at Emory University School of Medicine, freezing the hunger nerve in the brain might soon become an innovative new treatment option for adults who need to lose weight.

Can the Hunger Signal in Your Brain be Turned Off?

Dr. Prologo – who is also board certified in obesity medicine – first came up with the idea when he was using cryoablation to help alleviate debilitating nerve pain in his patients. Cryoablation is a process that essentially freezes the nerve using hollow needles cooled by thermally conductive fluids. Once the probe gets close to the affected nerve, it drops [...]

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Cosmetic Medicine
New Year, New You at Emory Aesthetic Center
Jan 23, 2020 By Emory Aesthetic Center

woman looking at self in mirrorWouldn’t it be nice if 2020 was the year you turned back time? A new decade is the perfect opportunity for fresh starts and fresh faces. At Emory Aesthetic Center, we’re ready to help you kick off the new year right — with healthy, glowing skin. Speaking of fresh starts, we’re happy to welcome our newest aesthetician, Dawn Bellard, to our team. Throughout her career, Dawn has worked with renowned dermatologists and surgeons in the Atlanta area. She’s passionate about helping people look their best and now she’s going to share her skincare knowledge with you. Learn more about Dawn.

How to Get the Healthiest Looking Skin

There are certain things that everyone can do at home to improve the appearance of their skin. Simple lifestyle habits such as getting enough sleep, drinking plenty of water and applying sunscreen daily are three of the most impactful. But why stop there? If you want to see real results, then don’t go at it alone — that’s what the experts are for.

Consult a Skincare Expert

Unfortunately, there’s no one-size-fits-all skincare regimen. If there were, the skincare section at the store would sure be a whole lot smaller. Because your [...]

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