Archive for June, 2016

PTSD Awareness Day- June 27th

ptsd-squareJune 27th is PTSD Awareness Day. With summer here and the 4th of July around the corner, Emory Healthcare Veterans Program would like to remind you that fireworks can cause discomfort for our combat veterans. Good times for you can be agonizing for them, please be mindful and courteous and take the time to educate yourself and your family about PTSD.

1. Learn:

There are many resources available to learn about PTSD. Emory Healthcare Veterans Program would be happy to send one of our veterans to educate your organization PTSD. If you desire to have this opportunity please contact Gretchen Evans at 404.727.8325 or by email: gretchen.evans@emoryhealthcare.org

If you or a loved one is a post 9/11 veteran who struggles with symptons of PTSD, TBI or other depression or anxiety disorders please contact the Emory Veterans Program Care Coordinator at 1-888-514-5345.

2. Be Aware:

Find out if any of your neighbors are combat veterans and if they are inform them that you will be celebrating with fireworks so that they will not be surprised and can have the opportunity prepare themselves. They do not wish to ruin your fun, but this allows them to make other arrangements if necessary.

3. Know the facts:

Know that a high percentage of veterans suffer from PTSD. Know that treatment is available and that treatment is very successful.

If you or a loved one is a post 9/11 veteran who struggles with symptoms of PTSD, TBI or other depression or anxiety disorders please contact the Emory Veterans Program Care Coordinator at 1-888-514-5345.

Alzheimer’s Disease: Learn More and Join the Fight

June is Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month. Learn more about brain health and Alzheimer's disease from experts at Emory Brain Health Center.The Fight Against Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease doesn’t discriminate: We’re all at risk regardless of our education or income level. As we age, our risk of Alzheimer’s and other dementias grows. The Emory Brain Health Center team is working to help us better recognize, understand and fight this devastating disease. June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month. Find out more about the most common form of dementia, and how you can join the fight.

What is Alzheimer’s Disease?

Alzheimer’s disease is a fatal, degenerative brain disease and the most common form of dementia. It affects more than 47 million people around the globe. Alzheimer’s disease leads to problems with:

  • Memory
  • Problem solving
  • Daily tasks
  • Speaking
  • Writing
  • Vision
  • Understanding time or place
  • Work
  • Socializing
  • Decision-making
  • Mood or personality

Can Anything Stop or Slow Alzheimer’s Disease?

Right now, there is no prevention, cure or proven method to stop the progression of Alzheimer’s. However, certain medicines can improve or slow down symptoms temporarily. And, these lifestyle practices may delay its onset:

  • Regular exercise
  • Mental stimulation
    A healthy, balanced diet

How Can You Join the Fight Against Alzheimer’s Disease?

During the month of June, the Alzheimer’s Association asks people around the world to “go purple” by finding a way to join the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. There are many ways to help – big and small:

  • Show support by wearing purple throughout the month of June
  • Learn more about Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias
  • Start conversations in your community to raise brain health awareness
  • Donate to Alzheimer’s research
  • Consider becoming a volunteer for a clinical trial.

Emory researchers work diligently to uncover the cause of Alzheimer’s disease and to improve treatment options by leading clinical trials. Thanks to volunteers from our community both with and without Alzheimer’s disease, we’re making headway and accelerating Emory’s efforts to find a cure. Would you like to learn more about becoming a volunteer in a clinical trial? Yes, I’d like to learn more now.

You can also make a contribution to the Emory Brain Health Center in support of Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month. Yes, I’d like to make a contribution now.

What Is the Emory Brain Health Center?

In addition to Alzheimer’s disease, the Emory Brain Health Center treats a wide range of conditions that affect the brain, such as:

Would you like to learn more about the Emory Brain Health Center? Yes, I’d like to learn more now.

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Stroke: Takeaways from the Stroke Awareness Live Chat

Learn about the signs, symptoms and treatments for stroke from the experts at Emory Healthcare. On Tuesday, May 24, more than 100 participants joined us for a live online chat on stroke awareness. The chat was hosted by Mahmoud Obideen, MD, stroke neurohospitalist at Emory Johns Creek Hospital, and Fadi Nahab, MD, medical director of Emory Stroke Center .

Thanks to such a great turnout, we were able to answer quite a few questions that were submitted both prior to and during the chat. View the full chat transcript here.

Our doctors also took the time to answer some additional questions we didn’t get to during the stroke live chat:

Question: I had a stroke 11 months ago and don’t have any feeling on my right side. How can I get my feeling back without therapy?

Doctor’s Response: Stroke can lead to numbness of one side of the body. While most patients are able to regain some sensation back, patients can experience persistent loss. There are no studies that I’m aware of that have shown improvements in recovery from specific numbness symptoms. However, there’s a lot of data showing that cardiovascular exercise done before and after a stroke can help boost nerve regeneration. If you would like to discuss this in more detail, we’d be happy to see you in the Emory Stroke Clinic if you contact 404-778-7777.

Question: Does long-term HIV survival (23 years) and exposure to HIV medicines increase one’s risk of stroke?

Doctor’s Response: HIV infection has been shown to increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, including stroke. Additionally, some of the HIV medications can increase levels of bad cholesterol, resulting in a higher incidence of cardiovascular disease.

Question: At night and early morning both my arms are numb. I think it may be due to Flexeril or Baclofen. I take them at bedtime for pain and pinched nerves in my neck and right shoulder (my doctors have changed these meds back and forth), but I’m still concerned.

Doctor’s Response: Waking up with both arms feeling numb is typically related to pinched nerves in the arms or neck. While Flexeril and Baclofen can be helpful for muscle tightness and spasms, they are less effective for nerve-related pains. There are other medications that are more effective. Also, simple changes in sleep position or choice of pillow can sometimes alleviate the numbness.

Question: I had a stroke 11 days after giving birth to my daughter and was in Emory for 35 days with drains in my head. They found out I have a missing artery to my brain.

Doctor’s Response: I hope you’ve recovered well and are feeling better. Without more details, I’m unable to advise you on the “missing artery” in your brain. If you would like to discuss this in more detail, we’d be happy to see you in the Emory Stroke Clinic. You can contact us at 404-778-7777.

Question: I heard you should not fly if you’re at high risk for a stroke or have already had a stroke. Is there any truth to this?

Doctor’s Response: Patients who are at a high risk for stroke can face permanent disability if they don’t have access to immediate treatment. It’s important that you discuss the safety of flying after you’ve had a stroke with your doctor to obtain medical clearance.

Question: I’m concerned about stroke and how to control it. Recently, my dad had two strokes within one week. What can I do to prevent stroke?

Doctor’s Response: Life’s “simple 7” represents the healthy lifestyle factors that lead to reduction of both heart attack and stroke. Life’s simple 7 includes:
1. No tobacco use
2. Adequate exercise
3. Healthy diet
4. Healthy weight
5. Low cholesterol
6. Low blood sugar
7. Normal blood pressure

Question: Can Alopecia be a quiet sign of stroke?

Doctor’s Response: Alopecia isn’t typically associated with stroke.

Question: After a TIA (transient ischemic attack) stroke, is it normal to have a salty taste in your mouth? I had some denture work done and my mouth had a funny taste.

Doctor’s Response: A TIA stroke doesn’t typically cause a change in taste in the mouth. However, there are some medicines used for stroke prevention that can cause a change in taste.

Would you like to learn more about the Emory Stroke Center?

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