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Will Exercise Hurt My Varicose Veins?
Mar 2, 2015 By Mark Rheudasil, MD

exercise varicose veinVaricose veins are commonly associated with prolonged standing or sitting, pregnancy, a family history of vein problems, and with being overweight. Regular exercise and staying fit is helpful in preventing varicose veins, but what if you already have them? While some exercises are helpful, others may not be so beneficial and may even cause veins to worsen. Running or high-impact exercises may make symptoms worse and aggravate varicose vein swelling. If you are an avid runner, try running on grass or on a softer surface like a synthetic track to reduce the stress on your joints and feet, and the strain on your legs. If possible, wear compression stockings when you run. Weightlifting can increase abdominal pressure and straining during heavy exercise can reduce the flow of blood out of your legs returning to your heart. Blood can then pool and increase pressure in your leg [...]

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Stem Cell Research Reveals Promising Data for Heart Attack Patients
Feb 25, 2015 By Emory Heart & Vascular Center

Stem Cell Research for Heart PatientsDuring a heart attack, every minute counts, especially when the type of heart attack is a STEMI (ST segment elevation myocardial infarction). STEMI is the most fatal type of heart attack and is caused by a prolonged blockage of blood supply in the heart, which weakens or deadens the heart muscle. In a recent clinical trial named PreSERVE AMI, research investigators from 60 different sites conducted one of the largest studies using bone marrow cell therapy for heart attack in the United States. The study treated 161 patients following a STEMI heart attack using their own bone marrow cells in hopes of improving their recovery process. “For cardiologists, our key goal is to keep patients from progressing to worsening heart muscle function and death after a major heart attack,” said Dr. Arshed A. Quyyumi, professor of medicine at Emory University School of Medicine, [...]

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How an Irregular Heartbeat Can Increase Your Risk of Stroke
Feb 16, 2015 By Dr. El-Chami

Irregular HeartbeatAtrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia seen by physicians. AF is a condition in which the two of the heart’s four chambers beat irregularly. According to the American Heart Association, the risk of stroke is 5 times higher in patients diagnosed with AF because of an increased risk for clots in the heart chambers. Depending on a patient’s age and other clinical risk factors for stroke, a scoring system is typically generated that will help classify that patient’s stroke risk. Patients with one or more risk factors for stroke are usually advised to take blood thinners for stroke prevention. Warfarin (or Coumadin) and other newer agents Pradaxa®, Xarelto® or Eliquis®  are proven therapies for stroke prevention in AF patients. All of these medications have proven to be safe and effective. Nevertheless, some patients may not tolerate these medications or [...]

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Cutting-Edge Therapies for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM)
Feb 10, 2015 By John Douglas, MD

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is the most common monogenetic cardiovascular disorder occurring in about 1 per 500 people in the general population. Approaches to the treatment of HCM vary considerably depending on how the patient is affected. At Emory Healthcare, we are fortunate to have true experts capable of providing state-of-art therapies which range from genetic counseling or simple life-style adjustments to cardiac transplantation. Patients at risk for sudden cardiac death receive life-saving cardiac defibrillators. Those with drug-refractory symptoms due to obstruction of outflow from the heart receive septal reduction either by open heart surgery or by catheter ablation. The Emory Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Center is a regional and national center of excellence capable of addressing the full range of challenges in the patient with HCM. For more information about [...]

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Advancing Patient-Centered Cardiac Care
Feb 5, 2015 By Neal Dickert, MD, PhD

Patient Centered Cardiac CareOne of the chief goals of quality healthcare, as defined by the Institute of Medicine, is to provide patient-centered care. Doing so requires “providing care that is respectful of and responsive to individual patient preferences, needs, and values and ensuring that patient values guide all clinical decisions” (Institute of Medicine, 2001). As patients know, this kind of care doesn’t always happen. Providing patient-centered care requires effective communication and a trusting relationship. It also requires high-quality evidence regarding what forms of treatment are most likely to advance patients’ goals. Emory has placed patient and family centered care at the top of the list of priorities and is taking important steps to make this happen. The Patient and Family Advisor program, for example, has created a way for patients and families to be “at the table” in [...]

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Will Compression Stockings Help My Varicose Veins?
Feb 2, 2015 By Mark Rheudasil, MD

Compression SocksCompression stockings are a mainstay of conservative management for varicose veins that are large enough to cause symptoms.

What Do Compression Stockings Do?

  • Compression stockings exert external pressure on the legs, reducing the pooling of blood in varicose veins and improving the vein circulation.
  • The pressure is highest at the ankle/foot and gradually loosens higher on the leg.
  • Stockings often improve symptoms of varicose veins and may slow progression.
  • Some insurance companies require a trial of compression stockings and conservative management before they approve more definitive therapy.

What Will Compression Stockings Not Do?

  • Eliminate or cure varicose veins. They will still be visible when you remove the stockings. Getting rid of your veins will require corrective treatment.
  • They will not be easy to get on and off, and they will be more uncomfortable to

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Irregular Heartbeat: Is it Normal? - Join Us for a Live Web Chat!
Jan 27, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

Arrhythmia live chatHave you ever felt like your heart skipped a beat? Do you experience palpitations or “fluttering?” This is a symptom of a very common rhythm disorder called an arrhythmia. Arrhythmias are common in young- and middle-aged adults. Some arrhythmias are relatively harmless, but others can be fatal if not treated. Nearly 1,000,000 people are hospitalized for an arrhythmia each year, and some arrhythmias, such as Atrial Fibrillation, are extremely common and affect over 2,500,000 million Americans. Other symptoms of arrhythmia include:

  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Fainting (syncope) or near-fainting spells
  • Rapid heartbeat or pounding
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • In extreme cases, collapse and sudden cardiac arrest
Join me on Tuesday, February 24, at 12:00 p.m. for a live, interactive web chat on the topic of “Living With and Treating Arrhythmias.” [...]

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Free Vein Screenings
Jan 22, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

Free Vein ScreeingDo you have trouble with varicose or spider veins? The Emory Vein Center is hosting a free vein screening event on February 6! Join us for an individualized consultation with a board-certified vascular surgeon and find out if vein treatment is right for you. In most cases, treatment is covered by insurance. Event Details

  • WHEN: Friday, February 6, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • WHERE:  Emory Clinic, Vascular Surgery Department Building A, 3rd Floor 1365 Clifton Road NE Atlanta, GA 30322
For more information, call 404-778-VEIN. RSVPs are encouraged, but not required. [...]

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Go Red for Your Heart
Jan 20, 2015 By Emory Women's Heart Center

Go Red AtlantaHeart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States, but in many cases it’s preventable. That’s why Emory Healthcare would like to invite you to join us at one of our women’s heart health events in celebration and recognition of Heart Month in February, as well as Mother’s Day in May. During these fun, educational events, participants will have an opportunity to meet Emory Women’s Heart Center physicians and staff and learn about how to prevent, detect and treat heart disease. You will also have the opportunity to purchase products and services from our vendors who will be on hand providing consultations, displaying jewelry, sharing healthy foods, etc. To learn more, please call Emory HealthConnection℠ at 404-778-7777. The events are free! Parking will be available in hospitals’ main parking lots.

Go Red Event Details

When: Friday, February 6, [...]

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Varicose Veins Solutions: What Are You Waiting For?
Jan 9, 2015 By Mark Rheudasil, MD

Emory Vein Center“Ok, it’s time to get these veins fixed.” How often do you say this to yourself as you are faced with a wardrobe decision? Do you feel insecure about the bulging and unsightly veins on your legs? Do you choose to wear long pants in the summer instead of the trendy summer fashions to hide your legs? Well, I am here to tell you that there is something that we can do to help. You may think that you don’t have the time or the money to invest, but the good news is that even with the increased demands of family, work and community, there is help! Even better, the latest treatments for varicose veins are often covered by your insurance company. So what exactly are varicose veins? Varicose veins are unhealthy, enlarged or bulging superficial veins that are visible primarily when standing and can be hereditary and/or worsen during pregnancy. While varicose veins are seen in both [...]

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