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The Mediterranean Diet
May 6, 2015 By Alexis Cutchins, M.D.

Mediterranean salmon saladBy now, you’ve likely heard about the Mediterranean Diet. You may have heard it’s good for you, can help you manage your weight and even allows you to enjoy some red wine. But is it true? Can you really enjoy yummy foods and still look and feel great? The answer is – ABSOLUTELY! The Mediterranean diet is a lifestyle change that helps decrease your risk of cardiovascular events in the future. Research has shown that people who incorporate plenty of produce, fish, whole grains and healthy fats not only weigh less, but also have a decreased risk for heart disease, depression, and dementia. Because the Mediterranean diet should be a lifestyle choice, it involves the daily consumption of a variety of fruit, vegetables, vegetarian proteins (beans, nuts, legumes), moderate amounts of whole grains (whole wheat breads and pasta, brown rice) and small amounts of red meat. It is [...]

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Takeaways from Dr. Rheudasil’s Vein Live Chat
Apr 27, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

Varicose Vein ChatThanks to everyone who joined us Tuesday, April 14 for the live online chat entitled “What causes varicose veins or spider veins?,” hosted by Emory Vein Center physician J. Mark Rheudasil, MD. While 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? Check out the conversation by viewing the chat transcript! Here are just a few highlights from the chat: Question: How helpful are compression stockings for preventing and/or slowing down development of varicose veins? Mark Rheudasil, MDDr. Rheudasil: Great question! Compression stockings are helpful in minimizing the progression of varicose veins. They do not in most cases, however, prevent varicose veins from developing. They are helpful in [...]

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Did Crossing My Legs Cause These Veins?
Apr 15, 2015 By Mark Rheudasil, MD

Varicose Veins Leg Crossing“Did crossing my legs cause these veins?” This is one of the most common questions I hear when I evaluate patients with varicose veins. The simple answer is NO! In most cases, varicose veins are inherited. Being overweight, female, pregnant and/or spending a lot of time on your feet are common risk factors. Veins are designed to return blood from the legs back to the heart. When veins become varicose or enlarged, blood will pool in these superficial veins rather than efficiently emptying out of the legs. This excess blood, and the pressure that results, stretches and dilates the veins and often leads to symptoms of aching, heaviness and fatigue. Early treatment should include:

  • Leg elevation and compression stockings
  • Exercise - something as simple as walking may help symptoms considerably
When symptoms become more severe, your doctor may recommend more specific [...]

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How to Prevent Coronary Heart Disease
Apr 8, 2015 By George L. Chang, MD

Coronary Heart Disease PreventionCoronary heart disease (CHD) is the buildup of plaque within the heart’s arteries, which causes a decrease in blood flow. When a coronary artery becomes fully blocked and blood flow has stopped, a heart attack results. As you may know, heart attacks may permanently damage the heart muscle. Risk factors for CHD include: high LDL cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol, high blood pressure, family history, diabetes, smoking, obesity, being post-menopausal for women and being older than 45 for men. The more risk factors you have, the greater your chance of developing CHD. CHD and heart attacks are preventable. Living a healthy lifestyle with good nutrition, stress reduction, weight management and physical activity is key. CHD may begin in childhood, and initial plaque buildup may be detected as early as the teenage years. According to the National Institute of Health, common [...]

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Takeaways from Dr. Robertson’s PAD Live Chat
Apr 1, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

PAD Leg PainThanks to everyone who joined us Tuesday, March 24 for the live online chat entitled “What’s causing your leg pain?,” hosted by Emory Heart & Vascular Center physician Greg Robertson, MD. According to the American Heart Association, many people mistake the symptoms of peripheral artery disease (PAD) for something else, which is why it can easily go undiagnosed. Having the correct diagnosis is important because people with PAD are at a higher risk of heart attack or stroke, and if untreated, PAD can lead to gangrene and amputation. Check out the conversation with Dr. Robertson regarding PAD by viewing the chat transcript! Here are just a few highlights from the chat: Question: Exercise makes the pain in my left leg worse. What are some suggestions to help alleviate the pain and still be able to exercise? How do I fix this problem for good? Gregory Robertson, MDDr. Robertson: My first [...]

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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 emoryhealthcare.org/mdchats.

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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
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What’s Causing Your Fainting Spells?
Mar 11, 2015 By Carolina Gongora, MD

fainting spellsMany people have experienced what is commonly called "passing out" or “fainting." The medical term for this is syncope. Syncope happens when, for short periods of time, there is a sudden drop in blood pressure and there is reduced blood flow to the brain. The most common cause of syncope, especially in healthy young people, is vasovagal syncope. The good news is that, even though vasovagal syncope sounds scary, most of the time it is nothing to worry about. Vasovagal syncope is due to slow heart beat or expansion of blood vessels. This allows the blood to accumulate in your legs, which lowers your blood pressure and reduces blood flow to the brain. There are certain situations that can provoke these responses, for example pain, fear, standing for too long, being over tired or over heated. It could even be an unusual reaction to coughing, having a bowel movement or [...]

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What’s Causing Your Leg Pain? - Join Us for a Live Web Chat!
Mar 9, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

PAD Live ChatPeripheral artery disease (PAD) is a commonly undiagnosed disease affecting about 8.5 million Americans. Symptoms vary from cramping in the lower extremities, as well as pain or tiredness in leg or hip muscles. According to the American Heart Association, many people mistake the symptoms of PAD for something else, which is why it can easily go undiagnosed. Having the correct diagnosis is important because people with PAD are at a higher risk of heart attack or stroke, and if untreated, PAD can lead to gangrene and amputation. Many people think their leg pain is due to arthritis, sciatica or just a part of aging. People with diabetes may even confuse PAD pain with a neuropathy, a common diabetic symptom that causes a burning or painful discomfort of the feet or thighs. It is important to know that, while PAD is potentially life-threatening, it can be managed or even reversed with [...]

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