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Emory Women’s Heart Center Wear Red Events
Feb 2, 2016 By Emory Women's Heart Center

womensheartwearredHeart 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.

Emory Women's Heart Center Wear Red Event

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Women & Heart Disease Live Chat- February 23, 2016
Feb 2, 2016 By Emory Heart & Vascular Center

women-hrt-disease260x200Heart disease kills 6 times more women than breast cancer each year, making it the number one killer of women. Many people consider heart disease to be a predominantly male-oriented condition. However, heart disease is the number one killer in women and affects one out of every three in the United States, according to the American Heart Association. Heart disease occurs when fatty build-up in your coronary arteries, called plaque, prevents blood flow that’s needed to provide oxygen to your heart. When the blood flow that brings oxygen to the heart muscle is severely reduced, or completely cut off, a heart attack occurs. The Emory Women’s Heart Center is dedicated to screening, diagnosing, treating and preventing heart disease in Atlanta’s women. We’re thankful the awareness about heart disease, and the unique challenges faced by women, continues to be on the rise. The [...]

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Sudden Cardiac Death in Young Athletes
Jan 12, 2016 By Jonathan Kim, MD

football250x250Sudden death in young people, often due to hidden heart defects or overlooked heart abnormalities, is rare. Of the 360,000 sudden cardiac arrests that occur in the United States each year outside of hospitals, very few occur in young people and only some of those young people die of sudden cardiac arrest. When these tragic sudden cardiac deaths do occur, it's often during physical activity, such as participating in an athletic event or strenuous exercise.

Causes

The causes of sudden cardiac death in young people vary, but most of the time deaths are due to heart abnormalities, such as unrecognized inherited heart disease (example, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy) and coronary artery abnormalities. Other causes include inherited heart rhythm disorders such as Long QT syndrome, Brugada syndrome, or other inherited cardiac “channelopathies”. Additional etiologies include [...]

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Legacy of Innovation Continues at Emory with Successful Arrhythmia Clinical Trial
Nov 17, 2015 By Emory Heart & Vascular Center

The device is weighs less than a small coin and is only a little longer than a U.S. nickel. Image credit: Medtronic

The device is weighs less than a small coin and is only a little longer than a U.S. nickel. Image credit: Medtronic

Last week, a clinical trial that Emory researchers participated in was presented at the 2015 American Heart Association Scientific Sessions. The presentation revealed that the world's smallest, minimally invasive cardiac pacemaker — the Micra Transcatheter Pacing System (TPS) — was successfully implanted in nearly all of the patients participating in the international clinical trial. The study was also published in The New England Journal of Medicine. The non-randomized clinical trial enrolled a total of 725 patients across 56 centers, including Emory. Results showed the Micra TPS, which is about the size of a large vitamin and weighs less than a small coin, was successfully implanted in 99.2 percent of all patients (719 of 725). The device also over [...]

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Warning Signs of a Stroke
Oct 20, 2015 By Yazan Duwayri, MD

strokeStrokes strike fast and, unfortunately, often. Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in America today, and one of the leading causes of disability. People over 55 years old have more chance of stroke, and the risk gets greater as you get older. How does stroke happen? A stroke happens when a blood vessel bringing blood and oxygen to the brain gets blocked (ischemic stroke) or ruptures (hemorrhagic stroke). When this happens, brain cells don’t get oxygen thy need. As a result, that part of the brain can’t work, and neither can the part of the body it controls. Damage may be temporary or permanent depending on how many cells are lost.

Warning Signs During a Stroke

Sometimes symptoms of stroke develop gradually. But if you are having a stroke, you are more likely to have one or more sudden warning signs:
  • Numbness or weakness in your face, arm, or leg, especially on
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Can Men Get Varicose Veins?
Sep 29, 2015 By Mark Rheudasil, MD

male-legsYou bet! You may be surprised to know that almost 40% of men have some form of varicose veins. Though more common in women, abnormal veins can be a significant problem for men. Symptoms of larger veins may include:

  • Aching and heaviness
  • Fatigue
  • Restlessness
  • Leg swelling
Most men with varicose veins have a family history of similar problems. Obesity, prolonged standing and trauma or prior surgeries are also risk factors for varicose veins. Varicose vein evaluation includes a brief physical exam and often an ultrasound to look for underlying vein problems that may be a contributing factor. Patients with large varicose veins often have valve dysfunction in veins beneath the skin, which results in excess pressure in the veins. In general, abnormal veins are treated by shutting them down and redirecting blood into normal veins nearby. This may involve small injections [...]

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What is that on my legs? Is it a Bruise or a Vein?
Sep 16, 2015 By Mark Rheudasil, MD

tired-legsVaricose veins often appear as blue or purple streaks on the legs, and larger veins may bulge or protrude above the surface of the skin. Spider veins are small red or blue veins that may look like a spider-web or branches on a tree. Larger varicose veins may look twisted and ropey, and may even be mistaken for a bruise. In general, symptoms become more likely as veins enlarge. While most patients seek spider vein treatment for cosmetic reasons, varicose veins commonly may cause symptoms such as:

  • Aching
  • Heaviness
  • Itching
  • Cramping
  • Heat
  • Swelling
Though rarely dangerous, varicose veins can occasionally result in bleeding or superficial clotting, and may, in some cases, be a sign of more severe underlying vein problems. When varicose veins begin to cause symptoms, or when the cosmetic appearance is causing distress, you should see your doctor. In addition to [...]

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Takeaways from Dr. Rheudasil's Varicose Vein Live Chat
Sep 15, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

Thanks to everyone who joined us Tuesday, September 8, for our live online chat “Your Aching Legs: Minimizing Varicose Vein Pain and When It’s Time to Consider Treatment” hosted by Dr. Mark Rheudasil. Although varicose veins may not be preventable, there are ways to reduce the likelihood that you will develop them. Dr. Rheudasil provided some insights on the cause of varicose veins along with tips on how to minimize varicose vein development and minimize the discomfort they cause for those who already have them. Here are just a few highlights: Question: I have a profession that requires me to be on my feet all day. I can’t change jobs at this point in my career but want to minimize or prevent the formation of varicose veins. What can I do?” rheudasil-j-mark (1)Dr. Rheudasil: For people that spend a considerable amount of time on their feet, gravity causes blood to pool in the [...]

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Types of Cardiovascular Disease
Sep 7, 2015 By Danny Eapen, M.D.

heart-word-cloud 9-4Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. But did you know there are more than 50 types of heart disease? Heart disease is actually an umbrella term that includes a number of conditions affecting the structures or function of the heart, some of which are genetic, and many of which are the result of lifestyle choices.

Types of Cardiovascular Disease:

Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) is the most common form of heart disease. It occurs when the arteries supplying blood to the heart narrow or harden, which is known as atherosclerosis. CHD is usually the cause of heart attack, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease. Major risk factors include: high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, diabetes, advancing age, inherited (genetic) disposition. Heart Attack - Also called [...]

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Is There a Difference Between Spider Veins and Varicose Veins?
Sep 2, 2015 By Emory Heart & Vascular Center

legs (1)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 [...]

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