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Real Patients, Real Stories: Bill Hutchens' Problem Solved
Feb 16, 2018 By admin

Alpharetta resident, Bill Hutchens, is constantly solving problems in his career as an IT consultant. However, not too long ago, he realized that he had stumbled onto something that he couldn’t solve. Frequent angina pains similar to extreme heartburn. But with the help of Emory Saint Joseph’s Cardiac Rehabilitation program, the 51-year-old is back on the soccer field, pursuing the hobby that he loves so much. “There’s no doubt in my mind that soccer has been a life-changing event for me. If I hadn’t been such an active player the past ten years, I wouldn’t have noticed the physical changes, and I would have collapsed in my backyard. Somebody was watching out for me for sure,” he says. Because Hutchens has a family history of heart problems, he has always been vigilant about annual physicals and stress tests. His father had his first open heart surgery at the [...]

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Hope For the Broken Hearted
Feb 14, 2018 By Emory Heart & Vascular Center

Heartbreak, heartache, and heartbroken are not words you would typically associate with the day of love (Valentine’s Day)…Or are they? When February rolls around each year, we’re bombarded with messages and sentiments of love.  Couples, families, and friends begin to plan for Valentine’s Day, the day of love and dinner reservations are made, gifts are purchased, cards are written, and for those that are really lucky, the decadence of chocolate awaits. For some of us though, Valentine’s Day can be difficult if that special someone is no longer around. The overwhelming symbolism of love may cause them to reminisce and feel a deep pain. We know this pain, usually felt in the heart, as a broken heart, but in the medical world, this condition (yes, it’s a real medical condition) is known as acute stress cardiomyopathy. Acute stress cardiomyopathy or “broken heart [...]

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Real Patients, Real Stories: Luis Aparicio on a Second Chance
Feb 12, 2018 By Emory Heart & Vascular Center

A fit, athletic 64-year-old and lifelong rower, Luis Aparicio is the last person you would imagine suffering a near-fatal heart attack. Much like his life story, Aparicio’s recovery is all about dedication and persistence. Thanks to the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital, he is eagerly sharing his powerful story with others. “I’m a miracle,” Aparicio says. “I will always be grateful to cardiac rehab because they have empowered me.” Aparicio’s story began as a young boy growing up in Mexico City. While his friends were active soccer players, Aparicio never took a liking to the popular sport in his hometown. “I wasn’t good in soccer, so my coach took me to the rowing club,” he says. At the age of 13, Aparicio had such a natural talent for rowing, that his dedication to the sport included riding on six buses across town [...]

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Congenital Heart Disease: Staying in Specialty Care Saves Lives
Feb 7, 2018 By Wendy Book, MD

Congenital Heart DiseaseCongenital heart defects (CHD) are the most common type of birth defect, affecting approximately 8 per 1000 births in the US. The severity of these defects ranges from mild defects that don't require surgery to critical heart defects that require surgery within the first year of a newborn to survive. Advances in medical and surgical care have significantly improved survival for all CHD, even the most complex, severe defects. As a result of these advances, the majority of children born with a heart defect now survive to adulthood. The number of adults with congenital heart defects exceeds the number of children with CHD. Despite these childhood successes, many adults with congenital heart disease face late complications, hospitalizations, need for medications, future surgeries, and may die at a younger age than their counterparts without a heart defect. The surgeries that [...]

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Your Heart Questions Answered by Emory Women's Heart Center
Feb 2, 2018 By Emory Women's Heart Center

Thank you for participating in American Heart Month. Our expert from Emory Women's Heart Center is excited to answer your submitted questions. Answers will be published on March 1, 2018. Don't worry, we'll remind you when they get posted! [...]

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Heart Failure Live Chat Transcript
Jul 12, 2017 By admin

Heart Failure Live Chat 7/25/17 Thank you to those of you who joined the Heart Failure Live Chat on 7/25/17 hosted by Dr. Divya Gupta from Emory's Heart & Vascular Center. Dr. Gupta provided valuable insights into the causes of heart failure including contributing factors like heredity and medical conditions, treatment options and lifestyle changes. The live chat had a good turnout and the transcript is now available below.

Heart Failure Live Chat Transcript

  Overview: If you or a family member has been diagnosed with heart failure you likely have many questions. Here’s your chance to ask an expert about living with heart failure, treatment options, second opinions, prevention; whatever’s on your mind. Join us on Tuesday, July 25 when Dr. Divya Gupta, a board certified heart failure cardiologist with the Emory Heart & Vascular Center, will answer all your questions. 12:01 [...]

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Why Do I Have Varicose Veins and What Can I Do About It?
Mar 18, 2017 By Mark Rheudasil, MD

Live Chat Q&A: Varicose Veins Thanks to those of you who joined us on Tuesday, April 4th for our live online chat “Why do I have varicose veins and what can I do about it?” hosted by Dr. Mark Rheudasil from the Emory Vein Center. Dr. Rheudasil provided valuable insights on the causes of varicose veins including contributing factors like heredity and pregnancy, the treatment options available for varicose veins and spider veins, and lifestyle changes that can help minimize discomfort from varicose veins. The live chat had a good turnout and is now available online.

Varicose Veins Q&A

Apr 4 2017, 11:57 AM EmoryHealthcare: We are starting the live chat in 4 min Are you, guys, ready with your questions? Apr 4 2017, 12:00 PM EmoryHealthcare: Welcome, everyone! Thanks for joining us today for our web chat "Why do I have varicose veins and what can I do about it?" with Dr. Rheudasil of Emory Vein [...]

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Heart Disease and Emory Women's Heart Center
Feb 20, 2017 By Emory Women's Heart Center

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the number one killer of women and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined. It is also preventable. The Emory Women's Heart Center is a program dedicated to the screening, prevention and treatment of heart disease in women. The number of women at risk is startling. “Believe it or not, a very small percentage of women fall into the low risk category for heart disease, and those people are mostly in their twenties,” says Stacy Jaskwhich, a nurse practitioner at Emory’s Johns Creek’s Women’s Heart Center. “When you consider family history, age, diet, activity levels and other existing conditions such as diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis, most women are at some level of risk.” "Most heart disease is preventable, so we want to reach these women, ideally between the ages of 40-60, to evaluate their [...]

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Takeaways from the Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) Treatment Options Live Chat
Jan 30, 2017 By Emory Healthcare

pad-260x200Thank you to everyone who attended and participated in our Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) live chat on Tuesday, January 24th with the Emory Heart & Vascular Center’s Chief of Vascular Surgery, Dr. William Jordan. Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) affects 8 to 12 million people in the United States, especially those over 50. Those who suffer from PAD are at increased risk for heart disease, aortic aneurysms and stroke. PAD is also a marker for diabetes, hypertension and other conditions. Dr. William Jordan was able to answer all of your questions about PAD and the various treatment options available. We received a lot of awesome questions which you can find in the full chat transcript here. Below are some highlights from our live chat.   Question: How do I get tested for PAD? Dr. Jordan: A thorough physical exam would be the first test. Non-invasive testing with [...]

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Women & Heart Disease Live Chat - February 14th
Jan 20, 2017 By Emory Healthcare

womens-heart260x200Heart disease is now the #1 killer in women. The good news is, most heart disease is preventable — and early detection saves lives. 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 a collaborative group of providers that treats patients using a team approach. They are dedicated to screening, diagnosing, treating and preventing heart disease in Atlanta’s women. The most important weapon against heart disease is awareness. Women need to research their family history and take time to educate themselves on not only the risk factors and symptoms of heart disease, but preventive medicine as well. Join Emory Women’s [...]

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