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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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Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) Treatment Options Live Chat: January 24, 2017
Jan 17, 2017 By Emory Healthcare

pad-260x200Peripheral 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. Join us on Tuesday, January 24th at 12pm when the Emory Heart & Vascular Center’s Chief of Vascular Surgery, Dr. William Jordan,  will answer all of your questions about PAD and the various treatment options available. All are welcome to attend this open chat with our physicians. cta-chat-blue [...]

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Takeaways from the Atrial Fibrillation (A-Fib) Live Chat
Nov 18, 2016 By Emory Heart & Vascular Center

afib-email260x200Atrial fibrillation, or A-fib, is the most common irregular heart rhythm in the United States, affecting over two million Americans. We hosted a live chat on Tuesday, November 15th at 12pm EST about atrial fibrillation with Mikhael El-Chami, MD, of the Emory Heart and Vascular Center where we received a lot of great questions about symptoms, treatments, and more. Dr. El-Chami was able to answer these questions and provide insight on this condition that affects so many people. Below are some highlights from this live chat.   Question: Are there different types of a-fib? Is one more serious than another? Dr. El-Chami: There are typically two different types of a-fib. The first type is persistent a-fib (always in a state of a-fib) and the other type paroxysmal a-fib (a-fib that comes and goes). One type is not more dangerous than the other. The most devastating [...]

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Atrial Fibrillation Live Chat: November 15, 2016
Nov 2, 2016 By Emory Healthcare

afib-email260x200Atrial fibrillation, or A-fib, is the most common irregular heart rhythm in the United States, affecting over two million Americans. Are you one of them? Or do you know someone who’s affected by A-fib? We could help you find out the information you need. Join us on Tuesday, November 15th at 12pm EST for a live chat about atrial fibrillation with Mikhael El-Chami, MD, of the Emory Heart and Vascular Center. We’ll answer your questions about A-fib and how it’s treated. Register today. cta-chat-blue   [...]

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Heart Health of Football Players Focus of Emory Expert Analysis
Aug 16, 2016 By Emory Healthcare

football250x250With the start of the American football season fast approaching, the health and wellness of players is top of mind. While most of the focus is on head and orthopedic injuries, heart health is also an important concern for these athletes. Emory Heart & Vascular Center sports cardiologist and researcher Jonathan Kim, MD, is the author of an online American College of Cardiology (ACC) expert analysis of the heart and vascular health of elite level American football players. Dr. Kim, an assistant professor of medicine (cardiology) in the Emory University School of Medicine, launched a sports cardiology clinic in 2014, evaluating and treating cardiovascular conditions specific to athletes of all ages and levels. In the ACC article, entitled “Cardiovascular Issues in Elite American-Style Football Participants,” Dr. Kim examines key research findings over the last two decades [...]

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Takeaways: Varicose Vein Live Chat
Jun 20, 2016 By Emory Healthcare

vv-chat-emailOn Tuesday, June 14 many joined vascular surgeon, Dr. Mark Rheudasil as he discussed varicose vein pain prevention, non-surgical vs. surgical treatment options, differences between varicose and spider veins, and more. During this interactive web chat, participants were able to ask questions and get real-time answers from our Emory Healthcare professional. 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. Below are some highlights from the live chat. View the full chat transcript here. Question: Can you give a quick explanation of varicose veins? What causes them and what can I do if I am not wanting to have surgery? Dr. Rheudasil: Most large varicose veins are caused by incompetent valves in the veins of the legs. Treatment though now rarely requires surgery. Most veins are treated with [...]

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Emory Healthcare's ECMO Program Specialized Ambulances
Jun 9, 2016 By Emory Heart & Vascular Center

Emory Healthcare’s ECMO program is the first in Georgia to put a new specialized ambulance to transport critically ill adult patients who require or ECMO.When it comes to transporting critically-ill patients, the details matter. Emory Healthcare’s ECMO program is the first in Georgia to put a new specialized ambulance on the road to transport critically ill adult patients who require extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, or ECMO. ECMO is a highly advanced form of life support that provides cardiopulmonary support to persons whose heart and/or lungs are unable to function appropriately to keep them alive. “ECMO works by replacing the heart and lungs, pumping blood in-and-out of the body, while removing the carbon dioxide and oxygenating blood,” says James M. Blum, MD, chief of critical care for the Emory Department of Anesthesiology and director of the Emory ECMO Center. “It allows life saving time essential for the treatment and recovery of the lungs and heart.” Emory’s new critical care vehicle, created in [...]

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Aortic Stenosis
Jun 7, 2016 By Dr. Thourani

The aortic valve controls the blood flow from the heart. In aortic stenosis, the valve does not open fully, restricting blood flow from the heart.The aortic valve is tremendously important, controlling blood flow from the heart to the rest of the body. In aortic stenosis, the valve does not open fully, restricting blood flow from the heart. In aortic regurgitation, the valve opening does not close completely, causing blood to leak backward into the heart. Either of these conditions can cause the heart muscle to pump harder and blood flow to the body may decrease, which can ultimately lead to heart failure. Aortic stenosis and regurgitation may occur with age, often in those older than 70. However, in patients with other heart conditions, aortic stenosis or regurgitation can occur much earlier.

Aortic Stenosis Symptoms

Aortic stenosis and regurgitation may be mild and not produce symptoms. However, over time, the aortic valve may become narrower, resulting in a variety of symptoms including:
  • Fainting
  • Weakness or
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Minimizing Varicose Vein Pain and When It’s Time to Consider Treatment
May 19, 2016 By Emory Healthcare

vv-chat-emailThough they may not be preventable, there are ways to reduce the likelihood that you will develop varicose veins. If you already have them, treatment can almost always be performed in the office with minimally invasive techniques and very little discomfort or down time. Join vascular surgeon, Dr. Mark Rheudasil on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. EST as he discusses varicose vein pain prevention, non-surgical vs. surgical treatment options, differences between varicose and spider veins, and more. 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 June 14th chat. cta-chat-blue [...]

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A Disease You’ve Probably Never Heard Of
May 10, 2016 By Emory Healthcare

fmd-smallHave you ever felt sick enough to visit a doctor, only to feel much improved soon after leaving your physician’s office? Receiving an accurate diagnosis often makes us reassured, even before receiving treatment.  However, patients with rare diseases sometimes wait several years before discovering what causes their symptoms. Fibromuscular Dysplasia, commonly known as FMD, is a vascular disease often resulting in a delayed diagnosis due to lack of awareness.

What is FMD?

FMD is a non-atherosclerotic, non-inflammatory vascular disease most often affecting the renal and carotid arteries. Although it predominantly affects middle-aged women, the disease can present in men, women, and children of all ages. FMD causes abnormal cell growth in artery walls, most often presenting as a “string of beads.” On an angiogram, you would see sections of bulging and narrowing in the affected [...]

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