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Heart to Heart: Transplant Recipients Celebrate Life
Feb 26, 2018 By Emory Healthcare

Throughout the month of February, we celebrate the heart. For heart transplant patients, they celebrate their heart and the gift of life, throughout the entire year. On February 10, 2018, 64 recipients, including three listed patients awaiting new hearts, attended the 28th Heart-to-Heart Celebration at Emory’s Miller-Ward Alumni House with their families, friends, and Emory staff members. Participants spent time with each other and their health care teams while reminiscing the waits they endured for their new hearts. They also commemorated the selfless donor families that gave the gift of life to someone else during their time of sorrow. “The Emory Heart Transplant Program has completed more than 800 heart transplants to date, but we couldn’t do any of this work without the organ donors and their families who chose to give life to others,” says Andrew Smith, MD, [...]

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Real Patients, Real Stories: Sol Kaslow's Chance to See Restored Patrol Torpedo
Feb 22, 2018 By admin

It took Sol Kaslow five decades to talk about being part of the invasion of Normandy as a young navy signalman on a Patrol Torpedo (PT) boat. "I couldn't handle talking about it," he says. "You live like it just happened." Then, for his 80th birthday, he and his wife, Florence, returned with a tour group to Normandy, where Allied Forces landed on the northern coast of occupied France on June 6, 1944, in a well-planned invasion against Germany. As the tour guide started talking about the assault—which remains the largest amphibious military invasion in history—Kaslow said, "Let me tell it, I was there." Now 92, Kaslow, the only living member of his PT crew that was in the Normandy invasion, plans to be on the world's only restored PT-305 when it launches in New Orleans this spring. It's a chance he wouldn't have had without the transcatheter aortic valve [...]

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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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Your Heart Questions Answered by Emory Women's Heart Center
Feb 7, 2018 By Emory Women's Heart Center

heart-stethoscopeThank you for participating in American Heart Month! We would like to thank our experts Dr. Alexis CutchinsDr. M Carolina GongoraDr. Gina Lundberg, and Dr. Susmita Parashar,  from Emory Women's Heart Center, for answering your submitted questions. Review Part 2 questions and answers here! What services does the Women's Heart Center Offer? The Emory Women’s Heart Center offers comprehensive cardiac risk assessments and education for women at risk for heart disease. If necessary, the Center can also assist with referrals. Screenings are beneficial to those who have a family history of heart disease or risk factors such as obesity, hypertension, smoking, and/or diabetes. The initial two-hour screening includes a review of family history of heart disease and a comprehensive global risk assessment that includes age, blood pressure, total cholesterol level, HDL level, [...]

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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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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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