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Join Emory Heart & Vascular Center preventive heart disease specialist Susmita Parashar, MD to learn about how stress can contribute to heart disease. Dr. Parashar will participate in a free live web chat on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 and will be available to provide information linking stress to heart disease as well as answer questions on how to best balance your life to reduce stress. The chat will begin at 12:30pm EST.

Register for the Stress & Heart Disease Web Chat: UPDATE CHAT TRANSCRIPT

 


About Dr. Susmita Parashar

Dr. Susmita Parashar

Dr. Susmita Parashar is a Board certified cardiologist at the Emory Heart and Vascular Center and Assistant Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) at Emory University School of Medicine. Prior to joining as faculty in the Division of Cardiology, Dr Parashar was Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Medicine at Emory for 8 years. She applies her experience as a Board certified internist in providing a holistic care to patients. She was awarded the American Heart Association (AHA) Trudy Bush Fellowship for Cardiovascular Research in Women’s Health Award to recognize outstanding work in the area of women’s health and cardiovascular disease and Emory Department of Medicine Early Career Faculty Research Award for Clinical Research.

Dr Parashar completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Medical College of Georgia, Augusta and Cardiology fellowship at Emory University. She completed her Master of Public Health and a Master of Science from Emory in 2005. A passionate clinician-researcher and educator, she trains medical students, residents and cardiology fellows. In addition, she conducts clinical research. Dr Parashar’s clinical and research focus is in preventive cardiology with a focus on women and cardiovascular diseases.

She has received several grants and awards from the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the AHA to conduct research on women and heart disease. She has served as Emory principal investigator for large NIH funded clinical research for heart attack patients. She was also invited to participate as a co-investigator for the NIH funded Cardiovascular Health Study for older adults. She has presented her work in national and international scientific meetings, including the AHA Annual Session, AHA Quality of Care and Outcomes Research in Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke, American College of Cardiology Annual Session, Society of General Internal Medicine and International Congress of Coronary Heart Disease.

Dr. Parashar has authored/coauthored over 60 peer-reviewed publications, including invited textbook chapters, manuscripts, abstracts and review articles. Her work has been published in such prestigious journals as the New England Journal of Medicine, Archives of Internal Medicine and Circulation, and highlighted by the Nature and national media such as CNN, CBS and NPR news.

She believes in family-career balance and applies her experience as a mother of two young children and wife to her work.


Celebrate Heart Month with this Tasty Pasta Salad Recipe!

Thank you to those who attended our  live web chat on Nutrition for the Heart! We had an excellent discussion and thank Emory Heart & Vascular Center Registered Dietician Cheryl A. Williams, RD, LD (pictured below) for her insight on this important topic!   If you were not able to attend the live chat, you can view the transcript from this chat and others using the “Past Web Chats” link in the top navigation bar.

Cheryl Williams

We would like to clarify a question posed in the chat regarding the amount of fish that is healthy for your heart.  The guidelines for fish consumption are 2 servings of fatty fish, salmon, trout, mackerel etc.,  per week for heart health. There are no separate guidelines for white-flesh fish  such a tilapia.  For people who do not like fatty fish they can have white-flesh fish instead (if not fried), as it generally has less saturated fat then red meat and poultry.

Eating fish is healthy and tasty too!  Cheryl provided us with this delicious Salmon Pasta Salad recipe.  Try it! I am sure you will like it and your heart will too!

Fresh Veggie & Salmon Whole Wheat Pasta Salad

Makes 16 servings (servings size: 1 cup)

Healthy Pasta Salad Recipe♥ 16 ounces whole wheat pasta (penne, bowtie, etc.)
♥ Three 6-7 ounce cans of Wild Alaska Pink Salmon (sockeye salmon) flaked
♥ 8 cups fresh whole spinach leaf (10 ounce bag)
♥ 2 cups halved grape/cherry tomatoes 1 cup chopped walnuts

Raspberry Citrus Vinaigrette

♥ 1/3 cup canola oil
♥ 1/2 cup orange juice (about 1 orange)
♥ 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
♥ 1/4 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
♥ 4 tbsp fresh oregano or basil or  4 tsp dried oregano or basil leaves
♥ 2 garlic minced garlic cloves
♥ ½ tsp salt
♥ 2 tbsp ground black pepper

Directions:

  1. Cook pasta according to package; drain pasta and set aside in strainer
  2. Open cans of salmon, cover with can lid and run under water faucet for 1 minute
  3. In large salad bowl combine pasta, salmon, tomatoes, spinach & chopped walnuts
  4. Prepare vinaigrette:In blender or food processor combine citrus juices, raspberries, oregano, garlic, salt and pepper, whirl until well blended; add canola oil slowly until well blended
  5. Pour vinaigrette over salad and toss.
  6. Refrigerate salad for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Analysis (per serving)

  • 252 Calories
  • 12 gramsTotal Fat
  • 1 grams Saturated Fat
  • 0 grams Trans Fat
  • 23 milligrams Cholesterol
  • 235 milligrams Sodium
  • 25 grams Carbohydrates
  • 4 grams Fiber
  • Sugars 1 gram
  • Protein 15
  • Dietary Exchanges: 1.5 starches, 1/2 vegetable, 2 meats, 2 fats\

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Did you Know Heart Disease is the Number 1 Killer of Women?

And…heart disease kills more women than the next 5 highest causes COMBINED!  In fact, 40,000 more women than men die of heart disease each year.

Gina Lundberg, MD, cardiologist at Saint Joseph’s Hospital who specializes in heart disease in women gives tips of how you can lower your risk for heart disease and protect yourself!


Don’t forget to join Emory Healthcare nutritionist Cheryl Williams, RD, LD  on Thursday, February 9 for a live chat to learn some ideas for heart healthy recipes. To register visit emoryhealthcare.org/mdchats!

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Celebrate Heart Month by Joining Our Top Heart Healthy Foods Chat!

Top Heart Healthy Foods ChatJoin Emory Heart & Vascular Center nutritionist Cheryl A. Williams, RD, LD on Thursday, February 9 at 12:30 for a live web chat titled “Top Heart Healthy Foods”. She will be available to answer questions about what the best food choices are for your heart, share new recipe ideas, as well as provide ideas for your favorite current recipes that will help keep your heart healthy.

Sign up for the Top Heart Healthy Foods Chat here: UPDATE CHAT TRANSCRIPT

We look forward to helping facilitate a dialog that builds awareness around the importance of prioritizing a heart healthy diet and taking control of your heart health! See you there!

About:  Cheryl Williams is a registered dietitian (RD) specializing in the nutritional management of a variety of chronic conditions including cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. In her current position at the Emory Heart & Vascular Center, Cheryl provides nutrition therapy, wellness coaching, monthly nutrition seminars and healthy cooking demonstrations.

Atlantans: Join us for 11 Heart Healthy Events During Heart Month!

Emory HeartWise Events in Atlanta during Heart Month:

Heart Month Events Atlanta February

The HeartWiseSM Risk Reduction Program Lecture Series aims to reduce people’s risk of heart disease through education and interaction. In addition to serving patients who currently suffer from heart disease, we also provide help to individuals who could be at risk for heart complications in the future including those who smoke, do not exercise or have high blood pressure.

♥ Fats: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly
Cheryl Williams, RD/LD
Thursday, February 2nd
8:45 AM – 9:15 AM

♥ Chocolate for the Heart
Cheryl Williams, RD/LD
Monday, February 6, 2012
11:45 AM – 12:15 PM

♥ Q&A with an Emory Cardiologist
Dr. Laurence Sperling
Friday, February 10, 2012
12:00 Noon – 1:00 PM

♥ Medications
Jane Whitmer, RN
Monday, February 13, 2012
11:45 AM – 12:15 PM

♥ Celebration: National Cardiac Rehabilitation
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

♥ Chocolate for the Heart
Cheryl Williams, RD/LD
Thursday, February 16, 2012
8:45 AM – 9:15 AM

♥ How Should I Take Care of My Feet?
Dr. Frank Sinkoe
Friday, February 24, 2012
11:45 AM – 12:15 PM

♥ Diabetes Prevention
Cheryl Williams, RD/LD
Monday, February 27, 2012
11:45 AM – 12:15 PM

Admission to HeartWise events is free and everyone is welcome! Call404-778-2850 to reserve your seat, or you can sign up for one of our February HeartWise lectures online!

Saint Joseph’s Heart Institute Events in Atlanta during Heart Month:

♥ Friday, February 3rd - National Wear Red Day; Wear red to raise awareness of heart disease and what you can do to prevent it!

♥ Friday, February, 3rd – Go Red Event; Saint Joseph’s Hospital is hosting a Go Red Event from 8:30am – 2pm.  We will have jewelry vendors, cooking demos, dark chocolate vendors and educational information available.

♥ Saturday, February 4th- Go Red Connect- Join us  at Macy’s at Perimeter Mall from 1 pm to 5 pm.   Saint Joseph’s staff will be offering free cardiovascular screenings as well as providing educational materials to attendees

Please feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions or thoughts regarding any of the February events. We look forward to seeing all of you there!

Emory Healthcare is proud to partner with the American Heart Association in the My Heart. My Life campaign to help prevent heart disease.  Take the Life Simple Seven challenge today!

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80 million+ Americans suffer from Varicose Veins

Varicose Spider Veins Online ChatCurrent estimates are that more than 80 million Americans suffer from varicose veins and/or spider veins. While cosmetic improvement is often a factor in seeking treatment of varicose veins, relief from pain is a concern for many patients.

If you or someone you know suffers from varicose veins, join us on Tuesday, January 24 at 12:30 p.m. for an interactive, online Q&A web chat on the topic of varicose and spider veins. Emory physician assistant Stephen Konigsberg will be available to answer questions and discuss various topics about varicose veins, including symptoms, prevention and treatment options, such as low-impact treatment methods (i.e. compression stockings to support and compress veins and improve circulation) and corrective approaches (i.e. procedures like sclerotherapy, Endolaser™ ablation or phlebectomy).

Register online today for the varicose veins chat: UPDATE CHAT TRANSCRIPT

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Is Your High Blood Pressure Out of Control?

High Blood Pressure Web ChatDo you have uncontrolled hypertension (high blood pressure) and need another option for your care?

If so, the Emory Heart & Vascular Center is now enrolling patients in a study for this condition. Called the Symplicity HTN – 3 Study, this clinical research study will test the safety and effectiveness of a procedure called renal denervation using the Symplicty Catheter System as a treatment for uncontrolled hypertension. You may be eligible to participate in the research if you are between the ages of 18 and 80, you have an average systolic blood pressure (SBP) > to 160mmHg and you are taking three or more antihypertensive medications. Chandan Devireddy, MD, FACC, FSCAI is the principle investigator in the trial at Emory.

For more information about the clinical trial, please contact Emory HealthConnection 404-778-7777.

CAUTION: Investigational device. Limited by Federal (United States) law to investigational use.

If you have high blood pressure and want to learn more about what you can do to manage it, join us tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. for a chat on hypertension with Dr. Susmita Parashar. Visit Emoryhealthcare.org/mdchats to register and see a complete listing of Emory Healthcare’s live chats.

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Talk to an MD About Your Blood Pressure – No Appointment!

 

Do you suffer from high blood pressure and want to ask a physician questions without scheduling an appointment?
High Blood Pressure Chat

One third of people living in the United States  experiences high blood pressure. If you are one of the many who suffer from high blood pressure, join Emory Heart & Vascular Center preventive cardiologist Dr. Susmita Parashar on Tuesday, December 6 at 12:30 p.m. for an interactive online Q & A web chat. The topic is “Diagnosing, Treating and Managing High Blood Pressure.”

Dr. Parashar will be available to answer questions and discuss various topics about hypertension including symptoms, diagnosis, and treating and living with hypertension. To register for the online chat, visit: http://www.emoryhealthcare.org/heart or click the image to the right to be directed to the chat sign-up form.

 

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Are You a Woman at Risk for Heart Disease?

Women Heart Disease ChatDespite the fact that it’s often thought of as a man’s disease, you may be surprised to learn that over 40 million women live with cardiovascular disease and over 8 million have a history of heart attack or chest pain. In fact, heart disease is the leading cause of death in American women and five times as many women die each year from heart disease than from breast cancer.

It is critical that women take control of their heart health and learn how to protect themselves from this deadly disease.  If you think you could be at risk for heart disease or just want to learn more, join me for an interactive web chat on the topic of Women and Heart Disease. I will be available to answer questions and discuss various topics about women and heart disease including how symptoms are different in women than men, diagnosing heart disease and preventing heart disease.

Women & Heart Disease Online Chat Details:

Chat date: Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Chat time: 12:30pm
Chat registration: Women & Heart Disease: UPDATE CHAT TRANSCRIPT

About Dr. Ijeoma Isiadinso
Dr. Isiadinso is a preventive cardiologist with the Emory Heart & Vascular Center. She specializes in heart disease prevention with special interests in lifestyle modification, cardiovascular risk factor screening, hyperlipidemia and women’s heart disease. She completed her medical education and training at MCP-Hahnemann School of Medicine and Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia before joining Emory in 2010. Dr. Isiadinso is an active member in the development of the Emory Heart & Vascular Center’s Women’s Heart Health Program, and she is committed to helping women and men live healthy lives.

Lone Atrial Fibrillation (A-Fib) – Takeaways from our Heart to Heart

Lone Atrial FibrillationThank you for those who were able to participate in the Emory Heart & Vascular Center Live Chat on Arrhythmias last week! You all had great questions and highly engaged. If you could not join me, you can view the Arrhythmia chat transcript here. We covered a lot of different topics. Please feel free to use the comments below to let us know if you have other heart and vascular topics you would like to cover in future live chats, and we will see if we can organize!

During the chat, there were questions I did not have time to answer. Specifically, I told attendees that I’d be posting a follow up blog on Lone Atrial Fibrillation, a less discussed type of arrhythmia that I got some good questions around.

What is Lone Atrial Fibrillation (A-Fib)?

Lone Atrial Fibrillation (A-Fib) is atrial fibrillation seen in patients younger than 60 years with no underlying structural heart disease.  It may be caused by a specific trigger or could occur without any trigger.

What are the possible triggers for Lone Atrial Fibrillation?

Lone A-Fib can be triggered by:

  • Emotional or work related stress
  • Physical Overexertion
  • Alcohol use or overuse
  • Caffeine consumption
  • Infection
  • Dehydration
  • Electrolyte imbalances
  • Drugs (cocaine, amphetamines, etc)
  • Hypoglycemia

Unfortunately, in the majority of cases of Lone Atrial Fibrillation occur without any triggers. It is probably difficult to avoid all the potential triggers for Lone A-Fib.  But when a trigger exists, it is  typically specific to each individual.  There is no consistent way to safely and effectively manage Lone A-Fib episodes, so I recommend you consult your cardiologist to ensure you are taking the most appropriate steps for your particular case.

You can visit our website to learn more about Emory’s Arrhythmia Program.

Dr. Mikhael El-ChamiAbout Mikhael El-Chami, MD
Dr. El-Chami completed his residency at Emory in 2003 and he was nominated for a chief residency year at Emory in 2004. His training in cardiology and electrophysiology also was completed at Emory. His areas of clinical interest include: cardiac arrhythmia ablation, cardiac resynchronization therapy and prevention of sudden cardiac death. Dr. El-Chami holds organizational leadership memberships with the American College of Cardiology and the Heart Rhythm Society. He speaks Arabic and French fluently.