Past Web Chats

Here you’ll find archived transcripts from live web chats with our heart and vascular doctors.


Congenital Heart Disease – Even Adults Need Special Care

July 14, 2015 – Drs. Maan Jokhadar and Anurag Sahu

Did you know that congenital heart defects affect approximately 40,000 babies each year? And now, due to advances in medicine, many of these patients are living to adulthood and there are estimated to be more than 1 million adults in the United States with congenital heart defects, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Unfortunately, some patients and their providers have the perception that their heart defect has been “cured.” The gaps in care resulting from this misperception can be harmful. Guidelines recommend that all adults with congenital heart defects stay in regular cardiology care, and those with moderate to complex (more severe defects) should receive care in an Adult Congenital Heart Center.

Drs. Maan Jokhadar and Anurag Sahu recently held an interactive web chat about “Congenital Heart Disease – Even Adults Need Special Care.” During the chat, they answered questions and discussed various topics about Adult Congenital Heart Disease. See the full list of questions and answers in the chat transcript!


Things You Never Knew About Your Blood Pressure Chat Transcript

June 23, 2015 – Gina Lundberg, MD

You’ve probably heard high blood pressure, or hypertension, called the “silent killer” because it can damage your arteries and organs without you ever realizing something is wrong. Not only can it damage your heart, but it can also cause stroke, kidney damage, vision loss, memory loss, erectile dysfunction, fluid buildup in the lungs and angina.

Dr. Gina Lundberg of the Emory Women’s Heart Center recently sat down to talk about “Things You Never New About Your Blood Pressure,” answering questions and discussing various topics related to hypertension and high blood pressure. Check out all of Dr. Lundberg’s great tips and advice in the full chat transcript!


What’s Causing Your Varicose Veins or Spider Veins? Chat Transcript

April 14, 2015 – Mark Rheudasil, MD

While it’s important to look your best, it’s also important to feel your best. Males, females, the young and the old. Varicose veins can affect anyone. So have you ever wondered what causes those unsightly bulges and twists to appear on your legs? Dr. Mark Rheudasil of the Emory Vein Center recently held a live web chat discussing varicose veins and spider veins, including the causes, prevention and treatment of varicose veins. Check out the full list of questions & answers in the chat transcript!


PAD: What’s Causing Your Leg Pain? Chat Transcript

March 24, 2015 – Gregory Robertson, MD

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a commonly undiagnosed disease affecting about 8.5 million Americans. Symptoms vary from cramping in the lower extremities, as well as pain or tiredness in leg or hip muscles. According to the American Heart Association, many people mistake the symptoms of PAD for something else, which is why it can easily go undiagnosed. Having the correct diagnosis is important because people with PAD are at a higher risk of heart attack or stroke, and if untreated, PAD can lead to gangrene and amputation. Dr. Gregory Robertson of the Emory Heart & Vascular Center recently answered questions about PAD, including symptoms, diagnosis, prevention and treatment in an interactive web chat entitled “What’s causing your leg pain?” You can check out the full Q & A in the chat transcript!


Irregular Heartbeat: Is it Normal? Chat Transcript

February 24, 2015 – Michael Hoskins, MD

Have you ever felt like your heart skipped a beat? This is a symptom of a very common rhythm disorder called an arrhythmia. Arrhythmias are common in young- and middle-aged adults. Some arrhythmias are relatively harmless, but others can be fatal if not treated. Nearly 1,000,000 people are hospitalized for an arrhythmia each year, and some arrhythmias, such as Atrial Fibrillation, are extremely common and affect over 2,500,000 million Americans.

Dr. Michael Hoskins of the Emory Heart & Vascular Center recently held an interactive web chat on the topic of “Living With and Treating Arrhythmias.” During the chat, Dr. Hoskins answered questions and discussed various topics about arrhythmias, including symptoms, diagnosis, prevention and treatment.


Heart Healthy Holiday Eating Chat Transcript

December 9, 2014 – Gina Lundberg, MD

During the holiday season, it’s hard to avoid all the calorie-laden treats, heftily portioned meals and hot buttered carbs we’re offered.  Thankfully, you can still enjoy tasty and satisfying holiday fare without blowing a button, or even worse, negatively affecting your heart health. Dr. Gina Lundberg of the Emory Women’s Heart Center recently held a live web chat on Heart Healthy Holiday Eating where she gave advice on how to enjoy the season while maintaining a healthy heart, ingredients to avoid if you’re worried about weight gain and more.


Mitral Valve Disease Chat Transcript

February 25, 2014 – Douglas Murphy, MD and Michael Halkos, MD

Emory Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery Douglas Murphy, MD, and Asst. Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Michael Halkos, MD, recently hosted an online web chat to discuss “Mitral Valve Disease.” During the interactive chat, Drs. Murphy and Halkos answered questions about mitral valve disease, mitral valve regurgitation and treatment options, including discussion of when minimally invasive robotic surgery may be the right option.


Preventing & Treating Heart Disease in Women Chat Transcript

February 11, 2014 – Alexis Cutchins, MD

Educate yourself on what you can do to prevent heart disease by taking a look at a transcript from a recent web chat titled “Preventing and treating heart disease in women,” hosted by Emory Women’s Heart Center cardiologist at Emory University Hospital Midtown, Alexis Cutchins. Dr. Cutchins answered questions on risk factors, symptoms, prevention and treatments for women with heart disease.


Heart Healthy Eating Chat Transcript

December 10, 2013 – Gina Lundberg, MD

Gina Lundberg, MD, the Director of the Emory Women’s Heart Center recently hosted a chat filled with tips on how to prepare our menus during the holidays. During the interactive chat, participants directed questions ranging from general heart healthy diet tips to recipe modification ideas to Dr. Lundberg, who is one of the leading authorities on heart disease in women in the country as well.


Women and Heart Disease Chat Transcript

April 9, 2013 – Farheen Shirazi, MD

Emory Heart & Vascular Center cardiologist Dr. Farheen Shirazi, conducted a chat that answered questions such as: What women can do to prevent heart disease, the importance of getting treatment right away and the research underway to combat heart disease in women.


Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Young Athletes Chat Transcript

August 9, 2012 – B. Robinson Williams III, MD

Emory Heart & Vascular Center cardiologist and director of the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy clinic, B. Robinson Williams III, MD hosted a free live chat answering questions about sudden cardiac arrest in young athletes including causes, symptoms, and how to quickly treat if it occurs.


Young Women & Heart Disease Chat Transcript

May 15, 2012 – Dr. Susmita Parashar

Emory Heart & Vascular Center preventive heart disease specialist, Susmita Parashar, MD hosted a free live web chat on to provide answers to our community’s questions about young women and heart disease. Topics covered include heart disease prevention, heart disease risk factors, and more.


Stress & Heart Disease Chat Transcript

February 28, 2012 – Dr. Susmita Parashar

Emory Heart & Vascular Center preventive heart disease specialist, Susmita Parashar, MD hosted a free live web chat on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 to provide information linking stress to heart disease as well as answer questions on how to best balance your life to reduce stress.


Heart Healthy Foods Chat Transcript

February 9, 2012 – Cheryl Williams, RD/LD

As part of our Heart Month celebration, Cheryl Williams, RD/LD hosted a chat to help our community learn how to eat heart healthy! Check out the transcript from our chat with Emory Heart & Vascular Center nutritionist Cheryl A. Williams, RD, LD, where she answered questions about what the best food choices are for your heart, shared recipe ideas, and provided ideas for your favorite current recipes that will help keep your heart healthy.


Varicose Veins Chat Transcript

January 24, 2012 – Stephen Konigsberg

Do you know more than 80 million Americans suffer from varicose veins and/or spider veins? Check out the transcript from an online interactive Q & A chat on the topic Varicose and Spider Veins. Topics covered include the differences between varicose and spider veins, surgical vs. non-surgical varicose vein treatments, and tips to prevent varicose veins.


High Blood Pressure Web Chat Transcript

December 6, 2011 – Dr. Susmita Parashar

An interactive online Q & A web chat on the topic of Hypertension, or high blood pressure, which affects 1 in 3 people. Dr. Parashar chats with attendees about symptoms to look out for, hypertension risk factors, steps to lower high blood pressure, and methods of managing hypertension.


Women & Heart Disease Live Chat Transcript

October 19, 2011 – Dr. Ijeoma Isiadinso

An interactive online Q & A web chat on the topic of Women & Heart Disease. Over 40 million women in the U.S. are currently living with heart disease. Dr. Isiadinso answers questions about heart disease risk factors, symptoms, and prevention.


Arrhythmia Live Chat Transcript

August 24, 2011 – Dr. Mikhael El-Chami

An interactive online Q & A web chat on the topic of Arrhythmias. Dr. El-Chami discusses arrhythmia symptoms, medications, tips for living with an Arrhythmia, new clinical trials and more in this interactive web chat.


Running & Your Heart Live Chat Transcript

June 29, 2011 – Dr. Michael Lloyd

An interactive online Q & A web chat on the topic of Running & Your Heart. Dr. Lloyd discusses training, nutrition, injury prevention, running with heart conditions and more in this interactive web chat.


Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Live Chat Transcript

April 25, 2011 – Dr. Khusrow Niazi

An interactive online Q & A web chat on the topic of Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD). Dr. Niazi answers PAD questions and discusses various PAD/PVD topics  including prevention, detection, healthy nutrition tips, cardiac rehabilitation and innovative new PAD research.


Heart Disease Prevention Live Chat Transcript

February 21, 2011 – Dr. Larry Sperling

An interactive online Q & A web chat on the topic of heart disease prevention. Dr. Sperling answers heart disease questions and discusses various heart disease topics  including prevention, detection, healthy nutrition tips, cardiac rehabilitation and innovative new cardiovascular research on the horizon. Transcript (PDF)


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