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Irregular Heartbeat: Is it Normal? - Join Us for a Live Web Chat!
Jan 27, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

Arrhythmia live chatHave you ever felt like your heart skipped a beat? Do you experience palpitations or “fluttering?” 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. Other symptoms of arrhythmia include:

  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Fainting (syncope) or near-fainting spells
  • Rapid heartbeat or pounding
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • In extreme cases, collapse and sudden cardiac arrest
Join me on Tuesday, February 24, at 12:00 p.m. for an live, interactive web chat on the topic of “Living With and Treating Arrhythmias.” [...]

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Free Vein Screenings
Jan 22, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

Free Vein ScreeingDo you have trouble with varicose or spider veins? The Emory Vein Center is hosting a free vein screening event on February 6! Join us for an individualized consultation with a board-certified vascular surgeon and find out if vein treatment is right for you. In most cases, treatment is covered by insurance. Event Details

  • WHEN: Friday, February 6, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • WHERE:  Emory Clinic, Vascular Surgery Department Building A, 3rd Floor 1365 Clifton Road NE Atlanta, GA 30322
For more information, call 404-778-VEIN. RSVPs are encouraged, but not required. [...]

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Go Red for Your Heart
Jan 20, 2015 By Emory Women's Heart Center

Go Red AtlantaHeart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States, but in many cases it’s preventable. That’s why Emory Healthcare would like to invite you to join us at one of our women’s heart health events in celebration and recognition of Heart Month in February, as well as Mother’s Day in May. During these fun, educational events, participants will have an opportunity to meet Emory Women’s Heart Center physicians and staff and learn about how to prevent, detect and treat heart disease. You will also have the opportunity to purchase products and services from our vendors who will be on hand providing consultations, displaying jewelry, sharing healthy foods, etc. To learn more or to register for a women’s heart health event, please call Emory HealthConnection℠ at 404-778-7777. The events are free! Parking will be available in hospitals’ main parking [...]

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Varicose Veins Solutions: What Are You Waiting For?
Jan 9, 2015 By Mark Rheudasil, MD

Emory Vein Center“Ok, it’s time to get these veins fixed.” How often do you say this to yourself as you are faced with a wardrobe decision? Do you feel insecure about the bulging and unsightly veins on your legs? Do you choose to wear long pants in the summer instead of the trendy summer fashions to hide your legs? Well, I am here to tell you that there is something that we can do to help. You may think that you don’t have the time or the money to invest, but the good news is that even with the increased demands of family, work and community, there is help! Even better, the latest treatments for varicose veins are often covered by your insurance company. So what exactly are varicose veins? Varicose veins are unhealthy, enlarged or bulging superficial veins that are visible primarily when standing and can be hereditary and/or worsen during pregnancy. While varicose veins are seen in both [...]

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Congenital Heart Disease: Staying in Specialty Care Saves Lives
Dec 22, 2014 By Wendy Book, MD

Congenital Heart DiseaseCongenital heart defects 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 life for the baby to survive. Advances in medical and surgical care have significantly improved survival for all CHDs, 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, and 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 [...]

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Healthy Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List!
Dec 19, 2014 By Emory Healthcare

Need some help checking everyone off your holiday shopping list? We’ve got a some great ideas to keep you and the people you love healthy this holiday season and in the New Year! Massage – Who doesn’t love a good massage? Man or woman, we can all benefit from a decreased risk of heart disease by reducing our stress levels. Gym bag – For the person in your life that is always at the gym, or for someone who needs new swag to motivate them to get to the gym. Yoga – For the friend that could benefit from flexibility, surprise him or her with a yoga mat or a session at their local yoga studio. Exercise tracker – From the FitBit to the Up Move, tech gadgets make working out more fun than ever. Increasing steps and decreasing calorie intake will lead to a leaner, healthier friend or family member. Blender – Your mom or wife will love you for getting her a [...]

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Takeaways from Dr. Lundberg’s Heart-Healthy Holiday Eating Chat
Dec 16, 2014 By Emory Healthcare

heart health holiday eatingThanks to everyone who joined us Tuesday, December 9, for our live online chat on “Heart-Healthy Holiday Eating,” hosted by the Clinical Director of the Emory Women’s Heart Center, Gina Lundberg, MD. With holiday parties in full swing, many of us are staying busy and eating on the go or overindulging in sweet party treats. Dr. Lundberg discussed heart-healthy tips and recipes, as well as answered your questions on how to make smart food and drink decisions. See all of Dr. Lundberg’s answers by checking out the chat transcript! Here are just a few highlights from the chat: Question: What are some entrée or side substitutions I can make without losing the “holiday” touch? Gina Lundberg, MDDr. Lundberg: Turkey and ham are both lean meat, so entrees aren’t usually the problem The side dishes are usually where we run into trouble. Feel free to have your ham, turkey, and even [...]

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How To Get the Most Out of Your Doctor's Visit
Dec 15, 2014 By Dimitri Cassimatis, MD

Doctor VisitsGoing to the doctor takes time, often comes at some expense and can raise your anxiety level - especially if you are worried that something bad could be discovered. Excellent communication between you and your doctor is essential to a meaningful visit. Here are a few brief tips to help you get the most from your visit with an Emory Heart & Vascular Center provider:

  1. Think about your top concerns ahead of time. Jot down your top 3 questions/concerns on a piece of paper and bring them in. Show this to the doctor or nurse when they first come in to the room.
  2. Don't be afraid to ask for something to be repeated if you didn't understand it.
  3. Make sure you leave the office with a clear understanding of what we know already regarding your health concerns, what the next steps are and what the possible outcomes of any testing are.
  4. Make sure you understand how to take any new

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Emory Offers State-of-the-Art Therapies for Heart Rhythm Disorders
Dec 8, 2014 By Michael Hoskins, MD

heart rhythm therapyHeart rhythm disorders (arrhythmias) are common medical problems that affect millions of Americans each year. Treatments for arrhythmias vary from simple medications to specialized procedures depending on the needs of a particular patient. Fortunately, due to rapidly advancing technology, available therapies are quickly changing. As one of the premier medical research centers in the Southeast, Emory offers some of the most cutting-edge treatments available for a wide variety of heart rhythm disorders. Highlighted below are just a few of these new advances:

Wireless pacemakers

The world’s smallest pacemakers are being implanted at Emory as part of an ongoing clinical trial. The Micra leadless pacemaker is an investigational device that is about one-tenth the size of a standard pacemaker. This device is approximately the length of a paperclip and round, like a capsule. This [...]

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Atrial Fibrillation and New Anticoagulation Medications
Dec 1, 2014 By Scott Anderson, MD

AnticoagulantsAtrial Fibrillation is a very common heart rhythm disorder that may affect patients of all ages. Typically, this type of heart arrhythmia causes symptoms including palpitations, chest pain, dizziness or shortness of breath. However, it is important to note that this disorder can sometimes (especially in the elderly) be present without any symptoms whatsoever. While this arrhythmia is often associated with other heart conditions (valve problems, hypertension, coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure), in many patients, there is nothing else wrong with the heart. Patients with atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter and 1 or more risk factors for stroke such as simply being older than 65, having diabetes or hypertension, having a history of heart failure or prior mini-strokes are often prescribed anticoagulant drugs to prevent a stroke. For decades, physicians have prescribed [...]

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