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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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Understanding Peripheral Vascular Disease
Nov 25, 2014 By Khusrow Niazi, MD

PVDDo you experience painful muscle cramps in your hips, thighs or calves when moving around? You may be surprised to learn that this is the primary symptom of peripheral vascular disease (PVD). PVD is defined as diseases of the arteries outside of the heart and brain. PVD is a term used interchangeably with peripheral artery disease, or PAD, but PVD encompasses diseases of the arteries AND veins. Arteries move blood away from the heart, and PAD typically involves the narrowing of the arteries that transport blood to the arms and legs. Veins take the blood back to the heart and generally don’t get narrowed with cholesterol, but rather develop another very common condition called chronic venous insufficiency (varicose veins).

PAD - Arteries

Many patients go undiagnosed because the symptoms can be attributed to something else, such as arthritis, a neuropathy or normal stiffness [...]

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Cardiology Experts Near You
Nov 10, 2014 By Emory Healthcare

Women's Heart ScreeningsEmory Women’s Heart Center (EWHC) is a unique program dedicated to the diagnosis, screening, treatment and prevention of heart disease in women. The Center provides comprehensive heart screenings for patients at risk for cardiovascular disease as well as a full range of treatment options for those already diagnosed with heart disease. According to the NIH, heart disease kills 1 in 4 women. Fortunately, many women can take preventive measures to minimize their risk of a cardiovascular event by controlling their risk factors. Risk factors for cardiovascular disease include diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity or physical inactivity, family history of premature heart disease, high cholesterol, menopause, mental stress and certain pregnancy-related conditions (eclampsia, preeclampsia or gestational diabetes) or autoimmune diseases (lupus or rheumatoid arthritis). At our [...]

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Expanding Cardiovascular Team
Oct 28, 2014 By Emory Healthcare

Emory Healthcare is constantly growing, and in doing so continues to welcome some of the best faculty and staff members in the industry. Here’s a spotlight on two of the newest members of our cardiovascular team: Camden Hebson, MD Camden Hebson, MDDr. Hebson was born in Gadsden, Alabama and raised in Birmingham. He attended Vanderbilt University for undergraduate training and then returned to Alabama for medical school. Dr. Hebson joined Emory Healthcare eight years ago and has since completed a pediatric residency, chief residency, pediatric cardiology fellowship, and an advanced fellowship in adult congenital cardiology. Dr. Hebson now cares for both children and adults with congenital heart disease. He focuses on lifelong care and has particular interest in patients with single ventricle disease, aortopathies (including bicuspid aortic valves), and patients with congenital heart disease [...]

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Benefits of Stress Reduction
Oct 20, 2014 By Alexis Cutchins, M.D.

Stress ReductionWhether it’s a tight work deadline, an overdue bill or busy parental duties, stress affects all of us. It’s important to understand how stress impacts your health before it starts to severely impact your wellbeing. Reducing stress can help slow your heart rate, lower your blood pressure, increase blood flow and lower fatigue. According to the American Heart Association, stress may affect a person’s risk for heart disease, which is the leading killer of Americans. Things you can do to reduce stress include meditation, eating healthy foods, breathing deeply and leaning on loved ones for support. For some people, simply slowing down may help, while for others, moving around and/or exercising may be the answer. To learn more about stress reduction, please join us for the annual Reward Your Heart event hosted by Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital. You can enjoy an evening of [...]

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Reward Your Heart 2014
Oct 14, 2014 By Emory Women's Heart Center

Reward HeartEmory Saint Joseph’s Hospital is hosting an evening of relaxation and heart-healthy information, featuring chair massages, yoga demonstrations and delicious tastings of wines, specialty olive oils and dark chocolates, as part of its annual Reward Your Heart event. The evening will include informal consultations with physicians, nutritionists and exercise specialists from Emory Healthcare. Learn about “Stress and the Effects on Your Heart” with speaker Viola Vaccarino, MD, PhD, world-renowned expert on stress and the heart.

Reward Your Heart Event Details

WHEN: Thursday, November 13, 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. WHERE: Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Doctors Center Building Atrium 5671 Peachtree Dunwoody Road Atlanta, GA 30342 TICKETS: Tickets are $20 per person or $35 per couple. Register online at med.emory.edu/RewardYourHeart or mail a check payable to Emory Women’s [...]

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