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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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Emory Participates in 2014 Metro Atlanta Heart Walk
Sep 29, 2014 By Emory Healthcare

Emory Atlanta Heart WalkEmory Healthcare once again joined the American Heart Association (AHA) in raising awareness of heart disease, aka “the silent killer,” at the 2014 Metro Atlanta Heart Walk on Sept. 20. The non-competitive, three-mile walk raises funds to help fight America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers, heart and stroke, through corporate, survivor, and community teams who encourage others to donate to the cause. The Metro Atlanta Heart Walk is deeply embedded within Emory Healthcare culture. Every year, hundreds of Emory Healthcare employees sign-up to lead teams, raise money and walk to benefit initiatives driven by the AHA. More than 1250 Emory Healthcare employees walked among the 15,000 registrants, and raised $225,000, the most of any corporate sponsor in Georgia. The AHA’s work in research and prevention aligns with the Emory Healthcare’s mission to educate health professionals [...]

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Is Jaw Pain a Warning Sign of a Heart Attack?
Sep 8, 2014 By Alexis Cutchins, M.D.

jaw painWhile chest pain is the most common symptom of a heart attack in both men and women, it may not be the most prominent one. This is especially true for women, who are more likely than men to experience a heart attack without any chest pain at all. However, women are also more likely than men to experience other, less common symptoms, including jaw pain. Heart attacks occur when oxygen-rich blood is unable to flow through the arteries and into the heart muscle. When this happens, a distress signal is sent to the spinal column through the nerves connected to the heart. Many nerves meet in the same location on the spine, including those coming from the jaw. As a result, when the signals from the heart reach the brain, sometimes the brain misinterprets the source of the original signal, and instead of alerting the body about the danger by sending pain signals to the heart, it sends [...]

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What Is Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT) and Does It Require Treatment?
Sep 2, 2014 By David DeLurgio, MD

SVT heartSupraventricular tachycardia (SVT), also referred to as paroxysmal SVT or PSVT, is a type of abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia) in which the heart beats too fast. When the heart beats too fast, it may not function effectively, resulting in less oxygen-rich blood reaching the tissues throughout the body. SVT often starts and ends suddenly, and may not be associated with any symptoms. However, many people do experience symptoms as a result of SVT, including palpitations (rapid, noticeable heartbeats), dizziness, fainting, shortness of breath and chest pain (angina). In most cases, SVT occurs because of a malfunction of the heart’s electrical system. The heart is made up of two upper chambers (atria) and two lower chambers (ventricles). In a normal heartbeat, an electrical impulse originates from an area in the right atrium called the sinus node. This impulse travels first to the [...]

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What Is Bradycardia and Why Does It Occur?
Aug 26, 2014 By Anshul M. Patel, MD

bradycardiaBradycardia is the medical term for a heart rate that is too slow — specifically, a heart rate less than 60 beats per minute in adults. However, under some circumstances, a heart rate less than 60 beats per minute is perfectly healthy and not a cause for intervention. For instance, a resting heart rate below 60 beats per minute in a person who is physically fit may be normal, and it can be normal for the heart rate to dip below 60 beats per minute in some older adults and in anyone during sleep. The heart consists of two upper chambers (atria) and two lower chambers (ventricles). In a normal heartbeat, an electrical impulse originates from an area in the right atrium called the sinus node. This impulse travels first to the atria, causing them to contract and pump blood into the ventricles. The electrical impulse then continues along its circuit to the ventricles, signaling [...]

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Can the Right Diet Help Prevent Heart Disease?
Aug 20, 2014 By Susmita Parashar, MD, MPH, MS, FACC, FAHA

Healthy DietThe simple answer is yes. A proper diet is one of the best ways to reduce your risk for heart disease. But changing entrenched eating habits can be difficult, and it can help to have a deeper understanding of the roles various nutritional components play in the function of your heart and circulatory system. Fats Fats serve a number of essential roles within your body, such as supporting cell growth, providing energy, helping with nutrient absorption and assisting in the production of certain hormones. But not all fats are the same, and it’s important to choose the right kinds to include in your diet. In general, saturated fats and trans fats increase the bad type of cholesterol (LDL) in your blood. These fats tend to be solid at room temperature, such as butter. Unsaturated fats (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated), on the other hand, can help lower the amount of LDL [...]

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