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Takeaways: Varicose Vein Live Chat
Jun 20, 2016 By Emory Healthcare

vv-chat-emailOn Tuesday, June 14 many joined vascular surgeon, Dr. Mark Rheudasil as he discussed varicose vein pain prevention, non-surgical vs. surgical treatment options, differences between varicose and spider veins, and more. During this interactive web chat, participants were able to ask questions and get real-time answers from our Emory Healthcare professional. Thanks to such a great turnout, we were able to answer quite a few questions that were submitted both prior to and during the chat. Below are some highlights from the live chat. View the full chat transcript here. Question: Can you give a quick explanation of varicose veins? What causes them and what can I do if I am not wanting to have surgery? Dr. Rheudasil: Most large varicose veins are caused by incompetent valves in the veins of the legs. Treatment though now rarely requires surgery. Most veins are treated with [...]

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Emory Healthcare's ECMO Program Specialized Ambulances
Jun 9, 2016 By Emory Heart & Vascular Center

Emory Healthcare’s ECMO program is the first in Georgia to put a new specialized ambulance to transport critically ill adult patients who require or ECMO.When it comes to transporting critically-ill patients, the details matter. Emory Healthcare’s ECMO program is the first in Georgia to put a new specialized ambulance on the road to transport critically ill adult patients who require extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, or ECMO. ECMO is a highly advanced form of life support that provides cardiopulmonary support to persons whose heart and/or lungs are unable to function appropriately to keep them alive. “ECMO works by replacing the heart and lungs, pumping blood in-and-out of the body, while removing the carbon dioxide and oxygenating blood,” says James M. Blum, MD, chief of critical care for the Emory Department of Anesthesiology and director of the Emory ECMO Center. “It allows life saving time essential for the treatment and recovery of the lungs and heart.” Emory’s new critical care vehicle, created in [...]

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Aortic Stenosis
Jun 7, 2016 By Dr. Thourani

The aortic valve controls the blood flow from the heart. In aortic stenosis, the valve does not open fully, restricting blood flow from the heart.The aortic valve is tremendously important, controlling blood flow from the heart to the rest of the body. In aortic stenosis, the valve does not open fully, restricting blood flow from the heart. In aortic regurgitation, the valve opening does not close completely, causing blood to leak backward into the heart. Either of these conditions can cause the heart muscle to pump harder and blood flow to the body may decrease, which can ultimately lead to heart failure. Aortic stenosis and regurgitation may occur with age, often in those older than 70. However, in patients with other heart conditions, aortic stenosis or regurgitation can occur much earlier.

Aortic Stenosis Symptoms

Aortic stenosis and regurgitation may be mild and not produce symptoms. However, over time, the aortic valve may become narrower, resulting in a variety of symptoms including:
  • Fainting
  • Weakness or
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Minimizing Varicose Vein Pain and When It’s Time to Consider Treatment
May 19, 2016 By Emory Healthcare

vv-chat-emailThough they may not be preventable, there are ways to reduce the likelihood that you will develop varicose veins. If you already have them, treatment can almost always be performed in the office with minimally invasive techniques and very little discomfort or down time. Join vascular surgeon, Dr. Mark Rheudasil on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. EST as he discusses varicose vein pain prevention, non-surgical vs. surgical treatment options, differences between varicose and spider veins, and more. During this interactive web chat, you’ll be able to ask questions and get real-time answers from our Emory Healthcare professional. Register now for our June 14th chat. cta-chat-blue [...]

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Heart & Vascular
A Disease You’ve Probably Never Heard Of
May 10, 2016 By Emory Healthcare

fmd-smallHave you ever felt sick enough to visit a doctor, only to feel much improved soon after leaving your physician’s office? Receiving an accurate diagnosis often makes us reassured, even before receiving treatment.  However, patients with rare diseases sometimes wait several years before discovering what causes their symptoms. Fibromuscular Dysplasia, commonly known as FMD, is a vascular disease often resulting in a delayed diagnosis due to lack of awareness.

What is FMD?

FMD is a non-atherosclerotic, non-inflammatory vascular disease most often affecting the renal and carotid arteries. Although it predominantly affects middle-aged women, the disease can present in men, women, and children of all ages. FMD causes abnormal cell growth in artery walls, most often presenting as a “string of beads.” On an angiogram, you would see sections of bulging and narrowing in the affected [...]

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Renal Denervation: A Future Treatment for Hypertension?
Apr 5, 2016 By Emory Healthcare

blood-pressure-squareDo you suffer from hypertension? If you are:

  • Between the ages of 20 and 80
  • Have consistently high blood pressure
  • Are willing to participate in a clinical trial
You may be eligible to participate in one of Emory’s research studies. Emory is currently enrolling patients in a clinical trial related to hypertension. Patients, either on or off blood pressure medications, will be enrolled in a randomized study in which participants may undergo an investigational procedure called renal denervation. This procedure is being investigated to determine its potential impact on blood pressure.

What is renal denervation?

Renal denervation is an investigative procedure that is intended to decrease activity of the nervous system in the kidneys. Renal nerves transmit information between the kidneys and the brain via the sympathetic nervous system. These nerves often signal an increase [...]

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Takeaways from Dr. Gongora’s Live Chat on Women & Heart Disease
Mar 22, 2016 By Emory Women's Heart Center

women-hrt-disease260x200Thank you to everyone who joined us on February 23rd, for our live chat on “Women & Heart Disease” hosted by Carolina Gongora, M.D., cardiologist with the Emory Women’s Heart Center. We had a lot of great questions! Heart Disease is the number one killer of women, so it was wonderful to have so many women engaged and interested in their heart health. The physicians at Emory Women’s Heart Center are dedicated to diagnosis, screening, treatment and prevention of heart disease in women. We hope that you found the discussion informative. If you missed the chat or are interested in reviewing all of Dr. Gongora’s answers, you can view the chat transcript.

Below are a few highlights:

Question: What is the effect of depression on my cardiovascular health? Dr. Gongora: Although men and women share similar risk factors for heart disease, there are some that are more [...]

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Emory Saved My Life: One Patient’s Journey
Feb 23, 2016 By Kristin Leone

kristen-leone250x250I was born with Congenital Heart Disease. The first four years of my life were spent in and out of hospitals, and the first two took an incredible toll on my family, particularly my mother. In 1976, at just two years of age, I became the first baby ever to survive open heart surgery. Little did I know that nearly 38 years later I would be fighting for my survival again; this is the story of how Emory saved my life. It all started back in February, 2013. I woke up one morning coughing and feeling incredibly fatigued, and my symptoms continued to progress over the course of the next few months. By May, things had gotten much worse, to the point that getting up the stairs became a battle. I was having a normal lunch with my mother on July 6th of that year, and as we went to leave my heart suddenly began to race faster than I’ve ever felt before. I immediately knew something was [...]

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Emory Women’s Heart Center Wear Red Events
Feb 2, 2016 By Emory Women's Heart Center

womensheartwearredHeart 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, please call Emory HealthConnection℠ at 404-778-7777. The events are free! Parking will be available in hospitals’ main parking lots.

Emory Women's Heart Center Wear Red Event

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Women & Heart Disease Live Chat- February 23, 2016
Feb 2, 2016 By Emory Heart & Vascular Center

women-hrt-disease260x200Heart disease kills 6 times more women than breast cancer each year, making it the number one killer of women. Many people consider heart disease to be a predominantly male-oriented condition. However, heart disease is the number one killer in women and affects one out of every three in the United States, according to the American Heart Association. Heart disease occurs when fatty build-up in your coronary arteries, called plaque, prevents blood flow that’s needed to provide oxygen to your heart. When the blood flow that brings oxygen to the heart muscle is severely reduced, or completely cut off, a heart attack occurs. The Emory Women’s Heart Center is dedicated to screening, diagnosing, treating and preventing heart disease in Atlanta’s women. We’re thankful the awareness about heart disease, and the unique challenges faced by women, continues to be on the rise. The [...]

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