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Why Do I Have Varicose Veins and What Can I Do About It?
Mar 18, 2017 By Mark Rheudasil, MD

Live Chat Q&A: Varicose Veins Thanks to those of you who joined us on Tuesday, April 4th for our live online chat “Why do I have varicose veins and what can I do about it?” hosted by Dr. Mark Rheudasil from the Emory Vein Center. Dr. Rheudasil provided valuable insights on the causes of varicose veins including contributing factors like heredity and pregnancy, the treatment options available for varicose veins and spider veins, and lifestyle changes that can help minimize discomfort from varicose veins. The live chat had a good turnout and is now available online.

Varicose Veins Q&A

Apr 4 2017, 11:57 AM EmoryHealthcare: We are starting the live chat in 4 min Are you, guys, ready with your questions? Apr 4 2017, 12:00 PM EmoryHealthcare: Welcome, everyone! Thanks for joining us today for our web chat "Why do I have varicose veins and what can I do about it?" with Dr. Rheudasil of Emory Vein [...]

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Heart Disease and Emory Women's Heart Center
Feb 20, 2017 By Emory Women's Heart Center

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the number one killer of women and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined. It is also preventable. The Emory Women's Heart Center is a program dedicated to the screening, prevention and treatment of heart disease in women. The number of women at risk is startling. “Believe it or not, a very small percentage of women fall into the low risk category for heart disease, and those people are mostly in their twenties,” says Stacy Jaskwhich, a nurse practitioner at Emory’s Johns Creek’s Women’s Heart Center. “When you consider family history, age, diet, activity levels and other existing conditions such as diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis, most women are at some level of risk.” "Most heart disease is preventable, so we want to reach these women, ideally between the ages of 40-60, to evaluate their [...]

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Takeaways from the Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) Treatment Options Live Chat
Jan 30, 2017 By Emory Healthcare

pad-260x200Thank you to everyone who attended and participated in our Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) live chat on Tuesday, January 24th with the Emory Heart & Vascular Center’s Chief of Vascular Surgery, Dr. William Jordan. Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) affects 8 to 12 million people in the United States, especially those over 50. Those who suffer from PAD are at increased risk for heart disease, aortic aneurysms and stroke. PAD is also a marker for diabetes, hypertension and other conditions. Dr. William Jordan was able to answer all of your questions about PAD and the various treatment options available. We received a lot of awesome questions which you can find in the full chat transcript here. Below are some highlights from our live chat.   Question: How do I get tested for PAD? Dr. Jordan: A thorough physical exam would be the first test. Non-invasive testing with [...]

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Women & Heart Disease Live Chat - February 14th
Jan 20, 2017 By Emory Healthcare

womens-heart260x200Heart disease is now the #1 killer in women. The good news is, most heart disease is preventable — and early detection saves lives. 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 a collaborative group of providers that treats patients using a team approach. They are dedicated to screening, diagnosing, treating and preventing heart disease in Atlanta’s women. The most important weapon against heart disease is awareness. Women need to research their family history and take time to educate themselves on not only the risk factors and symptoms of heart disease, but preventive medicine as well. Join Emory Women’s [...]

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Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) Treatment Options Live Chat: January 24, 2017
Jan 17, 2017 By Emory Healthcare

pad-260x200Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) affects 8 to 12 million people in the United States, especially those over 50. Those who suffer from PAD are at increased risk for heart disease, aortic aneurysms and stroke. PAD is also a marker for diabetes, hypertension and other conditions. Join us on Tuesday, January 24th at 12pm when the Emory Heart & Vascular Center’s Chief of Vascular Surgery, Dr. William Jordan,  will answer all of your questions about PAD and the various treatment options available. All are welcome to attend this open chat with our physicians. cta-chat-blue [...]

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Takeaways from the Atrial Fibrillation (A-Fib) Live Chat
Nov 18, 2016 By Emory Heart & Vascular Center

afib-email260x200Atrial fibrillation, or A-fib, is the most common irregular heart rhythm in the United States, affecting over two million Americans. We hosted a live chat on Tuesday, November 15th at 12pm EST about atrial fibrillation with Mikhael El-Chami, MD, of the Emory Heart and Vascular Center where we received a lot of great questions about symptoms, treatments, and more. Dr. El-Chami was able to answer these questions and provide insight on this condition that affects so many people. Below are some highlights from this live chat.   Question: Are there different types of a-fib? Is one more serious than another? Dr. El-Chami: There are typically two different types of a-fib. The first type is persistent a-fib (always in a state of a-fib) and the other type paroxysmal a-fib (a-fib that comes and goes). One type is not more dangerous than the other. The most devastating [...]

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Atrial Fibrillation Live Chat: November 15, 2016
Nov 2, 2016 By Emory Healthcare

afib-email260x200Atrial fibrillation, or A-fib, is the most common irregular heart rhythm in the United States, affecting over two million Americans. Are you one of them? Or do you know someone who’s affected by A-fib? We could help you find out the information you need. Join us on Tuesday, November 15th at 12pm EST for a live chat about atrial fibrillation with Mikhael El-Chami, MD, of the Emory Heart and Vascular Center. We’ll answer your questions about A-fib and how it’s treated. Register today. cta-chat-blue   [...]

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Heart Health of Football Players Focus of Emory Expert Analysis
Aug 16, 2016 By Emory Healthcare

football250x250With the start of the American football season fast approaching, the health and wellness of players is top of mind. While most of the focus is on head and orthopedic injuries, heart health is also an important concern for these athletes. Emory Heart & Vascular Center sports cardiologist and researcher Jonathan Kim, MD, is the author of an online American College of Cardiology (ACC) expert analysis of the heart and vascular health of elite level American football players. Dr. Kim, an assistant professor of medicine (cardiology) in the Emory University School of Medicine, launched a sports cardiology clinic in 2014, evaluating and treating cardiovascular conditions specific to athletes of all ages and levels. In the ACC article, entitled “Cardiovascular Issues in Elite American-Style Football Participants,” Dr. Kim examines key research findings over the last two decades [...]

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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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