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Legacy of Innovation Continues at Emory with Successful Arrhythmia Clinical Trial
Nov 17, 2015 By Emory Heart & Vascular Center

The device is weighs less than a small coin and is only a little longer than a U.S. nickel. Image credit: Medtronic

The device is weighs less than a small coin and is only a little longer than a U.S. nickel. Image credit: Medtronic

Last week, a clinical trial that Emory researchers participated in was presented at the 2015 American Heart Association Scientific Sessions. The presentation revealed that the world's smallest, minimally invasive cardiac pacemaker — the Micra Transcatheter Pacing System (TPS) — was successfully implanted in nearly all of the patients participating in the international clinical trial. The study was also published in The New England Journal of Medicine. The non-randomized clinical trial enrolled a total of 725 patients across 56 centers, including Emory. Results showed the Micra TPS, which is about the size of a large vitamin and weighs less than a small coin, was successfully implanted in 99.2 percent of all patients (719 of 725). The device also over [...]

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Warning Signs of a Stroke
Oct 20, 2015 By Yazan Duwayri, MD

strokeStrokes strike fast and, unfortunately, often. Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in America today, and one of the leading causes of disability. People over 55 years old have more chance of stroke, and the risk gets greater as you get older. How does stroke happen? A stroke happens when a blood vessel bringing blood and oxygen to the brain gets blocked (ischemic stroke) or ruptures (hemorrhagic stroke). When this happens, brain cells don’t get oxygen thy need. As a result, that part of the brain can’t work, and neither can the part of the body it controls. Damage may be temporary or permanent depending on how many cells are lost.

Warning Signs During a Stroke

Sometimes symptoms of stroke develop gradually. But if you are having a stroke, you are more likely to have one or more sudden warning signs:
  • Numbness or weakness in your face, arm, or leg, especially on

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Can Men Get Varicose Veins?
Sep 29, 2015 By Mark Rheudasil, MD

male-legsYou bet! You may be surprised to know that almost 40% of men have some form of varicose veins. Though more common in women, abnormal veins can be a significant problem for men. Symptoms of larger veins may include:

  • Aching and heaviness
  • Fatigue
  • Restlessness
  • Leg swelling
Most men with varicose veins have a family history of similar problems. Obesity, prolonged standing and trauma or prior surgeries are also risk factors for varicose veins. Varicose vein evaluation includes a brief physical exam and often an ultrasound to look for underlying vein problems that may be a contributing factor. Patients with large varicose veins often have valve dysfunction in veins beneath the skin, which results in excess pressure in the veins. In general, abnormal veins are treated by shutting them down and redirecting blood into normal veins nearby. This may involve small injections [...]

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What is that on my legs? Is it a Bruise or a Vein?
Sep 16, 2015 By Mark Rheudasil, MD

tired-legsVaricose veins often appear as blue or purple streaks on the legs, and larger veins may bulge or protrude above the surface of the skin. Spider veins are small red or blue veins that may look like a spider-web or branches on a tree. Larger varicose veins may look twisted and ropey, and may even be mistaken for a bruise. In general, symptoms become more likely as veins enlarge. While most patients seek spider vein treatment for cosmetic reasons, varicose veins commonly may cause symptoms such as:

  • Aching
  • Heaviness
  • Itching
  • Cramping
  • Heat
  • Swelling
Though rarely dangerous, varicose veins can occasionally result in bleeding or superficial clotting, and may, in some cases, be a sign of more severe underlying vein problems. When varicose veins begin to cause symptoms, or when the cosmetic appearance is causing distress, you should see your doctor. In addition to [...]

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Takeaways from Dr. Rheudasil's Varicose Vein Live Chat
Sep 15, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

Thanks to everyone who joined us Tuesday, September 8, for our live online chat “Your Aching Legs: Minimizing Varicose Vein Pain and When It’s Time to Consider Treatment” hosted by Dr. Mark Rheudasil. Although varicose veins may not be preventable, there are ways to reduce the likelihood that you will develop them. Dr. Rheudasil provided some insights on the cause of varicose veins along with tips on how to minimize varicose vein development and minimize the discomfort they cause for those who already have them. Here are just a few highlights: Question: I have a profession that requires me to be on my feet all day. I can’t change jobs at this point in my career but want to minimize or prevent the formation of varicose veins. What can I do?” rheudasil-j-mark (1)Dr. Rheudasil: For people that spend a considerable amount of time on their feet, gravity causes blood to pool in the [...]

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Types of Cardiovascular Disease
Sep 7, 2015 By Danny Eapen, M.D.

heart-word-cloud 9-4Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. But did you know there are more than 50 types of heart disease? Heart disease is actually an umbrella term that includes a number of conditions affecting the structures or function of the heart, some of which are genetic, and many of which are the result of lifestyle choices.

Types of Cardiovascular Disease:

Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) is the most common form of heart disease. It occurs when the arteries supplying blood to the heart narrow or harden, which is known as atherosclerosis. CHD is usually the cause of heart attack, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease. Major risk factors include: high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, diabetes, advancing age, inherited (genetic) disposition. Heart Attack - Also called [...]

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Is There a Difference Between Spider Veins and Varicose Veins?
Sep 2, 2015 By Emory Heart & Vascular Center

legs (1)Though spider veins and varicose veins are both classified as vein disorders, there are some distinct differences between them.

What do They Look Like?

Spider veins are small, wispy, web-like veins on the skin surface, usually less than one millimeter in diameter. They may be purple or red, and often appear in clusters or nests, which may look like a bruise. Varicose veins are larger veins, which often have a blue color and generally bulge under the skin. Both types of veins are visible and one of the primary treatment goals is an improvement in cosmetic appearance.

What Causes Spider Veins and Varicose Veins?

Spider veins are usually inherited. Obesity, female hormones and prolonged sitting or standing are also contributing factors. Varicose veins are most often a result of valves that function incorrectly. Normal valves allow blood to flow in only one direction—out of the [...]

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Reward Your Heart 2015
Sep 1, 2015 By Emory Women's Heart Center

October 1, 2015, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. By Emory Women's Heart Centerrewardyourheartevent The Emory Women’s Heart Center will be hosting the third annual Reward Your Heart Event. Enjoy a relaxing evening filled with heart-healthy information and indulgences including delicious tasting of wines and hors d’oeuvres, specialty olive oils, soothing teas, aromatherapy and hand massages. Plus door prizes will be available. Learn about “The Benefits of Changing Health Care” from Jennifer Mieres, MD, an award-winning professor of cardiology who is internationally recognized as a leading advocate for women’s heart health, heart disease prevention, wellness and diversity in health care. The evening will include informal consultations with physicians from Emory Healthcare and a panel discussion and Q & A with the Emory Women’s Heart Team

Reward Your Heart Event Details


Thursday, October [...]

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Your Aching Legs: Minimizing Varicose Vein Pain and When It’s Time to Consider Treatment
Aug 27, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

vv2-calloutThough 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 with very little discomfort or down time. Join us Tuesday, September 8, at 12:00 p.m. for a live, interactive web chat about “Your Aching Legs: Minimizing Varicose Vein Pain and When It’s Time to Consider Treatment”. Dr. Rheudasil will be available to answer questions and discuss various topics about varicose vein pain prevention and treatment options. 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 September 8 chat. Chat Sign Up

rheudasil-j-mark (1)About Dr. Rheudasil

Mark Rheudasil, MD, graduated magna cum laude from Abilene Christian University in Texas and he [...]

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The Role of Gender in Heart Disease
Aug 19, 2015 By Susmita Parashar, MD, MPH, MS, FACC, FAHA

mom-daughter-gran (1)Every minute in the United States, someone's wife, mother, daughter or sister dies from heart disease, stroke or another form of cardiovascular disease (CVD) Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined. Heart disease causes 1 in 3 women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every minute. An estimated 43 million women in the U.S. are affected by heart disease. While 1 in 31 American women dies from breast cancer each year, 1 in 3 dies of heart disease. (AHA Go Red statistics) For years, heart disease was thought of as a "man's disease," but more women than men die of heart disease each year. Since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease and the gap between men and women’s survival continues to widen. Despite increased awareness over the past decade, only 54% of women recognize

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