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Heart Surgery and Depression – How are they Related?

Dr. Angel Leon, Chief of Cardiology at Emory University Hospital Midtown, discusses how heart surgery can lead to depression in his latest interview with Fox 5 News leading up to the Atlanta Heart Walk tomorrow!

View the video clip to learn how heart surgery may be tied to depression and more on the what steps you can take or what you can do to help a loved one when this occurs:

To learn more about the Emory Heart & Vascular Center and the services we offer visit our website – emoryhealthcare.org/heart.

Dr. Angel LeonAbout Angel Leon, MD:
Dr. Leon is a Professor of Medicine and the Chief of Cardiology at Emory University Midtown. His specialties include electrophysiology, cardiology, and internal medicine, and his areas of clinical interest include arrhythmia ablation, electrophysiology lab, and pacemaker. Dr. Leon holds organizational leadership memberships with the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association and he’s been practicing with Emory since 1991.

Why I am Walking in the 2011 Metro Atlanta Heart Walk – Malia Veator

Atlanta Heart WalkNine years ago I was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy and heart failure. I was very weak, but I improved with medication and diet. At this point, I decided to get a second opinion at Emory Healthcare based on Dr. Andy Smith’s recognition in the heart failure community. I quickly felt very comfortable with Dr. Smith and his staff at the Emory Heart Failure Clinic.

My husband and I concluded that we had met the best doctor to manage my progressive illness. Due to our confidence in Dr. Smith, we followed his advice to have a defibrillator implanted in 2006 to help manage my arrhythmias. In 2007, I became symptomatic again because my mitral valve was leaking significantly. Dr. Smith and my local cardiologist in Macon, Dr. Thomas Terry, advised that I have valve surgery. In 2008, Dr. Robert Guyton, at Emory, performed a mitral valve repair on my heart. A few weeks after surgery, I began having more arrhythmias that could not be controlled. As a result of this new challenge, I had a cardiac ablation in Macon by Dr. Felix Sogade. My heart continued to weaken over the next two years, and I was placed on the heart transplant waiting list in February 2010.

Living with advanced heart failure has been challenging at times. Before my heart transplant in March 2010, there were the days when I couldn’t grocery shop, vacuum or even walk for five minutes. I even dreaded having to wash and dry my hair because I would get exhausted and had trouble breathing.

Life has changed for my family over the last nine years but my husband and I believe that these changes have been beneficial to improving our way of approaching life. Due to my illness, we were unable to have children and our greatest gift has been our beautiful son that we adopted in 2008. We now appreciate each day that we are given and feel very blessed that I have been given a second chance at life.

Waiting for a new heart can be a difficult challenge. But, my family was blessed when we received a phone call about a new heart only 10 days after being placed on the waiting list. Having the heart transplant was such an exciting time for me. When I first came off the ventilator after the surgery, I could already feel an improvement. I noticed my chronic cough was gone and my husband quickly told me I had color in my cheeks again. Four days after surgery I was walking the hospital halls. In fact, I was walking faster and further than I had in the previous two years. I have been exercising ever since: walking, running, light weight training and tennis. These are activities most people take for granted; activities I used to take for granted. Not any more, now I appreciate all activities of daily living. I even enjoy working again!

Since having my transplant, I am followed at the Emory Transplant Clinic and I am proud to say I have met many more remarkable doctors and nurses. I call my clinic doctors, typically Dr. Book, Dr. Laskar or Dr. Cole, my biopsy buddies since I have to have heart biopsies on a regular basis to check for rejection of my new heart. They are great at their jobs, but I would not expect anything less from such a superb hospital. My confidence in Emory, my faith in God and my support from my family give me the courage to continue living life to the fullest each and every day. I could not ask for anything more.

There is no doubt that I was able to benefit from the research and advances made possible by organizations like Emory Healthcare and the American Heart Association, and receive a heart transplant – when 50 years ago there would not have been any options for me!

I am proud to be participating in the 2011 Metro Atlanta Heart Walk! The American Heart Association has made huge advances in the treatment of heart disease resulting from funding heart research, and I want to give back so that others can benefit and hopefully we will one day find a cure for heart disease. I am also walking to honor my family, my heart donor and their family, and the many staff at Emory Healthcare who have been with me on my journey from heart failure to heart transplantation.

Malia Veator, Emory Heart & Vascular Center patient and 2011 Atlanta Heart Walk Participant

Let’s Keep the Heart Disease Prevention Momentum Going!

Thanks to those who joined me Wednesday for our live chat on Women and Heart Disease. We discussed a lot of different topics related to women and heart disease and had some great questions! If you were unable to join us, check out the transcript of the chat!

If you are a woman with heart disease and want to schedule an evaluation call 404-778-2746. The Emory Women’s Heart Program sees patients on Thursdays and Fridays at The Emory Clinic on Clifton Road. Emory Women’s Heart Program provides cardiac risk assessment, diagnosis and heart disease care through a women-focused approach to cardiovascular care. Our goal is to help women prevent heart disease and improve cardiovascular outcomes through the highest quality patient and family-centered care, research and education.

During the chat, we talked a bit about the upcoming 2011 Metro Atlanta Heart Walk. If you’re interested in participating, but don’t have a team, you can join ours! I will be there with my colleagues and we will have physicians and medical professionals available to answer questions at the Emory My Heart. My Life. Booth located near the main stage.

2011 Metro Atlanta Heart Walk Event Details

Atlanta Heart Walk

Date : Saturday, October 30th

Time : 9:00am (walk starts)

Distance : 5k (3.1 miles)

Location : Downtown Atlanta in the Turner Field Green Lot (755 Hank Aaron Drive, Atlanta, GA 30315). Visit www.atlantabraves.com for directions.

Festivities, such as company picnics, special heart walk activities for children, health screenings and entertainment will begin around 8:00 a.m. The 5K/3.1-mile walk begins at 9:00 a.m.

Register to Join the Emory Atlanta Heart Walk Team:

To register as part of Emory’s walking team, follow these 4 steps:

  1. Visit www.atlantaheartwalk.org
  2. To register as a participant, click Register and then click “I agree to the waiver.”
  3. Select Join a Team. Find Emory Healthcare in the drop-down box, and find the name of the team you want to join.
  4. Login to your personal Heart Walk page and personalize it by telling your story and adding a photo.

The funds raised from the Metro Atlanta Heart Walk go to support the American Heart Association’s critical research, education, and heart health advocacy initiatives. I look forward to seeing you all there!

Ijeoma Isiadinso, MDAbout Dr. Ijeoma Isiadinso
Dr. Isiadinso is a preventive cardiologist with the Emory Heart & Vascular Center. She specializes in heart disease prevention with special interests in lifestyle modification, cardiovascular risk factor screening, hyperlipidemia and women’s heart disease. She completed her medical education and training at MCP-Hahnemann School of Medicine and Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia before joining Emory in 2010. Dr. Isiadinso is Associate Director of the Emory Heart & Vascular Center’s Women’s Heart Program and she is committed to helping women and men live healthy lives.

Thanks for joining us for the live chat yesterday on Women and Heart Disease.  We discussed a lot of different topics related to women and heart disease and had some great questions!  If you were unable to join us visit the past chats link on the blog site to review the transcript of the chat!

If you are a woman with heart disease and want to schedule an evaluation call 404-778-2746.  The Emory women’s heart program sees patients on Thursdays and Fridays at The Emory Clinic on Clifton Road.  Emory Women’s Heart Program provides cardiac risk assessment, diagnosis and heart disease care through a women-focused approach to cardiovascular care.  Our goal is to help women prevent heart disease and improve cardiovascular outcomes through the highest quality patient and family-centered care, research and education.

Join our team at the American Heart Association Atlanta Heart Walk on Saturday, October 29, 2011 at Turner Field.  I will be there with my colleagues and we will have physicians and medical professionals available to answer questions at the Emory My Heart. My Life. Booth located near the main stage.

2011 Atlanta Heart Walk – Are You Walking for a Heart Healthy Cause?

Atlanta Heart Walk
Did you know that Heart disease and stroke are the number 1 and number 3 causes of death in America? Over 1 million Americans die from these two diseases annually. Emory Healthcare and Emory’s Heart & Vascular Center encourage you all to participate in the 2011 Metro Atlanta Heart Walk! Your participation helps support critical, lifesaving initiatives to help fight heart disease and stroke.

2011 Metro Atlanta Heart Walk Event Details

  • Date: Saturday, October 30th
  • Time: 9:00am (walk starts)
  • Distance: 5k (3.1 miles)
  • Location: Downtown Atlanta in the Turner Field Green Lot (755 Hank Aaron Drive, Atlanta, GA 30315) You can visit www.atlantabraves.com for directions.

Festivities, such as company picnics, special heart walk activities for children, health screenings and entertainment, will begin
around 8:00 a.m. The 5K/3.1-mile walk begins at 9:00 a.m.

Register to Join the Emory Atlanta Heart Walk Team:

To register as part of Emory’s walking team, follow these 4 steps:

  1. Visit www.atlantaheartwalk.org
  2. To register as a participant, click Register and then click “I agree to the waiver.”
  3. Select Join a Team. Find Emory Healthcare in the drop-down box and find the name of the team you want to join.
  4. Login to your personal Heart Walk page and personalize it by telling your story and adding a photo.

The funds raised from the Metro Atlanta Heart Walk go to support the American Heart Association’s critical research, education, and heart health advocacy initiatives.

Join the Emory team today and make a difference in the lives of others! Through participation in the 2010 Atlanta Heart Walk, over 1950 Emory Healthcare walkers raised more than $286,000 for the American Heart Association and was the No. 1 team in Atlanta for the 9th year in a row!

If you have walked in past Heart Walks, we would love your feedback. Tell us in the comments below why you walk, and what the experience means to you. Feel free to share any feedback that you think could help motivate others to participate.

Did you know that Heart disease and stroke are the number 1 and Number 3 causes of death in America? Over 1 million Americans die from these two diseases annually. Emory Healthcare and Emory’s Heart & Vascular Center encourage you all to participate in the 2011 Metro Atlanta Heart Walk! Your participation helps support critical, lifesaving initiatives to help fight heart disease and stroke.