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Living in Walk-Friendly Neighborhoods Leads to Heart Healthy Lives

Do you live in an Intown, walkable neighborhood? If so, you may be extending your life!

Dr. Susmita Parashar comments on a new study that indicates there is evidence that people who live in a neighborhood that is very walker friendly live a heart healthier life.   Neighborhoods that have parks, restaurants and grocery stores within walking distance from the homes encourages people to get out and enjoy the outdoor and therefore this benefits the heart.  Check out the CNN Health Minute on Healthy Neighborhoods.

About Susmita Parashar, MD, MS
Dr. Parashar is a cardiologist at the Emory Heart & Vascular Center. She specializes in preventive cardiology and has special interests in women’s heart disease. She is the newest member of the Emory team and looks forward to helping patients in Atlanta prevent heart disease. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, and Cardiology fellowship at Emory University. Prior to joining Emory faculty in the Division of Cardiology, Dr. Parashar was Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Medicine at Emory for eight years.

Can You Regenerate Your Heart after Heart Attack with Your Own Stem Cells?

Emory physicians are conducting research on how to use heart stem cells to help regenerate heart muscle in individuals who have experienced a heart attack. This effort is looking at ways stem cells can replace damaged heart cells and restore cardiac function.

Heart attack survivor Don Robinson was involved in a phase I clinical trial at Emory to test if his own stem cells would help regenerate his heart. For this, stem cells were taken from his body during a bone marrow transplant.

Clinicians involved in the trial are working to find cells that are likely to enhance blood vessel formation and protect the heart muscle from further damage. Mr. Robinson was given 10,000,000 cells after the heart attack, but before the scaring could take place. Scans performed as part of the study now show that Mr. Robinson’s heart has regenerated.

Emory is continually leading the way for advanced new treatments for heart disease. The phase I trial was testing safety of this procedure, but a phase II trial will soon begin at Emory to test this procedure further.

To learn more about Mr. Robinson’s experience, view the full story here.

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Emory University Hospital Celebrates Pacemaker Clinic 20th Anniversary

Emory University Hospital Atlanta, GAThe Emory University Hospital Pacemaker/ICD Services Program was established in 1991 by Paul Walter, MD, and Nancy Romeiko, RN. Dr. Walter was the medical director and overseeing physician and Ms. Romeiko served as head nurse. In 20 short years, the Pacemaker Program at Emory has grown to employ nine nurses, a technician and full-time administrative staff.

The Pacemaker/ICD Services Program serves over 3,500 patients who are actively receiving device monitoring services, and it has cared for more than 12,000 patients in the last 20 years! Emory’s Pacemaker Program averages approximately 400 to 430 procedures per week, including monitoring services by phone or remote system, and office visits in The Emory Clinic or one of the Program’s five outlying sites (Snellville, Decatur, Conyers, Hiawassee and Toccoa) in addition to Emory University Hospital Clifton Road campus location.

The Pacemaker Program provides device evaluation and monitoring services for all types of pacemakers and implanted defibrillators, including the latest devices used for pacing in congestive heart failure patients.

Many thanks go to the physicians, nurses and staff who have dedicated their careers to providing the highest quality of patient- and family-centered care to our patients in this program.

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Patient Story – Can Stress Lead to a Heart Attack?

Stress & Heart Attack RiskEmory patient, Donna Fielding, a healthy looking 41 year old mother of two is sure that stress and her high-intensity type A personality lead to her heart attack at 37. Her heart attack taught Donna to “take a step back, take a deep breath, and make a decision.” She doesn’t let the “little things” in life ruin her days any longer.

Emory physicians are doing research to study the connection between stress and heart attack risk. According Emory physician, Dr. David Sheps, when you get stressed your heart rate and blood pressure go up.

View Donna’s story and learn about the research Emory is doing in a video from Fox 5 Atlanta, below:

Take control of your stress and potentially reduce your risk for heart disease!

Keep your Heart Healthy – Walk in the 2011 Metro Atlanta Heart Walk

Author: Dr. Angel Leon, Chief of Cardiology at Emory University Hospital Midtown

In an interview with Fox 5 TV in Atlanta, I talked about the importance of keeping your heart healthy by knowing some important heart related numbers for:

  • Total cholesterol
  • Blood pressure
  • Waist size
  • Blood sugar

You can view the story by watching the video below. Let me know if you have any questions or comments. Also, take a step to a healthy heart and to raise money for heart disease research by signing up for the Heart Walk today!

Register to Join the Emory Atlanta Heart Walk Team:

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

  1. Visit
  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!

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.