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Primary Care Physician or Specialist? 4 Things to Consider
Jan 20, 2017 By Emory Healthcare

While a primary care physician often take the lead in preventive care and wellness, they also can treat health conditions that require ongoing maintenance.A primary care physician (PCP) can play a pivotal role in your health care, and are often the first point of contact you have with the health system. While PCPs often take the lead in preventive care and general wellness, they also can treat many health conditions that require ongoing maintenance. These may include allergies, hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, and mood disorders, to name a few. However, certain conditions may lead your PCP to refer you to a specialist, a physician with focused training in a specific area in the field of medicine. There are 4 reasons you may be referred to a specialist:

You have a complex ongoing condition.

Many primary care physicians are skilled at managing ongoing health conditions – often referred to as chronic conditions – including diabetes, arthritis and high blood pressure (hypertension). However, some diseases need a higher level of expertise in a medical specialty to provide treatments. You also may suffer from a more severe form of a disease that may put you at greater risk for a more serious health crisis. For instance, a PCP may be able to help you with single kidney stone attack that keeps you out of work [...]

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Heart & Vascular
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 Heart Center physician, Alexis Cutchins, MD, on Tuesday, February 14 at 12pm EST for an online web chat on women and heart disease. She will be available to answer your questions regarding topics such as: challenges women face specific to heart disease, heart disease prevention, the importance of [...]

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Cancer
Lung Cancer Live Chat Takeaways
Jan 19, 2017 By Emory Healthcare

lung-chat-260x200According to the American Lung Association, lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in both men and women in the U.S.  At least 8.6 million Americans qualify as high risk for lung cancer and are recommended to receive annual screening with low-dose CT scans. Lung CT Screening for individuals at high risk has the potential to dramatically improve lung cancer survival rates by finding the disease at an earlier, more treatable stage.  At Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, a highly coordinated multidisciplinary team provides advanced care and clinical trials option with cutting edge new therapies for lung cancer patients. We hosted a live chat with Seth D. Force, MD and Suresh Ramalingam, MD of Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University’s lung cancer team on Wednesday, January 11 where we answered your questions about lung cancer risk factors, lung CT screening, symptoms and therapy. We received a lot of great questions that our physicians were able to answer. Below are some highlights from live chat, and you can read the full chat transcript here.

Lung Cancer Live Chat Highlights

Question: Is a chest x-ray the best place to start for screening? Dr. [...]

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Weight Management
Labeling the Food Label
Jan 17, 2017 By Hosanna Nagasaka, Emory Healthcare Dietetic Intern

The New Year gives rise to new resolutions, but many have grown tired of attempting unsuccessful diets and seeing numbers on the scale crawl up, year after year. Although there is no magic bullet for weight loss, it is possible to reach your health goals by lifelong commitment to a healthy and balanced diet. Making healthy choices isn’t as difficult or intimidating as it may seem: one useful strategy is to take advantage of the Nutrition Facts Label (Figure 1). Found on most prepackaged foods, the table is designed to inform consumers about the nutritional content of the food they are purchasing. Read below for a summary of the components:

  • Figure 2: Side-by-Side Comparison of current and new food labels Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration

    Figure 2: Side-by-Side Comparison of current and new food labels
    Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration

    Serving size determines the nutrition information you receive—including calories and nutrients—of a food. The amount of each nutrient consumed will change relative to eating more or less than the serving size provided. Serving size and portion size are not the same! The next you eat a meal, try comparing serving size to the amount you actually eat.
  • Calories correspond to the amount of energy by any given food.
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Heart & Vascular
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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Cosmetic Medicine
Blepharoplasty: Eyelid surgery and recovery explained
Jan 13, 2017 By Gabriele C. Miotto, MD, MEd

Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, can make you look years younger. Nonsurgical options include hyaluronic acid and fat injections.People often refer to eyes as windows to the soul. In fact, our eyes do provide lots of information about our emotional state. According to Psychology Today, we can tell a genuine from a fake smile by looking at a person's eyes. The mouth shape of a smile is easy to fake—we do it all the time out of politeness. But our eyes are usually the giveaway. The area around our eyes (the periocular area) also plays a crucial role in how we express ourselves and communicate with others. Aging in this area can change how others see us and can mean the difference between being seen as “bright-eyed” or tired. As we get older, our eyelid tissues become thinner and our skin loses elasticity. We may also notice more puffiness around our eyes, as well as dark circles and wrinkles. The good news is there are several options for rejuvenating the periocular area:

  • Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery)
  • Hyaluronic acid fillers
  • Fat grafting

Eyelid surgery for a younger, fresher look

Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a common procedure that can refresh the area around your eyes. Making tiny incisions along your eyelids (in the natural creases so the scars are hidden), your [...]

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Transplant
Emory Transplant Center Ranked Second Largest Kidney Paired Donor Program
Jan 11, 2017 By Emory Healthcare

Emory Transplant CenterEmory’s Living Donor Kidney Transplant Program was ranked the second largest paired donor program in the country through the National Kidney Registry (NKR). ended 2016 with a bang. Emory’s Kidney Transplant Program was ranked the second largest paired donor program in the country through the National Kidney Registry (NKR). Our last transplant for 2016 set a new record for us at 55 kidney paired donor transplants in a single month. We ended 2016 with 399 transplants facilitated, an increase of 11% over 2015. We expect to cross the 2,000 program-to-date milestone by the end of this month. Emory began its Kidney Paired Donor Exchange Program in 2010, and has been participating in the National Kidney Registry since 2012. Paired donor exchange gives patients an opportunity to receive a living donor kidney transplant from a loved one or friend, despite incompatible blood types and positive crossmatches. In paired donation, a donor and recipient are matched with another incompatible donor and recipient pair, and the kidneys are exchanged between the pairs. According to Sharon Mathews, Lead Coordinator of Emory’s Living Donor Kidney Transplant Program, “Living donation can provide end-stage renal disease [ESRD] patients with a better chance of finding a compatible match and improve their outcomes [...]

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Weight Management
A Complete Guide to Following your New Year’s Resolutions
Jan 3, 2017 By Denisse Porras Fimbres, Emory Healthcare Dietetic Intern

From eating healthy to keeping an active lifestyle, the New Year's Resolutions you set for this upcoming year can pave the way to a healthier & better you.January 1st – a day that commemorates a brand new year and marks the beginning of a new set of New Year’s resolutions. From eating healthy to keeping an active lifestyle, the goals you set for this upcoming year can pave the way to a healthier and better you. Oftentimes, the resolutions we set for ourselves are unrealistic and difficult to sustain, causing many of us to fall back to our old habits after a few days. But have no fear, we came up with a few tips that can help you not only set obtainable goals, but also uphold and maintain them long-term. 1. Set specific goals. Perhaps the most common mistake that we make while writing our New Year’s resolutions is that we typically make them too broad and not measurable. We vow to “eat healthy,” “stop eating fast food,” and my personal favorite, “exercise every day.” Although these are great objectives, they aren’t exactly quantifiable or specific. Instead, you can commit to eating at least 7 servings of fruits and vegetables per day, limiting fast food to once or twice a week, and including 20-30 minutes of physical activity 5 days per week. These goals are much more specific and calculable, making it [...]

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Highlights
Top 10 Things Care Coordinators Do For You
Dec 30, 2016 By admin

Care coordinators are there to help you navigate the sometimes confusing world of health care so you can get and stay healthy, or manage chronic disease. Whether you are juggling multiple doctors' appointments or returning to daily life after a hospital admission, staying on top of your health can seem like a full-time job. That’s where care coordinators come in. Care coordinators are registered nurses, social workers, health educators and case managers who help you manage your chronic health condition and stay in touch with you after a hospital stay or doctor's appointment to ensure you have the resources you need to get and stay healthy. Emory Healthcare provides care coordination services through the Emory Coordinated Care Center and Emory Healthcare Network Care Coordination. Keep reading to learn the top 10 things care coordinators can do for you. 1. Help you set and meet healthy lifestyle goals. Care coordinators can work with you to set achievable health goals and prevent chronic disease, such as diabetes and heart disease. "We use motivational interviewing skills, health education and lifestyle modification discussions to help patients to improve our patients' knowledge and get them more engaged in their healthcare," says Misty Landor, RN, MSN, CNS, ANP-C, manager of Emory Healthcare Network Care [...]

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Weight Management
Experiencing FOHO? Fear of the Holidays
Dec 28, 2016 By Emory Healthcare

hanukkah-2-fbDo you experience stress hosting that annual dinner party, seeing those long-lost relatives, or fear of gaining weight with it all? It is true that the holidays can make it more difficult to manage all of life’s responsibilities including weight management. Pressure of weight loss can add to your stress level during the holiday. Perhaps your holiday weight goal this year should be to maintain your current weight. Don’t let the holidays set you back. Creating a realistic and attainable goal can set you up for success. Here are several tips that can help you fight your food FOHO:

  • PLAN ahead--- Be sure to plan how you will eat at the holidays in a way that works best for you. The more you prepare, the easier it will be to succeed at weight maintenance through the holidays. Don’t throw in the towel to just start over again in January 1.
  • Use a smaller plate at holiday parties. This creates the illusion of having more than you really are consuming.
  • You CAN leave the table if your plate is not clean. Try to eat slower at meal times to allow your body to send “fullness” signals to your brain to avoid overeating.
  • Eat only the dishes and treats you know
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