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tPA is the clot-busting drug given to treat ischemic stroke

Ask A Pharmacist: What is the clot-busting drug for stroke treatment?

May 18, 2017

May is National Stroke Awareness Month. At Augusta Health, stroke care is coordinated through our Stroke Team, and multidisciplinary group that includes physicians, nurses, physical therapists, pharmacists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, health educators and other medical professionals. The team focuses not just on the treatment of those who have experienced a stroke, but also on prevention of stroke through educating the community about symptoms and risk factors. Mary Beth Linstra, PharmD Answer provided by Mary Beth Linstra, PharmD, clinical staff pharmacist and member of...Continue Reading

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Ask A Physical Therapist: How can therapy help recovery from a stroke?

May 10, 2017

May is National Stroke Awareness Month. At Augusta Health, stroke care is coordinated through our Stroke Team, and multidisciplinary group that includes physicians, nurses, physical therapists, pharmacists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, health educators and other medical professionals. The team focuses not just on the treatment of those who have experienced a stroke, but also on prevention of stroke through educating the community about symptoms and risk factors. Stephanie Mims, Director of Therapy Services Answer provided by Stephanie Mims, PT, DPT, MBA, Director of Therapy...Continue Reading

Patient holding her throat while drinking water

Ask A Speech Therapist: What is Dysphagia?

May 5, 2017

May is National Stroke Awareness Month. At Augusta Health, stroke care is coordinated through our Stroke Team, and multidisciplinary group that includes physicians, nurses, physical therapists, pharmacists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, health educators and other medical professionals. The team focuses not just on the treatment of those who have experienced a stroke, but also on prevention of stroke through educating the community about symptoms and risk factors. Claudia Koliscak, M.S., CCC-SLP Answer provided by Claudia Koliscak, M.S., CCC-SLP, a speech-language pathologist at...Continue Reading

Cath Lab team preparing for a procedure.

It Could be More Than Indigestion: Chest Pain is a Serious Symptom

March 17, 2017

Arun Prahash, MD You may think you've never heard of Acute Coronary Syndrome, but you probably know someone who has experienced it—or maybe you've experienced it yourself. Its most common symptom is chest pain. Chest pain caused by Acute Coronary Syndrome can be sudden, as when it's a heart attack, or unpredictable or get worse even while resting, a condition known as unstable angina. Chest pain is commonly caused by narrowing of blood vessels that supply blood and oxygen to the heart. “Not all incidents of chest pain are from heart attacks that require emergency procedure, but in general...Continue Reading

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What You Need to Know about Coronary Artery Disease

February 22, 2017

Coronary Artery Disease (also called CAD) is the most common type of heart disease. Despite advances is diagnosis and treatment, it remains the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women, according to the National Institutes of Health/US Library of Medicine. CAD occurs when cholesterol or plaque build up on the inner walls of the arteries that supply blood to the heart. This causes the arteries to harden and become narrow, which means less blood flow and oxygen to the heart. This can cause chest pain or a heart attack. "When a cardiac emergency occurs, it literally...Continue Reading

Echo-ing the Interior of Your Heart

February 20, 2017

For avid fishermen, the ability to 'see' underwater to determine choice fishing spots is key to a successful day of fishing. Some of them use ultrasound to help them find schools of fish. The ultrasound waves are created and beamed through the water, and when they encounter fish—marked by a change in the density of the water—the ultrasound bounces back to the fisherman in the boat. The fisherman's ultrasound equipment can analyze the beam to determine the shape and size of the objects bouncing back. So with the aid of ultrasound, the lucky fisherman has found fish. Rodney Graber, MD, FACC, a...Continue Reading

RSV

Ask A Doctor... What is RSV?

January 27, 2017

Respiratory Syncytial Virus, or RSV, is a respiratory virus that infects the lungs and breathing passages. For most people, RSV causes a mild illness, but it can be serious in infants and older adults. In the United States, RSV infections generally occur during fall, winter and spring.Continue Reading

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Ask A Doctor... What is Robotic Surgery?

January 6, 2017

As a physician, I view the practice of medicine as both science and art, and constantly evolving. New technology is introduced, then the knowledge surrounding that technology is adopted, and then both are improved for the benefit of our patients. Recently Augusta Health introduced a new technology when our first robotic-assisted surgery was performed on October 25, 2016.Continue Reading

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Ask A Doctor... What is Palliative Care?

January 3, 2017

Palliative Care is specialized care for people with serious illnesses such as Cancer, Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), kidney disease, Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease and many others. Regardless of the diagnosis, the Palliative Care staff focuses on improving life for both the patient and family—relieving both symptoms and burdens of living with a serious illness.Continue Reading

Pumpkin Stew - courtesy of American Institute for Cancer Research

Can Your Diet Prevent Cancer?

November 18, 2016

Mary Beth Landes MS RD CSO Information provided by Mary Beth Landes, MS, RD, CSO—Oncology Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Navigator in the Augusta Health Cancer Center. To contact Mary Beth, please call (540) 332-5522 or email mlandes [at] augustahealth.com . There is a plethora of information about food available these days. There are questions not only about which foods are "healthy" or "not so healthy" to consume, but also about how food is grown and prepared. This information may help you to reduce cancer risk reduction and to eat proactively to improve overall health. With fall upon...Continue Reading

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