Atrial Fibrillation is not a “One Size Fits All” Disease




I am frequently asked questions from patients about a treatment for atrial fibrillation (AFib) that they heard about online, touting incredibly high rates of success. Other patients share anecdotes with me about friends or family members previously diagnosed with AFib, who underwent a procedure that was either successful or unsuccessful, and are wondering whether this …






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Summer Skin Tips




Summer is right around the corner and living in South Florida, the sun and heat can do major damage to your skin. Florida is known for having hot, humid air, which can wreak havoc on your skin. With these tips, you can help keep your summer days, and skin, relaxed and healthy. Sunscreen can help …






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Stroke: A Threat to Everyone?




As the greatest cause of disability in the United States, stroke is a threat that everyone should be aware of. It is easy to think that we are too young or too healthy to worry about a stroke, but the truth is, EVERYONE has some risk for having a stroke. The key is to know …






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Wait…Did you say: Hack my Heart




Computer hacking is supposed to be the work of spies and rebellious outlaws looking to test the boundaries of societies’ establishment. When it comes to hacking, we don’t often think of the security of our own medical devices, especially those implanted right in our heart. Recently, the FDA confirmed that cardiac pacemakers and defibrillators had …






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Three Pieces of Advice from a Surgical Oncologist When it Comes to Cancer




Cancer can be a devastating diagnosis. As a fellowship-trained surgical oncologist, I take great pride in helping provide support to my patients and their families. One of the most important parts of my job is not only to diagnose and treat the cancer, but also to guide my patient and their family through this life …






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May-Thurner Syndrome and the Potential for Blood Clots




Most of us are aware of the dangers of blood clots and generally understand the importance of moving our legs or walking around when forced to sit or lie in the same position for a long period of time (i.e. extended flights or hospital stays).  Aside from adopting healthy lifestyle habits, knowing what to look …






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Surgery Isn’t Your Only Option: Conservative Treatments for Vein Disorders




When many people think of treatment for some of the more common vein disorders, such as varicose veins, they assume that surgical procedures are their only option.  For some, this idea can be detrimental because they may avoid seeking the counsel of a qualified vascular surgeon, especially if they feel that surgery is not something …






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Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month




March is colorectal cancer awareness month and we are trying to raise awareness of this potentially life-threatening disease, which can be a preventable and very curable disease if caught early. Colorectal cancer is the fourth most commonly occurring cancer in the United States and nearly five percent of Americans will develop it in their lifetime. …






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Help Manage Carotid Artery Disease with Lifestyle Changes




Having a diagnosis of carotid artery disease (CAD) can be frightening since your carotid arteries supply the brain with blood.  When they become narrow—usually as a result of atherosclerosis, which is a buildup of cholesterol and other material—blood clots or plaque may restrict blood flow to the brain, causing a stroke.  While procedures meant to …






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After a Stroke: Proper Diet and Nutrition




If you’ve suffered from a stroke at some point—or know someone who has—it’s common to find yourself having to make a few lifestyle changes in order to accommodate the residual effects of your condition.  Since many stroke victims have a difficult time eating or drinking, changes may need to be made to the consistency of …






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