Showing posts from February, 2012

Women & Heart Disease: Help Stop the #1 Killer of Women

A heart attack strikes someone about every 34 seconds. It occurs when the blood flow that brings oxygen to the heart muscle is severely reduced or cut off completely. This happens because the arteries that supply the heart with blood can slowly become thicker and harder from a buildup of fat, cholesterol and other substances (plaque). 

Many women think they know signs of a heart attack - the classic pain in the chest, shortness of breath, discomfort in the arms, neck, back or stomach and feeling nauseated, lightheaded or breaking into a cold sweat. 

Did you know for women the signs of a heart attack are less dramatic and are often interrupted as flu like symptoms? Watch Just a Little Heart Attach by Go Red for Women and features Emmy-nominated actress Elizabeth Banks. Share this video with women you love and take our Heart Health Risk Assessment to learn if you are at risk for developing heart disease. 

Beat the Sinus Blues

Sinusitis, nasal polyps and rhinitis: all too familiar terms for chronic sinus sufferers.  Living with these conditions can take a serious toll on an individual, especially in terms of their ability to comfortably breathe, sleep and live an active life.
Those sinus sufferers living “under pressure” have traditionally been limited to two treatment options: conventional sinus surgery or medical therapy, such as antibiotics. The good news – GMC now offers minimally invasive Sinus Solutions, including Acclarent’s Balloon Sinuplasty technology and Image-Guided Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (ESS), to help patients regain their vitality one breath at a time. 

Click here to take a sinus questionnaire to help you and your physician discuss your sinus problems and how they impact your life.

Pain, Pain Go Away

Enduring pain from an injury or strain is bad enough. But what if you had to endure pain that seemingly had no cause at all? Chronic pain sufferers are often told that their condition is “all in their head,” but as those who live with it will tell you, it’s very real and very difficult to deal with.

Don't Suffer from Hemorrhoid Pain

For many of us, our knowledge about hemorrhoids and treatment options are limited to a tube of Preparation H. Truth is, we need to be more familiar with this common condition. More than half of all Americans will develop hemorrhoids—and the accompanying pain and discomfort—at some time in their lives. That’s why GMC physicians are using state-of-the-art procedures and are creating new technologies to help patients remove or reduce their hemorrhoids. GMC’s David Armstrong, MD, one of the region’s leaders in hemorrhoid treatment, invented the TriView anoscope, which allows visualization of three internal hemorrhoids at the same time as opposed to one. With TriView, hemorrhoid treatment becomes quicker, easier and more accurate.

20 Tips to Fight Heart Disease

GMC is committed to the fight against heart disease. Although you lack the power to change some risk factors — such as family history, sex or age — there are some key heart disease prevention steps you can take.You can avoid heart problems in the future by adopting a healthy lifestyle today. Here are 20 heart disease prevention tips to get you started. In fact, to help you know your risk for developing heart disease, visit and complete the Heart Health Risk Assessment.

Know Your Risk for Developing Breast Cancer

GMC is committed to the fight against breast cancer. 1.6 million Americans will be diagnosed this year with breast cancer. This includes 45,000 Georgians. Early detection and prevention is the key. One tool that helps to fight breast cancer is genetic testing. Genetic tests are performed on a sample of blood, or cells from the mouth. The sample is sent to a laboratory where technicians look for specific changes in the DNA. The laboratory reports the test results in writing to a person’s doctor or genetic counselor. This tool has been successful in helping people determine their risk for developing breast cancer, especially those with a family history. At GMC, we have a dedicated genetic risk counselor who sits down with each individual to provide comprehensive information and support.

GMC Recognizes Medical Contributions Made By African-Americans

In honor of Black History Month, GMC recognizes the many medical contributions made by African-Americans. 

We would like to spotlight 10 individuals who used their gifts to transform healthcare.

Louis Thompkins Wright, MD (1891-1952)
Dr. Wright’s most significant contribution to clinical research was as primary investigator of the antibiotic Aureomycin. The positive results of the Aureomycin tests led to experiments with Terramycin. His research paved the way for these drugs to earn FDA approval for manufacturing and widespread use.

Rebecca Davis Lee Crumpler, MD (1831-1895)
Dr. Crumpler was the first African-American woman to become a physician in the United States. Her publication of A Book of Medical Discourses in 1883 was one of the first by an African-American about medicine.

Theodore K. Lawless, MD (1892-1971)
Dr. Lawless gained wide recognition for his research into the treatment and cure of syphilis, leprosy, sporotrichosis and a host of other skin diseases. He was one of the first p…

Not Your Grandmother's Surgery

The evolution of surgery has allowed surgeons to achieve robotic-like capabilities. In fact, they are actually using a robot - the daVinci robotic surgical system. Today, many procedures that were once done by opening up patients with huge incisions and result in ugly scarring can now be done by four dime-sized incisions with minimal scarring. This also means faster recovery and less hospital stay. 
How can this be done, you ask? Well, the "magic" happens when a specialty trained surgeon steps behind a console that allows them to translate their movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside the patient's body. The robot also allows them to have enhanced capabilities including high-definition 3D vision and magnified view. Together, robotic technology and the surgeon perform complex procedures through just a few tiny openings.

10 Ways to Love Your Heart

Heart disease has probably already touched you or someone you know. More than 82 million Americans have one or more types of cardiovascular disease. That is a staggering but true statistic. Because of this, and in recognition of American Heart Month, the Strickland Heart Center at GMC-Lawrenceville is encouraging  everyone to make heart-healthy choices to fight heart disease. So in the month of February (and onward), take time each day to love your heart.

Know Your Numbers

1 in 3 Americans will die from heart disease, and that's no laughing matter. For the past 20 years, GMC has been dedicated to the treatment of cardiovascular disease. With the opening of the new, state-of-the-art Strickland Heart Center, GMC can help even more people with the addition of open heart surgery. 
We understand the importance of knowing your numbers in preventing and treating heart disease. It's important to keep track of your heart health and risk factors by visiting your doctor regularly for medical checkups. Write down your blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose and body mass index. Discuss with your doctor healthy numbers for you and how to help keep your heart healthy.