Showing posts from April, 2012

Dealing With Stress To Prevent Heart Disease

Are stress and heart disease related? Does stress increase the risk of heart disease? Stress is a normal part of life. But if left unmanaged, stress can lead to emotional, psychological and even physical problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure, chest pains or irregular heart beats.

Watch below as Dr. Mary Ellen Bergh, a cardiologist at Gwinnett Medical Center explains the role stress plays in heart disease and tips for dealing with stress, especially for women. You can also take our FREE Heart Health Risk Assessment to learn your risk of developing heart disease.


The inside of a hospital seems almost familiar when you have seen it dozens of times from the inside of your living room. With the popularity of medical dramas, TV gives us regular
exposure to the world of medical treatment and testing. But how close is what we see to reality? A three-hour test takes a minute or two, and TV doctors have the luxury of spending hours with a single patient with an unusual illness. 
So, you might not want to take everything you see on the screen at face value. But being more familiar with medical terminology can dial down the intimidation factor when it’s your turn to be the patient. These days, a lot of diagnosis is done with the help of imaging tests.

To help you know what to expect—or fact-check your favorite medical show—here’s a glossary of terms:

A “Joint” Q & A On the Ins and Outs of Osteoarthritis

Living with osteoarthritis (OA) can be like navigating a maze: You’re going along in (seemingly) the right direction … then you hit a dead end and are forced to take a different path. For the 27 million Americans who live with the complex and evolving condition, figuring out how best to traverse this maze means getting answers. Does having arthritis in your hand mean you will get it in your knees, too? What can you do to slow its progression? 

What's Your Breakfast Personality?

Skip the most important meal of the day? You’d never do something like that, right? Except for those days when the kids get up late and the morning devolves into chaos. Oh, and those days when you’re due to give a speech at the board meeting and the thought of food before public speaking turns your stomach. And wait, doesn’t a cup of coffee count as “breakfast” anyhow? 
Well, for all of us who are skipping or may skip breakfast depending on circumstances, keep this in mind - breakfast should make up 30 percent of your day’s calories, says registered dietitian Debbi Beauvais, a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association. And if you think skipping breakfast is your own little trick to weight loss, think again. Studies show that eating breakfast can help you lose weight. 
Convinced yet? If you’re just now hopping on the breakfast bandwagon, here are options to choose from based on your breakfast personality.

TV + Sofa + Resistance Band = Exercise

We know, it goes against everything your personal trainer has ever told you. How is it possible that you can exercise while your sitting on the sofa enjoying your favorite TV show? Watch Edward Gilbert, Gwinnett SportsRehab exercise physiologist, to learn how buying a $5 resistance band and sitting on your sofa improves stretching; strengthens your core, upper and lower body as well as cardio. 

Learn Why Maintaining a Healthy Weight is Important to Your Heart

Maintaining a healthy weight is important to your heart because your body is made up of water, fat, protein, carbohydrate and various vitamins and minerals. If you have too much fat — especially around your waist — you're at higher risk for problems, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, irregular heart rhythms, heart disease and stroke.

Watch below as Dr. Philip Romm, an interventional cardiologist at Gwinnett Medical Center explains the importance of maintaining a healthy weight in the prevention of heart disease and diabetes.
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Suffering from Fibroids? Consider daVinci Robotic Myomectomy

An estimated 20 to 40% of women develop fibroids by age 50. Uterine fibroids are most common in women ages 30 to 40, but can occur at any age. A uterine fibroid is a common type of benign (non-cancerous) tumor that can grow within the uterine wall, inside and also outside the uterus.  Uterine fibroids may grow as a single tumor or in clusters. They often increase in size and frequency with age, but may shrink after menopause.
Uterine fibroids are the most common reason a hysterectomy is performed, but women have another alternative, Myomectomy. Myomectomy is a uterine-sparing, minimally invasive procedure that is performed using the daVinci robotic surgical system.

FREE Event - Play Smart: A Gameplan to Keep You Active

The weather is great, so staying inside can almost be unbearable. Many of us have taken our activities outdoors and are enjoying tennis, running, biking and softball. GMC has designed an event with the weekend warrior or athlete in mind. The program will focus on ways to keep you doing what you love by preventing injury.

How to Prevent Top 5 Sports Injuries

From athletes to weekend warriors, when you're putting everything on the line, injuries can be a common occurrence.You don't have to let injuries keep you from doing what you love. GMC is committed to helping all athletes prevent injury, heal, manage pain and get back in the game as quickly as possible. 
Learn about the top 5 most common sports-related injuries and how you can take steps to prevent them. Follow these helpful tips to reduce the risk of a sports-related injury

Weight-loss Surgery Can Put Diabetes Into Remission: Virginia's Story

There has been a great deal of talk about the weight-loss surgery study by Geltrude Mingrone, MD. In this study, Dr. Mingrone found that those who are morbidly obese or can't control their diabetes through medicine, diet and exercise alone can benefit from bariatric surgery as a treatment option. *At GMC's Center for Surgical Weight Management (CSWM), we are helping patients everyday who have found that bariatric surgery is not only beneficial in treating their diabetes, but also aids in reducing high blood pressure, lowering cholesterol and improving overall health. Below is Virginia's story. Virginia was a juvenile diabetic and since having bariatric surgery, she is no longer on an insulin pump. Read her story as she takes you through her journey.

Low Vision Therapy for Macular Degeneration: Alice's Story

At 87, Alice was living a full life, including teaching exercise classes and participating in devotionals at the retirement community where she lived. But age-related macular degeneration began to interfere. It was getting hard to read her mail, fill out forms or use the buttons on the microwave accurately. In addition, she was finding excuses not to read out loud at the devotionals – the text seemed too small and the beginning letters on each line were blurry.
Alice’s ophthalmologist, Robert P. Tucker III, MD, FACS, found age-related macular degeneration had caused a scotoma, or hole in her vision. He referred her to Gwinnett SportsRehab and its Low Vision Therapy Program.