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How Bariatric Surgery Can Reduce Heart Attack and Stroke Risk

by Timothy R. Shope, MD, Chief, Advanced Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgery
June 25, 2019

Obesity is the leading risk factor for cardiovascular disease, which is the No.1 cause of death in U.S. adults. However,…

Follow These 5 Tips for Healthy Skin

by Helena Pasieka, MD, Director of Inpatient and Consultative Dermatology
June 20, 2019

Good skin health not only can increase the vibrance of our face, limit wrinkling, and reduce skin cancer risk, but…

Head and Neck Cancers: How Reconstructive Surgery Can Maintain Patients’ Looks

by Jonathan Giurintano, MD, Head and Neck Cancer Surgeon
June 18, 2019

Head and neck cancers appear on visible parts of the body—so, naturally, people fear they might not look like themselves…

Celebrated Physician: Laura Boger, MD

by the MWHC Blog Team
June 14, 2019

After a lifetime of frequent relocations, Laura Boger, MD, has found a home in the nation’s capital as a dermatologist…

Women Should Not Ignore Heart Attack Symptoms

by Hayder Hashim, MD, Interventional Cardiologist, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute
June 13, 2019

There are a number of symptoms that might be warning signs of a heart attack—from radiating chest pain to something…

Adrenal Gland Tumors: Our Team Approach to Successful Treatment

by Erin A. Felger, MD, Endocrine Surgeon
June 11, 2019

The adrenal glands, located right above the kidneys, produce hormones that are critical to your health and well-being. Everyone is…

Celebrated Physician: Victoria Lai, MD, MS

by the MWHC Blog Team
June 07, 2019

There are all kinds of reasons to pursue a career in medicine. For Victoria Lai, MD, MS, the motivation was…

How Workout Supplements May Harm the Heart and Why Natural Nutrition Is Best

by Nicholas Paivanas, MD, Cardiologist, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute
June 06, 2019

We often see patients who aren’t the type of people you’d expect to see in a cardiologist’s office. They’re not…

Dementia: Who Is Most at Risk and How to Manage It

by Cesar Alberto Torres, MD, Geriatric and House Call Doctor
June 04, 2019

Have you noticed times when your loved one forgets about their typical television program or suddenly does not remember to…

Should It Stay or Should It Go? How to Determine if Food Is Safe to Eat

by Andrea Goergen, RD, Bariatric Program Dietitian
May 30, 2019

You’re sorting through the fridge and decide you want a glass of milk. However, its expiration date has passed, and…

After Unsuccessful Bariatric Surgery, Revisional Surgery Can Help

by Timothy R. Shope, MD, Chief, Advanced Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgery
May 28, 2019

Having bariatric surgery can be the beginning of a longer, healthier, and happier life for people with obesity, particularly those…

The Current and Future State of TAVR for Patients With Aortic Stenosis

by Toby Rogers, MD, Interventional Cardiologist, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute
May 21, 2019

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is a minimally-invasive treatment for patients with aortic stenosis, a common condition in older adults…

Should You Be Concerned about Chagas Disease?

by Rachel Marcus, MD, Cardiologist, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute
May 16, 2019

The name “kissing bug” conjures up some scary images. And the reality is, the bug should be scary. Triatomine insects…

No Cancer, Tiny Scars: Successful Treatment of Skin Cancer on the Head or Neck

by Jonathan Giurintano, MD, Head and Neck Cancer Surgeon
May 14, 2019

While skin cancers can develop all around the body, the head and neck regions are extremely common locations for skin…

Bunions: What They Are and How We Treat Them

by Ali Rahnama, DPM, Foot and Ankle Surgeon
May 07, 2019

A bunion is a bony lump that develops on the base of the big toe with the big toe pushing…

Transoral Thyroid Surgery: Treating Thyroid Nodules without Scars

by Erin A. Felger, MD, Endocrine Surgeon
April 30, 2019

The thyroid is a central gland of the endocrine system. It produces hormones that control your metabolism, which is how…

Lupus: How Treatment Can Lead to Pain-Free Lives

by Konstantinos Loupasakis, MD, Rheumatologist
April 23, 2019

Lupus erythematosus, or lupus, is an autoimmune disease that can damage practically any part of the body, including the skin,…

Caregivers: Follow These Tips to Keep Elderly Loved Ones Safe

by Cesar Alberto Torres, MD, Geriatric and House Call Doctor
April 16, 2019

People all around the U.S. care for a loved one—whether it’s their mom, dad, grandparent, aunt, or uncle. As a…

Celebrated Physician: Kenneth L. Fan, MD

by the MWHC Blog Team
April 12, 2019

Kenneth Fan, MD, recalls when Plastic Surgery’s ability to make a difference in a patient’s life truly hit home. On…

Why Some Men Get Circumcised as Adults, and How it Works

by Krishnan Venkatesan, MD, Director of Urologic Reconstruction
April 09, 2019

Getting circumcised often is associated with baby boys. However, many people are surprised to learn that adults can request the…

CIGNIS: Shaping the Future of Neuroscience

by Edward Aulisi, MD, Chairman, Neurosurgery and Medical Director, MedStar Pituitary Center
April 04, 2019

Imagine this scenario: You come to the hospital with a complex neurological condition, and your surgeon uses a device or…

How Corrective Jaw Surgery Can Cure Sleep Apnea and Enhance Appearance

by Ravi Agarwal, DDS, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
April 02, 2019

Patients often turn to corrective jaw surgery to correct irregularities in their jaw and teeth to improve chewing, speaking, and…

Put Down the Diet Soda: How Artificial Sweeteners Increase Heart Disease and Stroke Risk

by Allen J. Taylor, MD, Chairman of Cardiology, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute
March 28, 2019

Drinking diet soda might seem like a good idea, as it contains zero calories. However, drinking two or more artificially…

How We Diagnose and Treat Colorectal Cancer with the Latest Techniques

by Jennifer Ayscue, MD, Section Director, Colorectal Surgery
March 26, 2019

The techniques used to diagnose and treat colorectal cancer have become better each and every year—in fact, many of them…

Smoke Inhalation: Fire’s Quiet Killer

by Taryn E. Travis, MD, Burn Attending, The Burn Center
March 21, 2019

When someone comes into the emergency department (ED) with major burns over a large area of their body, it’s obvious…

How Vaping Affects Dental Health and Why It Is Not a Healthy Alternative to Smoking

by Jonathan Giurintano, MD, Head and Neck Cancer Surgeon
March 19, 2019

The popularity of vaping continues to soar. From 2017 to 2018, vaping increased by nearly 80 percent among high schoolers…

MedStar Pituitary Center: Outstanding Results for Pituitary Surgery

by Edward Aulisi, MD, Chairman, Neurosurgery and Medical Director, MedStar Pituitary Center
March 14, 2019

The pituitary gland is about the size of a pea, and it’s located behind the eyes and the bridge of…

How to Successfully Manage Ulcerative Colitis

by Nidhi Malhotra, MD, Gastroenterologist
March 12, 2019

Ulcerative colitis (UC) is an inflammatory bowel disease that causes long-term inflammation and ulcers in the digestive tract, particularly in…

Faint at the Sight of Blood? It Could be Vasovagal Syncope

by Susan O’Mara, MD, interim chair, Emergency Medicine
March 07, 2019

We have all heard of people who faint when getting their blood drawn or when they are nervous. In fact,…

Chronic Ankle Pain: When is It Time to See a Doctor?

by Ali Rahnama, DPM, Foot and Ankle Surgeon
March 05, 2019

Millions of people—from athletes to people who walk to work—experience a sprained ankle each year. In fact, we typically see…

Celebrated Physician: Thomas J. Cusack, MD, MS

by the MWHC Blog Team
March 01, 2019

It’s a rare moment when Thomas J. Cusack, MD, MS, is not actively engaged in some activity. When he’s not…

Can Daily Aspirin Use Help Prevent a Heart Attack?

by Daniel James Dooley, MD, Non-Invasive Cardiologist, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute
February 28, 2019

Aspirin has long been used as a therapy to reduce the risk of stroke, heart attacks, and heart disease. But…

The Mediterranean Diet: The Best Choice for Heart Health

by Allen J. Taylor, MD, Chairman of Cardiology, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute
February 26, 2019

We’ve long known that people who eat a healthy diet—which, from a heart health perspective, is low in fat and…

How Cold Weather Can Increase the Risk of Heart Attacks

by Nicholas Paivanas, MD, Cardiologist, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute
February 25, 2019

We all know that cold weather can contribute to many common health conditions, such as colds or the flu. However,…

Obesity, Pregnancy, and Heart Disease: A Heavy Issue

by Stephanie Jacobs, MD, Cardiologist, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute
February 21, 2019

The problem of obesity continues to grow in the U.S., which means more women are becoming pregnant while they are…

TAVR: An Alternative to Open-Heart Surgery for Aortic Stenosis Patients

by Toby Rogers, MD, Interventional Cardiologist, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute
February 19, 2019

Aortic stenosis, a common condition in older adults, is caused by the progressive narrowing of the aortic valve, the main…

Why a Good Night’s Sleep Might Be Critical to Heart Health

by Allen J. Taylor, MD, Chairman of Cardiology, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute
February 15, 2019

Heart disease is the No.1 cause of death in the U.S.—so plenty of traditional prevention tips exist, ranging from the…

Are Female Doctors Better at Treating Heart Attacks in Women?

by Stephanie Jacobs, MD, Cardiologist, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute
February 14, 2019

The world of medicine has historically been dominated by men. But an August 2018 study published in the Proceedings of…

Diastolic Heart Failure Makes Up Two-Thirds of Heart Failure Cases—Here’s How We Treat it

by Valeriani Bead, MD, Cardiologist, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute
February 12, 2019

Relaxing is an important part of life—even for the heart. When the heart has trouble relaxing between beats, the left…

Celebrated Physician: Sanna Ronkainen, MD

by the MWHC Blog Team
February 08, 2019

Good physicians learn a great about their patients’ condition through observation, and skin is often the most revealing attribute of…

How Calcium Helps Identify Heart Disease Risk

by Allen J. Taylor, MD, Chairman of Cardiology, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute
February 05, 2019

Artery buildups serve as silent danger signs of a heart attack, and one of the buildups we look for the…

How New Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatments Revolutionize Patient Care

by Konstantinos Loupasakis, MD, Rheumatologist
January 29, 2019

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory condition that primarily affects peripheral joints (typically the hands, wrists, elbows, knees, feet, and…

100 Years in the Making: How Patients Benefit from Thoracic Robotic Surgery

by John F. Lazar, MD, Director, Thoracic Robotics
January 22, 2019

When the first minimally invasive surgery—also called laparoscopic surgery—was performed in the early 1900s, a surgeon would use a hollow…

Celebrated Physician: Meghan MacCleary, DO

by the MWHC Blog Team
January 18, 2019

Physicians regularly make a difference in the lives of their patients. For Meghan MacCleary, DO, it was the other way…

Total Joint Revision: A Second Lease on Life

by The Joint Replacement Specialists, MedStar Orthopaedic Institute, MedStar Washington Hospital Center
January 15, 2019

Total joint replacement, comprised of hip or knee replacements, is one of the most common surgical procedures in the U.S….

Vasectomy: How It Works and What to Expect

by Krishnan Venkatesan, MD, Director of Urologic Reconstruction
January 08, 2019

A vasectomy is one way men can prevent their partners from becoming pregnant—without affecting sexual function or the ability to…

How Does Laser Therapy Work for Scars?

by Taryn E. Travis, MD, Burn Attending, The Burn Center
January 07, 2019

It might seem unusual at first to think of a doctor using laser therapy to treat a burn injury scar….

Our Top Five Healthcare Stories of 2018

by the MWHC Blog Team
January 03, 2019

Everyone wants to keep up with news in the ever-growing healthcare industry, which is why our blog team at MedStar…

How We Diagnose and Treat Patients with Chronic Pancreatitis

by Mitesh R. Patel, MD, Director, Pancreatobiliary Services
January 02, 2019

Whenever we eat or drink, we’re putting the pancreas to work. The pancreas is a large gland that’s tucked behind…

Missing Teeth? Dental Implants Could Be the Solution

by Ravi Agarwal, DDS, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
December 26, 2018

Some people feel uncomfortable smiling for the camera because of a missing front tooth or have trouble eating because of…