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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, PhD, 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…

How the Winter Holidays Can Impact Heart Health

by Allen J. Taylor, MD, Chairman of Cardiology, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute
December 24, 2018

The holidays offer us time with friends and family, and sometimes even vacations from work. But one thing we have…

Why It’s Important to Treat Endometriosis Sooner than Later

by Vadim V. Morozov, MD, Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgeon
December 18, 2018

In most women, the endometrium—the mucous membrane lining the uterus—grows inside the uterus and sheds during the monthly period. But…

The Lowdown on Diarrhea: When is It Time to See a Doctor?

by Nidhi Malhotra, MD, Gastroenterologist
December 11, 2018

Diarrhea is a menace in the form of hard-to-control bowel movements and loose, watery stools three or more times per…

Celebrated Physician: Anirudh Rao, MD

by the MWHC Blog Team
December 07, 2018

During his training at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Anirudh Rao, MD, found the most meaningful…

Hallucinations, Confusion, Dizziness: Symptoms of ICU Delirium

by Matthew Schreiber, MD, Associate Director, Medical ICU and Attending Physician, Pulmonary Disease/Critical Care
December 04, 2018

“You’re trying to steal me!” “Don’t put me in that oven!” These are actual comments we’ve heard in the intensive…

Small Gland, Big Impact: Functional and Nonfunctional Pituitary Tumors

by Susmeeta Tewari Sharma, MD, Director, Pituitary Endocrinology
November 27, 2018

The pituitary gland is a tiny organ, only about the size of a pea, located at the base of your…

3 Groups at Increased Risk for High Blood Pressure—and How to Beat It

by Valeriani Bead, MD, Cardiologist, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute
November 20, 2018

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a well-known condition in America. We regularly check it during doctor’s visits and see…

Attack Joint Replacement Surgery Pain Before It Starts

by Savyasachi C. Thakkar, MD, Orthopaedic Surgeon, MedStar Orthopaedic Institute, James Edward Tozzi, MD, Chair, Orthopedic Surgery, MedStar Washington Hospital Center
November 13, 2018

Hip and knee replacements have played an important part in the treatment of arthritis and other painful joint conditions for…

Six Non-Heat Injuries That Burn Center Doctors Should Treat

by Taryn E. Travis, MD, Burn Attending, The Burn Center
November 09, 2018

When most people think of a burn center, they think of heat-related injuries. While we are the only adult burn…

A Delicate Balance: Control High Blood Pressure to Reduce Stroke Risk

by Richard T. Benson, MD, Associate Medical Director, Comprehensive Stroke Center
November 06, 2018

High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease. But many patients don’t realize that high blood pressure…

From Fainting to the Spins—Facts About Dizziness

by Susan O’Mara, MD, interim chair, Emergency Medicine
November 05, 2018

Feeling dizzy can be scary—and rightfully so. We see many patients in the emergency department or urgent care seeking medical…

How Oncoplastic Surgery Gives Women More Natural Breasts After Cancer

by Patricia B. Wehner, MD, Breast Surgical Oncologist
October 30, 2018

Surgery is the gold-standard breast cancer treatment, but some techniques leave women flat-chested or with lopsided breasts. Today, many women…

The Lowdown on High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy

by Stephanie Jacobs, MD, Cardiologist, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute
October 29, 2018

High blood pressure is a serious problem that continues to grow in our country. Among women of childbearing age, we…

Better Imaging, Better Neurosurgery: The Airo Portable CT Scanner

by Edward Aulisi, MD, Chairman, Neurosurgery and Medical Director, MedStar Pituitary Center
October 25, 2018

“Measure twice, cut once.” It’s a simple expression that reminds us to be precise, and it applies in many situations—even…

4 ways women can take control of their breast cancer risk

by Ami A. Chitalia, MD, Hematologist and Medical Oncologist
October 23, 2018

Breast cancer is one of the most daunting diseases in women’s health, as it affects about one in eight U.S….

3 experiences of hospital care and why we measure them

by Shawn R. Smith, MBA, CPXP, Vice President & Chief Experience Officer
October 19, 2018

We aim to enhance patient experiences at MedStar Washington Hospital Center (MWHC) through a trickle-down approach, from staff to patient….

How the flu can increase heart attack risk

by Allen J. Taylor, MD, Chairman of Cardiology, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute
October 16, 2018

Each year, up to 20 percent of Americans get the flu, resulting in over 130,000 hospitalizations—in fact, about 200,000 in…