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Who’s at Risk for Heart Disease?

by Hayder Hashim, MD, Interventional Cardiologist
February 23, 2021

How does the heart work? Your heart is a lot like your house, complete with a framework, plumbing, and an…

The Effects of Stress on the Heart

by Abdelrahman A. Aly, MD, FACC
February 18, 2021

When it comes to activities that affect the heart, there’s the good (a healthy lifestyle), the bad (unhealthy risk factors),…

Why Processed Foods Are Not Good for the Heart

by Ellie Kelsey, RD, LD, CNSC
February 15, 2021

The American Heart Association (AHA) estimates that 50 percent of calories consumed by the average American come from ultra-processed foods….

Injuries from Electric Shock Require Focused Treatment

by Jeffrey Shupp, MD, Director, Burn Center
February 11, 2021

If you’ve ever received an electrical shock, even a minor one, you know what a jolt to your system it…

5 Things Athletes Should Know About Their Hearts

by Dr. Ankit Shah, Cardiologist
February 09, 2021

Performance athletics—in fact, any form of intense exercise—increases the body’s need for oxygen. Elite and endurance athletes, in particular, experience…

Celebrated Physician: Samir Sur, MD

by the MWHC Blog Team
February 08, 2021

Samir Sur, MD, has been immersed in science for as long as he can remember. So it’s appropriate that as…

Protecting Heart Health in the Winter Months

by Mouin S. Abdallah, MD, Cardiology
February 04, 2021

Humans are warm-blooded—we maintain a steady internal body temperature, regardless of surrounding conditions. Under normal circumstances, that temperature remains at just below 99oF/37oC. This process happens…

5 Things Women Need to Know About Their Heart

by Harjit K. Chahal, MD, MPH, Non-Invasive Cardiology
February 02, 2021

Women are often said to have big hearts, or soft hearts, or hearts of gold. But with cardiovascular disease in women trending nearly as high as in men—and heart…

A “Nearly Indestructible” Man Gets a New Heart

by the MWHC Blog Team
February 01, 2021

Monti Schmitt is one of those rare individuals whose idea of fun was riding off-road over rough terrain on a…

Celebrated Physician: Kyle Reynolds, MD

by the MWHC Blog Team
January 29, 2021

As a longtime athlete, Kyle Reynolds, MD, knows that the course of a game can be altered in a heartbeat….

Using Blue Light Cystoscopy to Treat Bladder Cancer

by Lambros Stamatakis, MD, Urology
January 28, 2021

Did you know that bladder cancer is the fourth most common non-skin cancer in the U.S.? Unlike prostate cancer, for…

Laser Revision Can Help with Serious Scarring

by Taryn E. Travis, MD, Burn Surgery
January 26, 2021

Whatever the cause—burns, trauma or surgery—scars can have a negative impact on a patient’s quality of life. In decades past,…

Celebrated Physician: Andrew Y. Lee, MD

by the MWHC Blog Team
January 22, 2021

The complex anatomy of the head and neck has long fascinated Andrew Lee, MD, an otolaryngologist at MedStar Washington Hospital…

Weekend Warriors: Avoid Injury on Snow and Ice (Part 3 in a Series)

by Evan H. Argintar, MD, Orthopedic Sports Medicine
January 21, 2021

Skiing, skating and sledding can be great wintertime fun. But the elements that bring the greatest thrill to these sports—gravity,…

Varicose Veins: The Latest in Treatment and Prevention

by Krystal C. Maloni, MD, Vascular Surgery
January 20, 2021

There is good news for those who have varicose veins or are worried about developing them in the future. Today’s…

Growing from Within: Ed Palmer

by the MWHC Blog Team
January 15, 2021

When Ed Palmer was a respiratory therapist student at Prince George’s Community College, he had a professor who worked at…

Bloodless Medicine and Surgery: Treating Patients without Transfusions

by Antoine Williams, R.N., Nurse Coordinator, Bloodless Medicine
January 14, 2021

Is it possible to perform medical and surgical procedures without transfusion or without using blood products such as whole blood,…

Improve Quality of Life with Breast Reduction Surgery

by Derek L. Masden, MD, Plastic Surgery
January 12, 2021

If overly large breasts have caused you years of head, neck and back pain, the decision to have medical breast…

The Many Health Benefits of Bariatric Surgery

by Ivanesa Pardo, MD, Bariatric Surgeon
January 07, 2021

Obesity is quickly becoming a worldwide health crisis. One recent study suggests that it may soon surpass world hunger as…

Mindful Eating for Healthy Weight Loss

by Ellie Kelsey, RD, LD, CNSC
January 05, 2021

Maintaining a healthy weight can be a constant challenge—and potentially more so in a pandemic situation. Many of us are…

How We Relieve Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

by Kevin O’Malley, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon
December 30, 2020

The wrist is a small space with a lot of moving parts. Slender tendons pass through it, transferring power from…

Throat Cancer: Quick Action is Key

by Matthew L. Pierce, MD, Otolaryngology
December 28, 2020

Although not as common as other cancers, throat cancer will affect some 53,000 Americans this year and nearly 11,000 will…

A Long-Awaited Dream Is Realized

by the MWHC Blog Team
December 23, 2020

Life was bliss for 25-year-old Tyquela Able. It was 2015 and she was loving motherhood and her new baby boy,…

5 Ways to Beat the Holiday Blues during COVID-19

by Elspeth Cameron Ritchie, MD, Chair, Psychiatry
December 21, 2020

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes. It’s common to feel stressed and sad occasionally around the winter holidays. In most cases,…

The COVID-19 Vaccines Are Here

by Glenn W. Wortmann, MD, Infectious Diseases
December 17, 2020

Effective vaccines to fight COVID-19 have arrived, and they’re our best hope for bringing the current pandemic to an end….

Finding Relief from Post-Nasal Drip

by Andrew Y. Lee, MD, Otolaryngology
December 15, 2020

The season of allergies and colds is upon us and, with it, the all-too-familiar runny nose and its frequent companion,…

Coffee and Colorectal Cancer: Here’s What We Know

by Sara E. Berkey, MD, Colon & Rectal Surgery
December 10, 2020

Coffee. It’s the beverage that helps so many Americans power through a busy day. More than half the population over…

The Importance of a Healthy Liver

by Arul M. Thomas, MD, Transplant Hepatology
December 08, 2020

The liver isn’t just the largest internal organ, it’s among the most important. You can’t live without it. About the…

Heart Disease in COVID-19 Survivors

by Robert A. Lager, MD, Interventional Cardiology
December 02, 2020

Although COVID-19 is largely a respiratory illness, it does not limit itself to the respiratory system. This new virus can…

Pelvic Care After Childbirth: What New Moms Can Expect

by Alexis A. Dieter, MD, Urogynecology
November 30, 2020

The human body is truly amazing. An expectant mother’s body prepares for and recovers from delivery in ways that are…

How to Avoid Cooking Burns This Thanksgiving

by Shawn Tejiram, MD, Burn Surgeon
November 23, 2020

Did you know that, when it comes to fires and burn injuries, cold-weather holidays—especially Thanksgiving—tend to be the most dangerous…

Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis: Knowing the Difference

by Sara E. Berkey, MD, Colon & Rectal Surgery
November 20, 2020

4-Minute Read Most people don’t pay much attention to their colon health. Until there’s trouble. That’s unfortunate because one of…

Improving Lung Cancer Diagnoses with Navigational Bronchoscopy

by John F. Lazar, MD, Thoracic Surgery, Jessica S. Wang Memoli, MD, Pulmonology
November 18, 2020

Editor’s Note: The photo above was taken prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the U.S. and around the world, lung…

Celebrated Physician: Shawn Tejiram, MD

by the MWHC Blog Team
November 13, 2020

As a computer engineering and computer science undergraduate at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Shawn Tejiram, MD, seemed…

Multiple Sclerosis: Early Intervention Can Mean a Bright Future

by Brian Barry, MD, Neurology
November 12, 2020

Nearly a million Americans—about one in 300—have multiple sclerosis (MS), an autoimmune disease affecting the spine, brain and optic nerves….

Nerve-Sparing Surgery: The Long-Range Benefits

by Dr. Vadim V. Morozov, MD, Gynecologic Surgery
November 10, 2020

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes Have you heard about nerve-sparing surgery? Although not a new concept, it was a little-known…

Lung Cancer in Women: Quitting Smoking Is Not Enough

by John F. Lazar, MD, Thoracic Surgery
November 05, 2020

When Dana Reeve—wife of disabled actor Christopher Reeve and a well-known activist for disabled persons’ rights—succumbed to lung cancer at…

Our Team Approach to Spine Care

by Oliver Tannous, MD, Spine Surgeon, MedStar Orthopaedic Institute
November 03, 2020

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute has a uniquely qualified team dedicated to spine surgery. The spine specialists here are specially trained and experienced in caring…

Growing from Within: Tysheen Twitty

by the MWHC Blog Team
October 30, 2020

Tysheen Twitty joined MedStar Washington Hospital Center in 2012, coming onboard as an intern in a 90-day manager-in-training program with…

Probiotics and Gut Health

by Stanley J. Pietrak, MD, Gastroenterology
October 29, 2020

Those with nagging digestive issues have probably heard or read about probiotics and prebiotics by now. Often touted as a…

Esophageal Cancer: Know the Risks

by John F. Lazar, MD, Thoracic Surgery
October 27, 2020

Are you a tea drinker, sometimes drinking multiple cups a day? It may be time to “cool things down.” A…

Intraoperative Radiation Therapy: Simplicity, Speed, Convenience

by Marc E. Boisvert, MD, Breast Surgery
October 22, 2020

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes Over the past decade, advances in breast cancer have been changing women’s lives for the…

African Americans & Health: Focus on Chronic Kidney Disease (Part 3 in a Series)

by Judith H. Veis, MD, Nephrology
October 20, 2020

True or false: Chronic kidney disease, or CKD, causes more deaths than breast cancer or prostate cancer. The answer: True!…

Targeting & Fighting Breast Cancer in Its Many Forms

by Christopher M. Gallagher, MD, Medical Director of Cancer Services
October 15, 2020

After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women; only lung cancer is deadlier. This serious disease…

COVID-19 and Flu Season

by Glenn W. Wortmann, MD, Infectious Diseases
October 13, 2020

Influenza (or what we commonly call flu) is one of several viruses which can infect the respiratory tract and cause…

Once a Patient, Now an Associate: Lynel’s Story

by the MWHC Blog Team
October 08, 2020

Seven years ago, Lynel McFadden was diagnosed with stage one, triple negative breast cancer, and she was understandably scared.  She…

Moving Neurosurgery Into the Future

by Edward F. Aulisi, MD, FAANS, FACS, Neurosurgery, Spine Surgery
October 06, 2020

MedStar Washington Hospital Center made history this summer when it became the first hospital in the United States to perform…

Celebrated Physician: Jennifer Tran, MD, MBA

by the MWHC Blog Team
October 02, 2020

Growing up in Calgary, Alberta, Jennifer Tran, MD, MBA, was instilled with all the ingredients of healthy living. Her parents…

Graves’ Disease: What Patients Need to Know

by Victoria Lai, MD, MS, FACS, Endocrine Surgery
October 01, 2020

What do music artist Missy Elliot and Olympic gold medalist Gail Devers have in common? Besides being successful public figures,…

Don’t Delay Medical Care

by Susan O’Mara, MD, Chair, Emergency Medicine
September 29, 2020

In early spring 2020, COVID-19 began to assert itself across the country. As it did, medical facilities nationwide experienced a…