Carilion Clinic Blogs

Carilion Bringing New Heart Procedure to the Region

"Aortic valve stenosis" is a heart condition in which the main heart valve thickens, making the heart work harder.  This can increase the risk of several heart problems.  Symptoms include, fatigue, dizziness, shortness of breath, irregular heartbeats and chest pain.

The condition can be successfully treated with surgery, but sometimes, patients are too sick, and surgery is too risky.

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Carilion "Hearts" Southwest Virginia on Valentine's Day.

Carilion Clinic's "Valentine for the Valley" was the backdrop for WDBJ morning reporter Susan Bahorich as she spoke with Clinical Nurse Specialist Cathy Jennings about heart health.

Watch Cathy's conversation with Susan below. You can also learn more about Heart Health Forums hosted by Carilion physicians around the region this month.

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when doctors disagree

There should always be ONE right answer to any problem in medicine. You should be able to seek advice from a qualified physician about your symptoms and get an answer. If you present the next doctor you see with the same symptoms he or she should offer you the same advice as the first.

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Carilion Celebrates Heart Month With a Valentine for the Valley (and some heart-healthy advice)

Carilion's Valentine heart is shining from the top of Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital again this year.  Meanwhile doctors, nurses and other health professionals are celebrating Heart Month by reaching out to the community with heart-healthy advice.  Several Heart-Health forums are scheduled this month. This week, cardiothoracic surgeon Scott Arnold, M.D., spoke with Jean Jadhon on WDBJ about ways to prevent heart disease.

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Who killed my mother?

I read an interesting blog post this week by Mark Schaefer,  one of my favorite social media gurus. In it, he talks about a negative experience he and his wife had recently in a hospital. The question was, what should he have done, if anything, to correct the problem, and whether he should have used his popularity and influence within social media circles (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and his blog) to "destroy" the hospital, when he received what sounded like a not-very authentic apology from the patient representative.

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Whooping Cough is Increasing in SW Virginia

Carilion Clinic Children's Hospital has important information for parents and grandparents

According to a Virginia Department of Health news release, whooping cough, also known as Pertussis, is increasing in Southwest Virginia.  Doctors with Carilion Clinic Children's Hospital took to the airwaves to provide important information to the community.

To learn more, watch Dr. John More on WDBJ, and Dr. Amy Kryder on WSLS.

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How YOUR child can help teach medical students

On Saturday, February 4, one of my colleagues, Dr. Amy Kryder, a pediatrician in Botetourt County, and director of medical student education at the Carilion Clinic Children's Hospital, will be hosting a day for the second year medical students at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine to learn the basics of  the physical exam in children.

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choices

This past week my five days as the attending physician on service went incredibly fast but also consumed a lot of my time, and more importantly, my psychic energy. During the week, I was faced with many choices.

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New Surgical Technique Brings Relief from Back Pain

A degenerative spine condition similar to arthritis can cause daily pain, especially in women ages 40-60. A handful of doctors in Virginia are using a new surgical technique that can help. Dr. Jonathan Carmouche with Carilion Clinic Orthopaedics is one of them.  See how it made a difference for one patient in this story from WSLS.

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