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Saving hearts and lives: A behind-the-scenes look at the heart transplant process

When the transplant team at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas gets the call about a possible donor heart, many processes and people start moving—quickly. And if multiple calls happen back-to-back, that’s where the team really springs into action. The heart transplant team has an unwavering focus on giving hope to people living with heart …

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Chest pain? You might need a cardiac CT scan

Nearly 6.5 million people visit America’s emergency rooms each year for chest pain. Additional millions of people seek out cardiologists to evaluate their chest pain, concerned they may be at risk for heart disease. If that’s you, it’s important to know what to expect when you do see a cardiologist or undergo evaluation for chest …

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How to ditch dry skin: A dermatologist’s top tips for nourished, glowing skin

Dry skin can be itchy and unpleasant. If you’ve lathered on the lotion to no avail, you’re probably fed up with dry skin. But there’s good news—you don’t have to feel like an alligator. It turns out there are a few easy ways to soothe dry skin and get it glowing again. I discuss dry …

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Newborn jaundice: Symptoms, testing and treatments parents need to know

Congratulations, you’ve welcomed a new bundle of joy into your world! However, having a newborn infant comes with a lots of questions and things to be aware of. One of these things to be aware of is neonatal, or newborn, jaundice. This will be a key aspect of your baby’s post-delivery hospital stay and first …

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My smartwatch EKG says I have an irregular heartbeat. Now what?

Every day, I’m amazed at how many of my patients own smartwatches or wearable devices. In fact, a recent study by Pew Research found approximately one in five Americans owns and wears a smartwatch. That translates to 66.5 million people. Young and old alike are wearing them for different reasons. In my practice, I’ve seen …

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I just had my first colonoscopy. Here’s what it’s really like

There were many excuses to put off my colonoscopy. I didn’t have symptoms. I’m only 53. I’m too busy. I wrote in my daily calendar probably 30 different times, “Call to make colonoscopy appointment.” But I didn’t call. What about the prep? What if the doctor finds something suspicious? I amazed myself with how many …

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What to do if you think you have polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)

An estimated five million women in the US are living with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). This complex condition can hinder fertility and is associated with metabolic issues leading to diabetes and heart disease. If you’ve been diagnosed with or suspect you have PCOS, it’s important to know what this means for your health and when …

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LAAO procedure for AFib: An alternative to blood thinners

If you’ve been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (AFib), your doctor may have mentioned the Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion (LAAO) procedure. An alternative to blood thinners, this minimally invasive treatment option is helping many people get back to living a happy, healthy, active life—unrestricted by many of the worries that often come with AFib. Let’s walk …

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5 habits to start today for better blood sugar control

If you’re living with diabetes or prediabetes, maintaining good blood sugar control can be a real challenge under any circumstances. Add in complicating factors like weather, stress, schedule changes and lack of sleep, and it can be even more difficult to lower your blood sugar. The good news is, a little bit of detective work …

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