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Posted: Feb 25, 2020

Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery: How & Why

Written by SMH Digital Communications Specialist Ann Key

Today, the most common approach for open-heart surgery is a sternotomy, which requires a 12-14-inch incision through the breastbone. But with minimally invasive techniques, many cardiac procedures can be performed through 2- to 3-inch incisions. Watch how these minimally invasive surgeries are performed and learn who can benefit from MICS.

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Posted: Feb 18, 2020

Heart Attacks: What You Need to Know

With SMH Cardiovascular Program Coordinator April Slone

Sarasota Memorial Cardiovascular Program Coordinator April Slone, RN, answers some of the most frequently asked heart-attack questions in this Healthe-Matters Ask An Expert Q&A vlog.

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Posted: Feb 11, 2020

Pregnant? Know These Warning Signs

Written by Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist Dr. Washington Hill

Did you know that pregnancy can put women at increased risk for a range of medical issues? It’s important for pregnant women — and their loved ones — to know the warning signs for these issues. Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist and OB-GYN Dr. Washington Hill explains.

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Posted: Feb 4, 2020

Learn Hands-Only CPR

With SMH Cardiovascular Nurse Kristie Menke

Do you know how to help someone having a heart attack? Performing hands-only CPR on them greatly increases their chance of survival. It’s easy to learn—only two steps—and saves lives. Learn how with this short vlog and demo by a Sarasota Memorial cardiovascular nurse.

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Posted: Jan 28, 2020

The Subtle Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer, the “disease that whispers,” can cause subtle symptoms that are easily attributable to other conditions, including pelvic pressure, bladder irritation, fullness after meals, early satiety and bloating. You don’t need to run to the doctor if you wake up bloated one day, but if symptoms don’t go away or do increase in severity, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor.

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