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Posted: Mar 21, 2023

Colorectal Cancer: Symptoms, Screening & Treatment

With Colorectal Surgeon Samir Agarwal, MD, FACS, FASCRS

Excluding skin cancer, colorectal cancer is the third most prevalent cancer for both men and women in America. And according to recent studies, it’s a disease affecting more and more young people. However, a concerning characteristic of colorectal cancer is its ability to appear without symptoms at all. Learn more and stay on top of screenings.

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Posted: Mar 7, 2023

Do You Know Your Risk? Genetic Testing & Counseling for Hereditary Cancers

With Sarasota Memorial Lead Genetic Counselor Nicole Gygi

When it comes to cancer, early detection is always better. And for hereditary cancers, genetic testing could give you the edge. Sarasota Memorial Lead Genetic Counselor Nicole Gygi talks about the importance of genetic testing for hereditary cancers and why genetic counseling is an important step in the process.

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Posted: Feb 28, 2023

There’s No Such Thing As A “Mini Stroke”

New guidance from the American Heart Association emphasizes the danger in downplaying transient ischemic attacks

Every year, at least 240,000 people in the US experience what doctors call a transient ischemic attack (TIA), or what has commonly been known as a “mini stroke.” But the experts at the American Heart Association have a new name for the phenomenon: a warning stroke. And nearly 1 in 5 people who experience a TIA will suffer a full-blown stroke within months, or even days

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Posted: Feb 21, 2023

Heart Attack & Cardiac Arrest: How To Help When Minutes Matter

With Sarasota Memorial Emergency Medicine Physician Marshall Frank, DO, MPH, FAEMS

Learn how to help if you witness someone having a heart attack or experiencing cardiac arrest. It could save lives.

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Posted: Jan 31, 2023

Ask An Expert: What Is Commotio Cordis?

With Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Sarasota Memorial Hospital Jeffrey Sell, MD

With the collapse of Buffalo Bills’ safety Damar Hamlin on live television, a new and scary cardiac phenomenon entered the public lexicon—commotio cordis. The idea that a sudden impact to the chest could cause sudden cardiac arrest left parents wondering about the safety of their child’s athletics. We spoke to Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s chief of cardiothoracic surgery, Dr. Jeffrey Sell, to learn more.

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