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Posted: Feb 16, 2021

Improving the Surgery Journey for Patients

By ERAS Coordinator Allie Wilson, BSN, RNBC

Learning you need surgery can prompt fear and concern about what’s to come — worry about pain and side effects, hospitalization duration, recovery time and infection risk. To help ease this stress and ensure patients have the best possible surgery outcome, Sarasota Memorial launched its Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) program in 2018. ERAS Program Coordinator Allie Wilson, BSN, RN-BC, explains what ERAS is, how it's benefiting SMH patients and who's eligible.

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Posted: Feb 8, 2021

COVID-19 & Diabetes: What You Need to Know

With Endocrinologist Manivel K. Eswaran, MD

In the U.S., more than 460,000 people have tragically lost their lives to COVID-19. Nearly 30% of those who’ve died had Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, according to Sarasota Memorial endocrinologist Manivel K. Eswaran, MD. Here, he addresses some of the most common questions about diabetes and COVID-19.

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Posted: Feb 3, 2021

Women’s Heart Attacks & Heart Health ~ Ask An Expert

With Cardiologist Chippy Ajithan, MD

Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States? For a closer look at heart disease in women, we talked with Sarasota Memorial staff cardiologist Chippy Ajithan, MD, FACC. Board certified in Internal Medicine and in cardiovascular disease, Dr. Ajithan specializes in non-invasive cardiology and has a passion for women’s heart health. Here, she addresses heart attack symptoms, how to live a heart-healthy lifestyle, and ways to reverse a family history of cardiovascular disease.

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Posted: Feb 3, 2021

COVID-19 Treatment ~ Ask An Expert Q&A

With SMH Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Manager Dr. Jamie Kisgen

To get the facts on COVID-19 treatment and medications, Healthe-Matters editors reached out to Dr. Jamie Kisgen, Sarasota Memorial’s Infectious Diseases Pharmacy manager, in March 2020. In this February 2021 update to that Ask An Expert Q&A, Dr. Kisgen again addresses some of the most frequently asked questions related to medications for patients with COVID-19. 

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Posted: Jan 25, 2021

Preventing Cervical Cancer ~ Ask an Expert

With GYN Oncologist Beverly Long, MD

The bad news: All women are at risk for cervical cancer. The good news: Cervical cancer is highly preventable, and when found early, it’s highly treatable. In this Ask An Expert Q&A post, gynecological oncologist Beverly Long, MD, talks cervical cancer prevention and screening.

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