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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 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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Posted: Jan 21, 2020

Advanced Care Planning: Just Do It

Written by SMH Copywriter Phil Lederer

Most patients have no idea that hospitalization is coming, and many people don’t realize they likely aren’t going to be able to make their healthcare wishes known when it’s most important. Advanced care planning gives you a say in the medical care you receive if injury or illness leave you unable to speak for yourself. Find out who should make an advanced care plan, how to make a plan and which local resources can help you with the process.

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Posted: Jan 14, 2020

Can You Prevent Arthritis?

Arthritis is a chronic condition characterized by joint pain and inflammation. And understandably, chronic pain can take its toll on your quality of life. So how can you maintain the health of your joints and keep from developing arthritis?

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