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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: Jan 12, 2021

Flu & Heart Failure: What’s the Risk?

By Heart Failure Nurse Saida Jennell Steiner, RN, BSN

Did you know that heart disease increases a person’s risk of complications from influenza? Flu complications can range from pneumonia and bronchitis to lung failure, heart attack and even death. It can also worsen some medical conditions, including heart failure. Getting a flu shot is the best way to prevent getting sick with the flu.

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Posted: Sep 15, 2020

Managing Chronic Disease with Mindfulness

Written by SMH Rehab Clinical Social Worker Crystal Brooks, LCSW

If you or a loved one are living with chronic disease, then you know all too well the ups and downs that come with long-term disease management. Patients often ask what they can do to improve their recovery and wellness outcomes, and in every case, my advice is to be mindful. Try these tips to start being more mindful and enjoying better health. 

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Posted: Mar 17, 2020

When it Comes to Food, What’s in A Label?

Written by SMH Copywriter Phil Lederer

In 2016, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) passed a law mandating updates to the standard nutritional facts label, and by 2020, the vast majority of industries and products are expected to be in compliance. Here’s a quick look at what’s new and what’s changed.

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Posted: Feb 26, 2020

COVID-19: What You Need to Know

Written by SMH Digital Communications Specialist Ann Key

As concerns continue to rise in the U.S. about the public health threat posed by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the federal government and public health partners, including Sarasota Memorial Hospital, are ramping up preparedness and response plans, along with disease prevention and containment efforts. Sarasota Memorial infectious disease specialist Manuel Gordillo, MD, weighs in on what you need to know and what you can do guard against this emerging public health threat. 

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