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Posted: Feb 26, 2019

Bariatric Surgery: One Man's Life-changing Story

Written by SMH Senior Communications Editor Kim Savage

For years, Tony Tombrillo lived in near isolation in his Venice home, suffering disabling complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and pulmonary fibrosis. Find out how bariatric surgery and committing to lifestyle changes changed his life.

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Posted: Feb 19, 2019

Women's Heart Health ~ Ask An Expert

With SMH Cardiologist Chippy Nalluri, MD

Do heart disease and heart attack symptoms differ between men and women? What about risk factors? To learn more about women's heart health, we asked an expert: Sarasota Cardiologist Chippy Nalluri, MD.

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Posted: Feb 5, 2019

Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery ~ Ask An Expert

With Sarasota Memorial Cardiac Surgeon Jonathan Hoffberger, MD

Cardiac care, treatment and surgical options are continually evolving. To get some insight into the latest options in heart surgery, Healthe-Matters editors talked with Dr. Jonathan Hoffberger, a cardiac surgeon and medical director of minimally invasive cardiac surgery. 

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Posted: Jan 29, 2019

Cardiac Rehabilitation ~ Ask An Expert

With SMH Cardiopulmonary Rehab Team Lead Meredith Cleveland

What happens after someone has a heart attack or heart surgery? How can they boost their heart health, avoid future heart attacks and get back to living life to the fullest? To find out, Healthe-Matters editors talked with Sarasota Memorial Cardiopulmonary Rehab Lead Meredith Cleveland, who offered some great insight into cardiac care beyond treatment.

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Posted: Jan 15, 2019

Prescribing Canine Cuddles – Care Beyond Treatment

Written by SMH Oncology Clinical Counselor Elizabeth Bornstein

Whether you have a pet at home or have been “prescribed” fur therapy as part of a medical care plan, spending time with animals can be invaluable to your overall health and can support healing in ways that medicine cannot. Find out what animal-assisted therapy is and how it can benefit recovery, rehabilitation and wellness.

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