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Posted: Feb 20, 2018

Ask an Expert: Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)

Written by SMH Cardiopulmonary Rehab Team Lead Meredith Cleveland

It’s estimated that one in 20 Americans over 50 has peripheral artery disease (PAD), and between 12 and 20 percent of Americans older than 65 suffer from the disease. We spoke with an SMH Cardiopulmonary Rehab specialist to learn more about PAD, its signs and symptoms, and what can be done to diagnose or treat it.
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Posted: Feb 9, 2018

Take Control of Heart Failure with these Tips

Written by SMH Heart Failure Nurse Specialist Stacey Daggett

Lifestyle factors are the most common reasons heart failure patients are re-admitted to the hospital. If you’re among the thousands with heart failure who are reluctant to modify their style of living, try these behavior tweaks to start managing your disease better today.

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Posted: Feb 7, 2018

Easy Tips for a Heart-healthy Diet

Written by Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist Lauren McNeil

Through proper diet alone, you can lower your risk of heart attack by more than 60 percent. Try these easy tips from HealthFit Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist Lauren McNeil to keep your heart healthy and happy.
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Posted: Feb 1, 2018

Video: Breathing Easier Thanks to Advanced Heart Valve Option

When Steve Baran had to undergo his second aortic valve replacement, he turned to Sarasota Memorial Hospital's cardiac surgery team. His surgeon, Jonathan Fong, MD, was able to place a larger, longer-lasting valve that had Steven feeling better than he had in a decade. 

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Posted: Jan 31, 2018

'Life Changing' Second Opinion—One Woman's Story

Written by SMH Senior Communications Editor Kim Savage

Finding out you have a leaking heart valve or blocked coronary arteries can be frightening—especially if your only option to correct the problem is cardiac surgery. But what if you’re uncomfortable with the diagnosis or have been told your condition is too fragile for a less-invasive surgical approach?

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