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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 22, 2019

Keep Germs at Bay: Wash the Right Way

Video with SMH Pediatric Nurse Educator Desiree Berry

Sneezing, coughing colds. Body-aching, feverish flu. Tormenting tummy bugs. These nasty germs —and others — are everywhere this time of year. The good news is that practicing proper hand hygiene can help keep you and your family healthy all season. 

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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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Posted: Jan 8, 2019

Keep the Kiddos’ Car Seats Rear-facing

Written by SMH Mother-Baby Nurse Sheera Thomas

Care Seat Safety recommendations update: The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is encouraging families to keep babies and toddlers in rear-facing car seats for as long as possible.

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