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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

Heart Valve Repair was 'Life Changing' for this Sarasota Woman

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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Posted: Jan 31, 2018

Is Stress Hurting Your Heart?

Written by SMH Heart Failure Nurse Specialist Stacey Daggett

When you’re stressed, your body releases hormones that increase your heart rate and speed up your breathing. This makes your heart require extra oxygen in a process that is sometimes called the “fight or flight reaction.”
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Posted: Jan 26, 2018

Tips for NICU Families — Parent to Parent

Written By NICU-Graduate Mom Jamie Jalwan

It sounds intense: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The NICU. And the experience can be intense. And scary. 

As the mother of two NICU grads myself, I wanted to share a few thoughts and tips for other parents whose baby is unexpectedly admitted to the NICU.

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Posted: Jan 25, 2018

Human Papillomavirus (HPV), Cervical Cancer Video Q&A

What exactly is the "Human papillomavirus," or HPV ? How can you protect yourself or your child from getting it? Is the HPV vaccine safe?

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