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Atrial Fibrillation & Stroke – What You Need to Know

September is Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month.  Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) is one of the most common types of heart rhythm disorders, and it can happen to anyone. It’s characterized by an irregular heartbeat, which occurs when the heart muscles fail to contract in a strong, rhythmic way. Why is this a big deal? When your heart enters into […]

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RSV Who?

Every year during the fall, winter and early spring, we restrict visitation to our Children’s Hospital and our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.  The reason: to protect our patients from viruses like RSV (respiratory syncytial virus).  You may have never heard of RSV, but there is a very good chance that you HAVE had it.  For […]

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Treatment for Hand Injuries

You have a hand injury – and maybe a hand fracture – and you’re wondering what to expect from your visit to the emergency department, orthopaedic office or urgent care.  Dr. Okechukwu Nwoko, a hand and wrist specialist with Wake Orthopaedics, talked us through what physicians consider when determining the treatment plan for an orthopaedic […]

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Pregnancy Cravings…on the Wild Side

While not a common side effect of pregnancy, cravings for non-food items are neither unheard of nor surprising. The desire to eat ice, chalk, dirt, ashes, starch, soap – even matches – is called pica.  If this happens to you, don’t panic. We see patients many times who are too embarrassed or afraid to admit they […]

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