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Can Vaping Derail ERAS Protocols in Cardiac Surgery?

Traditional cigarette smoking is a risk factor for poor postoperative outcomes with preoperative abstinence reducing this risk. Smoking cessation is one component of the Enhanced Recovery After Cardiac Surgery (ERAS) multi-modality approach to preoperative optimization. The current guidelines recommend cessation (quitting smoking) four weeks prior to a scheduled operation. Smoking as a Major Risk Factor […]

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Allergies: Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment

An allergy occurs when your body’s immune system sees a certain substance as harmful. It reacts by causing an allergic reaction. Substances that cause allergic reactions are allergens. There are many types of allergies. Some allergies are seasonal and others are year-round. Some allergies may be life-long. It is important to work with your health […]

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Tips for Getting Outdoors This Spring

Spring is HERE, and if you’re an outdoorsy person, then your bones are vibrating with excitement to get out there -the sun on your face, the wind in your hair, the trail at your feet. Oh SNAP! Umm, kids—you have those now, and you absolutely want them to experience these outdoor adventures that you love […]

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Clostridioides difficile (C. diff)

Clostridioides difficile, also known as C. diff, is a germ that can cause diarrhea. The most common symptoms of a C. diff infection include: Watery diarrhea Fever Loss of appetite Nausea (sick on the stomach) Belly pain and tenderness Who is most likely to get C. diff infection? The elderly and people with certain medical problems […]

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Lower Your Blood Pressure in 3 Steps

You may have heard that the American Heart Association recently made a change to blood pressure guidelines.   This important change is the first in 14 years and reflects the results of several long-term studies (including the SPRINT study) which show that there are lower rates of cardiovascular events when blood pressure is controlled to lower […]

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