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How Does Obesity Impact the Heart?

According to Interventional Cardiologist Mun K. Hong, MD, FACC, obesity has multiple harmful effects on the heart, including the heart muscle, the blood vessels, and heart rhythm. Having the extra weight is similar to carrying half of that weight in each hand every second of the day. For example, if someone is 50 pounds overweight, he/she is carrying 25-pound weight in each hand every second of the day. As you can imagine, this extra weight would cause stress on the heart to result in the heart muscle being thickened, the heart blood vessels developing blockages, and the heart rhythm to be…

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How Do I Recognize What Might Be Addiction?

Addiction Awareness Rodney Scales, Director of Behavioral Health at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center, Valerie Stanfield, Coordinator of Intake Assessment, and Chelsea Lewis-Wilkins, Counselor, give their advice on alcohol and drug addiction. How Do I Recognize What Might Be Addiction? If you suspect a friend is suffering with addiction, these are some of the signs: rapid weight loss, poor hygiene, irritability, depression, radical changes in mood, financial problems, sniffing, enlarged pupils, changes to their social network, and living outside of their past values and belief system. What can I do to help? Open up the lines of communication. Ask your…

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Doc Saves Cop: Police Chief Highlights the Importance of Colonoscopies

Upper Marlboro Police Chief Calvin Washington Shares his Experience with Colon Cancer to Highlight the Importance of Regular Checkups, Particularly Colonoscopies As a municipal police chief in Prince George’s County and a dad of three, Calvin Washington was so busy with his job and family, he wanted to ignore the nagging stomach pain he was experiencing. As with many unpleasant things you’re trying to ignore, it worsened, becoming so severe, Washington knew he would have to get it checked out. First, Washington went to his primary care doctor, MedStar physician Arnulfo Bonavente, MD, who referred him to MedStar Southern Maryland…

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What is the PFACQS Committee and How is it Helping MedStar Southern Maryland Improve?

Patient and Family Advisory Council for Quality and Safety (PFACQS), Fall 2017 PFACQS stands for Patient and Family Advisory Council for Quality and Safety. It is a committee that meets quarterly and is made up of hospital associates and patients, family members of patients and community members. Its mission is to work together to help each MedStar hospital continuously improve safety and quality of care, with an ongoing commitment to put patients first. “This is where I come to make a difference,” said Carlene Davenport, one of the members who represent the community on the PFACQS Committee. “It’s important this…

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