Thursday
May242012

Metabolic Syndrome

In medicine, it is always interesting to see what symptoms a patient presents with, attempt to figure out the underlying causes, and how to alleviate the problem. A fact not talked about much in medicine until late, is the prognostic aspect – seeing through the diagnosis to what may lay ahead for the patient given family and personal history, lifestyle, etc. There are so many directions to go with people’s health, especially positively, if a patient can work together with his or her physician to find the best ways to stay healthy.

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Thursday
May242012

A Personal Letter To A Smoker

Approximately one third of adult Americans currently smoke one or more packages of cigarettes per day.  This represents a huge core of our population who are at risk for having heart disease, strokes, emphysema, kidney damage and a myriad of other health problems. 

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Tuesday
May222012

Why do heart attacks occur and how do I know I’m having one? 

We have learned a great deal about the reasons why clots occur in heart arteries.  We used to think that the arteries simply narrowed and over time the slow blood flow caused clot formation and a subsequent heart attack. 

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Tuesday
May222012

A Kansas Cardiologist With His Eye on the World

WICHITA, Kan. -- After a slow month or two, the $20 million Galichia Heart Hospital, which opened in February on the east side of this bustling agribusiness city, took off like a cornfield in July.

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Tuesday
May222012

Heart to Heart

As I stood in front of the somewhat imposing home of one of Wichita's leading cardiologists, I couldn't help but wonder what was in store for the evening. I had managed to secure two hours of time from a world-famous heart specialist, head of a medical group of over 285 employees, serving the entire State of Kansas. A native Kansan, he is the President of the American Society of Cardiovascular Interventionists, no small recognition in its own right.

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Tuesday
May222012

Proud Kansan: Galichia Finds Joy in Bringing High-Tech Medicine Home

Joseph Galichia has always thought of himself as a physician, first and foremost. Being a businessman was down the list somewhere.

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Tuesday
May222012

Heart Disease: Is It You?

The good news: Heart disease is survivable. 

The bad: Too many women don't pay attention to it. 

Here's the scary bottom line: Heart disease kills almost eight times as many Kansas women each year as breast cancer does.

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