A Holistic Approach to Managing Cholesterol: Looking Beyond the Numbers

Jason Morda, MD, is an Inova cardiologist who is board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease. He practices in the Inova Cardiology offices located in Alexandria, Springfield-Franconia, Mount Vernon and Woodbridge. He attended medical school at the University of Virginia and did his residency at University Hospitals of Cleveland. He also completed his fellowship…

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Smoking Cessation: 5 Tips to Help You Quit for Good

Quit Smoking for Good

Christian Machado, MD is a board-certified primary care physician practicing family medicine at Inova Medical Group – Annandale. He loves working with patients to understand what motivates them so he can help them work toward healthier lifestyle choices. Wanting to stop smoking is easy—approximately 68% of adult smokers say they want to quit. Around half of…

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A Heart-Healthy Diet Is Easy and Satisfying

Kelsey Coulter, RDN, has been practicing as a registered dietitian since 2020, after completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Delaware. She currently provides medical nutrition therapy in the acute care setting as well as nutrition counseling and education for the cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation program at Inova Loudoun Hospital. Kelly Ellington, RDN, CSOWM, earned…

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Mental Health Coping Tips for Your Kids as They Transition Between Online and In-Person Schooling

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Satish Shashidhara, DO, is a board certified Child & Adolescent psychiatrist with Inova Behavioral Health Services. Dr. Shashidhara is the Medical Director for the Adolescent Mental Health Unit at Inova Fairfax Medical Campus. As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded, and with little to no warning, children and adolescents saw all of their routines upended by lockdowns.…

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Vascular Surgeons at Inova Heart and Vascular Institute Use State-of-the-Art Techniques to Expand Range of Patients Treated for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms

The vascular surgeons at Inova Heart and Vascular Institute (IHVI) are successfully expanding the range of patients who can be treated for abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA), a leading cause of death in the United States, through open surgery and less invasive, endovascular procedures. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, common causes of…

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All About Brain Aneurysms: Causes, Symptoms, and Lifesaving Treatment Options at Inova

Sidhartha Chandela, MD, is a board certified and fellowship-trained minimally invasive neurosurgeon with Inova Neurosurgery. Dr. Chandela specializes in both brain and spinal neurosurgery. Your body’s arteries are strong, muscular blood vessels that carry oxygen-rich blood from your heart to every cell in your body, including your brain. But with each heartbeat, your arteries are…

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How the Team at the Inova Cares Clinic for Families Works Together to Provide Comprehensive Care

Internal Medicine physician Dr. Chad Zik, MD; physician assistant Fella Ezzekmi-Aksouh, PA; social worker Meron Louissaint, LCSW; and RN Case Manager Kellie McKinney, RN, are part of the Inova Cares Clinic for Families care team. The Inova Cares Clinic for Families (ICCF) helps people with little or no health insurance access quality healthcare. The members…

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Postpartum Depression and the Holidays

Chandrika Balgobin, DO, PMH-C, perinatal psychiatrist for Women’s Behavioral Health Services , Shana Bellow, Ph.D., LCP, psychologist, Inova Women’s Behavioral Health Services  and Tara Croan, LCSW, PMH-C, perinatal therapist for Women’s Behavioral Health Services Editor’s note: Although “postpartum depression” is the term most people know, a more fitting term is perinatal mood and anxiety disorders,…

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