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Expert Commentary

What is Pulmonary Hypertension? Learn the Facts to Breathe Easy

Oksana A. Shlobin, MD, is a member of Inova Medical Group board-certified in pulmonary disease. She is the director of education for the Inova Advanced Lung Disease and Transplant Program and director of the Pulmonary Hypertension Program at Inova Fairfax Hospital.   Many people know that high blood pressure is cause for concern. But most people are not aware that…

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Moving Through Cancer Treatment

Caitlin Sweeney, PT, DPT, OCS, CLT is a physical therapist at Inova Physical Therapy Centers and Life With Cancer, a program of Inova Schar Cancer Institute that enhances the quality of life for those with cancer by providing education, information and support free of charge. She specializes in oncology rehabilitation and treatment of lymphedema.   When…

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What Should Young Athletes Know About Concussion?


Q and A with Monica Stolze, DPT, ATP, NCS, a physical therapist and Program Manager at Inova Loudoun Outpatient Specialty Rehabilitation Center Concussions have become a hot topic — and for good reason. A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury that, without proper management, can lead to irreversible damage or even death if a…

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What Conditions Does the Peripheral Nerve Center Treat?

Peripheral nerve injuries may require treatment.

Q and A with John Barbour, MD, FACS, Medical Director of the Peripheral Nerve Center at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital The peripheral nervous system is the system of nerves outside of our brain and spinal cord, the nerves that help our brain communicate with the rest of our body. While we specialize in treating the…

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Diabetes in Pregnancy: Keeping You and Your Child Healthy

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Monica Freidline, RN, NP, CNM is the Midwifery Director for the Natural Birth Center at Inova Loudoun Hospital.  She is a registered nurse, nurse practitioner, and certified nurse midwife (CNM) in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Before becoming a CNM, she was a labor and delivery nurse for 15 years.  Her scope of practice includes prenatal…

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What Is Deep Vein Thrombosis and What Should I Know About It?

deep vein thrombosis

Q and A with Anthony Comerota, MD, vascular surgeon at Inova Alexandria Hospital As care continues to improve for cardiovascular diseases, we’re observing reduced rates of heart attack and stroke. However, there is increasing incidence of venous thromboembolic events, such as deep vein thrombosis  (DVT), pulmonary embolism (PE) and death due to PE. DVT is…

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Halloween Safety Tips

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Sarah Zgainer, MSN, C-PNP is the Inova Children’s Urgent Care Assistant Director. Inova offers specialized pediatric urgent care services at our Manassas, Dulles South, Reston, Tyson’s Corner, and West Springfield urgent care centers. All staff is cross-trained in pediatric emergency medicine. Click here to learn more about Inova Children’s Urgent Care services. It’s that time of…

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Personalizing Cancer Care

Kirsten Edmiston, M.D., is a breast surgical oncologist at Inova Schar Cancer Institute.   You may already know about genetic testing for ancestry and inherited diseases, but an advancement in genetic testing goes one step further, giving usable information about which medication options are best for you. A Targeted Approach At Inova Schar Cancer Institute, patients…

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Getting the Best Breast Care

Sara Bruce, MD, is a breast surgeon at Inova Schar Cancer Institute.   A quarterback can’t make a touchdown without his teammates. In order to score on the field, you need a quarterback to throw the ball, a receiver to catch it and a defensive team to make sure the receiver reaches the end zone. Cancer…

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HPV Vaccine – What’s New?

mother and daughter looking across the water

Dr. Kenneth Lin is a board certified internist at Inova General Internal Medicine Group – Ballston. He has 21 years of clinical experience and special interests in preventive medicine, nutrition, and dermatologic procedures. Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection and a well-recognized cause of cervical cancer, genital warts, and oral cancers.…

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