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Are You Eligible for Medicaid in Virginia?

Good news! The Medicaid rules in Virginia have changed. As of January 1, 2019, more people are eligible for low-cost or no-cost health coverage. Are you one of them? Who is Eligible for Medicaid coverage? More Virginia residents between the ages of 19 and 64 now qualify for Medicaid. Eligibility is based on your income:…

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Conquering a Rare Vascular Condition

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Dedicated dog owner undergoes lifesaving venous intervention following doctor’s discovery There’s no happier pooch than Rocco. He’s back to daily romps in the park with his pet parent, Jennifer Tarr, and despite the handsome Bullmastiff’s 120 pounds, he’s welcome once again on Jennifer’s lap. However, as of autumn 2018. Jennifer, 40, could barely walk Rocco.…

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NobleStitch Technology Presents a Stroke of Luck

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Inova Heart and Vascular Institute is the first U.S. hospital to offer certain technique to help prevent certain strokes When nestled in the womb, every baby has a small, strategically located hole between the left and right chambers of their heart. This hole allows blood to bypass the still nonfunctioning lungs and carry oxygen straight…

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Seeking Closure: My NobleStitch Story

Dina McPherson in a hospital bed with Professor Anthony Nobles and James Thompson, MD.

Dina McPherson travels across the globe for specialized heart procedure I’m Dina McPherson, a busy screenwriter who lives between Melbourne and LA, and like a lot of young people these days, I’m just a tad obsessed with health and fitness. I never skip a workout, meditate daily, try to eat clean and love getting outdoors. Which is…

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What Is the Inova Congenital Heart Program?

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Unique program in region helps both adults and children A congenital heart defect, also known as congenital heart disease (CHD), occurs when the heart or blood vessels near the heart don’t develop normally before birth. While CHD is often diagnosed in infancy, some defects are harder to detect than others and may not be diagnosed…

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How Cardiovascular Genetic Testing Makes a Difference

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Inova helps one family manage gene-influenced heart disease For decades, Stephen Aldo, now 62, was diagnosed with an “insignificant” heart murmur — nothing serious enough to affect his career with the United States Marine Corps. However, while stationed in Japan in 1984, a routine physical uncovered a disease that ultimately ended his military career. Stephen…

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The Common Cold: Symptoms and Treatment

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Nandini Koka, MD is the Medical Director for Inova Urgent Care.  Inova offers 11 convenient urgent care locations across Northern Virginia. All centers are open daily – even on weekends – and serve patients of all ages. Select centers in Dulles South, Manassas, Reston, Tysons Corner, and West Springfield offer specialized pediatric services in collaboration…

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Wellness in the New Year

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Sabrina Hansen is the Development and Outreach Manager at Inova Medical Spa in Ashburn, VA. She has more than 13 years of combined experience in the luxury spa and cosmetic industries. Tips for positive lifestyle changes in 2019 Happy New Year! The last few weeks have been merry and joyous – yet exhausting and stressful at…

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Inova Alexandria Hospital Achieves ANCC “Pathway to Excellence” Designation

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Inova Alexandria Hospital has earned the prestigious Pathway to Excellence® designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The achievement identifies the hospital as one of the best places for nurses to work and puts it among an elite group of healthcare organizations. Nationwide, only 171 hospitals have earned Pathway status. “Pathway designation is a…

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Living with Cancer and Staying Healthy During the Holidays

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Top tips from Inova Life with Cancer experts: How reducing stress, eating well and staying active can make it easier to enjoy the holidays With Lauren Fay, RD, CSO, CNSC; Susan Gilmore, MS, ACSM; and Alexandra Russo, MSW, LCSW The holiday season can be a stressful time for anyone. For those living with and battling cancer, it…

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