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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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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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Latest Inova Report to the Community highlights Inova stats, patient success stories The latest Inova Report to the Community gives a snapshot of Inova Health System’s size, scope, financials and healthcare contributions in a number of key areas including charity care, access and innovation. Introduced by Inova President and CEO J. Stephen Jones, MD, the report…

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Stroke

Inova Alexandria Hospital’s attack on stroke As the leading cause of disability and fifth-leading cause of death in the United States, stroke remains a serious health issue. Inova Alexandria Hospital (IAH) recently furthered its commitment to help stroke patients. The hospital, which had been certified as a Primary Stroke Center for over a decade, recently…

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Tiny Heartbeats: Lucas Collazo, MD, and Mitchell Cohen, MD, lead program that monitors congenital heart disease Lucas Collazo, MD, congenital cardiac surgeon, and Mitchell Cohen, MD,  pediatric and adult congenital electrophysiologist, serve on the highly regarded Inova Heart and Vascular Institute (IHVI)  team. In October 2017 they partnered to co-direct the Inova Children’s Heart Program,…

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deep vein thrombosis

Q&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 a condition…

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Q&A with Lama Alsamara, MD, who specializes in internal medicine at Inova Medical Group – Falls Church I closely watch cholesterol because it’s the No. 1 risk factor for heart disease and stroke. That said, monitoring cholesterol is tricky. To begin with, your body needs some cholesterol. In addition, there are two main types of…

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A New Normal Is my blood pressure normal? New hypertension guidelines may put you in a higher risk category The American College of Cardiologists (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) recently redefined high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. The first comprehensive update since 2003, these new guidelines introduce a category of hypertension called…

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