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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Mobi-C Disc Replacement: Mark’s Story

An Ironman triathlete gets back in the race with help from Dr. John Hamilton and Inova Neurosciences. Mark Fostek, 49, has been an athlete all his life. A former college baseball player, Mark took up running in his late thirties. In 2015, he discovered the triathlon, a sport that combines swimming, cycling and running –…

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Back from the Brink: Teamwork and Quick Action Save a Life

Larry Black looked forward to a quiet retirement – playing golf, spending time with his wife, and enjoying his large brood of children, grandchildren and new great-grandchild. But just 13 days after stepping down as Chief Magistrate for the 20th Judicial District of Virginia, Larry was in the Inova Loudoun Hospital Emergency Room (ER), fighting…

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New Brain Tumor Treatments Offer Hope

Mateo Ziu, MD, MBA, is a board-certified neurosurgeon. He is the medical director of the Inova Brain and Spine Tumor Program. As a neurosurgeon with specialized training in tumors of the brain and spine, I see many patients with hard-to-treat brain tumors. It’s always a balancing act to remove tumors while protecting vital brain tissue.…

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Back on Track After Life-Threatening Stroke

Inova patient runs Antarctic race

Runner resumes sport after recovering from bleeding brain aneurysm When Brooke Sydnor Curran, then 50, finished the 43rd Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, DC, last fall, it was a crisp October afternoon and nothing seemed out of the ordinary. Her husband and three daughters were cheering her on and, like the previous 116 marathons she…

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