Degenerative Mitral Valve Disease
UAB Med Cast
by UAB
4d ago
Degenerative mitral valve disease is the most common heart valve abnormality. Panayotis Vardas, M.D., a cardiothoracic surgeon, reviews the distinctions between primary and secondary mitral regurgitation. He describes categories of patients who would be candidates for mitral valve repair, which is the standard-of-care treatment, versus those who might undergo mitral valve replacement. Learn more about the dramatic success rates of mitral valve repair and clinical trials underway that explore new techniques for complex cases ..read more
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Undiagnosed Diseases Program: Finding Answers in Mysterious Conditions
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by UAB
1w ago
Some people struggle with symptoms for years and never receive a clear answer on what condition they have. UAB Medicine is part of the National Institutes of Health Undiagnosed Disease Network (UDN), which means they are committed to applying the latest technology to make diagnoses for their regional community. Bruce Korf, M.D., associate dean for Genomic Medicine, explains the various tools the undiagnosed disease team uses, including radiologic imaging, neurological testing, and genomic sequencing. Learn how patients from all demographics may gain access and be evaluated by a multidisciplin ..read more
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Mechanical Thrombectomy for Stroke
UAB Med Cast
by UAB
3w ago
Mechanical thrombectomy is an effective new procedure for ischemic stroke management that lowers the possibility of damage to brain tissue. Select hospitals designated as thrombectomy-capable stroke centers, such as UAB, are equipped to perform this time-sensitive procedure 24/7. Michael Lyerly, M.D., a vascular neurologist, and Elizabeth Liptrap, M.D., a vascular neurosurgeon, explain how improved coordination with first responders and other hospitals using telemedicine and triage allows UAB to treat more regional patients who might benefit. They describe their multidisciplinary approach to ..read more
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Restorative Neurostimulation: a New Treatment Paradigm for Chronic Low Back Pain
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by UAB
1M ago
Around 80% of adults experience low back pain, and most are not candidates for surgery. Prentiss Lawson, Jr., M.D., and Christopher Paul, M.D., both anesthesiologists who specialize in pain medicine, discuss a promising new durable therapy for low back pain called restorative neurostimulation. Unlike existing low back pain management options, neurostimulation addresses a root cause, a weak or inactive multifidus muscle. The doctors explain the minimally invasive procedure, which involves sending electric pulses to the multifidus nerves. Learn how this treatment uniquely restores patents’ spin ..read more
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Using Telehealth to Improve Access to Trauma Care Among Injured Rural Patients in the US
UAB Med Cast
by UAB
1M ago
Telehealth is impacting nearly every aspect of health care. Zain Hashmi, M.D., a trauma surgeon, discusses the potential of telehealth for improving access to comprehensive trauma care among rural patients. He explains how finding ways for EMS teams to consult trauma experts virtually and closer to emergencies could reduce transfer rates and improve patient care. Dr. Hashmi outlines the challenges of implementing telehealth for trauma care, emphasizing the need for 360-degree stakeholder engagement ..read more
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State of the Art Management of Carotid Disease
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by UAB
1M ago
Carotid stenosis, caused by a buildup of plaque in the carotid artery, accounts for around 20% of all ischemic strokes. Mark Harrigan, M.D., and Elizabeth Liptrap, M.D., both neurosurgeons, discuss key aspects of medical management and interventions for carotid stenosis. Learn about two new alternatives to the (still-effective) endarterectomy procedure. The doctors explain how their approach to management and intervention varies by patient ..read more
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Environmental Lung Disease Clinic
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by UAB
1M ago
The Birmingham region grew around heavy industry, including coal mining and steel production. These industries, which still employ thousands today, can pose hazards to workers’ health and others in the community. The UAB Environmental Lung Disease Clinic provides comprehensive evaluations for patients with respiratory conditions related to work exposure or environmental hazards. Kevin Dsouza, M.D., and Crystal Stephens, CRNP, helped found and lead the clinic. They discuss the scope of their work, when providers should refer patients, and how patients can also self-refer ..read more
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Kidney Transplantation in Patients with HIV
UAB Med Cast
by UAB
2M ago
Over one million people in the U.S. grapple with HIV. Although life expectancy has increased, end-stage organ diseases have a relatively high mortality rate for these patients. Learn about HIV-to-HIV kidney transplants from Shikha Mehta, M.D., director of the UAB HIV and Hepatitis C Transplant Program. She explains how her interdisciplinary team has made successful kidney transplants for over decade despite numerous challenges and comorbidities of those with HIV.   Disclosure Information Release Date: February 19, 2024 Expiration Date: February 18, 2027 Planners: Ronan O’Beirne, EdD, MB ..read more
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Pulsatile Tinnitus: Diagnostic Approach and Treatment Strategies
UAB Med Cast
by UAB
3M ago
While nonpulsatile tinnitus (constant buzzing sound) is a common condition many people learn to live with, pulsatile tinnitus (sound that occurs with each heartbeat) may indicate dangerous otological or vascular conditions. Erika McCarty Walsh, M.D., a neurotologist, and Jesse Jones, M.D., a neuroradiologist, discuss the complex process of determining whether patients have pulsatile tinnitus, what the causes are, and which treatments might be considered necessary. Drs. Walsh and Jones describe their collaborative approach to making sure that patients address any dangerous conditions and other ..read more
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An Interdisciplinary Approach to Treating Chronic Kidney Disease
UAB Med Cast
by UAB
3M ago
Around 15% of people in the U.S. have a form of chronic kidney disease (CKD), which is often related to diabetes and hypertension. Claretha Lyas, M.D., a nephrologist, discusses the interdisciplinary approach to treating CKD alongside its root causes. Learn about two new classes of medicine that are slowing the progression of CKD. Find out the best time to refer a patient to a nephrologist, who can manage disease progression and provide a seamless transition to transplant evaluation services if needed ..read more
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