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Are You Having A Heart Attack

Intense chest pain is the symptom most people think of when they think of a heart attack. That’s what you see in the movies, right? In real life, a heart attack can begin with milder symptoms and leave you unsure about what’s wrong. Dr. Molly Rutherford, a board-certified cardiologist at Jefferson Surgical Clinic, teaches patients the other signs of heart attack: Chest discomfort, from pain to a squeezing feeling or sensation of fullness. Jaw pain as well as toothache and neck ache. Upper middle abdomen discomfort, including heartburn and indigestion. Arm pain on either side, but commonly on the left.…

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Treat Yourself for Healthy Aging Month!

September is Healthy Aging Month, and began the perfect time to get started on better health practices. For those of us 45 and older, improving our physical, mental and social well-being has never been more important – or more attainable.  Think about tackling a lifestyle change this fall by remembering the positive aspects of aging. Follow these 3 tips to reinvent yourself for healthy aging: 1. Get Active Start walking, both for your health and to see the neighbors. You’ll be amazed how much weight you can shed, and you’ll benefit from the social interaction, too.   Sometimes, we might…

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September Events at Jefferson Surgical Clinic in Roanoke, VA

Mini Facelift Open House September is National Skin Care Awareness Month.  This holiday is celebrated by learning new ways to take care of our skin and by making others aware of how to take care of their skin. Join us at our Mini Facelift Open House to learn about this minimally invasive procedure that lifts and tones loose or sagging skin without the downtime. Celebrate this month by rewarding yourself with youthful features, without major surgery. Join us for our Mini Facelift Open House September 15th at 6PM! Meet Dr. Steven Harris, MD, our board-certified plastic surgeon. Hosted at our…

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Does Summer Heat Make Varicose Veins Worse?

Each summer, thousands of Virginians brave the heat for hiking, swimming and fun in the sun. But, those who suffer from varicose veins can be acutely affected in the summer, both physically and emotionally, due to exacerbated symptoms and increased self-consciousness.  Varicose veins form when one-way valves in the leg veins fail to keep blood moving to the heart. When the valves become damaged, blood pools in the bottom of the vein. This causes a bluish, swollen appearance, and the increased pressure in the affected veins can feel achy or painful.    Warm temperatures and increased outdoor activity might cause…

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July Events at Jefferson Surgical Clinic in Roanoke, VA

Mini Facelift Open House Are you interested in a facelift, but don’t want an invasive procedure with a lengthy recovery time? Do you want profound changes and more youthful features without major surgery? If so, a Mini Facelift at Jefferson Surgical Clinic is right for you! Join us for our Mini Facelift Open House July 14th at 6PM! Meet Dr. Steven Harris, MD, our board-certified plastic surgeon. Hosted at our Salem Braeburn Circle Office, the event focuses on the unique benefits of our Mini Facelift outpatient procedure. Register today for our Mini Facelift Open House and learn how you can…

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5 Essential Nutrients for Men’s Health

Research shows that 77% of men are deficient in magnesium, and many don’t take in enough vitamin D, too. Read on to find out what 5 essential nutrients you might be missing out on – and how to get them: Vitamin D Many know that vitamin D is essential for strengthening your skeleton, but it has other benefits, too. Vitamin D might reduce inflammation in your arteries, helping mitigate the chance of a stroke or heart attack. When the sun’s rays penetrate your skin, vitamin D is created in your body. However, the vitamin D you stockpile in the summertime…

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Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Are you 50 years old—or older—and putting off colorectal cancer screening? March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness month and a good time to learn about this disease. What are your risks and why should you be screened? Colorectal cancer is preventable and yet it is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Experts believe that 40,000 lives could be saved each year by widespread adoption of screening and early treatment. Colorectal cancer can be surgically removed and the patient can return to normal health, if the disease is discovered in the early stages. Symptoms of colorectal cancer…

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Types of Hearing Loss

While hearing loss is common—one out of three Americans over the age of 65 have some degree of hearing loss—it’s a topic that is often avoided. Learning about this condition can help you manage symptoms and improve your ability to work, learn, and enjoy life. Types of hearing loss are: Conductive Hearing Loss When sound isn’t properly transferred to the eardrum and the middle ear, the condition is called conductive hearing loss. Symptoms include reduced sound levels and the inability to hear faint sounds. Medical and surgical techniques can sometimes correct this type of hearing loss.Causes of conductive hearing loss…

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How to Prevent Heart Disease – At Any Age

  Heart disease is a risk for all Americans and especially for those who have a history of heart disease in their family. That’s why everyone—regardless of age—can benefit from healthy lifestyle and medical care choices. You’re never too old or too young! In your 20sDuring your first decade of adulthood, you probably feel pretty great and might not worry about what you eat or how often you exercise. But this is an important time to establish good habits. Make it a priority to: Find a doctor and start getting regular checkups. Quit smoking and stay away from second-hand smoke.…

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Are You Having A Heart Attack?

  Intense chest pain is the symptom most people think of when they think of a heart attack. That’s what you see in the movies, right? In real life, a heart attack can begin with milder symptoms and leave you unsure about what’s wrong. Dr. Molly Rutherford, a board-certified cardiologist at Jefferson Surgical Clinic, teaches patients the other signs of heart attack: Chest discomfort, from pain to a squeezing feeling or sensation of fullness. Jaw pain as well as toothache and neck ache. Upper middle abdomen discomfort, including heartburn and indigestion. Arm pain on either side, but commonly on the…

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Facial Rejuvenation: Event Follow Up

There is nothing like talking directly with the expert! On January 14, Dr. Steven Harris hosted a Facial Rejuvenation open house at Jefferson Surgical Clinic. In addition to explaining treatment options—ranging from the forehead to the neck—Dr. Harris spent time with each visitor. He discussed the potential benefits of surgery for each individual, as well as explored whether they are a good candidate for such procedures. Of course, you don’t have to wait for the next open house to benefit from Dr. Harris’s expertise as a board-certified plastic surgeon. To learn how safe, simple procedures, including the mini facelift can…

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11 Common Winter Allergies

Where Do Winter Allergies Come From? When you think about seasonal allergies, do you focus on the high-pollen counts of spring and fall? While cooler temperatures often mean relief from outdoor allergies, some individuals face increased exposure to the indoor allergens that plague them. More Time Indoors In the winter, we spend more time indoors, where dust mites, insect particles, mold and pet shedding become more concentrated in the air. The dust you see on your furniture will make anyone sneeze, but some of the component parts can also cause ongoing problems for those with allergic sensitivity. Dust mites. These…

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The Da Vinci Robotic Surgical System

  Robotic surgery is transforming the range of surgeries that can be done as minimally invasive procedures. Many surgeries that used to require large incisions—and long recovery times—can now be performed through tiny incisions. Robotic tools actually make some delicate procedures possible for the first time. The da Vinci Surgical System, which is used by JSC surgeons including urology specialist Dr. Chris Reynolds, gives the surgeon highly magnified images, precise control and a range of motions that actually surpasses that of the human hand. Among the procedures that Dr. Reynolds performs using the da Vinci system are partial and radical…

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Breast Cancer Awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month—a great time to remind yourself, friends and family about the importance of early detection and treatment of breast cancer. More women are surviving breast cancer than ever before. Why? Because more women are taking care of themselves and taking advantage of improvements in screening techniques. Early detection of breast cancer leads to more treatment options, less extensive surgery and better outcomes. Screenings find cancer early Screening tests and exams can detect cancer before it causes symptoms. The mammogram is the main test recommended by the American Cancer Society to find breast cancer. Treatment is…

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Minimally invasive surgery with da Vinci Surgical System

 A new world of treatment possibilities has been created by the da Vinci Surgical System now being used by doctors at Jefferson Surgical Clinic. While it is called a “robotic” device, the surgeon controls every action of the surgical instruments. Like traditional laparoscopic methods, the da Vinci system allows surgery to be performed through small incisions, reducing trauma and improving recovery times. The system surpasses older laparoscopic equipment because it offers significant improvements in vision, precision and control. Da Vinci Advantages The da Vinci advantages include superior vision—using 3D, high definition images—and instruments that bend and rotate better than the…

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