Do we really need to stay hydrated? - Part 2

by Dr. S. Russell Vester, MD 16. August 2013 10:38
So how much liquid do we really need each day? Probably the most common answer I hear in my office from my patients and their families is the 8 and 8 answer. I’ve heard it so often that I’ve actually given it a name. The “8 and 8” means eight glasses of water eight times a da... [More]

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Do we really need to stay hydrated?

by Dr. S. Russell Vester, MD 2. August 2013 14:37
Hydration. A word derived from the Greek root “hydro” which means “water.” We seem to be a nation obsessed with being hydrated or, more plainly, well-watered. Frankly, I never used the term until I was in medical school. Now you hear people talking about their state of hydrat... [More]

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Starting a Robotic Surgery Program

by Dr. S. Russell Vester, MD 6. July 2013 07:53
So how do you start a robotic program? First and foremost everyone involved has to recognize that it is a program all stakeholders need to support. It is not something you can dabble in and hope to be successful. For our cardiac robotic program we started with three essential things. First, we had a... [More]

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Robotic Heart Surgery - what's it all about?

by Dr. S. Russell Vester, MD 29. June 2013 12:04
Robotic heart surgery. What is it and on whom should it be applied? It’s amazing how many people know about it. For all that’s on the internet about it, it’s equally amazing how little folks actually understand about where it fits in the scheme of things.   I think the mos... [More]

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How many doctors does it take...

by Dr. S. Russell Vester, MD 14. June 2013 11:21
This week I'm going to take a break from crabbing about the general lunacy of cigarette smoking and give you a look at one of my pet peeves in our professional literature. Every doctor has to work to keep up with the advances in medical knowledge in their chosen specialty. For the most part we do th... [More]

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Now is the Time to Quit Smoking

by Dr. S. Russell Vester, MD 7. June 2013 11:03
If you are thinking about quitting smoking, let me give you some thoughts to help strengthen and maintain your resolve. Think about smoking this way. Think of it as premature aging. I operated on a guy today for his second coronary bypass procedure. He is 58. His coronary arteries, the blood vessels... [More]

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Second thoughts on a good deed - Part 2

by Dr. S. Russell Vester, MD 1. June 2013 13:44
When I saw that hand holding a cigarette come out of that driver’s window my earlier feelings of sympathy and compassion instantly changed to disappointment. Great disappointment. Here’s why. In order of bad to worse, these are the errors in judgment I saw this woman making at that mome... [More]

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Second thoughts on a good deed

by Dr. S. Russell Vester, MD 24. May 2013 10:15
When I was in the middle of the One Lap of America race two weeks ago, I had to witness something that turned out to be quite upsetting. This small event turned out to be a perfect example of many things that are problematic with much of our society’s approach to health care.   Dr. Ph... [More]

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Is more always better?

by Dr. S. Russell Vester, MD 10. May 2013 10:48
I’m back from the One Lap of America race. To all my sponsors and donors, thank you on behalf of the American Heart Association. It was quite a week. We had some major car problems that took the first three days of the event to get ironed out. This cost us one DNF (did not finish) for the afte... [More]

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Don't overlook the gift of good health

by Dr. S. Russell Vester, MD 27. April 2013 10:26
I need to drop the political line of thought for this week and go back to the obesity issue. My motivation to do this comes from one of my Open Heart Recovery nurses. Having read my blogs about our national weight problem, this nurse commented that I must not like fat people. Whoa. Stop the train. ... [More]

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