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Heart health. Coronavirus Concerns. Nutrition and fitness. The Baptist HealthTalk podcast brings you health and wellness information directly from the experts at Baptist Health South Florida. Join host Dr. Jonathan Fialkow and his guests each week for lively informative discussions on topics important to you and your family. From the common cold to the latest cancer breakthrough, get the facts you're looking for right here on Baptist HealthTalk.
94 Episodes
New year, new COVID surge. The Omicron variant has swept across the country bringing with it new questions about testing, symptoms, quarantine guidelines, boosters, treatments, and its impact on children. Join host, Jonathan Fialkow, M.D. and a panel of experts as they clear up the confusion with medical facts and useful information in this must-listen episode.Guests:Samer Fahmy, M.D., chief medical officer at Boca Raton Regional HospitalLeo Huynh, D.O., chief of emergency medicine at Baptist HospitalMelanie Rodriguez, Pa-C, outpatient services manager at Baptist Health's Urgent Care Express
Did you fall off the healthy-habits wagon over the holidays? Don’t beat yourself up! And don’t give in to the lure of fad diets or going from zero-to-60 with a new exercise program. Our expert panel joins host, Jonathan Fialkow, M.D., with real-life tips and medical advice to help you be safe and smart while working on your 2022 health goals.  Guests: ·      Karisa Falden, D.O., family medicine physician with Baptist Health·      Dr. Maria Kyriacou, M.D., primary care sports medicine physician with Baptist Health’s Miami Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute·      Carla Duenes, Baptist Health registered dietitian
Heart disease is a leading cause of death for women in the United States, yet it is still perceived as a disease of men. In fact, women are 50 percent more likely than men to be diagnosed incorrectly after having a heart attack. Understanding differences -- from basic anatomy to the way they experience heart attack symptoms -- can help women take charge of their heart health.Host, Jonathan Fialkow, M.D. welcomes cardiologist Andrea Vitello, M.D. who focuses on women's heart issues as part of Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute's prevention and risk reduction team.
As the pandemic nears the two-year mark, we’ve come a long way in our fight against COVID-19 with vaccines for adults and kids, booster shots and anti-viral medications. With the omicron variant spreading rapidly, and new at-home drug treatments on the horizon, we take a look at what’s in store for 2022 and beyond.Host: ·      Jonathan Fialkow, M.D., Chief of Cardiology at Baptist Hospital and Chief Population Health Officer at Baptist Health. Guests:·      Madeline Camejo, Pharm. D., chief pharmacy officer at Baptist Health·      Dr. Samer Fahmy, M.D., chief medical officer at Baptist Health’s Boca Raton Regional Hospital. 
The most wonderful time of the year can also be the most stressful. Holiday preparations and gatherings are fun, but the stress of the season can put a strain on your physical and mental health. Studies have even shown that heart attacks are more frequent around Christmas and New Year’s.  Learn what you can do to combat the stress of the season and make the holidays merry and bright with host, Jonathan Fialkow, M.D., and a panel of experts from Baptist Health South Florida.  Guests:·      Carlos Penaherrera, M.D., Associate Medical Director at Baptist Health Hospital in Doral·      Carmen Barresi, L.M.H.C, psychotherapist with Community Health & Wellness at Baptist Health·      Andrea Vitello, M.D., cardiologist at Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute.
We all know that excess sugar in our diet can lead to diabetes and weight gain. But did you ever stop to think about how sugar affects your brain? If you’re thinking “I switched to artificial sweeteners, so I'm O.K.,” listen up: they come with their own set of impacts on your brain chemistry. Join host, Jonathan Fialkow, M.D., and his guest Dalia Lorenzo, M.D., a neurologist at Miami Neuroscience Institute, for important insights into the effects of sweeteners on mood, memory and even Alzheimer's Disease. (For more on diet and brain health, Dr. Lorenzo recommends this video:Power Foods for the Brain - Dr. Neal Barnard)
Holiday travel and family gatherings are expected to rebound this year to near pre-pandemic levels, even though COVID-19 is still with us and the flu is beginning its annual spread across the country. Find out what preparations you should be making now to keep your family healthy this holiday season, with host, Jonathan Fialkow, M.D. and a panel of experts.Guests:·      Sara M. Panella, Pharm D., a clinical pharmacist with Baptist Health·      Jose Llach, D.O., medical director of the emergency department at Baptist Health Hospital ·      David Mishkin, M.D., medical director of Telehealth and Care on Demand.
More than one-third of American adults are considered obese.It's not just about being overweight. Obesity is linked to the development of many chronic diseases. In some cases, bariatric surgery can be an effective tool for losing a large amount of weight.  This major surgery has come a long way over the decades, but is not the answer for everyone.Host, Jonathan Fialkow, M.D. welcomed a bariatric surgeon and a mental health professional to talk about the physical and emotional factors to be considered when thinking about bariatric surgery. Guests: Anthony Gonzalez, M.D., medical director of bariatric surgery at Baptist Health South FloridaCarmen Barresi, L.M.H.C., psychotherapist with Baptist Health's Community Health and Wellness.
Smoking is the main risk factor for developing lung cancer, yet between ten- and twenty-percent of lung cancers happen in people who have never touched tobacco.  Learning about lowering your risks and improving your lung health can be lifesaving.In observance of Lung Cancer Awareness Month, host, Jonathan Fialkow, M.D. gathered a panel of experts to talk about the latest news in screenings, treatments and support for caregivers.Guests:Federico Albrecht, M.D., medical oncologist with Miami Cancer InstituteBrenda Gonzalez, M.D., pulmonologist and vice-president of the medical staff at Doctors HospitalLori Adelson, workplace counsel and board member of the American Lung Association"Saved By The Scan"Thanks to a new scan, lung cancer can be detected early when it's more curable.  If you smoked, get scanned. To find out if you're a candidate visit
Mammography has advanced significantly in recent years.  What sets 3D mammograms and the use of artificial intelligence apart from standard mammograms?  What questions should you ask when looking for a mammography center?  And can someone clear up the confusion when it comes to changing guidelines about when regular screenings should begin?Kathy Schilling, M.D., medical director of the Christine E. Lynn Women's Health and Wellness Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital, cuts through the confusion in this information-filled discussion with host, Jonathan Fialkow, M.D.
When you visit your doctor, chances are that lifestyle factors like diet and exercise are part of the conversation. Increasingly, so is sleep.  Sleep deprivation not only has short-term effects on alertness and cognitive function, over time it can lead to a host of other significant health issues, discussed in this episode hosted by Jonathan Fialkow, M.D., preventative cardiologist and lipidologist at Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute.Guests:Rachel Rohaidy, M.D., psychiatrist and medical director with the Recovery Village at Baptist Health South FloridaHarneet Walia, M.D., director of sleep medicine and continuous improvement at Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute
Annual screening mammograms can detect breast cancer at an early stage when it is most treatable, but often mammograms show other irregularities in the breasts that are not cancerous, such as cysts, calcifications, and dense breast tissue. What exactly do these findings mean? And where can women turn for guidance concerning these benign breast conditions? Host, Jonathan Fialkow, M.D. welcomes Deepa Sharma, D.O.,  a primary care doctor and the lead physician at the benign breast clinic at Miami Cancer Institute. 
Jonathan Fialkow, M.D. hosts a panel of breast cancer experts to answer the most common questions women have after receiving a cancer diagnosis. Listen in to their wide-ranging discussion about treatments, genetic testing, fertility issues, support services and the importance of finding an experienced multidisciplinary care team.Guests:Louise Morrell, M.D., medical director at Lynn Cancer InstituteJane Mendez, M.D., chief of breast surgery at Miami Cancer InstituteAna Botero, M.D., radiation oncologist at Miami Cancer Institute
Telehealth and Beyond

Telehealth and Beyond


Telehealth visits for urgent care and mental health counseling have become commonplace during the last 18 months. Technology once limited to the doctor’s office is expanding; being integrated into the home setting to provide a continuous care experience that balances clinical support with self-management. Host, Jonathan Fialkow, M.D., welcomed a panel of experts to discuss the rapidly evolving health technology landscape and the ways it can help people live healthier lives.Guests:·      Danny Elfenbein, director of consumer and digital health solutions at Baptist Health·      Melanie Rodriguez, manager of Urgent Care Express, Care On Demand and Infusion Center at Baptist Health·      Ian Del Conde, M.D., associate chief of cardiology and director of vascular medicine at Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute.
Aneurysm, or ballooning of an artery, is often called a silent killer because it develops without any symptoms.  Most aneurysms are discovered by accident during imaging scans that are performed for unrelated reasons. Treatment and management of aneurysm has advanced rapidly in past decades, thanks in part to innovations pioneered by Barry T. Katzen, M.D., founder of the Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute at Baptist Health South Florida.  Dr. Katzen joins host, Jonathan Fialkow, M.D., for a discussion about state-of-the-art care and ongoing research at the Institute.
Blood vessels are like pipes that carry blood throughout the body. While arteries carry oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the organs, our veins have the job of taking waste-filled blood back to the heart to complete the circuit.   We don't give a lot of thought to our veins – but we should.  Host, Jonathan Fialkow, M.D., welcomes two vascular surgeons to help explain why. Guests:Eileen de Grandis, M.D., medical director of the Vein Center at the Christine E. Lynn Heart & Vascular InstituteLibby Watch, M.D., a vascular surgeon and vein specialist at Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute
Thanks to the Internet, answers to almost any question are available with a few clicks of the mouse – including questions about health concerns.  Millions of people turn to search engines, primarily Google, to look up information about symptoms, diseases, and medications. There are a lot of hazards when it comes to  using 'Dr. Google' as your main source of medical advice – but that’s a topic for another episode. Ssearch engine statistics can tell us what’s at the top of people’s minds. So we took a list of top-searched health questions and brought together experts from the Baptist Health family to serve up the facts.Host, Jonathan Fialkow, M.D.'s guests were:  ·       Michael Decoske, Assistant Vice President of Pharmacy Administration at Baptist Health.·       Katie Acquino, M.D., Medical Director of Baptist Urgent Care Express in Palm Beach·       Liana Barkan, M.D., an internal medicine physician
Host, Jonathan Fialkow, M.D. introduces personal stories from healthcare workers on the front lines of the current surge of COVID-19 cases. Sharing their experiences in their own words, these men and women paint a vivid picture of the human cost of the current crisis. Their universal plea is for the public's help in controlling the spread of the virus by getting vaccinated and taking the proper safety measures.  Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine here.
A career in health care is physically, mentally and emotionally demanding. Even in the best of times, healthcare providers can experience symptoms of burnout. Over the past year, and now in the midst of the current COVID-19 surge, our frontline healthcare workers have been dealing with tremendous stress, leading many to question: how can we take care of the very people we rely on to take care of us?Host, Jonathan Fialkow, M.D., brought together a panel of frontline workers and physician leaders to talk about clinician wellbeing during the pandemic and beyond.Guests:Ana Viamonte Ros, M.D., chief well-being officer at Baptist HealthYvonne Johnson, M.D., chief medical officer at South Miami HospitalDunia Acosta, R.N.,  Intensive care nurse at Doctors Hospital 
Healing involves more than undergoing a medical procedure or taking a pill.  Increasingly, health care systems like Baptist Health South Florida are offering integrative therapies such as acupuncture, meditation, healthy foods, art therapy and pet therapy to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of their patients. In this episode, host Jonathan Fialkow, M.D., explores the impacts integrative medicine can bring to patients' well being with expert guests from across Baptist Health.Guests:·      Beatriz Currier, M.D, medical director of the Cancer Patient Support Center at Miami Cancer Institute.·      Thi Squire, community garden manager with the Grow to Heal Program at Homestead Hospital·      Wally Majors, dog therapy volunteer at Bethesda Hospital East.Learn more about Miami Cancer Institute's Arts in Medicine program and the Grow2Heal initiative.
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