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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.
89 Episodes
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.
Confused about the Delta variant? Get the facts from host, Jonathan Fialkow, M.D., and his guest, Sergio Segarra, M.D., chief medical officer at Baptist Hospital. Their conversation covers frequently asked questions including: What is a virus variant?How is the Delta variant different from the original strain of COVID-19?Who is being most affected by the Delta variant?Why are COVID-19 hospitalizations surging?Are current vaccines effective against the Delta variant?What worries healthcare providers about this variant?Join our Baptist Health South Florida experts for an easy-to-understand discussion based on medical evidence.
COVID-19 is again dominating the headlines and challenging the health care system, with a sharp increase in new infections. Nearly 20% of these new cases are in the state of Florida. What are the factors behind the numbers and what can be done to reverse this trend? Host, Jonathan Fialkow, M.D. posed those questions to a panel of experts from Baptist Health hospitals to get to the facts behind the latest COVID-19 wave. The panelists were: ·      Samer Fahmy, M.D., chief medical officer at Boca Raton Regional Hospital, ·      Zulma Berrios, M.D., chief medical officer at West Kendall Baptist Hospital·      Yvonne Johnson, M.D., chief medical officer at South Miami Hospital. 
Cardiometabolic disease is the number one cause of death in the world – so why haven’t you heard about it?  Maybe because its components, (including hypertension, high triglycerides, insulin resistance, obesity, and low LDL cholesterol), have traditionally been treated individually, instead of as a related cluster of conditions that, when combined, significantly increase a person’s risk of heart disease, diabetes and stroke.Medical providers are assembling multidisciplinary teams of experts to address the disease with a combination of lifestyle changes and medical therapies.  Guest Theodore Feldman, M.D.,  medical director of community health at Baptist Health's Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute (MCVI), joins host, Jonathan Fialkow, M.D., to explore what a diagnosis of cardiometabolic disease entails, and how it can be prevented and treated.
From radio and TV ads to social media posts, there's a lot of buzz about testosterone and something called "Low T."  What are the facts behind all the hype?  We clear up the confusion with guest expert  Michael Swartzon, M.D., a primary care sports medicine physician at Miami Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute, a part of Baptist Health South Florida.Host, Jonathan Fialkow, M.D., leads a lively conversation about how testosterone levels affect both men and women, how exercise plays a role, and how to separate science from marketing pitches in ads promoting testosterone therapies.
Our bodies are not ours alone. We share them with trillions of bacteria, fungi and other microbes. Most of these live in our large intestine and are known collectively as the gut microbiome.  The health of your gut can influence a surprising range of conditions, from obesity and diabetes to cancer. Seth Rosen, M.D.,  a gastroenterologist affiliated with Baptist Health, illuminates the fascinating world of the gut microbiome with host Jonathan Fialkow, M.D., deputy medical director and chief of cardiology at Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute. 
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