MedStar Health DocTalk

MedStar Health Physicians

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MedStar Health DocTalk is an insightful listen dedicated to educating and informing listeners. What is atrial fibrillation? What's the deal with robotic joint replacement? How can people age with success and grace? This podcast covers these topics and so many more. Listeners with a craving for medical advice and conversation will enjoy this podcast. The topics vary, but all fall within the theme of health-related advice, insight, and information. Whether a listener is a healthcare provider or someone who enjoys learning about the medical field, this podcast should top the list.

This podcast comes from MedStar Health Physicians. It aims to tackle important topics about health and medicine. Physicians and experts join the podcast to discuss subjects within their field. Listeners can expect comprehensive conversations about hypertension. Or they can hear in-depth interviews with experts on high-risk breast cancer. They'll even discover new facts about varicose veins and stroke symptoms. No matter the topic, this podcast is an informative listen.

And the best part is, it's not only designed to interest the medical professional world. The podcast is free of confusing jargon. Guests and experts explain conditions and treatments in straightforward ways. This way, anyone-no matter their profession-can listen and enjoy.

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Young people and heart health featuring Miss D.C. 2023
Feb 14 2024
Young people and heart health featuring Miss D.C. 2023
In this heart-stirring episode of MedStar Health DocTalk, we delve into the alarming trend of heart attack fatalities among the young. With heart disease steadfastly holding its ground as the leading cause of death in the U.S., our host Debra Schindler sits down with cardiologists Dr. Barbara Srichai and Dr. Estelle Jean from the MedStar Heart and Vascular Institute to dissect the why's and how's of this disturbing rise.The episode takes an unexpected turn with the inspiring story of Jude Mabone, Miss District of Columbia 2023, who shares her jaw-dropping experience of surviving six heart attacks before turning 18. Her advocacy for heart health education, CPR, and AED awareness is a beacon of hope and action. Together, our experts and special guest unravel the symptoms that young people should not ignore, the impact of lifestyle choices, and the silent threat of conditions like hypertension and diabetes. They stress the importance of early intervention, knowing your body, and never dismissing potential warning signs of heart distress.As we navigate through the nuances of heart health in the young, including the role of substance abuse and vaping, we're reminded that heart disease does not discriminate by age. This episode is a must-listen for anyone seeking to understand the critical importance of heart health vigilance, from adolescence through adulthood.For a pulse on the latest in heart health, tune in to MedStar Health DocTalk, where real conversations with physician experts pave the way for a healthier tomorrow. For more episodes, visit more episodes of MedStar Health DocTalk, go to
Let's talk AFib, or atrial fibrillation
Jan 31 2024
Let's talk AFib, or atrial fibrillation
Electrophysiologist Dr. Richard Jones, of the MedStar Heart and Vascular Institute, talks about symptoms and treatment for the full spectrum of the most common form of cardiac arrythmia: atrial fibrillation.  Are you feeling a flutter in your chest, or maybe your smartwatch is signaling an irregular heartbeat? It's time to tune in to your heart's health because atrial fibrillation (AFib) is not just a condition for the textbooks—it's a growing concern for millions. In the latest episode of 'MedStarHealth Doc Talk,' we sit down with Dr. Richard Jones, an electrophysiologist from the MedStar Heart and Vascular Institute, to delve into the intricacies of AFib. With a projected 30% increase in cases every two decades, understanding AFib has never been more critical. AFib is the most common type of serious heart rhythm abnormality in adults. When the heart's upper chambers quiver chaotically, they fail to pump blood effectively, leading to symptoms like palpitations, fatigue, and potentially life-threatening strokes. But what's more alarming is that some individuals with AFib might not feel any symptoms at all, making them ticking time bombs for stroke risks. Dr. Jones explains how new guidelines by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association are categorizing AFib and recommending best practices for treatment. These guidelines emphasize the importance of early intervention and the role of lifestyle changes in managing AFib. The episode also highlights the latest advancements in treatment, such as catheter ablation—a procedure that targets the heart's electrical misfires to prevent AFib episodes. Dr. Jones shares that while this isn't a cure, it's a significant step forward in managing the condition and improving quality of life.For more episodes of MedStar Health DocTalk, go to
Veterans’ Health Administration adds MedStar Georgetown University Hospital to its National Solid Organ Transplant Network
Feb 27 2023
Veterans’ Health Administration adds MedStar Georgetown University Hospital to its National Solid Organ Transplant Network
Comprehensive, relevant and insightful conversations about health and medicine happen here… on MedStar Health Doc Talk. Veterans across the country who are in need of a life-saving liver or kidney transplant now can receive these procedures at one of the top transplant centers in the nation, MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute, thanks to the recent inclusion of the MedStar Health program in the Veterans Health Administration network. The newly established relationship expands veterans’ access to a top ten transplant center in the nation allowing them to receive lifesaving care at one of the most experienced transplant programs in the country. This new DC VA Medical Center partnership with MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute establishes MGTI as one of only a handful of VHA transplant centers in the country to offer both liver and kidney transplant. Listen to Dr. Rohit Satoskar, Director, Medical Services, MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute, and Dr. Atoosa Rabiee, Chief, Transplant Services, Washington D.C. VA Medical Center, discuss this new partnership and how it benefits military veterans in need of liver or kidney transplants across the country. For interviews with Dr. Satoskar, or for more information about this podcast, contact Matt Holzapfel, more about Dr. Satoskar here: more about: The Veterans Health Administration adding MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute to its National Solid Organ Transplant NetworkFor more episodes of MedStar Health DocTalk, go to