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Life Off Beat - Living with AFibrillation
According to the CDC, up to 6 million people in the US have Atrial Fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation, often called AFib, is the most common type of heart arrhythmia. With the aging of the U.S. population, this number is expected to increase.
An arrhythmia is when the heart beats too slowly, too fast, or in an irregular way.
Tune into SMG Radio to hear SMG cardiologist Dr. Robert Altman discuss the latest effective treatment options to help patients with A-fib.

Arrhythmias: What Happens When Your Heart Skips or Adds a Beat?
Poets and songwriters make much of those moments when their heart skips a beat for their beloved!  But what if that "skip" is caused by an underlying medical condition? Find out more about arrhythmia and heart health.
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Diabetes and Excess Weight Linked to Liver Cancer
The rate of liver cancer has more than tripled over the past 40 years. If you have type 2 diabetes or carry excess weight, you may be especially at risk. Learn steps you can take to avoid this dangerous form of cancer.
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Is Family Medicine Right for You?
Would you like to develop a close relationship with a physician who can treat your entire family? Do you want to see a doctor who can offer comprehensive screenings at your checkup, including routine women’s health and dermatologic care? If you answered "YES" to any of these questions, an SMG Family Medicine physician may be right for you!
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Severe Arthritis Pain on the Rise, CDC Reports
About one in five U.S. adults has arthritis. And the number of them suffering from severe joint paint has increased drastically, says a report from CDC researchers. Find out how to keep arthritis pain from holding you back.
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Chronic Care Center Opens in Livingston
What happens when seriously ill patients are ready to leave the hospital but still need acute care from several specialists? How can individuals with multiple chronic conditions that require complex treatments avoid frequent hospitalization? Summit Medical Group has the answer—our new Chronic Care Center.
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FREE HEALTH LECTURE: Sleeping Better, Naturally
Wednesday, February 1, 2017, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM. Having trouble falling or staying asleep at night? Join SMG Family Medicine practitioner, Marianna Shimelfarb, MD, to learn about natural ways to promote healthy, sound, restorative sleep.
Considering Weight Loss Surgery?
Does being overweight or obese have a negative effect on your life? Learn how weight loss surgery can help improve your health, make you feel better, and help you get your life back! Join us for a review of surgical options, including discussion about lifestyle changes to help you maintain a healthy weight after the surgery.

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