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HeartBeats: Shipley Cardiothoracic Center Podcasts

Welcome to HeartBeats: Shipley Cardiothoracic Centers Podcast

HeartBeats is an educational series dedicated to providing our patients and the community with information and education about our Cardiothoracic Surgery program, Lee Health and matters affecting your health.

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  • Ep. 29: Heart Disease and Symptoms in Women

    Dr. Joann Journigan, a cardiologist, explains the differences in women's heart attack symptoms compared to men.

  • Ep. 28: Obstetrics, Gynecology, Heart Health

    Dr. Sarah DiGiorgi OB/GYN discusses prenatal care, birth control, hormone replacement, PCOS and other women's health issues and their role in heart health.

  • Ep. 27: Cancer Treatment and Your Heart

    Dr. Anita Arnold a cardiologist who specializes in caring for patients after cancer treatment talks about how the treatment of cancer can lead to heart problems.

  • HeartBeats Episode 26: Ladies Know Your Numbers!

    Elizabeth Cosmai, MD joins our host Cathy Murtagh-Schaffer for a discussion of the important numbers women should know about their heart health.

  • HeartBeats Episode 25: Kimmie’s Recovery Zone

    Al Kinkle joins us in today's podcast to discuss his journey and the building of Kimmie's Recovery Zone!

  • Ep. 24: Recovery is for Everyone!

    In honor of Recovery Month guest host, Kristin Stubbs joins Cathy Murtagh-Schaffer, PA and Project Coordinator for Substance Abuse with Lee Health, to bring awareness to recovery from addiction and to speak on the mental health issues associated with substance abuse.

  • HeartBeats Episode 23: Lee Health’s Heart Care Transition Clinic & Rapid Diuresis

    Melissa Gilliam, PA, joins our host to talk about the valuable resources this clinic brings to some of our more fragile patients who suffer from heart failure and atrial fibrillation.

  • HeartBeats Episode 22: Strategy and Innovation at Lee Health

    Lee Health has a never-ending passion for innovation and strategy.

  • HeartBeats Episode 21: Palliative Care - Proving Support When Surgery Isn’t an Option

    Dr. Rabia Khan, Jonathan Von Koenig, and Dr. Paul DiGiorgi all join together to discuss what palliative care is and how they can help support patients.

  • HeartBeats Episode 20: Having Chronic Pain? Lee Health has a Solution!

    Sharon Krispinksky, Chronic Health Program Coordinator, and Rowe Hudson, Director of Lee Health Solutions join us today to discuss the amazing things Lee Health can provide to patients with chronic illness.

  • HeartBeats Episode 19: Nurses Wear Scrubs Not Capes

    HAPPY NURSES MONTH!! One week isn't enough to celebrate all the amazing nurses out there so we are celebrating the whole month!

  • HeartBeats Episode 18: Heart Valve Disease Pt 2 - Medical Management of Valve Disease

    Dr. Steven Deutsch, LeeHealth Cardiologist, joins us in part 2 of the discussion, where he talks about why our heart valves are important, what type of diseases affect them and if they're preventable and when you should go see your cardiologist.

  • HeartBeats Episode 17: COVID-19: Where We Are Now

    Dr. Mary Beth Saunders, System Medical Director of Epidemiology joins us to talk about the latest news in COVID 19.

  • HeartBeats Episode 16: Shipley Scholars Program Benefits FGCU

    Shipley Scholars Program has donated $150,000 to FGCU bioengineering students to not only help with tuition but also help support the students’ professional development through conferences, travel, internships, and other opportunities.

  • HeartBeats Episode 15: SW Florida’s Newest Heart Hero - David Cervantes, MD, Ph.D

    Fresh out of his fellowship at Emory, Dr. Cervantes begins his tenure here at Shipley Cardiothoracic Center and we couldn't be happier to have him on our team.

  • HeartBeats Episode 14: Patient Story - I Survived Lung Cancer

    Lung cancer survivor, Mike Caggiano joins our host to share his story about his life-saving procedure.

  • HeartBeats Episode 13: Women and Violence

    Dr. Paul Simeone, Vice President and Medical Director of Behavioral and Mental Health joins our host to discuss the tough topic of domestic violence and his professional opinion on what constitutes violence against women.

  • HeartBeats Episode 12: Nurse Navigator: Navigating the Patient Experience

    Joining our host today is Heidi Shoriak, System Director for Community Care Outreach for Innovatus Care Solutions and Mikaela Smith, Nurse Navigator and Structural Heart Coordinator for Shipley Cardiothoracic Center, to discuss the new Nurse Navigator program at Lee Health and the impact this will have on a patient journey through the healthcare system.

  • HeartBeats Episode 11: SW Florida’s Best Kept Secret

    Lee Health's Chief Officer of Hospital Operations and Women and Children's Services, Armando Llechu joins Dr.Paul DiGiorgi to discuss what the future holds for CT Surgery and the impact it has on our community.

  • HeartBeats Episode 10: Leading Through Adversity

    Lee Health's Chief Medical Officer of Population and Physician Services, Dr. Vanket Prasad, joins our host, Cathy Murtagh-Schaffer to discuss leadership in the face of adversity.

  • HeartBeats Episode 9: Women in Leadership

    Join in as Lee Health's Chief Officer of Population Health and Physician Services, Kristine Fay, speaks about her journey to the C Suite and her advice for women seeking leadership positions.

  • Ep. 8: Innovatus Health

    Dr. Marilyn Kole, Vice President of Clinical Performance and Medical Director of Innovatus Health, joins us to discuss the value of a new program Lee Health has initiated. Innovatus Health is a group of healthcare providers working together to improve health outcomes and patient experience while reducing cost.

  • HeartBeats Episode 7: The Future of Healthcare

    Lee Health's Chief Operating Officer, Scott Nygaard joins Dr. Brian Hummel and our host, Cathy Murtaugh-Shaffer to discuss what the future of healthcare will look like in the near and distant future.

  • HeartBeats Episode 6: Heart Valve Disease

    is Dr. Hummel discusses the various diseases of the heart valves and their treatment.

  • HeartBeats Episode 5: Minimally Invasive Surgery

    Dr. DeFrain discusses the multiple minimally invasive surgical modalities available to the Shipley Cardiothoracic team.

  • HeartBeats Episode 4: Clinical Research Trials at Shipley

    Cardiothoracic Surgeon Dr. Brian Hummel and Research Nurse Michelle Deckard, discusses the impact of clinical trials on medicine.

  • HeartBeats Episode 3: Impella/Aortic Balloon Pump

    Cardiothoracic Surgeon Dr. Randall Buss, describes the use of two life-saving devices in heart surgery.

  • HeartBeats Episode 2: Atrial Fibrillation (Part 2) Surgical Treatment for Afib

    Join and listen as Dr. Paul DiGiorgi discusses the surgical management of atrial fibrillation in this second part of our afib series.

  • HeartBeats Episode 1: Atrial Fibrillation (Part 1)

    The first of a two-part series on atrial fibrillation with cardiothoracic surgeon Dr.Paul DiGiorgi, our expert in the surgical management of atrial fibrillation.