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Baptist HealthTalk

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.


Understanding Pre-Diabetes
Pre-diabetes is a diagnosis where your blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be considered diabetes. There are a lot of misconceptions and a general lack of concern around this condition because most people think they're not really diabetic. Just because you may not be considered diabetic, yet, there are reasons as to why you need to pay attention and take action now.Guests: Jonathan Fialkow, M.D., Chief of Cardiology at Baptist Hospital and Chief Population Health Officer at Baptist Health.Lisa Davis, PA-C, Certified, Clinical Lipid Specialist at Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute and the Cardiology Group.
21:35 08/22/2022
Reading the Medication Labels
The package inserts on medications these days read like a laundry list of potential side effects. How do we know which would be more common than others? Which should cause more of a concern? Navigating the novel size medication labels can cause a headache in itself, but did you know there are resources available?  Guests:Lijo Jose, M.D. - Family Medicine Physician, Baptist Health Primary Care Dana Jacobs, M.D. - Primary Care Medicine and Wellness Physician, Lynn Women's Institute Sara Pinella, PharmD. - Manager, Pharmacy Ambulatory Care
27:27 08/08/2022
Weight Loss Medications
For decades public health experts have warned us about the negative consequences of the obesity epidemic. However, the numbers continue to rise with no signs of slowing down, the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more than 70% of adults over the age of 20 are either overweight or obese. The consequences of obesity are well established and include functional concerns such as back and joint stresses, but metabolic ones as well, such as diabetes, hypertension, and consequent heart disease, and there's a direct link between obesity and cancer that we know.  As America wages, its war against the waistline weight loss medications have been placed in the spotlight. While there's no magic pill that cures obesity, medications have been developed that can positively impact one's weight.  Are they the answer? 
22:21 07/28/2022
Exercising Outside Safely This Summer
Heat and humidity are facts of life during South Florida summers, as is the danger of heat-related illnesses. Don't take the risk lightly. Learn what you should do to prepare for outdoor activities including sports, workouts and yard work.  Michael Swartzon, M.D., a sports medicine physician with Baptist Health Orthopedic Care, joins host, Jonathan Fialkow, M.D. with expert advice on proper hydration and exercise strategies to stay safe when the temperature soars.
20:41 06/27/2022
Alzheimer's Disease: What Caregivers Need to Know
Alzheimer’s Disease is a brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills and eventually robs people of the ability to do even the simplest tasks. Loved ones and caregivers of Alzheimer's patients face many challenges, but help is available. Becoming knowledgeable about the disease is the first step.  A panel of experts joins host, Jonathan Fialkow, M.D., to discuss what is known about Alzheimer’s and to share resources available to help patients and their caregivers. Guests:Khalid Hanafy, M.D., Chief of Neurology at Baptist Health's Marcus Neuroscience InstituteGillian Generoso, M.D., an internal medicine physician with Baptist Health Primary CareKeith Gibson, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the Alzheimer’s AssociationThe Alzheimer's Association helpline is available toll free at 1-800-272-3900
24:56 06/16/2022
Men's Health Month
In general, men are less healthy than women. They have more heart disease, chronic liver disease, alcoholism, kidney stones, bladder cancer and other chronic illnesses. And their life expectancy is shorter.  Each year in June we observe Men’s Health Month to raise awareness about mens’ health issues – and to encourage men to make take their health seriously  In this episode, host, Jonathan Fialkow, M.D., speaks with Baptist Health experts about the crisis in men's health.Guests:Gillian Generoso, M.D., internal medicine physician with Baptist Health Primary CareAhmed Eldefrawy, M.D., urologic oncologist at Miami Cancer InstituteJason Perry, M.D., sports medicine physician with Baptist Health Orthopedic Care
22:07 06/09/2022
Stroke Awareness: Act FAST
Strokes can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time. Knowing the signs of stroke and seeking immediate medical attention are the keys to saving lives and minimizing stroke-related disability.A panel of Baptist Health experts joined host, Jonathan Fialkow, M.D., to discuss stroke prevention and treatment during national Stroke Awareness Month.Guests:Brian Snelling, M.D., director of the stroke program at Marcus Neuroscience Institute.Felipe De Los Rios, M.D., director of Miami Neuroscience Institute's stroke program. Joshua B. Young, M.D., medical director and chief of emergency medicine at South Miami Hospital.
21:30 05/18/2022
The Placebo Effect - Mind Over Matter
There’s a phrase we use to describe the determination it takes to get through an illness or other challenge: ‘it’s a question of mind over matter.’ That’s more than just a saying. Widespread medical evidence has demonstrated the power of the mind to affect our physical state.  Host, Jonathan Fialkow, M.D., explores the phenomena of the placebo and nocebo effects with Baptist Health clinical pharmacist Frank Zamora, Pharm.D.
23:17 05/09/2022
Seeking Relief From Chronic Pain
More than 20% of American adults suffer from chronic pain, defined as persistent pain that lasts at least six months.  Back pain, arthritis, nerve pain and headaches are common causes. What can be done when long-term pain is ruining your quality of life?Host, Jonathan Fialkow, M.D., explored this complex and frustrating syndrome with a panel of experts in a recent episode of Baptist Health's Resource Live program. Guests:Seif Elbualy, M.D., director of interventional pain management at Baptist Health's Marcus Neuroscience InstituteLijo Jose, M.D., a family medicine physician with Baptist Health Primary CareFrancisco Garcia, a physician assistant at the arthritis clinic at Baptist Health Orthopedic Care
25:33 04/26/2022
Learning About Aphasia
Aphasia is an acquired condition that affects a person's ability to speak, write and understand language. The condition has been in the news ever since it was cited as the reason for Bruce Willis' recent retirement from acting.What do we know about aphasia; its causes, symptoms and what can be done to help those who are affected by it?A recent episode of Baptist Health's Resource Live program, hosted by Jonathan Fialkow, M.D., delved into this complex and debilitating condition.Guests:Felipe De Los Rios La Rosa, M.D., director of the stroke program at Baptist Health's Miami Neuroscience InstituteDenise Vargas, speech pathologist at Baptist Health. 
25:46 04/19/2022
Episode 100: A Glimpse Behind The Scenes
After a brief hiatus, the Baptist HealthTalk podcast is back with a special edition to mark a milestone: our 100th episode.Join us as we turn the tables on host Jonathan Fialkow, M.D., to get his unique perspective on the podcast's evolution during two of the most tumultuous years in modern medicine. Originally intended to cover common healthcare concerns like backaches and vaping, Baptist HealthTalk made a major pivot to deliver reliable information about COVID-19 from Baptist Health leaders and experts.Dr. Fialkow reflects on some of the most impactful episodes to date and talks about where the podcast is headed in the future - with the help of input from listeners.  To leave feedback about the podcast or suggest a topic, please send an email to We thank our listeners for your support.
26:30 04/11/2022
Joint Health At Every Age
There are more than 200 joints in the human body, but chances are you take them for granted until you experience swelling, stiffness or pain. Joint pain is very common, especially as we age.  But is it inevitable?  What can we do to keep our joints as healthy as possible for as long as possible?  Host, Jonathan Fialkow, M.D., welcomes Charles Lawrie, M.D.,  an orthopedic surgeon with Baptist Health’s Miami Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Institute, to answer some common questions about joint issues.
21:51 03/09/2022
Dealing With Digestive Woes
From indigestion and acid reflux, to IBS and Crohn’s disease, millions of Americans suffer from chronic digestive problems that affect their quality of life and can even be life-threatening. More than 50,000 deaths are expected to be caused by colorectal cancer this year. Jonathan Fialkow, M.D. hosted a panel of experts to talk about digestive health, diet, screenings and when to see a doctor.Guests:Antonio Ucar, M.D., gastrointestinal oncologist at Miami Cancer InstituteJose Estrada, M.D., a gastroenterologist affiliated with Baptist HealthLucette Talamas, a Baptist Health dietician
26:13 03/02/2022
Women & Heart Health
Both men and women get heart disease, but women are more likely to die from it.  In fact, heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States. As American Heart Month continues, we turn our attention to women's heart health.  Host, Jonathan Fialkow, M.D., welcomes Heather Johnson, M.D., a preventive cardiologist at the Christine E. Lynn Women's Health & Wellness Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital, a part of Baptist Health.  They discuss the roles played by anatomy, hormones, inflammatory diseases and lifestyle factors on women's heart health at every stage of life.
22:13 02/22/2022
Men & Heart Health
During American Heart Month, we take a look at the differences between men and women when it comes to preventing, diagnosing and treating heart disease.  Join host, Jonathan Fialkow, M.D., and his guest, interventional cardiologist Marcus St. John, M.D., for a wide-ranging discussion about heart health for men.
29:25 02/15/2022
Getting Ready For the Big Game
This weekend’s Super Bowl is sure to feature some incredible feats of athleticism. From their hearts and lungs to their muscles and joints, pro football players work hard to stay in peak physical condition. So, what can everyday athletes and weekend warriors learn from the pros?Host, Jonathan Fialkow, M.D. welcomes a panel of experts with tips for everyday athletes striving to reach their own fitness goals.Guests:Eli Friedman, M.D., medical director of sports cardiology at Baptist Health's Miami Cardiac & Vascular InstituteMichael Swartzon, M.D., sports medicine physician at Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine InstituteAmy Kimberlain, registered dietician with Baptist Health  
28:47 02/09/2022
The Latest on the Landmark Miami Heart Study
Seven years ago, a team at Baptist Health's  Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute (MCVI) launched the Miami Heart Study (MiHeart). The researchers are following 2,549 volunteers between ages 40-65 who had no symptoms of heart disease at the beginning of the study in order to track the primary factors involved in the development of coronary artery disease.  Find out what makes the data from this study so valuable to researchers around the world in this discussion with host, Jonathan Fialkow, M.D., deputy medical director of MCVI, who is the senior author of the study, and Khurran Nasir, M.D., chief of Cardiovascular Prevention and Wellness Division of Houston Methodist Hospital, who is MiHeart's principal investigator. 
26:03 01/31/2022
Can I Blame It On My Thyroid?
January is thyroid awareness month. This butterfly-shaped gland located in the front of the neck is small but powerful -- affecting metabolism, heart function, mood and more -- sometimes without causing obvious symptoms. If you think a health issue you’re having may be due to a thyroid problem, listen in to this discussion with experts from Baptist Health South Florida, hosted by Jonathan Fialkow, M.D. Guests:· Pascual De Santis, M.D., an endocrinologist with Baptist Health· Neeta Erinjeri, M.D., an endocrine surgeon at Baptist Health’s Miami Cancer Institute 
22:56 01/25/2022
Why Exercise Prescriptions are Good Medicine
Getting a prescription for a medication is nothing new. Neither is getting your doctor’s advice to exercise regularly. When that advice takes the form of a detailed plan tailored to your individual health goals it’s called an exercise prescription.It’s a relatively new term that’s gaining traction across disease states – from diabetes to osteoarthritis to depression to cancer – and it’s particularly well suited to the treatment of cardiovascular disease.Host, Jonathan Fialkow, M.D., a cardiologist and lipidologist with Baptist Health’s Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute welcomes Eli Friedman, M.D., the Institute’s director of sports cardiology, to talk about the ins and outs of exercise prescriptions.
19:09 01/18/2022
Omicron Wave Woes: COVID-19 in 2022
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
33:20 01/12/2022
Getting Back On Track With Your Health
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
27:42 01/07/2022
Heart Disease in Women: There IS a Difference.
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.
21:54 12/21/2021
Omicron, Boosters and COVID Pills: A Look Ahead
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. 
24:48 12/15/2021
'Tis The Season Of Stress
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.
20:47 12/08/2021
Sugar, Artificial Sweeteners & Your Brain
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)
17:12 11/30/2021
Don't Let COVID-19 or Flu Ruin Your Holidays
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.
23:42 11/17/2021
Obesity & Bariatric Surgery
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.
22:04 11/10/2021
Clearing The Smoke On Lung Cancer
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
21:00 11/03/2021
What Every Woman Should Know About Mammograms
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.
25:43 10/26/2021
How Sleep Deprivation Affects Your Health
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
23:36 10/19/2021