I get hundreds of comments here at the blog and hundreds more emails each year looking for help of all sorts. This brings both joys and challenges!
Let me head off some of the disappointment that may come when I’m not able to offer help from afar and lay out the few ways in which I might be able to help….and the many ways in which I can’t….
Ways I can help:
- Provide written blog posts that help educate about issues related to heart health and athletes. I’ll try to do more writing in 2018 and I can always use suggestions for topics that may be of interest.
- Provide an opportunity for readers to comment on my blog posts. I’ll approve comments that help inform my audience and I’ll approve comments that ask straightforward questions. I’ll also approve comments where one reader responds to another reader, so long as it is for the purpose of sharing experiences or useful information.
- I can sometimes direct readers to other useful sources of information or support groups….but not always.
- I can always suggest that you consult your doctor(s) for medical advice.
- I’m happy to see new patients at my office in Jackson, Mississippi. I am an adult heart surgeon, so my wheelhouse includes problems like heart valve disease, coronary artery disease, congenital heart problems that manifest as an adult, heart failure, certain arrhythmias, aortic diseases (including dissection, aneurysm, associated bicuspid aortic valve). But I’m also happy to see “healthy” patients for the purpose of checkups and cardiac screening and to work with my cardiology colleagues to evaluate athlete patients with the whole gamut of heart problems.
- I can speak to your group on issues related to heart health and athletes.
- I can speak with reporters or media outlets that are interested in stories about athletes and heart health. I enjoy helping to “get the word out.”
- I can associate with other medical professionals or scientific investigators who are working on projects to help better understand athletes and heart problems.
- Using my blog, and also through other networking, I can share helpful resources for athletes with heart problems.
Ways I can’t help:
- I can’t be your doctor from afar. And since I can’t be your doctor from afar, I can’t provide medical advice. If we haven’t met, my advice probably wouldn’t be very good, anyway. Your best source for medical advice will be your own doctor(s) who are familiar with the particulars of your situation.
- I can’t help you find a doctor in your hometown….unless you live near my hometown of Jackson, Mississippi.
- I don’t endorse, contribute to, or advertise charitable organizations on the basis of online contact, regardless of how worthwhile the cause may be.
- I can’t connect athletes with my patients for the purpose of networking. As an alternative, though, I can sometimes direct an athlete to an online support group of athletes in similar circumstances, where helpful networking may be possible.
- Except in very unusual circumstances, I don’t offer my services as an expert witness in legal proceedings.
- I am not interested in opportunities for advertising at my blog.