Mark T. Tawil, MD
Specialty: Thoracic Surgery
- thoracic surgery
- vascular surgery
Location and Office HoursThoracic Surgical Associates
6659 Frank Ave NW
North Canton, OH 44720
- Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
- BlueCross BlueShield
- BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois
- Coventry Health Care
- First Health
- Great-West Healthcare Cigna
- HomeTown Health Plan
- Kaiser Permanente Health Plans
- Medical Mutual of Ohio
- SummaCare Health Plan
- United Healthcare
- Affinity Medical Center
- Alliance Community Hospital
- Mercy Medical Center
- Union Hospital
What does the heart consist of?
SecondsCount.org answeredThe heart is divided into four chambers, the left and right atria (the top chambers) and the left and right ventricles (the bottom chambers). A thick wall called the septum separates the left side of the heart from the right. Four valves that act as one-way doors within the heart carefully regulate blood flow through the heart’s chambers keeping blood on a “one-way street” through the heart and out to the body.
Prior to surgery, what should I bring to my consultation with the surgeon?
Debra Fulghum Bruce PhD, Healthcare, answeredTo make certain the surgeon fully understands your problem and your overall health, bring the following with you: copies of any x-rays, CT scans, or MRI scans; all lab results; your medical files; a comprehensive list of any medications you are taking (or have recently taken); a list of any natural dietary supplements, including herbs, you are taking (or have recently taken); and a list of any known allergies (including latex allergy or allergy to medications).
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How can I reduce my risk of sudden cardiac death?
About 50% of cardiac disease deaths are caused when the heart suddenly stops beating. If a patient has an irregular heart beat, the doctor can lower the risk of sudden cardiac death by implanting a defibrillator, an internal device that will re-establish a normal heart rhythm if necessary. A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that certain lifestyle do’s and don’ts can also help lower your risk.
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- If you smoke, stop; if you don’t smoke, don’t start.
- Keeping a healthy weight
- Engaging in a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise daily
- Eating a daily diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans, fish, and healthy fats and limiting your intake of saturated food products and alcohol.