Music Therapy May Reduce Chest Pains After Heart Attacks 

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By Janet Tiberian, MA, MPH, CHES
July 1, 2020

After having a heart attack, it’s common to make lifestyle changes. Get more exercise. Give up certain foods. Throw away the cigarettes. Another step that may help especially if you’re experiencing chest pains following a heart attack – also known as early post-infarction angina: Listen to more music. 

Listening to 30 minutes of music a day can reduce pain and anxiety in post-infarction angina patients, according to a study presented at the American College of Cardiology's Annual Scientific Session Together with World Congress of Cardiology. 


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Janet Tiberian, MA, MPH, CHES

Janet Tiberian is MDVIP's health educator. She has more than 25 years experience in chronic disease prevention and therapeutic exercise.

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Can Vitamin D Help Protect You From COVID-19?

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By Janet Tiberian, MA, MPH, CHES
May 13, 2020

It’s a simple question: Can vitamin D protect you from the coronavirus? Unfortunately, the answer isn’t simple, despite recent research that shows a crude, but clear relationship between countries with high levels of vitamin D deficiency and high levels of COVID-19 cases and deaths. 


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Janet Tiberian, MA, MPH, CHES

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Mediterranean Diet Linked to Slower Aging

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By Janet Tiberian, MA, MPH, CHES
May 13, 2020

Mediterranean diet has been linked to lowering your risk for cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and type 2 diabetes. One reason it works is by altering gut bacterium linked to healthy aging and lower inflammation in older people, according to a study published the BMJ journal Gut.


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Janet Tiberian is MDVIP's health educator. She has more than 25 years experience in chronic disease prevention and therapeutic exercise.

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10 Easy-to-Grow Superfood Herbs and Spices

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By Janet Tiberian, MA, MPH, CHES
May 12, 2020

Using herbs and spices is one of the easiest ways to enhance the flavor of your food. And they’re certainly healthier than adding salt or sodium-laden condiments such as soy sauce, salad dressings and dips. Because they’re plant-based, they’re also high in antioxidants and minerals and can boost the nutritional value of your meal. 


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Janet Tiberian, MA, MPH, CHES

Janet Tiberian is MDVIP's health educator. She has more than 25 years experience in chronic disease prevention and therapeutic exercise.

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Why You Still Need to See Your Doctor Even During COVID-19

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By Janet Tiberian, MA, MPH, CHES
May 11, 2020

There has been a precipitous drop in medical visits and preventive testing since shelter-in-place orders went into effect in March, even though many doctor’s offices, urgent care centers and hospitals are still open. Since early April there has been a 49 percent decrease in adult primary care visits compared to the period immediately before orders were announced, according to the Commonwealth Fund. 


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Should You Go to the ER, Urgent Care or Your Primary Care Doctor?

It’s an important question -- especially now, in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. If you’re experiencing symptoms possibly related to COVID-19, another illness or an injury, where do you go? Your primary care doctor office? A walk-in clinic? Urgent care? Or an emergency department? 

Each offers different treatment options as well as price points, which are important considerations when deciding where to go for your own symptoms or for someone you love.  


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PTSD from a Pandemic? You Bet

PTSD is a mental health condition that can develop after a traumatic event. The event may be shocking, frightening or dangerous, which is why many of us associate PTSD with war. While it’s true that recent veterans are more likely to have PTSD than the rest of us, anyone can get it. During a pandemic, frontline health and human services workers are at especially high risk. 


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Staying Safe As Society Reopens

Byron F. Harper III, MD
By Byron F. Harper III, MD
May 4, 2020

Many people are excited to "get back to normal" as businesses reopen and regular activities resume; I am too! But there's still the need to protect ourselves against COVID-19 while coming into contact with the general public again. Here are some action steps that you can take to help stay safe and healthy as society opens back up.

Wear Protection 


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Byron F. Harper III, MD

Next to your family and your faith, your health is your greatest treasure, your greatest possession. To be your personal physician, your partner in healthcare, is an honor and a privilege that humbles me but also stirs in me a passion to provide you with the ideal environment for optimal health. This environment includes a highly personalized health care plan focused on allowing you to reach your goals and your dreams by tailoring wellness, prevention, and primary care specifically to you and your needs! Through my MDVIP-affiliated practice, you and I will use an approach similar to concierge-type medicine, one that not only values the patient-physician relationship but establishes an even stronger bond, the patient-physician partnership. In a relaxed and unhurried environment, we will take whatever time is necessary to make sure that there is a mutual understanding between us so that you're confident that I understand your concerns and needs at each visit and I am able to customize a plan of education, nutrition, and wellness that not only includes treatment and therapy but also prioritizes prevention.

Board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, I am a second-generation internal medicine physician who has deep roots and understanding in the culture and uniqueness of the communities and families of both Fayette and Coweta Counties, communities that I grew up in. I know how important family, friendship and laughter can be to establish a warm and welcoming environment and my staff and I will always strive to make you feel like family. Through 30 years of private practice in the South Atlanta region, I have developed special interests and experience in cardiovascular health, diabetes, hypertension, preventive care and nutrition. I have served as the Medical Director for Southwest Christian Care, a non-profit hospice facility in south Fulton County for over 25 years. I also have privileges at Piedmont Fayette Hospital.

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When Is It Safe to See My Grandkids? 

Some states that issued stay-at-home orders in the wake of COVID-19 are starting to reopen for business. If it’s safe for you to go get your hair cut, shouldn’t that mean it’s safe for you to see your grandchildren? 

Maybe. Maybe not. 

 Base your plans not only on local government recommendations, but also on factors unique to your family. These may include age, health status and commitment to protective measures. 


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Your Guide to Returning to Normal After COVID-19 Shutdown

Dr. Andrea Klemes, Chief Medical Officer MDVIP
By Dr. Andrea Klemes , MDVIP
April 30, 2020

With various states and the federal government considering easing social distancing restrictions and reopening segments of the economy, it’s important to remember that the coronavirus hasn’t gone away. That means if you’re in a high-risk group – or come into contact with people who are in a high-risk group — you still need to take substantial precautions, just as you have been for the last month or so.


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Dr. Andrea Klemes, Chief Medical Officer MDVIP
Dr. Andrea Klemes
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Dr. Andrea Klemes is the Chief Medical Officer of MDVIP. She also serves as the executive and organizational leader of MDVIP’s Medical Advisory Board that supports quality and innovation in the delivery of the healthcare model drawing expertise from the affiliated physicians. Dr. Klemes oversees MDVIP’s impressive outcomes data and research including hospital utilization and readmission statistics, quality of disease management in the MDVIP network and the ability to identify high-risk patients and intervene early. She is instrumental in the adoption of the Electronic Health Record use in MDVIP-affiliated practices and the creation of the data warehouse. Dr. Klemes is board certified in internal medicine and endocrinology and a fellow of the American College of Endocrinology. Dr. Klemes received her medical degree from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed an internal medicine residency at Cabrini Medical Center in Manhattan, New York and an Endocrine and Metabolism Fellowship at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. Prior to joining MDVIP, Dr. Klemes worked at Procter & Gamble in the areas of personal healthcare, women’s health and digestive wellness and served as North American Medical Director for bone health. She spent 10 years in private practice specializing in endocrinology and metabolism in Tallahassee, Florida. In addition, Dr. Klemes held leadership roles with the American Medical Association, Florida Medical Association and as Medical Director of the Diabetes Center in Tallahassee and Panama City, Florida, as well as Chief of the Department of Medicine at Tallahassee Community Hospital. She has been a consultant and frequent lecturer and has completed broad clinical research in diabetes and osteoporosis and published extensively.

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