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BayCare HealthChat is the official podcast series of BayCare and features our health care professionals sharing the latest health and wellness topics relevant to you and your family.

BayCare HealthChat is the official podcast series of BayCare and features our health care professionals sharing the latest health and wellness topics relevant to you and your family.


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BayCare HealthChat is the official podcast series of BayCare and features our health care professionals sharing the latest health and wellness topics relevant to you and your family.




Gallbladder Disease

Gallbladder disease refers to any condition that affects the health of your gallbladder (a pear-shaped organ beneath the liver) and can be rather complex. Listen as Dr. Priscilla Thomas discusses what benign (non-cancerous) gallbladder disease is, causes, symptoms and treatment options available.


What are Transitions of Care and How Do They Improve Your Health Care Experience?

The Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) define transitions of care as the movement of a patient from one setting of care to another. Listen as Dr. Mary Lomberk, a transitions of care clinical pharmacist with BayCare, discusses what transitions of care means, useful questions to ask your doctor before you leave the hospital, who helps you with these changes and more.


Colonoscopy: Screening, Procedure Details and Preparation

Many people are uncomfortable with the unknown, specifically when that unknown is a health screening or medical procedure. There are options when it comes to colon cancer screening and the best screening test is the one that gets done. Listen as Dr. Brian Matier discusses one of the more common screenings, a colonoscopy. Learn what you need to know about a colonoscopy and the details surrounding the procedure so you can feel confident the next time your doctor recommends this screening.


What Is High-Functioning Depression?

Depression affects millions of people, disrupting day-to-day to life. But some people who appear highly productive outwardly often suffer in silence and alone. Dr. Ed Jackson, Regional Medical Director of Outpatient Psychiatry for BayCare Behavioral Health, helps explain the condition, signs and symptoms.



Dr. Sachin Vaikunth leads a discussion on ulcers, including possible causes and preventative measures, as well as treatment options.


Safely Exercising During Pregnancy

Is it safe to exercise during pregnancy? What exercises are safe while pregnant? LaMor Silas, a Pre/Postnatal Fitness Specialist with BayCare answers these questions and discusses some tips and need-to-knows of safely exercising during pregnancy.


What You Need To Know About Carotid Artery Stenosis

Dr. Yves A. Gabriel leads an informative discussion about Carotid Stenosis, including how it is diagnosed, and treatment/management options.


What is Food Insecurity?

Hunger remains a great problem in our society and food insecurity can have a far-reaching impact on those in need. Listen as Matt Spence, Chief Programs Officer for Feeding Tampa Bay, Lisa Bell, Director of Community Benefit at BayCare and Colleen Walters, Vice President of Mission and Ethics at BayCare discuss what food insecurity is, how it can affect your health and what is being done to help address this problem.


Diet and Exercise and the LGBTQ+ Community

Research shows that LGBTQ+ people are more likely to have problems with body image and to be overweight or obese compared to heterosexual people. Christopher Aguilar, an APRN with BayCare Medical Group discusses the importance of a healthy balance of diet and exercise and how to approach open conversations with your physician.


How to Help Young People Transition into Adulthood

Dr Christina J. Canody discusses how to help children and teens transition into adults, how parents can prepare their children, and role they play in the transition.


Life After Cancer: Managing Your Emotions After Cancer Treatment

Relief is a common emotion that is associated with finishing a cancer treatment, but what about the other wide range of emotions that you or a loved one may experience during this time? Jessica Kilgore, a licensed mental health counselor with BayCare discusses life after cancer and how to manage the varied emotions, positive and negative, that you may experience.


Cancer and Your Career: Balancing Work, Emotions and a Diagnosis

In this episode, Jessica Kilgore, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, leads an informative discussion on how to balance medical needs and your work life.


Exercising After a Joint Replacement Surgery

Dr. Kurt Hirshorn leads a discussion on how to properly exercise when recovering from joint replacement surgery.


What to Know About Kids' Mental Health

Learn about what mental health means for kids, how to know if your child needs help and resources available in the community.


Aortic Aneurysm

Dr. Susan M. Shafii leads a discussion focusing on the symptoms, causes and treatments of an aortic aneurysm.



Dr. William Cooper leads a discussion on osteoarthritis, how it differs from the other types of arthritis, and the surgical and non-surgical treatment options.


What is Integrative Medicine?

Dr. Poonkasem leads a discussion explaining the key focuses in integrative medicine.


Hands-Only CPR vs. Traditional CPR: The Differences and Benefits of Each

Cardio Cerebral Resuscitation (CCR) and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) are two important life-saving skills everyone can learn. CCR, better known as Hands-Only CPR, is becoming more common in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Listen as Dr. Juan Gallego, the Medical Director and Emergency Department Chief at BayCare's St. Joseph's Hospital, discusses the goals of CPR and CCR and why hands-only CPR might be a better alternative to traditional "mouth-to-mouth" CPR.


At-Home Exercise Tips

Dr. Fred Brennan, Jr., a family and sports medicine physician with BayCare, discusses how to stay active while working at home and shares some at-home exercise tips so you can stay motivated.


Childhood Obesity

According to the CDC, childhood obesity is a serious problem in the United States, putting children and adolescents at risk for poor health. Dr. Nicole Conde, a Pediatrician with BayCare Medical Group, discusses the causes, symptoms and treatments for childhood obesity.