Saturday, August 9, 2014

Video Weekend: Hepatitis C - Understanding The Liver, and Cirrhosis

Video Weekend: Understanding The Liver, and Cirrhosis

Good afternoon folks, welcome to our first edition of video weekend. Today's innovative videos offer a better understanding of HCV, how the liver works, possible disease complications, and a quick look at treatment, brought to you by Armando Hasudungan and Joe Galati, M.D.  

Knowledge Is Power
The phrase “knowledge is power” is a profound one to be sure, especially when applied to hepatitis C. Acquiring knowledge about hepatitis C can lead to an early diagnosis, a cure, and important management strategies to treat complications of this sometimes life-threatening virus. For most people, this can be an enormous undertaking, one that is made easier through self-education, advocacy and loving support.  

Hepatitis C is a serious disease, affecting almost 3 percent of the population worldwide, and up to 60-80 percent of those infected will go on to develop a chronic infection. In addition, more than 350,000 people die yearly from hepatitis C related diseases.

Disease Progression
The natural history of hepatitis C still remains controversial, research indicates that liver damage such as fibrosis or cirrhosis can take decades to develop. In an interesting article, found here, researchers named alcohol intake, co-infection with HBV or HIV, smoking, diabetes, obesity, age at time of infection, and duration of HCV infection, as several host factors relevant in determining the progression of hepatitis C. The latter two proved to be key factors associated with higher mortality risk.

To learn more about the basics of HCV click here, newly diagnosed click here, and finally for treatment information, click here.

Please take a few moments to view these engaging artful, and informative videos. Hopefully they will help you better understand the liver and various aspects of hepatitis C.

Liver Anatomy and Blood Supply
Uploaded By Armando Hasudungan
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Microbiology - Hepatitis C Virus
Uploaded By Armando Hasudungan

Liver Cirrhosis - Complications and Symptoms 
Uploaded By Armando Hasudungan

What Is Hepatic Encephalopathy? Information For Patients
View All Joe Galati, M.D.,Videos 

Approved New Hepatitis C Treatment: Solvadi/Sofosbuvir
Joe Galati, M.D.

Stay well and enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Always Tina

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