Chat With a Doctor: Fibromuscular Dysplasia (FMD)

Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, noon (ET)

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Do you have a question about fibromuscular dysplasia? Heather Gornik, MD, Medical Director, the Non-Invasive Vascular Laboratory of the Section of Vascular Medicine, will answer your questions about this topic during a live webchat Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, at noon (ET).

Chat With a Doctor: Fibromuscular Dysplasia (FMD) Live Web Chat: noon (ET) on Dec. 13, 2012


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Heather Gornik, MD

  • Medical Director
  • The Non-Invasive Vascular Laboratory
  • Section of Vascular Medicine
  • The Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart and Vascular Institute

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About fibromuscular dysplasia (FMD)

Fibromuscular dysplasia (FMD) is an uncommon disorder characterized by abnormal cellular growth in the walls of medium and large arteries. FMD is more often found in women between ages 40 and 60, but may also occur in children and the elderly.

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FMD can be hard to diagnose since many FMD patients do not exhibit any symptoms or findings on a physical examination. Moderate FMD in the carotid artery may include headaches, ringing or “swishing” noise in the ears or lightheadedness. Treatment varies and can be tailored to treat different severities. While there isn’t a cure for FMD, it can be treated effectively.

Possible questions for this webchat

  • What are the symptoms of FMD?
  • What parts of the body are affected by FMD?
  • How is FMD diagnosed and is it difficult to spot?
  • If I’m diagnosed with FMD, what is the best course of treatment for me?

Dr. Gornik is a staff physician in the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Sections of Clinical Cardiology and Vascular Medicine. She is board-certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease.

This health chat will open on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012 to allow you to submit questions. We will try to answer as many questions as possible during the chat. Please create an account to attend the chat and submit your questions.

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