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Fatty Liver Disease Evaluation

Dr. Galati and the Liver Specialists of Texas team are experts in the management of fatty liver disease, also called Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease. We have been diagnosing and treating fatty liver since 1994. While I am not a fan of using the term “silent killer” when it comes to talking about liver disease, more and more, I do believe this is part of the conversation that I need to have with my patients. Fatty liver disease, also known as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), is a true public health crisis. Considering it has very few symptoms that would tip one off that you are having trouble with your liver, all too often, this condition is underdiagnosed, undertreated, and completely unappreciated until serious life-threatening complications develop. Over the past decade, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease has become the most chronic liver …


#LiverCancer Expert Discussion

This past week on the radio, Dr. Joe Galati interviewed Dr. Sudha Kodali and discussed all that the public needs to know about #livercancer. Knowing your risk factors will certainly reduce the risk of having serious complications from your liver disease. Risk factors for liver cancer include: Any form of chronic liver disease and cirrhosis Hepatitis B Hepatitis C Fatty liver disease Alcohol abuse Various medications Sclerosing cholangitis Knowing your risk factors is key. Call us at 713-794-077 if you have further questions.


#Addiction Updates

Dr. Howard Huang from Houston Methodist Hospital joins Dr. Galati this week and gives an update on COVID-19 and the recent infection that President Trump experience. He will discuss new therapeutics, and what lessons have been learned. Also, Becky Vance who is the president and CEO of Drug Prevention Resources, will shed light on the current state of affairs with regard to addiction and alcohol abuse. The impact of COVID-19 triggering a spike in addiction and overdoses will be discussed in detail. Addiction is such a major issue in the management of patients with liver disease that we dedicate a lot of education in this topic. Addiction impacts on liver transplant patients, and the decision to evaluate them for a life-saving transplant. If you like these podcasts, make sure that you sign up to be notified with each new episode. …


Fatty Liver: All You Need to Know

This past week on Your Health First, Dr. Galati interviewed Dr. Eric Lawitz, a fellow liver specialist, and they spent the hour talking about nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Fatty liver is a leading cause of chronic liver disease in the United States, and can lead to cirrhosis, which is scarring of the liver, as well as liver cancer. One amazing statistic is that there are 100 million people in the United States with fatty liver. Most people are unaware that they have a liver problem and thus ignore it. The liver has no nerve fibers, and as a result, in the vast majority of cases, patients will not have any outward signs or symptoms that something is wrong. Risk factors for fatty liver include metabolic syndrome, which includes obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and elevated cholesterol or triglycerides. …


COVID-19 and Heart Attack: Dr. Galati Explains

An unintended consequence of #COVID19 is that the number of #heartattacks is reduced. Why? Patients are fearful to come to the ER for the help the need. Dr. Mike Wilson, are cardiologist in Houston, joins Dr. Galati to explain. Follow Dr. Galati's podcast available throught the internet, including the iHeart Radio app.


How Do I Calculate My MELD Score?

Dr. Joe Galati details all you need to know about how the MELD score is calculated, and how changes in your lab values increase the MELD score and your priority for liver transplant. There are numerous MELD score calculators online, and these can be easily used. Please call us if we can be of any assistance to you if you are suffering from any type of liver disease. Our main referral line is 713-794-0700.


Dr. Galati Discusses Fatty Liver and the Wake-Up Call

Dr. Galati recently was invited to New Orleans to speak before the Louisiana chapter of Entrepreneurs’ Organization. During this half day presentation to business leaders in Louisiana, he talked about personal strategies to maintain wellness, reduce chronic disease, increase alertness to chronic alcohol abuse, and strategies to feed your families well. At the start of the program, he talked about his own family growing up in New York, the influence of his mother and father, and the importance of cooking at home, and eating as a family. He explained the origin of the three F’s which stands for family, faith, and food. The entire half day presentation will be released over the next several weeks, so stay tuned, and come back. #wellness #obesity #fattyliver #cancer #diabetes #homecooking #chronicdisease #alcoholabuse


Referring Physician Resources During #COVID19

The #COVID19 #pandemic has caused significant disruption to the delivery of care we are accustomed to providing. For our referring practices and providers, I want you to know that Liver Specialists of Texas is 100% available to see your patients. Via #telemedicine, my staff and I are ready to evaluate your patients and initiate a treatment plan. Imaging and non-invasive testing remains available if required.  For your patients with a liver concern, there is no need to delay getting them evaluated.  Call my team at 713-794-0700 or e-mail us at telemedicinevisit@texasliver.com.  Visit our website for updated practice information, and liver disease information at texasliver.com.  Through this crisis, we can continue to support our patients and each other. Wishing you, your family, and staff continued peace, strength, and good health.   Dr. Joe Galati Liver Specialists of Texas  


#COVID19 and #Telemedicine with Liver Specialists of Texas

A video message from Dr. Joe Galati and our efforts to maintain continuity of care with all of our patients, and keep delivering the care you expect. Contact our office at 713-794-0700 or send us an e-mail through our website. Reach out to learn more about these services, and allow us to keep maintaining your health and wellness.


In USA, Deaths from Alcohol are Increasing

This is a very serious health concern for all of us, especially if you are in the liver disease care business. Alcohol, and its abusive consumption, is killing people, especially the youth. This past week, we were pleased to have George Joseph, founder and CEO of Positive Recovery Centers on Your Health First to talk about his insight into the proble. Take a listen to the podcast and share it with your family and friends, and have a conversations with your children and young adults. The conversation can save their life.


Obesity and Fatty Liver Disease

Obesity, and all of its related complications, is more serious than most adults in America believe. More than one-third (34.9% or 78.6 million) of U.S. adults are obese. Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, fatty liver disease, and certain types of cancer, are some of the leading causes of preventable death. We are seeing an increase in the number of young children and adolescents developing obesity, and all of the related complications.

The cost of obesity is staggering, with annual medical cost of obesity exceeding $147 billion in 2008 U.S. dollars. The medical costs for people who are obese were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight.

Dr. Galati and the Liver Specialists of Texas team are dedicated to evaluate, treat, and manage all aspects of obesity and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD and NASH), including the complication of cirrhosis and liver failure. Developing a customized plan of care for each patient they see is their objective.

Liver Transplant Resources

Dr. Galati has been involved in Liver Transplantation since 1989. As Medical Director for the Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation at Houston Methodist Hospital, Dr. Galati has cared for thousands of patients with advanced liver disease. In those with the most severe form of advanced liver disease and cirrhosis, liver transplantation is a life-saving surgery. For more information on liver transplantation, click here.

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Online LIVER Second Opinion

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    From the comfort of your home, without the need to spend additional money on travel, lodging, and food, receive and expert second opinion from the expert physicians at Liver Specialists of Texas

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    There are five steps in the process of requesting a second opinion. We anticipate the steps will take you about 30-65 minutes to complete.

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    Have your medical records or those of your loved one on hand as you fill out the medical history questionnaire portion of the online process. The medical history questionnaire is detailed so having medical records to quickly reference will help make the process more efficient.

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    To start the process of an Online Liver Second Opinion, please fill out the initial contact form and fax back to our office. A representative from our office will call you for additional details.