Roderick Santa Maria, M.D.
Dr. Santa Maria is a concierge physician working in Boca Raton, FL. He works with all types of patients and specializes in cardiovascular disease treatment and prevention, nutrition, lipid management, weight control and chronic illness.
Working with patients with rare, genetic, and autoimmune diseases — helping them to manage their condition with ease and comfort.
Rehydrate. Spending long hours in the sun that result in a burn, probably means your dehydrated as well. Make sure to refuel with lots of water. Next, consider taking an ibuprofen to ward of pain and inflammation. Next, you can run a cool or lukewarm bath which will allow your body to soak in moisture and ease irritation. Not able to shower? Apply a cool, wet compress to the sunburnt areas.read more
An introduction on postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome.read more
Many POTS patients suffer with brain fog—a symptom that causes patients to feel confused, lack clarity, and feel inattentive or unable to stay focused on a thought. Though it may not possible to test for brain fog, it’s a symptom that patients will learn to recognize on their own. It is a common complaint of patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Fibromyalgia, and Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome.read more
What does it means when your Albumin, Bilirubin and AST are all low?
Albumin is a major blood protein that will either go up or down in many different situations. Poor nutritional intake or excess protein losses through bowel movements or urination can cause it to drop. It will also drop when there is systemic inflammation (also known as a reverse acute phase reactant.)read more
Any female POTS patient will tell you that the only thing worse than constant nausea, shifting blood pressure, racing pulse, continuous light-headedness, devastating fatigue, and inexplicable dehydration—is having all of that—AND your period. What Happens During the...read more
It is critical to know the patient’s breathing history, whether or not they have asthma or a pet-related lung disease, what medications they are on, what their blood count and symptoms are that might have led to this this complaint.read more
These “black-outs” where you constantly feel like you are going to pass out—but may not completely lose consciousness may be related to a lack of volume or lack of blood flow to the brain. Medically, we use the terms “dehydration” and “hypovolemia.” These terms are not interchangeable (although you will see that quite frequently” and each has a specific meaning.read more
In ancient China, during an era where so much importance was placed on prevention of illness—if a patient became sick, the doctor would pay them. Clearly, they took wellness and prevention very seriously back then. They believed that prevention was the foundation of...read more
AGE is the technical term for a protein plus a sugar. Proteins are all over the place—whether it’s in the form of an enzyme or a structural protein like the ones in your eyes or heart. Proteins get sugar coating and that makes them dysfunctional. It’s kind of like the bottom of a ship that gets barnacles and then it won’t float so well anymore. When this happens, the body has to throw out those proteins or recycle them—or its very stressful to the body, and it’ll wear down.read more
Roderick Santa Maria, M.D.
Dr. Roderick Santa Maria