Holzer recently held its Fifth Annual Go Red for Women Heart Luncheon in recognition of February as American Heart Month.
This year’s guest panel included Lori Cremeans, RN MSN CRRN CWOCN, Director Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Services, Holzer, Diana Shillington, Special Guest Panel Member, Sarah Ramsburg, RDN, LD, Clinical Dietitian, Holzer, Darren Hayes, Exercise Physiologist, Holzer, Jennifer Spradlin, RN, Cardiac Registry, Holzer, Ramesh Chandra, MD, Interventional Cardiologist, Holzer, and Robert Hess, MD, Emergency Services, Holzer.
A variety of heart health information was provided for those in attendance, including: signs and symptoms of a heart attack, when to go to the emergency room, nutrition for optimal heart health, what to expect in cardiac rehabilitation programs, and when to start looking at individual risk factors and establishing a relationship with a primary care provider. “It’s important for women to know their family history and start taking care of ourselves at an early age. We suggest women start knowing their cholesterol and health numbers at 25 years old,” stated Spradlin. “We must educate ourselves to not only recognize the symptoms of heart issues in our loved ones, but also ourselves. The more educated we are about heart health and when to seek assistance from health professionals, the better we will be.”
The American Heart Association provides the follow symptoms for women to be aware of:
Chest Discomfort – Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain.
Discomfort in other Areas of the Upper Body – Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
Shortness of breath – with or without chest discomfort.
Other signs – May include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, or lightheadedness.
If you experience any of these symptoms, call 911.
“There is a variety of online tools and screening resources available to gauge risk of heart disease,” stated Dr. Chandra. “We encourage everyone to talk to their primary care provider about his/her individual risk for developing cardiovascular problems. We want everyone to have the very best heart health possible.”
“Holzer has established wonderful relationships with our local emergency medical services personnel, and based on information provided by the EMS, we are able to call cardiovascular specialists in prior to the arrival of the ambulance if necessary,” continued Spradlin. “Our door to balloon time is better than national standards, providing our patients with the heart care needed in record time.”
“We encourage everyone to take their symptoms seriously,” stated Dr. Hess. “We would much rather have someone present to the emergency room to be sure that everything is okay, rather than have an individual ignore symptoms and end up with something more serious.”
For more information on this year’s event, visit www.holzer.org.
Holzer has initiated a program to recognize outstanding physicians within our health system. Patient feedback is gathered at each location regarding the service our physicians are providing for the communities. Patients and family members are encouraged to submit feedback on their physicians and the type of care they are receiving. One physician is selected quarterly who meets standards for quality, care, service, stewardship, teamwork, and provides a helpful and caring attitude.
For Fall Quarter 2016, Nabil Fahmy, MD, PhD, Holzer Internal Medicine, has been selected as the winner of the award. A patient of Dr. Fahmy stated the following: “I was not feeling well for days, and you not only worked me in, but stayed late to read my reports and called me after hours on a Friday night to check on me. You, I believe, have gone above and beyond to make sure your patients are ok. I just want to recognize you as a Super Doc. Thank you and God Bless you.”
Dr. Fahmy completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Mt. Carmel Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio, and is Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He joined Holzer in October 1994.
Dr. Fahmy sees patients at the Holzer Gallipolis location. For more information on the services provided at Holzer, visit www.holzer.org or call 1-855-4-HOLZER.
Gallia County Commissioners joined Holzer to declare February as American Heart Month.
The proclamation is as follows:
Whereas, we the Gallia County Commissioners, recognize the month of February as American Heart Month and February and do hereby encourage all citizens to wear red to raise awareness of cardiovascular disease; and Whereas, we recognize the extraordinary progress in heart health and recognize that more needs to be done in Gallia County to safeguard heart health for generations to come; and Whereas, cardiovascular disease accounts for 17.3 million deaths per year, a number that is expected to grow to more than 23.6 million by 2030.
Whereas, The American Heart Association projects the cost of treating heart disease in the United States will triple by 2030; and Whereas, keeping our communities healthy and promoting awareness of health issues including heart disease, is an important responsibility and depends on the actions of many organization and groups in our community; and Whereas, heart health remains a priority for families, communities, and government, and our commitment to keeping our citizens, especially our women, healthy is stronger than ever; Therefore, be it Resolved that in recognition of the ongoing fight against heart disease we do hereby proclaim February as American Heart Month in Gallia County and urge everyone to show their support for the fight against heart disease.
Shown pictured: front row: left, Harold Montgomery, President, Gallia County Commission, and Lori Cremeans, Director, Holzer Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Services. Back row, left to right: Brent Saunders, Gallia County Commissioner, Kim Addis, Holzer Cardiovascular Institute, Christi Cremeans, Holzer Cardiovascular Institute, Becky Buckley, Holzer Cardiovascular Institute, Jennifer Spradlin, Holzer Cardiovascular Institute, Karrie Davison, Holzer Marketing Department, and David Smith, Vice President, Gallia County Commission.