Physicians at St. Bernards Heart & Vascular will sponsor a special Healthy Heart Luncheon for the interested public on Monday, Feb. 24, at St. Bernards Auditorium, 505 East Washington Ave.
The event is planned as part of the emphasis on heart health during the month that traditionally has been recognized as American Heart Month. A brief program will feature St. Bernards Heart & Vascular physicians discussing heart disease and answering questions from those in attendance.
Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans, and while it is a risk for all Americans, women are especially at risk, with heart disease the cause of one in three deaths among women. Hosting the luncheon is only one of the things physicians with the region’s largest cardiology practice are doing this month to promote awareness of heart health.
They also are making a number of presentations, discussing issues ranging from the life-saving work for heart attack patients through St. Bernards Delta Ridge Regional STEMI Network to peripheral vascular disease and technology that helps cardiologists improve circulation in the legs and prevent amputations.
St. Bernards Heart & Vascular physicians also took part in a recent St. Bernards Delta Ridge STEMI Network meeting, talking with first responders, nurses and other physicians about the success the regional network has had in delivering expedited care for patients identified as having a specific type of heart attack – an ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction. The network has adopted a protocol that gets those patients directly to the St. Bernards cath lab to open blocked arteries, thus saving lives. According to data from the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline, for the last year, the St. Bernards has reduced its mortality rate for heart attack patients to 2.3 percent – three times lower than the national average.
Doors for the luncheon will open at 11 in the morning so attendees can visit with a number of vendors who provide heart-related products and services. Lunch will be served at noon.
Among physicians who will be on hand to answer questions and talk with participants will be cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons and electrophysiologists (specially trained cardiologists who deal with heart rhythm problems).
Physicians who practice at St. Bernards Heart & Vascular are Drs. Ahmad Al-Hindi, Max Arroyo, Ziad Awar, Brian Bailey, Jaime Chavez, Jack Havdala, Roger Hill, Anil Kumar, Abe Martinez, John McKee, Devi Nair, Richard Stevenson, Barry Tedder and Deepak Thomas.
In addition to seeing patients at St. Bernards Heart & Vascular in Jonesboro, the physicians provide heartcare in clinics at Paragould, Piggott, Wynne, Newport, Batesville, Walnut Ridge, Pocahontas and other communities in Northeast Arkansas.
A light heart-healthy lunch will be served. Persons interested in attending the luncheon are asked to make reservations by calling the St. Bernards HealthLine at 870-207-7300 by Friday, Feb. 21.