GROWING NUMBER OF BABY BOOMERS SEEKING CARE & EVOLUTION OF MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY WILL BE THE TOP THEMES ADDRESSED AT ANNUAL CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE MANAGEMENT SYMPOSIUM
Nationally-Renowned Cardiologist at St. Luke’s Medical Center Brings Esteemed Faculty Together to Discuss Cardiovascular Disease Developments and Opportunities during Oct. 4-6 Gathering
PHOENIX – (Aug. 28, 2017) – New technologies and procedures, and the record numbers of baby boomers seeking critical cardiological care will be the top themes taking center stage at the 5th annual Cardiovascular Disease Management Symposium held Oct. 4-6 at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix. The well-attended cardiology symposium assembles heart physicians and nurses from across the country to discuss cardiovascular disease developments and opportunities. The three-day event kicks off on Oct. 4 with a special focus on the critical role that nursing professionals have in providing quality care to patients.
“As our population ages, cardiovascular disease will continue to be one of the most serious critical illnesses facing Americans today,” said Dr. Richard Heuser, FACC, FACP, FESC, FSCAI, and Chief of Cardiology at St. Luke’s Medical Center (and in practice with Phoenix Heart Center, which is part of Physician Group of Arizona, Inc.). “This symposium is a vital resource that brings together the entire health care profession to discuss cutting-edge technologies and advances in the treatment of cardiovascular disease from the medical, interventional and lifestyle modification perspectives.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 610,000 people die of heart disease each year in the U.S., translating into 1 in every 4 deaths. Statistics like this make events like the Cardiovascular Disease Management Symposium attractive to clinical cardiologists, primary care physicians, interventional cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, basic scientists, vascular medicine specialists, nurses, perfusionists, cath lab technicians, and other health care professionals working in the field of cardiovascular medicine.
As medical professionals begin to mark National Critical Illness Awareness Month, Dr. Heuser will lead the cardiology symposium. It will feature the nuts and bolts of everyday care for patients with cardiovascular diseases, and new ideas for tailoring the most appropriate treatment plan for each individual.
Using data from the most recent evidence-based medicine studies, as well as new guidelines, faculty will lead detailed discussions on statins, PCSK9 inhibitors, heart failure, PFO closure, peripheral vascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, wound care, TAVR and atrial fibrillation. The ultimate goal of the symposium is to provide an overview of the optimal methods and management of the informed physician’s practice, and to discuss and debate the exciting options on the horizon.
This will also be the second year that the symposium will dedicate a special curriculum for nurses, so that nurses can gather to discuss the critical role they play in caring for patients amid increasing demands, while staying on top of the latest trends and innovations in the medical field.
Medical professionals are invited to register for the two-day continuing education symposium by visiting: promedicacme.com.
To schedule interviews about the dangers of cardiovascular disease that front-line providers tackle, including identifying warning signs, undertaking preventive actions, and the latest treatments and innovations with Dr. Heuser, contact Angela Menninger at 602-373-8212 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About St. Luke’s Medical Center
Serving Metropolitan Phoenix for more than 100 years, St. Luke’s Medical Center is a 200-bed tertiary care hospital part of IASIS Healthcare offering a full range of medical services, including emergency care, orthopedics, cardiac care, bariatrics, physical rehabilitation, pain management and wound care. St. Luke’s has a long history of innovation as the first hospital in Arizona to open a cardiac catheterization lab, and the first in the Valley to perform open heart surgery. With a focus on serving the diverse health care needs of the community, experienced professionals provide high quality care with the latest technology, in a caring environment. St. Luke’s Medical Center is an Official Healthcare Partner of the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury. For more information, visit stlukesmedcenter.com or call 1-877-351-WELL (9355).Find St. Luke’s Medical Center on Facebook and follow the hospital on Twitter.
About Physician Group of Arizona, Inc.
Physician Group of Arizona, Inc., (PGA) part of IASIS Healthcare, is comprised of primary and specialty care physicians and surgeons committed to delivering the highest quality patient care. Combining expertise and personalized service with advanced technological equipment and facilities, these physicians provide high-quality healthcare to adolescents, adults and seniors throughout the Valley. PGA physicians are members of the medical staff at IASIS Healthcare hospitals in Arizona, including Mountain Vista Medical Center in Mesa, St. Luke’s Medical Center in Phoenix and Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital in Tempe. Physician Group of Arizona is an Official Healthcare Partner of the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury. For more information about PGA, visit PhysicianGroupAZ.com or call 1-855-551-DOCS (3627).
About Phoenix Heart Center
With five locations across the Valley, Phoenix Heart Center is a physician practice committed to delivering state-of-the-art cardiovascular care. The professional health care team at Phoenix Heart Center provides a broad spectrum of cardiac services, from non-invasive tests for preventative care and early diagnosis, to all types of interventional catheter procedures. Using the latest advanced medical technology with years of expertise, the board-certified interventional cardiologists at Phoenix Heart Center can pinpoint heart issues and accurately diagnose treatments. For more information, visit www.phoenixheartcenter.com or call 602-234-0004.
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This is Part II of a two-part series about football and brain injury. Read Part I here.
Keishaud White, No. 5 on the Desert Vista High School Thunder football team, kneels at the southeast corner of the field before the first game of his senior year.
He’s praying — and in the audience, so is his mom, Keisha Culver.
“I just keep it in my prayer that he comes off the field the same way he went on and that’s unscathed, unharmed,” she said.
This is also Keishaud’s first game back after tearing his meniscus last season.
Minutes later, she lets out a cheer.
“Go Thunder! Go Keishaud White! It’s his senior year so hopefully he gets out there, he grinds, he makes his mama proud,” said Culver.
Around the country and the Valley, fall Friday nights will smell like kettle corn and sound like marching band renditions of fight songs and cheers from the crowd.
The number of boys playing high school football in Arizona dropped 15 percent in the past year, in line with a national decrease. In the 2016-17 school year, 17,761 Arizona boys played high school football.
Participation numbers have fluctuated from year to year.
An increased awareness of the lasting effects of brain injuries has changed the way Arizona teens play the game.
For example, a study published last month in the Journal of the American Medical Association found a degenerative brain disease in 110 of 111 donated brains from deceased former NFL football players.
Culver said her son has had a few close calls with head injuries, but has never been diagnosed with a concussion, a type of traumatic brain injury that usually has temporary effects.
Part of the reason she said she’s not worried is the staff of athletic trainers on the sidelines at this game and at every varsity football practice at Desert Vista.
Steve Baca is the head athletic trainer and he says as awareness of head injuries increases, the more student athletes report them. He estimated he might do 30 concussion evaluations in a football season.
Here’s what he looks for:
“The big one is a headache, that’s usually the first one that we see and the last one that we see to leave after someone suffers a concussion,” Baca said. “There’s a whole range of symptoms we can have from vomiting to balance problems to feeling foggy, to having trouble in school.”
Sports medicine physician Dr. Amy Overlin oversees the trainers in the Tempe Union High School District. She said says medical professionals need the cooperation of kids and parents to do their job.
“Concussion is difficult to diagnose because it is a constellation of signs and symptoms plus physical exam findings,” Overlin said. “If people aren’t telling us what’s going on, it’s very hard to evaluate.”
Longtime coaches say these types of discussions are a huge departure from decades past.
“In high school, as kids made big hits, what we called ‘de-cleaters’ where the kids kinda got their bell rung, they would show that over and over,” said David Hinds, who coached in the ’70s and ’80s.
Hinds is now the executive director of the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA).
The group began mandating a concussion education program for student athletes in 2011.
“Part of education is making sure you’re doing things to prevent an injury to begin with,” said Dr. Javier Cárdenas, a member of the AIA’s sports medicine advisory and director of the Barrow Concussion and Brain Injury Center at Barrow Neurological Institute.
The AIA is also changing the way football is played, limiting the number of contact practices and banning blindside blocking. These rules have since been adopted nationally.
“At the end of the day we’re not going to talk parents into playing a certain sport of out of playing a certain sport,” Cárdenas said.
The Barrow Neurological Institute also conducts online surveys of Valley parents. The most recent found one-third of parents wouldn’t allow their kids to play football, a consistent finding since 2014. The percentage of adults that considered a concussion a “serious medical condition” has increased over the years to 90 percent.
One Valley parent with her eyes on the latest research is Laura Rodriguez, an Ahwatukee mom of two boys, almost 12 and 13 years old.
She’s from Texas where “football is life.”
Her son’s played flag football last year and she was surprised by how rough the sport could be. One son had a tooth knocked loose after a hard hit.
“You don’t want to set your kids up for injuries that will affect them for a lifetime,” Rodriguez said.
Club sports and leagues like the ones her sons played in aren’t regulated by an agency such as the AIA and can have less comprehensive education requirements.
“I don’t think sports are bad, I think it’s great that kids are active,” Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez has seen the consequences of serious brain injury firsthand. Her boyfriend deals with emotional and physical difficulties from a brain injury he got while in the military.
“If we’re not aware of what can happen or we don’t know how to react to what’s happening or how to help a child that may be hurt then we’ve failed our children,” she said.
For this year, Rodriguez is grateful her sons have chosen different extracurriculars, band and cross country. She’s not sure what she’d do if they wanted to play tackle football in the future.
Drilling Down on Power Tools
Time to invest in a new handpiece? Keep these factors in mind.
Orthopods ask a lot from their handheld power tools. They have to be lightweight, well balanced and precise, and durable enough to withstand the daily grind of a physically demanding specialty. You’ll know it’s time to invest in new power tools if batteries fail mid-procedure, saw blades have dulled from repeated use or other components are showing visible signs of wear and tear. Here are some of the features to consider when shopping the latest options.
1 The juice
Power is the combination of torque (force exerted) and speed (revolutions or cycles over a given period of time) — and each orthopedic procedure calls for a different balance of the two. When you’re reaming the acetabulum for a hip replacement, for example, you want high torque and low speed, so the reamer bites into the bone. When you’re drilling, you want higher speed and less torque, so the tool doesn’t slip and injure surrounding tissue.
You can’t talk about a tool’s power without talking about its power source — meaning, battery, pneumatic or electric. I’m partial to battery-powered tools, because you don’t have to worry about cords, which may inadvertently contaminate the sterile field and are one more thing OR staff can trip over. Also, the advent of the lithium-ion battery means I don’t have to worry about whether the battery will have enough juice to get me through a long case. Although today’s batteries easily last through a 45-minute to hour-long joint replacement case, I always have a backup available in the event that the primary battery runs out of life mid-procedure.
Remember: Batteries are bound to lose their ability to hold a charge over time. That means you’ll face ongoing costs for purchasing replacements, which can run $200 or more. Ask your vendor about a battery’s expected lifespan and how it will stand up to the rigors of sterilization, so you can budget accordingly.
Two well-respected maternal fetal medicine specialists and a seasoned OB/GYN family nurse practitioner with endocrinology experience have opened a physician’s office in Mesa to help women with high-risk and complicated pregnancies. Dr. Richard Blumrick, FACOG, and Dr. Julia Elizabeth Solomon, MDCM, FACOG, will be lending their support to the medical teams at Mountain Vista Medical Center in Mesa and Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital.
The physicians have teamed up with Raquel Castaneda, FNP-BC – an existing Physician Group of Arizona employee and a seasoned OB/GYN family nurse practitioner with extensive endocrinology experience – to assist pregnant patients who have diabetes or gestational diabetes.
“As the East Valley grows, so too does the need for highly-specialized, quality health care options, especially for patients facing complex medical circumstances,” said Jake Golich, chief executive officer of Mountain Vista Medical Center. “Adding the experience from Dr. Blumrick and Dr. Solomon in partnership with Raquel Castaneda to our network allows us to offer even more specialized services for high-risk and complicated pregnancies in the East Valley.”
The trio belong to Physician Group of Arizona’s Fetal Diagnostic Center, which is home to the network’s team of perinatology specialists. The Fetal Diagnostic Center guides at-risk patients through challenging pregnancies, providing necessary evaluations, risk assessments, advanced ultrasounds to identify medical problems early, and treatment options. The team focuses on some of the most daunting medical conditions during pregnancy, including congenital birth defects, particularly cardiac; genetic disorders; fetal or placental abnormalities; maternal health, autoimmune and hereditary conditions; pregnancy-related disorders; preterm labor; multiple gestation (twins, triplets, etc.), and blood, mineral or vitamin deficiencies.
With more than 20 years of experience, Blumrick has an intrinsic interest in medically-complicated pregnancies, including heart disease in pregnancy, and extreme prematurity. He received his medical degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and completed an internship in OB/GYN at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospitals in New York, and a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina.
A former adjunct at University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, and McGill University Faculty of Medicine in Montreal, Solomon is a board-certified Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist who is an internationally-renowned authority on 3-D and 4-D ultrasound and fetal echocardiography. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in psychology and later her Doctor of Medicine and Master of Surgery from McGill University. Solomon completed an OB/GYN residency at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and a Fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine at New England Medical Center.
Castaneda, an Arizona native, has spent the last two decades honing her skills in various areas of patient care, including Labor and Delivery, NICU, Post-partum and Prenatal Education. Due to gestational diabetes becoming more common, she has spent nearly three years hyper-focused on Endocrinology and Diabetes Management. Fluent in Spanish, Castaneda earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Arizona State University, and her Master of Science as a Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of Phoenix.
Through the addition of Blumrick, Solomon and Castaneda, patients will have access to more advanced services and technologies, including:
- 3-D/4-D obstetric ultrasound, providing multi-dimensional views of the baby and his/her developing organs.
- Fetal echocardiograms to study the anatomy and function of a baby’s heart.
- Detailed (level II) ultrasound for higher risk conditions.
- Genetic counseling for helping patients understand and evaluate treatment options for genetic conditions or birth defects.
- Amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling to screen for developmental abnormalities.
- Non-invasive prenatal screening for common chromosomal disorders.
- Cerclage placement to strengthen the cervix to help a developing baby.
- Percutaneous umbilical cord blood sampling (PUBS) to detect fetal abnormalities.
- Amnioinfusion and fetal shunt placement to balance amniotic fluid levels.
All three practitioners are currently accepting new patients, and appointments can be scheduled by calling 480-257-2699 or visiting arizonaperinatology.com.