February 13, 2014
5:00 p.m. — 7:30 p.m.
J. Walter Barnes Conference Center
Jackson-Madison County General Hospital
How often do you get the chance to tour a hospital and look “behind the scenes?" And how often do you get to hear from some of the busiest physicians in town about diseases common in West Tennessee? Don’t miss this opportunity! Make it an evening outing with your spouse, your parents or friends. Come enjoy refreshments, learn about heart health and tour heart care at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.
On average, a heart usually beats 70 to 80 times a minute — more than 100,000 times a day. When a heart starts beating too rapidly or too slowly, it's known as arrhythmia. Common symptoms include palpitations, dizziness, fainting, chest pain, and shortness of breath. Dr. Shawn Baldwin, a West Tennessee Heart and Vascular Center electrophysiologist, specializes in the evaluation and treatment of arrhythmias including one of the most common, Atrial Fibrillation. Dr. Baldwin will explain more about heart arrhythmias, diagnoses and treatments.
One in 20 Americans over 50 have Peripheral Vascular Disease — that’s 10 million people in the U.S. Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) is a condition in which the blood vessels in the feet, legs or thighs, narrow and restrict blood flow. Symptoms are often mistakenly assumed to be results of aging. But without proper treatment, PVD can cause blood clots that block off small blood vessels and cause open sores on the lower legs, leading to stroke or, in extreme cases, amputation. Dr. John Crocker, a West Tennessee Heart and Vascular Center interventional radiologist, frequently sees patients with PVD. He will explain the multiple options WTHVC patients have for diagnosing and treating PVD.
The first successful open-heart surgery in the U.S. was performed 1893 years ago by surgeon Daniel Hale Williams in Chicago. Over the past 121 years, heart and vascular surgery has made staggering advancements. Last year, a highly trained team of West Tennessee Heart and Vascular Center physicians performed the first Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) in Jackson. Dr. Eric Sievers, a West Tennessee Heart and Vascular Center cardiothoracic surgeon, is on the WTHVC TAVR team. Dr. Sievers has researched cardiothoracic surgery extensively. He will explain the many advanced heart and vascular technologies, techniques and minimally invasive surgeries available at WTHVC.
Dennis has a lifelong history of battling heart disease. At age 25 he underwent open-heart surgery to repair a hole in his heart. He has successfully dealt with cardiomyopathy, a thickening of the heart muscle, throughout his life. Dennis has recovered from multiple surgical ablations and cardioversions (low-energy shocks) to treat his cardiomyopathy and restore a normal electrical rhythm to his heart. He has also completely recovered from a stroke and now has a pacemaker to help regulate his heartbeat.
Through his involvement in West Tennessee Heart and Vascular Center's Cardiac Rehab Program, Dennis has found added benefits for monitoring his diet as well as adopting exercise routines. He lost 50 pounds during the 12-week program.
Dennis tells us, “The staff and volunteers you meet talk with you as a friend, not only about the exercise program, but also about dealing with life. You are not a number, you are somebody.”
Dennis is a leader in the Red Tie Society, a dynamic group of men who are committed to improving women’s heart health awareness and finding a cure for heart disease.