UH St. John Presents Current Trends in Cardiology

University Hospitals St. John Medical Center kicked off its 2019 series of physician roundtable health talks with a presentation, ‘Current Trends in Cardiology,’ at the Westlake Recreation Center last week.

Open to the community, guests enjoyed health talks, a light dinner and health education last Thurs., Feb. 28.

Speakers included Dr. Michael Zacharias, who reviewed the latest approaches to heart failure and its treatment, Dr. Claire Sullivan, who discussed cholesterol and its role in cardiac health, Dr. Christopher Smith, a specialist in Peripheral Artery Disease, and Dr. Robert Mosteller, who specializes in Cardiac Electrophysiology.

Advanced heart failure and transplant cardiologist Michael Zacharias, DO, explained that 1 in 5 Americans will develop heart failure, making it more deadly than many cancers. A wide range of treatment options exists, including medication, that can both prolong life and enhance quality of life for patients.

Heart disease is the Number One killer worldwide and stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in women. Risk factor management is a key, reports Claire Sullivan, MD, Asst. Professor of Cardiology. A 10 per cent reduction in cholesterol leads to a 20-30 per cent decline in cardiovascular death. Get your cholesterol checked regularly.

Christopher Smith, MD, is a vascular surgeon with expertise in carotid artery disease, peripheral artery disease and related conditions. One in 20 Americans over 50 has peripheral artery disease, and face a five-fold increased risk for stroke or heart attack. Limiting risk factors like high blood pressure, smoking, obesity, high cholesterol and more are preventive approaches.

Robert Mosteller, MD, Director, Cardiac Electrophysiology, assists patients with atrial fibrillation (rapid heart beat) that can lead to palpitations, congestive heart failure, and fainting. Stroke, fatigue and shortness of breath can result. Medications like beta blockers and calcium channel blockers and procedures including AV junction ablation and permanent pacemaker are treatment options.

Deviprasad Venugopal, MD, is a Clinical Cardiac and Electrophysiology specialist. Addressing common causes of atrial fibrillation, patient risk factors include high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, heart valve problems, lung or thyroid issues, alcohol use, pericarditis and age.

Atul Hulyalkar, MD, Medical Director UH St. John Medical Center Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute, urged guests to monitor their blood pressure as one critically important factor in addressing heart health.

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