St. Anthony’s was well-represented at the Prime Times Senior Expo July 24. The event, sponsored by the South County Times and the Webster-Kirkwood Times, featured more than 65 health vendors. St. Anthony’s served as a premier sponsor of the event and had two informational booths and three packed presentations at the expo. Greg Botteron, M.D., spoke about treatment of atrial fibrillation; Amy Brammer, R.N., and Krysti Eckert, PT, DPT, teamed up for a fall prevention presentation; and Marsha Enchelmaier, R.N., presented about strokes.
According to U.S. medical registries, only one in four patients with heart failure receives all of the evidence-based-guideline-recommended treatments. Most receive only one or two of the recommended treatments.
“That’s comparable to a cancer patient receiving only half of the recommended chemo dose,” notes Charles Carey, M.D., Medical Director of St. Anthony’s Heart Specialty Associates‘ outpatient Heart Failure Clinic. “The Heart Failure Clinic is designed to make sure patients get the maximum medical treatment studies recommend. It’s an evidence-based program that acts as if the patient were on a medical trial.”
See how the concentrated care at St. Anthony’s Cardiology Center helped Jeff Cole beat his life-threatening condition.
St. Anthony’s has been recognized for the fifth year in a row by the American Heart Association as a Gold Fit-Friendly Worksite. This means St. Anthony’s recognizes both the importance of healthy employees and works to create a culture of wellness by supporting employees. See more employee news.
Patricia House, 79, of St. Charles is an active, spry woman who enjoys playing with her grandchildren, gardening, and singing in the church choir. But when she noticed her heart was beating irregularly and she started feeling too weak to navigate the church’s long staircase, she knew something was wrong.
House was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, an irregular and often rapid heart rate that impedes blood flow to the body. Atrial fibrillation is the most common heart rhythm problem in the United States, said Gregory Botteron, M.D., Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiologist with St. Anthony’s Cardiology Center and Heart Specialty Associates. It affects three million Americans, and its incidence is on the rise due to an aging population and rising heart disease rates.
Read how a cardiac ablation treatment restored House’s vigor and got her singing in her church choir again – and singing the praises of Dr. Botteron.
On Friday, July 11, 2014, St. Anthony’s Medical Center hosted “Family Movie Friday” with a showing of Finding Nemo. About 80 people attended event, which featured water safety as well as the movie.
Ronda Seeley, of South County, didn’t know she was one of more than 30 million Americans who suffer from venous reflux disease. For eight years she suffered from an ulcer on her ankle that wouldn’t go away. In April, she underwent a venous radiofrequency ablation, an outpatient procedure performed under local anesthetic, and went home the same day. David Dobmeyer, M.D., FACC introduced a heated catheter into the great saphenous vein, causing diseased portions of the vein to close and be absorbed by the body. The blood automatically is rerouted to healthier veins, where it is pumped more efficiently.
See Ronda’s story and more about varicose veins/venous insufficiency/reflux in St. Anthony’s Your Health Today online magazine.