Taking health information to the community

Staff from St. Anthony's Medical Center had a great time meeting and educating seniors at the South County Times Newspapers Prime Times Senior Expo last week.

Staff from St. Anthony’s Medical Center had a great time meeting and educating seniors at the South County Times Newspapers Prime Times Senior Expo last week.

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.

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July 29, 2014 · 2:45 pm

Heart Failure Clinic: Concentrated Care

Jeff Cole prepares to work behind the plate at a baseball game at John Burroughs School.

Jeff Cole prepares to work behind the plate at a baseball game at John Burroughs School.

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.

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St. Anthonys named fit-friendly worksite

American Heart Association Fit-Friendly Worksite Gold Achievement 2014

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.

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Relief from atrial fibrillation

With relief from atrial fibrillation, Patricia House's heart is playing in tune.

With relief from atrial fibrillation, Patricia House’s heart is playing in tune.

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.

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Kids learn water safety at “Family Movie Friday”

Amy Brammer, Trauma Services, reads a water safety book to the kids before the movie. When the children arrived, they were invited to don sunglasses and catch a wave.

Amy Brammer, Trauma Services, reads a water safety book to the kids before the movie. When the children arrived, they were invited to don sunglasses and catch a wave.

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.

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Vein problems treatable

After her vein procedure, Ronda Seeley is just "ecstatic"!

After her vein procedure, Ronda Seeley is just “ecstatic”!

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.

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Horticulture Therapy soothes cancer patients

Lisa Salvati, the breast care navigator/support group coordinator, is surrounded by the arrangements.

St. Anthony’s Cancer Care Center hosted a horticulture therapy night for its patients at the Missouri Botanical Garden Thursday, June 12. Each participant made a fresh floral arrangement. In the photo, Lisa Salvati, the breast care navigator/support group coordinator, is surrounded by the arrangements.

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July 3, 2014 · 11:45 am