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heart services

discounted services

community education

healthy recipes

Mercy expansions

newsletter issue 3

Stephanie Kittleson, Mercy partner

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Mercy Regional Heart Center is in your co Mercy’s heart health experts are here for you. First, we’ll talk to you about your heart health numbers: cholesterol, blood pressure, body mass index, blood sugar, weight and others. Second, we'll teach you how to take better care of yourself to improve your numbers dramatically. February is American Heart Month. So put up your dukes and focus on you!

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Gene Gulliver, MD, PhD Interventional cardiologist Mercy Regional Heart and Vascular Center

Lubin Kan, MD Diagnostic cardiologist Mercy Regional Heart and Vascular Center

Thomas Teelin, MD Cardiologist and electrophysiologist Mercy Regional Heart and Vascular Center

Paul Volkert, MD Interventional cardiologist Mercy Regional Heart and Vascular Center

Christopher Ostromecki, MD Cardiologist Mercy Harvard Hospital Mercy Walworth Hospital and Medical Center

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Sandor Goldstein, MD Cardiothoracic surgeon Mercy Regional Heart and Vascular Center

Kenneth Wolnak, DO Cardiothoracic surgeon Mercy Regional Heart and Vascular Center

Douglas Bryan, MD Vascular surgeon Mercy Harvard Hospital

Irina Goncharova, MD Vascular surgeon Mercy Regional Heart and Vascular Center

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Sanford Carimi, MD Lipid specialist and internist

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services include: vascular services surgical procedures echocardiography cardiac stress testing electrophysiology minimally invasive procedures

The Mercy Regional Heart and Vascular Center is a rarity in the medical world: offering big-city heart care while maintaining a small-town sense of community. Besides standard diagnostic tests, minimally invasive procedures and complex cardiothoracic surgeries, Mercy also offers patients a caring staff of board certified cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons, cardiologists and top-notch nurses and technicians. And after all the high-tech tests, procedures and surgeries are done, it continues to help each patient heal and adjust to a healthy new way of living through our numerous rehabilitation programs. They do this because they know heart care involves more than just medicine–it involves people who want to see you recover and enjoy life to its fullest.

Every day, dozens of heart patients are seen at the Mercy Regional Heart and Vascular Center’s newest cardiac catheterization laboratory.

All-new advanced cardiac imaging laboratory Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center’s cardiac catheterization laboratory received an upgrade of services and technology in spring 2010. Part of that upgrade was the installation of a new state-of-the-art x-ray lab from Philips. Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center is the first in the Midwest to use the Allura Xper FD20 X-ray system. This fully digital system enables physicians to view detailed images of the heart’s coronary structure, which makes for faster and more accurate detection and treatment of heart disease. The system exposes the patient to less radiation, better patient access during the exam due to the system’s compact design and outstanding image quality. Mercy’s second catheterization lab is receiving an upgrade in June 2011. For more information, call (608) 756-4761.

What we are doing in the community‌

education To register for classes click here.

Stroke survivors support group Join others and their caregivers who are learning to deal with common impairments and live independently. To find the meeting time, call (608) 756-6845.

Total cholesterol screenings February 28 Mercy Barrington Medical Center With Dr. Farrag; Fasting preferred To make an appointment, call (847) 381-3000.

Blood pressure screenings March 2, 8-10 am April 20, 8-10 am Boston Store, Janesville Mall

Full lipid panel screening February 22 8:30-11:30 am Mercy Delavan Medical Center To make an appointment, call (262) 728-4301

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday; 8 am-5 pm Wednesdays; 8 am-noon Mercy Brodhead Medical Center Monday-Friday; 8-11:30 am and 1-4:30 pm Mercy Clinic South Monday-Thursday; 8:15 am-5:15 pm And Friday, 8 am-noon Mercy Evansville Medical Center Monday-Friday; 8 am-5 pm Mercy Milton Medical Center

Heart Roundtable Discussion “What is electrophysiology?� February 22, noon Mercy Center, Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center Presenter: Thomas Teelin, MD Call (608) 756-6100 to register.

Healthy Image Weight Program Free informational seminar on nutrition, exercise and lifestyle assessment and education. February 24; 8:30-9:30 am Mercy Walworth Hospital and Medical Center To register, please call (608) 884-9431.

Heart Health Day with United Way of Walworth County Free screenings and health talks February 24, 5-8 pm Mercy Delavan Medical Center

Triple A screenings and

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disease Approximately 15,000 Americans die each year from a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). It is estimated that 2.7 million Americans over age 60 have abdominal aortic aneurysms. AAA can happen to unknown what causes AAA. However, risk factors include a family history of AAA, age and gender (men over 60), smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obesity. How is it found?

Like many health problems, aneurysms develop slowly over the years, often without symptoms. If it expands quickly or bursts, symptoms can include: • Sudden and severe pain in the abdomen or back • Clamminess • Nausea and vomiting • Rapid heart rate

An ultrasound or CT “x-ray” of the abdomen is often used to look for AAA. A doctor may also feel your abdomen and check your legs.

How is AAA treated? If the aneurysm is bleeding, emergency surgery is called for. If it is found before it bursts, your doctor will need to know how big it is before deciding on a treatment.

How can I prevent AAA? To reduce your risk, talk to your doctor about improving your diet, stress levels and cholesterol. If you smoke, quit. A simple, painless ultrasound screening can detect developing AAAs and might even save your life.

Cost for the screening is $75 including a scan of the corotid arteries. To schedule a screening, call (608) 756-6400.

Mercy offers discounted

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risk assessments

D I S C O U N T S O N L Y AVA I L A B L E I N F E B R U A R Y ! Comprehensive heart risk assessment, nutrition and exercise consultation - $130 (regularly $150) • Comprehensive heart risk assessment • Private 30-minute consultation with a registered dietitian for various nutrition-related concerns such as weight control, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or triglycerides and good nutrition principles. • Private 30-minute consultation with an exercise specialist or exercise physiologist for exercise guidelines and a personalized exercise plan.

Comprehensive heart risk assessment and exercise consultation - $90 (regularly $105) • Comprehensive heart risk assessment • Private 30-minute consultation with an exercise specialist or exercise physiologist for exercise guidelines and a personalized exercise plan.

To schedule an appointment, call Mercy HealthLine at

Comprehensive heart risk assessment and nutrition consultation - $90 (regularly $105) • Comprehensive heart risk assessment • Private 30-minute consultation with a registered dietitian for various nutrition-related concerns such as weight control, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or triglycerides and good nutrition principles.

Comprehensive heart risk assessment $50 (regularly $60) • Lipid profile (includes total cholesterol, HDL, triglycerides and glucose) • Cardiac risk profile • 50-minute consultation with an exercise physiologist • 12-lead electrocardiogram • Blood pressure and heart rate • Body mass index (BMI) • Physician referral as needed • Follow-up phone calls

(608) 756-6100. No physician referral is required.

7 golden rules to protect your kidneys and save your heart 1. 5. Keep fit and active This helps to reduce blood pressure and weight.

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Keep good control of blood sugar levels, blood lipid levels and anemia Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney damage.

Monitor blood pressure and reduce it if necessary High blood pressure is the second leading cause of kidney damage.

Eat healthy and keep weight in check This helps to prevent diabetes, heart disease and other diseases associated with chronic kidney disease. Reduce dietary intake of salt/sodium.

Do not smoke! Don’t start and if you do smoke, try to QUIT.

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Do not take over-the-counter pills on a regular basis Regular use of common drugs such, as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen is known to cause kidney damage.

Check your kidney function if you have one or more risk factors for developing kidney disease: • Diabetes • High blood pressure • Obesity • Family history of kidney disease • Ethnicity: African, African American, Asian, Hispanic, Pacific Islander, Native American or of Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander descent

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disease and depression: a common combination

Depressed people are more likely to develop heart disease, and people with heart disease are more likely to become depressed. In fact, of the thousands of people who survive a heart attack, about one in three experience major depression. And, unfortunately, the risk of repeat heart attacks and constant illness is twice as high in people with heart disease and depression.

Some common signs of depression are: • Constantly feeling sad or empty • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed • Weight gain or weight loss that is not due to dieting • Slowed movement or feeling restless • Too much or too little sleep • Loss of energy or fatigue • Feeling worthless or guilty much of the time • Unable to concentrate, remember things or make decisions • Constant thoughts of death or suicide

To learn more about symptoms of and treatments for depression, talk to your doctor, or request a “Depression and Heart Disease” brochure by calling

(608) 741-2411.

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healthy recipes

Shrimp and Angel Hair Pasta COOKING INSTRUCTIONS: ingredients Juice of one lemon, divided Lemon zest 1 tsp dried oregano 20 medium shrimp, tails on ½ jar roasted red peppers 8 ounces angel hair pasta 1 cup peas Freshly ground black pepper

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Combine lemon zest and half lemon juice in a dish. Add shrimp and marinate for 10 minutes. Chop red peppers and set aside. Boil large pot of water. Add angel hair pasta and peas and cook according to package directions. When finished, add to a large serving bowl. Preheat broiler and spray pan with nonstick cooking spray. Broil the marinated shrimp three minutes on the first side and two minutes on the other side. Remove from heat. Add shrimp and roasted peppers to the pasta and peas in the serving bowl and pour remaining lemon juice over the top. Toss together.

Coconut Layer Cake ingredients Cooking spray 1 18.5-ounce package white cake mix 1 ⁄4 cups water 1


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1 6-ounce jar baby food pureed pears Whites of 3 large eggs ½ cup fat-free plain yogurt


⁄4 cup unsifted confectioners’ sugar


2 to 3 teaspoons grated lemon zest 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1 or 2 drops yellow food coloring (optional)


1 cup frozen fat-free whipped topping, thawed in refrigerator, divided 3 to 4 tablespoons sweetened flaked coconut


Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly spray two 9-inch round cake pans with cooking spray. In a medium bowl, combine the cake mix, water, pears and egg whites. Using an electric mixer, beat according to the package directions. Pour the batter into the cake pans, smoothing the tops. Bake for 22 minutes, or until a cake tester or wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer the pans to cooling racks. Let cool for 10 minutes. Turn the cake onto the racks and let cool completely, about 1 hour. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, stir together the yogurt, confectioners’ sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice and food coloring. Fold in 1 cup whipped topping until completely blended. Cover and refrigerate until needed. Refrigerate the remaining 2 cups whipped topping separately. Place one cake layer on a large plate. Top with the yogurt mixture, then with the remaining cake layer. Spread the remaining 2 cups whipped topping over the side and top of the cake. Sprinkle the top with the coconut. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Cook’s tip: It is important to thaw the whipped topping in the refrigerator, not at room temperature, so the filling and the frosting won’t be runny.

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