Heart health awarness month activities begin

On Jan. 30, SAMC kicked off our month long emphasis on heart health with our annual 4776HeartMonthBalloonRelease310x153 press conference and balloon release to honor those who suffer or have suffered from heart disease. Cardiologist Darius Aliabadi, MD and cardiovascular surgeon Steven Johnson, MD talked about the treatment and prevention of heart disease. Their comments were punctuated by the words of Charles Pierce, who recently received treatment in the SAMC cath lab, followed a few months later by open heart surgery.

Dr. Johnson stated that cardiovascular disease and stroke kills more people than all other diseases combined. He also emphasized that most cases of heart disease are preventable.

Madrie honored by Fort Rucker

The United States Army Garrison at Fort Rucker presented a Certificate of Appreciation to SAMC's 0168KiethaMadrie310x153 lactation specialist Keitha Madrie, RN, for her "thoughtful and selfless service in support of the [Army's] breastfeeding class." Madrie teaches about the importance of breastfeeding to expectant military moms, while also explaining the range of maternal and postpartum services offered at SAMC. "I especially enjoy working with the military families at Fort Rucker. These mothers often need extra support, especially when the father might be attending flight school and facing the demands of military training," Madrie said. In the photo above, Madrie (left) provides breastfeeding assistance to a patient months after the birth of her child.

Chennareddy visits WTVY’s Live @ Lunch

On Wednesday of this week, cardiologist Srinivasa Chennareddy, MD, took to the airwaves 5110ChennareddyLiveAtLunch310x153 to discuss heart disease and statistics relating to coronary artery disease and heart attacks with WTVY's Live @ Lunch host Devon Sellers. WTVY broadcast their noon show live from the Women's Center lobby as part of the monthly Buddy Check 4 emphasis.