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Enhancing the patient experience: Technology at AHVI
The Alaska Heart & Vascular Institute is dedicated to providing the best possible experience for our patients, and one of the ways we do so is by offering top-of-the-line technology. Before a patient’s first visit and throughout their care, they are afforded options that make visits simpler and less stressful.
The AHVI patient portal allows them to prepare for their visit completely online using the portal’s digital forms and appointment system. Soon patients will also have access to Clearwave, a self-service patient registration system and platform that helps improve the accuracy and efficiency of checking in and registering. Clearwave is designed to create a better patient experience by eliminating the frustrating parts of patient check-in and registration. The Clearwave system helps patients avoid standing in lines, reduces trips to the front desk and eliminates the need to fill out the same paper work for each visit.
AHVI prides itself on having some of the most extensive, non-invasive diagnostic testing services available in the state. One of the most advanced technologies available at AHVI is computed tomography, also known as CT scanning. This technology allows for cardiologists to evaluate a patient’s risk for future heart disease by developing an image of the heart in about five minutes. AHVI’s CT scanner can photograph a small sliver of a heart down to 0.5 millimeters in thickness, and it is considered one of the most effective, non-invasive methods to look for signs of calcium or plaque buildup in the heart. CT scanning is especially useful for patients who are not obviously at high or low risk of heart attacks.
With the goal to provide patients with more options and cost-effective solutions for their cardiovascular healthcare, the Alaska Cardiovascular Surgery Center is one of only a few in the nation that specializes in cardiovascular services, and it is the only cardiovascular ambulatory surgery center in Alaska. The technologies at the ACSC allow AHVI to offer a number of cardiac implant procedures, including implantable pacemakers (both single and dual chambers), implantable loop recorders, cardiac event monitors, cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) as well as implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs), including cutting-edge subcutaneous ICDs.
Dr. Scott Ebenhoeh joins Alaska Heart & Vascular Institute’s team of cardiovascular experts
The Alaska Heart & Vascular Institute has added Scott Ebenhoeh, D.O., to its team of cardiovascular physicians. Dr. Ebenhoeh comes to AHVI with nearly six years of experience in the medical field and will be based at AHVI’s main Anchorage clinic.
Dr. Ebenhoeh started his education at the University of Michigan by earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1994. After a few years, the calling he felt from childhood to become a physician was undeniable, and he returned to school. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in 2002, from Michigan State University, where he then continued his studies and earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree. Since graduating in 2009, Dr. Ebenhoeh did his postgraduate fellowship training in Internal Medicine and Cardiology at Michigan State University’s Garden City Hospital campus outside of Detroit, Michigan. Since 2012, Dr. Ebenhoeh has also been providing full patient care in the telemetry and intensive care units at Garden City Hospital and at Detroit Medical Center hospital during his cardiology fellowship training.
“I look forward to caring for the patients of the Alaska Heart & Vascular Institute and becoming an integral part of the Anchorage community,” said Dr. Ebenhoeh. “I pride myself in treating each individual patient with the respect and care I would want my family members to receive from a physician, and am excited to grow with the Institute in the years to come.”
Dr. Ebenhoeh joins a team of 23 specialty cardiologists at AHVI. With six locations in the state, AHVI is currently expanding its team to meet an increased demand for its services.
The Truth About Varicose Veins
Despite being a common assumption, this is a false statement. While varicose veins can be an aesthetic concern, they are also a common indicator that serious blood flow issues may lie underneath, such as venous reflux disease.
Veins exist to carry blood to our hearts. Healthy leg veins contain valves that open to allow blood flow to the heart and close to prevent blood from flowing backward. When the valves do not function properly, blood pools and flows backward in venous reflux. Veins become enlarged and appear elongated, bulging and rope-like beneath the skin – these are varicose veins.
If left untreated, varicose veins can be dangerous to a patient’s health and often result in swelling, aching, burning, skin changes or venous ulcers of the legs. To prevent the worsening of varicose veins, the Alaska Heart & Vascular Institute Vein Clinic recommends seeking treatment as soon as possible to prevent further pain and damage.
To learn more about varicose veins, symptoms or procedures, visit AlaskaHeart.com or make an appointment at 907-563-VEIN.
Alaskan Chef Feature
Creamy Carrot Rosemary Soup
From the kitchen of Sarah Alvarez, blogger for The Hungry Alaskan
As the fall season brings cooler days, a bowl of warm soup can warm the soul and heart in a healthy way! Local food blogger Sarah Alvarez of The Hungry Alaskan adapted the following recipe for a creamy soup with rosemary and fresh carrots that will be your new staple for fall.
- 1 medium sweet onion, diced
- 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
- 5 cups of carrots, peeled and loosely cut
into 1/2 inch slices
- 3 or 4 small-medium Yukon gold potatoes, cubed
- 1 32-ounce carton of low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 heaping teaspoon of ground ginger
- 2 cups of skim milk
- 1-2 teaspoons of dried rosemary, crushed
- Salt and fresh black pepper to taste
- A dollop of plain Greek yogurt (optional)
- In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the diced onion and sauté until soft.
- Add the broth, potatoes, carrots and ginger. Cover and cook over medium heat for 30 minutes, until the veggies
are tender. Uncover and let cool slightly.
Use an immersion blender to process the soup until smooth.
- Add the milk, rosemary, salt and pepper. Mix. Heat over low. Taste and adjust as needed before serving in large
bowls with a garnish of Greek yogurt.
Heart-Friendly // Calendar
Third Tuesday of Every Month // Anchorage Mended Hearts
WHERE: BP Conference Center
More Information: www.AlaskaMendedHearts.org
September 1 – 7 // Alaska State Fair
WHERE: Palmer, AK
More Information: www.AlaskaStateFair.org
September 5, 12, 19, 26 // Muldoon Farmers Market
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
WHERE: Begich Middle School
More Information: MuldoonFarmersMarket.org
September 16 // Guided Nature Walk
WHERE: Eagle River Nature Center
More Information: www.ernc.org
September 26 // 2015 Anchorage Heart Walk
WHERE: Delaney Park Strip
More Information: www.AnchorageHeartWalk.org
October 10 // Mat-Su Healthy Woman Fair
WHERE: Mat-Su Regional Medical Center
November 27 // Holiday Tree Lighting
5 – 6:15 p.m.
WHERE: Town Square
More Information: www.AnchorageDowntown.org
November 26 // Skinny Raven Turkey Trot
WHERE: Denan’ina Civic and Convention Center
More Information: SkinnyRaven.com/Races/Turkey-Trot