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Taking Care of Alaska’s Hearts
When it comes to cardiovascular care in the 49th state, no one is more skilled, experienced and passionate than the team of board-certified physicians, advanced practitioners and skilled staff at Alaska Heart Institute. With offices around the state, we are dedicated to bringing top-notch medical care to Alaska while working with each individual patient to support them and their families as they strive for a healthier lifestyle.
At Alaska Heart Institute, we do our utmost to create and seek out alternative treatment strategies for our patients and the Alaska population. Our Clinical Research Department furthers our efforts to improve heart health in Alaska and around the globe. This department develops, conducts and translates high quality research into practice and promotes evidence-based practices and service-oriented, cost-effective medical care.
Founded in 1999, Alaska Heart Institute is now made up of more than 20 physicians who are at the top of their fields and approximately 180 additional staff in half a dozen Alaska communities. From sponsoring a wide range of community groups and activities to supporting the state’s future medical students through mentorship programs, the Alaska Heart Institute is proud to support Alaskans.
Go Red Initiative Celebrates 10 Years of Women’s Health
As recently as 10 years ago, the majority of people considered heart disease to be primarily the plight of men. Many generally healthy women, through no fault of their own, overlooked heart disease as a real threat to them.
The sad truth is that heart disease is the number one killer of women. Heart disease kills more women than all forms of cancer combined. It has often been found to unexpectedly impact women who had no indicating signs, earning it the nickname “the silent killer”.
Today, we celebrate the movement that for the past decade loudly and proudly fought to bring heart disease in women to the forefront of Americans’ awareness. The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women initiative has raised more than $300 million for research of cardiovascular conditions specific to women in addition to educating women nationwide and creating campaigns to promote pharmaceutical legislation.
Every year on the first Friday in February, advocates of the go Red movement show their support by wearing red. Since the inaugural National Wear Red Day in 2003, incredible strides have been made in the fight against heart disease in women. According to the American Heart Association:
- 23 percent more women are aware that heart disease is at the top of the list of potential health threats
- Gender-specific results have been published, establishing differences in symptoms and responses to medications and making it possible to create female-specific guidelines for prevention and treatment.
- Legislation was created to help end gender disparities.
These results are a great step in the right direction, but there is a lot of work to be done. At the Alaska Heart Institute, we were proud to Go Red in 2013. Early detection can make all the difference, and so can a healthy lifestyle that involves healthy eating and exercise. Unfortunately, sometimes conditions are genetic or just the luck of the draw. Knowing the signs, getting screened if heart conditions run in the family, and maintaining a wholesome lifestyle can save a life, and it could be your own.
Heart Friendly Calendar
MARCH 1 // Anchorage Go Red for Women Luncheon
WHERE: Anchorage Marriott Downtown, 820 West 7th Ave.
Registration from 9:30 – 10am. Event starts at 10am.
MARCH 19 // The Mended Hearts, Alaska Chapter 290
WHERE: BP Energy Center, 0114 Energy Ct. Anchorage
6:30pm Visitors and New Members are welcome.
APRIL 3 // National Start Walking Day
On this day, people nationwide are encouraged to wear sneakers to work and spend at least 30 minutes of their day walking.
APRIL 27 // 2013 Alaska Heart Run
WHERE: Meet at the University of Alaska Anchorage Arts Bldg. Parking lot 3211 Providence Dr.
MAY // American Stroke Month
Strokes can be prevented, and its devastating effects lessened by acting fast. Take the time this May to learn signs of stroke and what to do if one happens to you or a loved one.
MAY 18 // Fairbanks Heart Walk
WHERE: Veterans Memorial Park. Pre-walk activities begin at 9am.
Register at fairbanksheartwalk.org
MAY 18 // Anchorage Out of the Darkness Community Walk
WHERE: Delaney Park Strip’s West End, off P St. in Anchorage
This event is pet friendly. Event registration begins at 8:30am.
May 21 // The Mended Hearts Monthly Meeting
WHERE: BP Energy Center, 1014 Energy Ct. Anchorage at 6:30pm
JUNE 1-7 // CPR Awareness Week
Everyone should know how to perform CPR – you never know when you could be the difference between life and death.
Mexican Chicken Soup
1 14.5 oz can no-salt-added or low-sodium kernel corn, drained and rinsed
1 15.5 oz can no-salt-added or low-sodium red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
2 tsps canola oil or extra virgin olive oil
1 medium bell pepper (green or red), chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 medium jalapeno pepper, diced (remove seeds to reduce spice/heat)
2 garlic cloves, minced (or 1 teaspoon garlic powder)
2 tsp ground cumin
5 cups fat-free, low sodium chicken broth
1.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 in. cubes
1 large tomato, diced
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
2. Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add bell pepper, onion and jalapeno; cook 5-7 minutes, stirring often until vegetables are tender. Stir in garlic and cook another minute.
3 Add broth to saucepan, increase heat to high, and bring to rapid simmer. Add chicken and cook until no longer pin, about 5 min. Stir in beans, corn, tomato and cilantro, cover and cook on medium heat for 10 minutes, top with extra cilantro leaves (optional) and serve hot.
Meet the Alaska Heart Institute Team
Certified Medical Assistant, Anchorage
Amanda will celebrate her first anniversary as a member of the Alaska Heart Institute team this March and currently serves as the lead clinical support for Dr. Richard Anschuetz. Over the past year, she has amplified her passion for the medical field and cardiac health awareness, completing last September’s Heart Walk as part of the Alaska Heart Institute Team. She is now serving on the committee for the American Heart Association’s Anchorage Heart Run, of which Alaska Heart Institute is a premier sponsor.