Alaska Heart & Vascular Institute Fulfills Promise of Complete Cardiovascular Care
Alaska Heart Institute is a premier heart and vascular clinic, offering comprehensive cardiac and vascular (blood vessel) care. Our peripheral artery specialists, Dr. Seth Krauss and Dr. Stanley Watkins have long expertly served the vascular needs of Alaskans.
We are now expanding our vascular program with additional capabilities in order to be the best, complete, full service, vascular clinic in Alaska – providing totally coordinated care in one clinic. Reflecting our expanding program, we are changing our name to Alaska Heart & Vascular Institute.
Alaska Heart and Vascular Institute is privileged to welcome Dr. Peter Marbarger to our clinic. Dr. Marbarger has long been regarded as the pre-eminent vascular surgeon in Alaska with over 30 years treating surgical patients in Alaska. He is board-certified in General and Vascular Surgery. He will bring his vast vascular skills and experience to AHVI and also continue seeing general surgical patients. We will be able to offer the best of coordinated arterial disease treatment options – be they surgical or the ever-expanding role of percutaneous (through the skin) techniques.
Adding to our complete vascular services, we have opened the Vein Clinic at Alaska Heart & Vascular. Dr. Richard Anschuetz has over 30 years of experience in cardiovascular interventions and will provide his skills in treating venous disease. Diseases of the veins are extremely common with more than 12 million patients affected in the US with varicose veins, leg swelling, discomfort or disability due to venous disease.
Our team of peripheral vascular physician specialists bring more than 90 years of experience to the treatment of cardiac and vascular disease. we are the only clinic in the state offering complete vascular care. We are able to provide complete initial evaluation of the patient, all appropriate heart and vascular diagnostic testing at our own facilities (ultrasound, MRI, CT and nuclear testing), superb therapeutic care as needed, and ongoing care and prevention for heart and vascular disease. Whether it is heart disease, peripheral arterial disease, or venous disease – or a combination of all – complete care is now available at the most capable heart and vascular center in Alaska.
Meet the Alaska Heart & Vascular Institute Team
The Alaska Heart & Vascular Institute is always proud to share stories about its physician’s impact in Alaska, but we also think it is important to provide medical care to those in need outside of the state. Dr. Anschuetz, a graduate of Harvard Medical School, recently traveled to Honduras with his daughter Katie, a neuropsychology student and member of Medical Brigades at the University of San Diego. Upon Katie’s recommendation that he donate his time to the cause, Dr. Anschuetz jumped at the chance to spend time with his daughter providing medical care to the less fortunate.
The father-daughter team traveled with a group of 35 to a small town located two hours outside of Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras. The 29 students and five medical professionals found grade school classrooms as their “patient rooms” and benches as their “exam tables”. Despite the challenges, the group saw around 200 patients each day. They primarily provided basic treatments and visited with a lot of patients experiencing general aches and pains. They also saw a large number of cases related to pregnancy, gynecological issues, dental health and parasites. However, in a part of the world where a prescription is needed simply for Aspirin or Tylenol and where it costs $50 to take a bus to the nearest hospital, Dr. Anschuetz and Katie’s group was a true blessing for the members of this community. In addition to diagnosing and treating specific needs, Katie and the other students spent time teaching children in the community about hygiene, helping them learn to perform tasks many people take for granted, such as how to wash their hands and brush their teeth.
To help the community move forward, the group also participated in the Brigades Micro-Finance project, which helps locals develop a product and business plan to generate income. The group also traveled to a local orphanage to spend time with the children, including playing soccer with soccer balls they gifted to the children.
Both Katie and Dr. Anschuetz enjoyed the work they accomplished in Honduras and will forever remember it as an eye-opening and fulfilling experience.
The patients had varied conditions. All were treated for intestinal parasites – given medications which they took willingly. Some had cardiac disease – one patient came into the clinic with aortic stenosis and heart failure. Another, an active soccer player, visited the clinic because he had been fainting during games. After Dr. Anschuetz examined the patient, he underwent an echocardiogram – done with a very small portable echo brought from Alaska Heart & Vascular Institute. Also, the gynecologist in the group was able to use the AHVI portable echo to examine multiple pregnant patients.
Heart Friendly // Calendar
MARCH 1 // Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Ceremonial Start
WHERE: Downtown Anchorage
Learn more at www.iditarod.com
MARCH 15 // Arctic Winter Games
WHERE: Various locations throughout Fairbanks
Learn more at www.awg2014.org
MARCH 15 // Bear Tooth Theatrepub & Skinny Raven Sports Shamrock Shuffle
WHERE: Bear Tooth Theatrepub, Anchorage
Sign up at www.skinnyraven.com
MARCH // Mat-Su Valley Ice Skating
WHERE: Brett Ice Arena, Wasilla. Starts at 12:30pm and ends at 2:30pm M-F
Lean more by calling (907) 376-9260.
APRIL 26 // Alaska Heart Run
WHERE: Alaska Pacific University, 3640 Alumni Dr. Anchorage
Register now at www.alaskaheartrun.org
MAY 3 // Walk & Roll for Hope
WHERE: West end of the Delaney Park Strip, Anchorage
Register online at www.hopealaska.org
MAY 18 // Gold Nugget Triathalon
WHERE: Race begins and finishes at Bartlett High School, Anchorage
Register at www.goldnuggettriathalon.com
May // National Bike Month
Give biking a try to save time, money and explore the health benefits associated with this activity.
Learn more at www.bikeleague.org/content/national-bike-month
Alaskan Chef Feature
Curried Alaska Squash Soup
From the kitchen of Chef Carlyle Watt, Anchorage
Carlyle is the executive chef at Fire Island Rustic Bakeshop and is available for private catering. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
4-6 cups vegetable or chicken stock.
2 tbs vegetable oil
2-3 tbs green or red curry paste
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 knuckle-sized piece of ginger, peeled and finely chopped
1 medium onion, roughly chopped
2-3 lbs Alaskan winter squash (sunshine or sweet mamma varietal)
1 large red beet
1 can coconut milk
1 bunch fresh cilantro, stems removed
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place stock in a saucepan and warm to a simmer. Rub the beet with vegetable oil and place on a sheet pan and put in the preheated oven to roast for about one hour, or until a sharp knife can penetrate the flesh without much resistance. Carefully cut the squash in length halfwise. Remove the seeds. Rub the surface with a bit of vegetable oil and place on another sheet pan and roast the squash for 30-45 minutes or until a sharp knife can penetrate the flesh without much resistance.
In a saute’ pan, heat vegetable oil over medium heat. Add curry paste and cook until fragrant. Add ginger and garlic and toast for one minute or until fragrant. Do not let them burn. add onion and a little salt and cook for five minutes or until onion is softened. Set aside until squash and beet have finished cooking.
When the squash and beet are soft and slightly cooled, remove the flesh from the skin from both vegetables and place into a blender. Add the curry and onion mixture, coconut milk and about half of the remaining stock. Remove the cap of the blender and blend the hot ingredients. Puree until smooth, adding stock as necessary to give a velvety consistency. Garnish with fresh cilantro and serve hot.
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