You can view the full newsletter by clicking Alaska Heartbeat – Summer 2015, or read below.
The Alaska Heart & Vascular Institute Difference
The Alaska Heart & Vascular Institute provides Alaskans with complete cardiovascular care, from diagnostics and imaging to treatment and management. We are recognized for excellence in cardiology in Alaska and beyond, and we are proud to provide the highest quality cardiovascular services right here in Alaska. The difference in the quality of experience at AHVI is noticeable from a patient’s first visit, and that difference is the level of expertise that each patient receives. From the moment a patient begins their journey with AHVI, they are in the care of some of the top cardiologists in the United States.
Once a patient is referred to AHVI, they have a consultation with a cardiologist who will also examine and read the results of all diagnostic tests to ensure that the patient is getting the highest level of knowledge available. Patients can be assured that their tests are in the hands of a highly skilled cardiovascular specialist.
AHVI’s extensive imaging and diagnostic testing services provide those with concerns about their risk for heart disease with peace of mind and advanced warning about potentially serious cardiovascular issues due to family history or other risk factors. Diagnostic tests available at our facility include ultrasound, MRI, CT and nuclear testing, among others.
AHVI’s 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. Its unique cost-saving model allows staff to maximize their resources, give insurance carriers the best prices possible and provide the most effective care at a relatively low cost for our patients. The outpatient surgery center’s team consists of physicians, anesthesiologists, nurses and technologists whose goal is to make the center a premier cardiac facility nationwide. AHVI’s board-certified physicians operate the surgery center with advanced training in their respective cardiovascular sub-specialties.
To learn more about AHVI and why the experience here makes us Alaska’s leading provider of cardiovascular care, visit AlaskaHeart.com.
Heart Healthy Tip: Importance of Getting Screened
The Alaska Heart & Vascular Institute cares about you and your heart, which is why we offer advanced imaging and diagnostic testing in one location for patient convenience. Remember, the key to preventing heart disease is knowing what your risk factors are and how to manage them.
Make an appointment for your cardiovascular screening today at alaskaheart.com or by calling 907-561-3211.
Ask about getting screened.
It could save your life.
We offer a full array of imaging and diagnostic services, all in one location, making it easy to get screened.
- Cardiac Catheterization
- Computed Tomography (CT)
- Cardiac Nuclear Medicine
- ETT/Cardiac Stress Test
- CT Calcium Scoring
- Cardiac MRI
- And more
Meet the Alaska Heart & Vascular Institute Team: Clinical Manager and RN Jessica Kelley
Jessica Kelly is the primary nurse for Drs. Mason and Selland, who specialize in imaging and diagnostics at AHVI. She assists them by making sure their clinics run smoothly, calling patients with results from diagnostic tests, triaging the doctors’ patients with health concerns on a daily basis and more. Jessica started with AHVI as a triage nurse in the scheduling department and became a primary nurse in September 2012.
As the clinical manager at AHVI Jessica oversees about 35 clinical employees, including CMAs, LPNs, and RNs, while helping to create policies, procedures and schedules for the clinic. She also oversees the Coumadin clinic and helps triage patients when there are emergencies. In addition to these duties, Jessica works closely with the management team and CEO to create processes to improve utilization and efficiency in the clinic.
Jessica has had a personal interest in leading a heart-healthy lifestyle since she was just a teen, when an early diagnosis of a potentially life-threatening disease pointed her to her career path in the medical field.
“I was diagnosed with Type I diabetes when I was 16 years old,” she said. “I caught on very fast with caring for myself and learning about diabetes, which is the reason I decided to become a nurse.”
Jessica was born and raised in Cordova, Alaska, which is a small fishing community along the Prince William Sound. Alaskan through and through, her dad is a commercial fisherman, and her family’s livelihood is based on the salmon runs in the summer months. Jessica is also the mother of an active 5-year-old boy named Skye.
June 6 // Alaska Paddle Fun
WHERE: Goose Lake. Event starts at 10 a.m. Free
Learn more about fun paddle sports in the Anchorage area.
June 12 – 21 // Slam’n Salm’n Fishing Derby
WHERE: Ship Creek in Anchorage
June 21 // Downtown Summer Solstice Festival
WHERE: 4th Avenue between C and L Streets. 12 – 6 p.m.
July // Anchorage Farmers Market – Center Market
WHERE: University Center Mall, every weekend
July 4 // Fourth of July Anchorage Parade & Festival
WHERE: Eagle River & Park Strip in Anchorage
July 17 // Copper River Wild! Salmon Festival
WHERE: Cordova, Alaska
Celebrate the salmon run with art, music, races, educational information and, of course, lots of salmon! Price: $20 for adults, $8 for seniors and children.
August 14 // Mended Hearts Charity Golf Event
WHERE: Moose Run Golf Course. Event starts at 7 a.m.
For the third consecutive year, the Alaska Heart & Vascular Institute is the proud diamond sponsor of the Mended Hearts golf tournament. Support survivors and their families through this fun charity golf tournament. Contact Ron at firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
August 27 – Sept. 7 // Alaska State Fair
WHERE: Palmer, Alaska
Explore exhibits, vendors, competitions, concerts, rides and more at the fair! Price (before Aug. 26): $11 for all ages
Alaskan Chef Feature: Copper River Salmon with Fresh Vegetables
It’s summer in Alaska, and that means plenty of fresh wild Alaska salmon, whether you catch it yourself or pick it up fresh from the market. The American Heart Association recommends eating fish, particularly fatty fish like salmon, at least twice a week. Salmon is a heart-healthy source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Try this light and healthy recipe from the kitchen of Glacier Brewhouse and Orso for a new twist on your freshest summer catch. Bon appétit!
6-7 ounces Copper River Salmon,
block cut steaks
4 teaspoons olive oil
2 pinches of sea salt
3-4 artichoke hearts
6-7 tips of asparagus
2 baby carrots, cooked al dente
3 tablespoons fresh peas
3 tablespoons grape tomatoes, cut in half
1 tablespoon basil, julienned
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 teaspoons lemon garlic herb butter (butter, sea salt, garlic, parsley, basil, lemon juice)
1 squeeze of lemon
- Prepare the grill, heating the grates.
- Brush salmon with half of the olive oil and season both sides with sea salt. Place on hot grill and cook until medium rare, about 3 – 4 minutes per side or 120 degrees in the thickest part of the steak.
- While the salmon cooks, place the remaining oil in a sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the artichokes, asparagus, baby carrots, peas, tomatoes, basil and lemon zest. Let cook, tossing for about 30 seconds. Add the lemon garlic butter. Cook until vegetables are tender and glazed.
- Pile the vegetables in the middle of a serving plate, and place the salmon on top with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.
Having heart surgery is a serious event. Being rushed to an operating room is a terrifying experience, not just for the patient, but for their family and friends as well. Their lives are forever changed. Addressing these changes can be a difficult process.
Mended Hearts is a national group dedicated to providing positive support for survivors and their families. Mended Hearts depends on community support for its continued success.
For the past eight years, the Anchorage Mended Hearts Chapter 290 has hosted a charity golfing tournament to support their endeavors. Come out on Friday, Aug. 14, at Moose Run Golf Course in Anchorage and join Mended Hearts in providing support to heart patients and their families. To sign up, contact Ron Crowl at email@example.com or 907-622-3320.
What you need to know:
- $125 pre registration ($150 day of event)
- Discounts for teams of more than four or active/retired military
- Over $11,000 in prizes