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Alaska Heart & Vascular Institute Welcomes Dr. David Chambers to its Soldotna Office
The Alaska Heart & Vascular Institute was proud to expand its team of cardiovascular specialists with the addition of David Chambers, M.D., to the Soldotna office in April. Dr. Chambers joined our team from Tennessee with over 30 years of experience practicing cardiology and internal medicine.
Dr. Chambers received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Austin Peay State University in 1978, and he went on to earn his doctorate in physiology as well as his doctor of medicine from the University of South Alabama. Dr. Chambers then completed his internship, internal medicine residency and cardiology fellowship, at Duke University Medical Center. Afterward, he worked as a staff cardiologist at Horizon Medical Center and later as an assistant professor at Vanderbilt University Medical Center before briefly relocating to Anchorage in 2000 to work in AHVI’s main office. Since then, Dr. Chambers has been working in primary care at Dickson Medical Associates, just outside Nashville, Tennessee. He is board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease as well as a fellow in the American College of Cardiology.
With six locations across Alaska, we are proud to expand our ability to serve an even greater number of Alaskans, including those on the Kenai Peninsula.
“My wife and I are thrilled to be returning to Alaska, where I’m honored to serve Alaska Heart & Vascular Institute patients for a second time,” said Dr. Chambers. “I’m looking forward to sharing my unique experiences with the team in Soldotna as it continues to grow and also to delivering the most advanced cardiovascular service to our patients across the state.”
Saturdays MAY 7 – OCT. 8 // South Anchorage Farmers Market
DETAILS: Buy local and buy healthy! Find fresh, local products grown by farmers around the state.
Learn more at: safm.org
JUNE 10–19 // Slam’n Salm’n Fishing Derby
DETAILS: Head down to Ship Creek for a reelin’ good time while raising money for the Downtown Soup Kitchen. Prizes awarded for top 20 fish, daily mystery weight and more.
Learn more at ShipCreekSalmonDerby.com
JUNE 12 // Dave Thorsness Rowing Challenge
DETAILS: Join the Anchorage Rowing Association for a weekend challenge that puts teamwork to the test! This is the perfect opportunity to encourage a little competition while having a boatload of fun. Cheer on the AHVI rowing team while you’re there!
Learn more at AnchorageRowing.com
JUNE 16-17 // Alaska Health & Fitness Expo
DETAILS: Learn more about health and fitness and score some great deals on athletic gear at the
Alaska Airlines Center.
Learn more at GoSeawolves.com
JUNE 18 // Anchorage Mayor’s Marathon & Half Marathon
DETAILS: On the longest day of the year, take part in Alaska’s oldest marathon! Thousands of runners team up on summer solstice to run through Anchorage and raise money for several charities.
Learn more at GoSeawolves.com
AUG. 12 // Mended Hearts Charity Golf Event
DETAILS: Join the Anchorage Chapter of
Mended Hearts at Moose Run Golf Course in support of people with cardiovascular disease.
The purpose of the tournament is to help and encourage heart disease patients and their families.
Learn more at AlaskaMendedHearts.org
AUG. 25 – SEPT. 5 // Alaska State Fair
DETAILS: Explore exhibits, vendors, competitions, concerts, riders and more at the state fair located in Palmer, Alaska.
Learn more at AlaskaStateFair.com
Alaska Chef Feature
Alaska Salmon Salad with Tzatziki
Summer is here and that means one of our favorite seasonal delicacies will soon be hitting kitchens and picnic tables across the state: fresh Alaska salmon. Whether you catch it yourself, or pick it up from a local market, salmon is packed with protein and omega-3 fatty acids that are great for your heart. Not to mention, salmon is one of 18 superfoods that promote vein health. Liven up a bowl of fresh greens with a warm Alaska salmon fillet using this recipe from the kitchen of Urban Greens’ Chef Noam Schulgasser for a light and healthy meal any day of the week.
Servings: 2, plus leftover dressing
2 Alaska salmon filets, 1 pound each
1 head romaine lettuce
1/2 fennel bulb, thinly sliced
1/2 English cucumber, thinly sliced
1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
20 grape tomatoes, halved
20 Kalamata olives
1 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
1/2 cup fresh dill
Juice of 1 lemon
Zest of 2 lemons
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
3/4 cup olive oil
3/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
1/4 teaspoon sugar
- Heat the oven to 400 F.
- While the oven preheats, combine the juice and zest of 1 lemon with 1/4 cup olive oil, 2 cloves of minced garlic, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Marinate salmon fillets for 30 minutes. Then, arrange the fish on a roasting pan and spoon marinade on top of fish. Roast for 15-20 minutes or until cooked through.
- While the salmon cooks, combine romaine lettuce, fennel bulb, English cucumber, red onion, grape tomatoes, Kalamata olives, mint leaves and dill in a bowl. Set aside.
- For the dressing, combine yogurt, buttermilk, red wine vinegar, sugar, 1/2 cup olive oil, zest from 1 lemon, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a small bowl. Mix thoroughly and set aside.
- When the salmon is finished, toss the salad with the dressing and top with warm salmon fillet.
Keeping veins healthy this summer with the AHVI Vein Clinic
Summer in Alaska is a time for getting outdoors and enjoying the extended daylight hours, which means endless opportunities to be active and soak up the sun. Along with these warmer days brings an increase in visibility of unsightly varicose and spider veins, even though it should be a topic on our minds year round.
Due to the warmer weather, heat from sun exposure can play a direct role in venous insufficiencies by enlarging the veins and causing the blood to pool. The warmth also causes veins to move nearer to the skin’s surface in an attempt to cool the body, making the veins appear larger.
Ice packs can remedy the achy, swollen feeling that comes along with heat exposure. Some other ways to combat the adverse effects of varicose and spider veins is by incorporating low-impact exercises that promote circulation. Exercises include: walking, hiking, yoga, swimming, biking, stationary bike or elliptical as well as weightlifting with lower weights and higher reps.
Thank you to everyone who joined us at the 2016 American Heart Association Alaska Heart Run, where AHVI has been a proud sponsor for over a decade, and for making us the largest corporate team for the second year in a row!