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Walking to fight vascular disease, the Alaska Heart and Vascular Institute team poses for a picture at the Sept. 14, 2013 American Heart Association Anchorage Heart Walk.
Meet the Alaska Heart Institute Team
Christina Marsh R.N., B.S.N., C.C.R.N., P.H.N
In August 2013, the Alaska Heart Institute added Christina Marsh to its team as director of the Alaska Cardiovascular Surgical Center/Catheterization Lab. Before moving to Alaska, Christina gained experience as a hospital corpsman with the U.S. Navy, field trauma medic with the Marines and diving medical technician. Her nursing career includes stints in the ICU, emergency room and catheterization lab. In addition to reading professional publications and fiction alike, Christina enjoys spending time with her two daughters, husband and extended family in Anchorage.
Patient Profile: Ron Crowl, survivor and president of Mended Hearts Anchorage
Ron Crowl jokes that he has three birthdays, though the reason is far from a joking matter. Burns left behind by the shock paddles that brought him back to life twice in one day mark two of those birthdays. Just more than seven years ago, Ron survived a heart attack that lasted for three days, and he now serves as president of Alaska Mended Hearts Chapter 290 in Anchorage, a support organization for cardiovascular patients, their families and caregivers.
In June 2006, Ron started feeling a pain in his chest but figured it was just a bad case of heartburn. As three days passed, the pain never subsided and it became clear something was very wrong when he went into cardiac arrest. While attempting to get him to the hospital, Ron’s wife Deb ended up pulling in to the nearest fire hall where, fortunately, the firemen happened to be in the midst of training and had an ambulance on hand.
Ron was fortunate. In fact, he had suffered a massive heart attack, but a stent placed by Dr. Paul Peterson of the Alaska Heart and Vascular Institute was all that was needed to get Ron on his way to recovery. that’s the day Ron joined what he refers to as the “Alaska Heart Institute Club”.
Ron credits his health today both to Dr. Peterson, who continues to be his cardiologist, and the sessions of cardiac rehabilitation.
“It’s very important that everyone who can, go through cardiac rehab,” Ron said. “It’s a great program and helped a lot with my recovery.”
During his eight weeks of rehabilitation and concentrating on making his heart strong, Ron was unable to work and found himself bored and needing something to keep him going. He happened to come across the Mended Hearts information pamphlet that was dropped off by his hospital bed while he was recovering from surgery. Thinking both he and his wife could use the outside support and the company of others who had similar experiences, they decided to attend the next monthly meeting that featured a yoga instructor as a speaker.
“There were about 15 people there – all nice, down-to-earth people going through difficult situations.” Ron said. That meeting was all it took to get both Ron and Deb hooked. “It’s really for the caregivers as well, if not more so, than for the patients. Caregivers are left on their own and it’s a great support mechanism.”
Mended Hearts puts on several events throughout the year, including a golf tournament fundraiser and summer picnic, in addition to monthly support meetings that are held at the BP Energy Center. This year, Alaska Heart Institute was the Diamond Sponsor of the golf tournament. Since being founded in Anchorage 13 years ago, Mended Hearts has supported heart-healthy events in the community, conducted annual charity events to raise funds to provide heart seminars, Automatic External Defibrillators (AED’s), cardio fitness equipment and other support to the Anchorage community.
Six years ago, when it was time for Mended Hearts to elect a new president, Ron and Deb, who had been active members, stepped up and were elected to carry on the torch. It was a way for them to give back for all they received from Mended Hearts and the community. Ron and Deb will continue in their leadership roles in 2014 as well. through their service to this organization, they have touched the lives of many others and continue to live by the Mended Hearts motto: It’s great to be alive, and to help others.
Heart Friendly Calendar
DECEMBER 6 // Winter Wonderland Walk and Community Tree Lighting
WHERE: Downtown Eagle River commons
Walk around downtown Eagle River enjoying the holiday lights, music provided by elementary school choirs. Free horse-drawn sleigh rides.
DECEMBER 14 // Jingle Bell Run/Walk
WHERE: UAA Student Union, Anchorage
The Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis is a fun way to start your holidays by doing good for others. Sign up at anchoragejinglebellrun.kintera.org
JANUARY // Each Wednesday at 6pm, meet at the Alaska Dome for a heart-healthy walk or run with friends.
Learn more at anchoragerunningclub.org
FEBRUARY // American Heart Month.
Learn more at www.americanheart.org
FEBRUARY 2 // Alaska Ski for Women
WHERE: Kincaid Park, Anchorage
The Alaska Ski for Women is North America’s largest women-only-cross-country ski event.
Sign up at anchoragenordicski.com/ski_for_women
FEBRUARY 28 // Go Red for Women Conference and Luncheon
WHERE: Dena’ina Center, Anchorage
9-11am Seminars, Health Expo, Silent Auction
11am – 1pm Go Red Luncheon Program feat. keynote speaker Mark McEwen
Alaskan Chef Feature
Three Onion Papillote Baked Halibut
From the kitchen of Chef Patrick Hoogerhyde, Bridge Seafood, Anchorage
2 Roma tomatoes, cut in quarters and oven roasted
6 ounces halibut fillet, thinly sliced, about 3/4 in. slices
4 ounces peanut potatoes, sliced and oven roasted (but still somewhat crisp)
1 ounce kale cut in 3/4 in. strips
2 ounces grilled red onions, cut in rounds
1 1/2 ounces grilled leeks, cut 1 1/2 – 2 in. rounds
Kosher salt & pepper
1 ounce white wine
1 ounce seafood stock
3 lemon wheels, very thinly sliced
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2. Spray half a sheet of parchment paper with non-stick spray
3. Layer peanut potatoes and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
4. Layer on top the kale, tomatoes and halibut. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, olive oil
5. Top with lemons and onions
6. Combine the stock and white wine, and pour over the contents of the parchment paper
7. Fold the parchment into a half circle large enough to cover a large dinner plate and roll the sides, securing to lock in moisture
8. Bake for 12 minutes.