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HEART MONTH: Cardiology is a Unique Sub-Specialty of CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital in Sulphur Springs

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L. to R. Hospital Cath Lab Director Nolan Willis and Cardiologist Dr. Jai Varma

February is American Heart Month, designed to bring public attention and awareness to heart health and the prevalence and severity of heart disease in the United States. On the February 1 KSST Good Morning Show, we invited Dr. Jai Varma, Cardiologist with Advanced Heart Care and Nolan Willis, Director of the Cath Lab at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital in Sulphur Springs to discuss heart care offered locally. Dr. Varma and his colleagues take pride in the wide range of services they can deliver to patients through CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital’s Cardiology department, from prevention, intervention, treatment and follow-ups.

Dr. Varma and the Advanced Heart Care Group of physicians provide 24/7 care in Cardiology, a medical specialty and a branch of internal medicine concerned with disorders of the heart. Back in 2008, a Hopkins County patient with a heart emergency generally was transported to a big-city hospital. Over the past 11 years, that scenario has changed dramatically as the local Cardiology department has been developed into an important sub-specialty unique in Northeast Texas. In fact, 90% of expert care required by persons with heart disorders can be delivered locally. According to Dr. Varma, this situation is unique is a city and hospital of our size.

According to Radiologist Technologist and Cath Lab Director Willis, everyone is invited to the local “Get Pumped” Lunch and Learn Heart Month event set for Wednesday February 13 at noon. It will be held in the meeting room of The Plaza, the 3-story building next to the hospital which is also the home of Advanced Heart Care. You can enjoy a sandwich and pick up valuable information about heart care, learn how stints work, meet a hospital pharmacist who can explain heart medications, find out more about Nuclear stress testing, and hear a presentation from Advanced Heart Care Cardiologist Dr. Allegetti. The public is encouraged to attend the free event.

In staying heart healthy, awareness and prevention are important first steps during Heart Month and year-round. Heart disease remains prevalent in our country and around the world. Statistics prove that heart disease is still the #1 killer in the United States, with one out of two men and one out of three women developing heart disease during their lifetime.

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Author: Enola Gay

Has enjoyed working for KSST since 1989. Hosts the Good Morning Show with Enola Gay on weekday mornings from 6-9am, so 'start your day with Enola Gay'! Guest interviews during the Morning Show can also be seen in playback on Cable Channel 18 TV. Along with local country music fan Benny Potter, co-produces 1230 West, a Country and Western Swing radio show which airs weekly on Saturdays from 7-8am and repeats on Thursdays from 7-8pm. Also writes "At the Corral Gate", a column appearing weekly in The Millennium Shopper and in the Lifestyles section of

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