Friday Jan 8, 2016

"Updates in Structural Heart Disease - What This means for you!"

Dr. Sameer Gafoor

Medical Director of Structural Heart Disease Swedish Heart and Vascular, Seattle

Scribe: John Uppendahl Introduced by: Bob Holert

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Speaker Program Notes

Dr. Sameer Gafoor, CVC Frankfurt, Germany and Swedish Heart and Vascular spoke about updates in structural heard disease – what it means fro you.

  • 610,000 people die of heart disease every year – ¼ of deaths.
  • Leading cause of death for men and women.
  • 735,000 Americans have a heart attack
    • 71.4% of them have a first heart attack
  • Early action is critical at first signs of attack because minutes matter.

What are the different types of heart disease?

  • Coronary artery disease – vessels that surround the heart.
  • Arrhythmia – electrical problems
  • Congestive heart failure – overall pump problem
  • Congenital heart disease –blockages, bypass surgery and/or stents help repair issues

Recovery after open heart surgery

  • Requires cracking the chest – “sternotomy”
  • First three months
    • Avoid activities that strain your chest or upper arm muscles; bicycle riding, outdoors, jogging, weight lifting or heavy aerobic excersise.

Recovery after stenting?

  • Walk day of or after procedure
  • Can go through the arm or leg

Percutaneous therapy for coronary artery disease

  • Through the skin, uses a catheter

Issues with surgery

  • Open sternotomy
  • Bypass circulation with a pump

We will be adding his full Power Point presentation which includes some cool videos and lots of useful information for everyone.

Club Business

Board Elections 2016-17

Voted unanimously in today by a general vote of the membership:

Past President: Paul Chapman
President: Mike Ralph
President-Elect: Kaj Pedersen
International Service: Fred Jansen
Public Relations: Chris Boland
Comm service: Adam Milhstin
Club Administration: Tracy Tenhulzen
New Generations: Alexandra Chehab
Treasurer: Jonathan Hera
Rotary Foundation: David Bolson
Sergeant At Arms: Sheldon Sweeney
President Elect Nominee: Morris Kremen

How We Laughed!

Carmela and Chris provided light relief from the pressures of voting with a skit on Club Announcements.  Evidently ANYONE can post ANYTHING on the website (four way test, people – four way test….!)

About the Speaker

Dr. Sameer Gafoor is the Medical Director of Structural Heart Disease at Swedish Heart and Vascular in Seattle and attending physician at the CardioVascular Center (CVC) Frankfurt, headed by Horst Sievert, MD. He obtained his medical degree from Northwestern University in Illinois, followed by his Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Michigan. His cardiology training started with a Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship at Washington Hospital Center/Georgetown University and continued with an Interventional Cardiology Fellowship at Emory University. Following this training, Dr. Gafoor went on to complete an Advanced Fellowship in Neurovascular, Coronary, Structural Heart, and Peripheral Vascular Training at the CVC Frankfurt, and thereafter was hired as staff. He holds a dual appointment as the Medical Director of Structural Heart Disease at Swedish Heart and Vascular in Seattle, WA. He specializes in interventions and imaging for structural heart and peripheral vascular disease, as well as development and incorporation of new devices, technologies, and techniques for these and other indications.