Heart and Vascular Institute of Longview Regional Medical Center and Diagnostic Clinic recent held their annual Dine with the Doc program.  It was a night of Heart Health education from Samir Germanwala: DO, Interventional Cardiology; Jonathan Greifenkamp: MD, Interventional Cardiology;  David Jayakar, MD Cardiothoracic Surgery; Jorge Massare: MD, Electrophysiology and Melissa McNabb: BSN, MSN, ANP-BC, Cardiology Nurse Practitioner. The event was held at the Summit Club where a heart healthy dinner with red and white wine were served. The physicians answered questions taken from the audience and McNabb was the moderator.

The perfect gift this Valentine’s Day is the gift of heart health. Along with Valentine’s Day, February marks American Heart Month, a great time to commit to a healthy lifestyle and make small changes that can lead to a lifetime of excellent heart health.

Heart and Vascular Institute of Longview Regional Medical Center and the Diagnostic Clinic of Longview wants to help everyone live longer, healthier lives so they can enjoy all of life’s precious moments. And this starts with taking care of one’s heart health. Furthermore, February the American Heart Month, a federally designated event, is a great way to remind people to focus on their hearts and encourage them to get their families, friends and communities involved.

The physicians on the panel discussed several topics including:

  • Valve diseases, valve repair and replacement
  • Endovascular repair of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm {AAA}
  • Cardiac Pacemakers
  • Defibrillators and Biventricular Device Implantations
  • Beating Heart Surgery
  • Arrhythmia
  • Sudden Cardiac Arrest
  • Blood Clots
  • Strokes

Prevention of Heart and its related diseases include:

  • Stop smoking
  • Keep normal blood sugar hence dodge diabetes
  • Keep a normal blood pressure
  • Stay within a healthy weight
  • Stay active with regular exercise and a healthy diet

Attendees had various reason for coming.

Heritage Longview Julia Fritz and administrator were there to get more information for their clients and show their support for the program.

“We want to come and support Longview Regional Medical Center,” said Fritz. They are a valuable asset in the community.” There is more. “We want to exhaust every avenue and resource to better serve our clients,” said Brister.

According to LRMC CEO Casey Robertson, this is always a great event. He is happy they can do this for the community.

There is more…

Did you know?

• The first American Heart Month, which took place in February 1964, was proclaimed by President Lyndon B. Johnson via Proclamation 3566 on December 30, 1963.

• The Congress, by joint resolution on that date, has requested the President to issue annually a proclamation designating February as American Heart Month.

• At that time, more than half the deaths in the U.S. were caused by cardiovascular disease.

• While American Heart Month is a federally designated month in the United States, it’s important to realize that cardiovascular disease knows no borders. Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, remains the leading global cause of death with more than 17.3 million deaths each year.

• That number is expected to rise to more than 23.6 million by 2030.

Per American Heart Association, Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women. While Americans of all backgrounds can be at risk for heart disease Heart disease kills an estimated 630,000 Americans each year. It’s the leading cause of death for both men and women. In the United States, the most common type of heart disease is coronary artery disease (CAD), which can lead to a heart attack. You can greatly reduce your risk for CAD through lifestyle changes and, in some cases, medication.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest

n 2014, any-mention sudden cardiac arrest mortality in the US was 353,427.

  • The majority of Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrests (OHCA) occur at a home or residence (70 percent). In 2015, public settings (19.8 percent) and nursing homes (10.6 percent) were the second and third most common locations of OHCA.

Heart Disease, Stroke and Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors

The American Heart Association gauges the cardiovascular health of the nation by tracking seven key health factors and behaviors that increase risks for heart disease and stroke. We call these “Life’s Simple 7” and we measure them to track progress toward our 2020 Impact Goal: to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent and reduce deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent, by the year 2020.

According to American Heart Association, Life’s Simple 7 are:

  • Not-smoking,
  • Physical activity
  • Healthy diet
  • Body weight
  • Control of cholesterol
  • Blood pressure, and
  • Blood sugar.

Here are some key facts related to these factors:


  • Although tobacco use in the United States has been declining, tobacco use worldwide has climbed steeply, currently responsible for 5 million deaths annually.
  • Worldwide, tobacco smoking (including second-hand smoke) was 1 of the top 3 leading risk factors for disease and contributed to an estimated 6.2 million deaths in 2010.
  • 4.9 percent of adolescents aged 12 to 17 report being current smokers. Among adults, 16.7 percent of males and 13.7 percent of females are smokers.
  • Among adults, those most likely to smoke were Non-Hispanic American Indian or Alaska Native males (25.6 percent), Non-Hispanic American Indian or Alaska Native females (24.8 percent), Non-Hispanic black males (20.9 percent), Non-Hispanic white males (19.8 percent), Non-Hispanic white females (17.9 percent), Hispanic males (14.3 percent), Non-Hispanic Asian males (13.4 percent), Non-Hispanic black females (13.8 percent), Hispanic females (7.1 percent), Non-Hispanic Asian females (4.1 percent).
  • In 2014 there were approximately 5,700 new cigarette smokers every day.

Physical Inactivity

  • About one in every three U.S. adults or 30.4 percent, do not engage in leisure time physical activity. Hispanic and Non-Hispanic black adults were more likely to be inactive.
  • Among students in grades 9-12, only about 27.1 percent meet the American Heart Association recommendation of 60 minutes of exercise every day. More high school boys (36 percent) than girls (17.7 percent) reported having been physically active at least 60 minutes per day on all 7 days. Nutrition


  • Between 2003 to 2004 and 2011 to 2012 in the United States, the mean AHA healthy diet score improved in both children and adults. The prevalence of an ideal healthy diet score increased from 0.2 percent to 0.6 percent in children and from 0.7 percent to 1.5 percent in adults.
  • These improvements were largely attributable to increased whole grain consumption and decreased sugar-sweetened beverage consumption in both children and adults, as well as a small, nonsignificant trend in increased fruit and vegetable consumption. No major trends were evident in children or adults in progress toward the targets for consumption of fish or sodium.
  • Between 1999 and 2012, although AHA healthy diet scores tended to improve in all race/ethnicity, income, and education levels, many disparities present in earlier years widened over time, with generally smaller improvements seen in minority groups and those with lower income or education.


  • In the US, the prevalence of obesity among adults, estimated using NHANES data, increased from 1999 to 2000 through 2013 to 2014 from 30.5 percent to 37.7
  • In the US, the prevalence of overweight and obesity among children and adolescents age 2-19 years, estimated using NHANES data, is 33.4 percent (16.2 percent were overweight and 17.2 percent were obese).
  • By age group, the prevalence of obesity for children aged 2 to 5 years was 9.4 percent; for children aged 6 to 11 years, prevalence was 17.4 percent; and for adolescents aged 12 to 19 years, prevalence was 20.6 percent.
  • Worldwide, between 1980 and 2013, the proportion of overweight or obese adults increased from 28.8 percent to 36.9 percent among males and from 29.8 percent to 38.0 percent among females.


Heart Disease, Stroke & Other Cardiovascular Diseases

  • Cardiovascular disease, listed as the underlying cause of death, accounts for nearly 801,000 deaths in the US. That’s about 1 of every 3 deaths in the US.
  • About 2,200 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day, an average of 1 death every 40 seconds.
  • Cardiovascular diseases claim more lives each year than all forms of cancer and Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease combined.
  • About 92.1 million American adults are living with some form of cardiovascular disease or the after-effects of stroke. Direct and indirect costs of cardiovascular diseases and stroke are estimated to total more than $316 billion; that includes both health expenditures and lost productivity.
  • Nearly half of all NH black adults have some form of cardiovascular disease, 47.7 percent of females and 46.0 percent of males.

Coronary Heart Disease is the leading cause (45.1 percent) of deaths attributable to cardiovascular disease in the US, followed by stroke (16.5 percent), Heart Failure (8.5 percent), High Blood Pressure (9.1 percent), diseases of the arteries (3.2 percent), and other cardiovascular diseases

  • Heart disease accounts for 1 in 7 deaths in the U.S.
  • Cardiovascular disease is the leading global cause of death, accounting for more than 17.3 million deaths per year in 2013, a number that is expected to grow to more than 23.6 million
    by 2030.
  • In 2013, cardiovascular deaths represented 31 percent of all global deaths.
  • In 2010, the estimated global cost of cardiovascular disease was $863 billion, and it is estimated to rise to $1044 billion by 2030.

Take care of your heart. If you don’t, no-one will do it for you.