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February News - Passport 55 presents "Update of Management of Atherosclerosis"


Heart disease is the leading cause of death among American men and women, claiming well over half a million lives annually. While no one is immune to heart disease, everyone can take steps to reduce their risk. During February’s American Heart Month, make a commitment — to stay healthy and keep hearts strong.

To bring attention to and encourage good heart health, Dr. Jack Whitaker, cardiologist, Wellmont CVA Heart Institute, Laughlin Memorial Hospital, serving patients throughout Greene County, will present a program at Passport 55, entitled “Update of Management of Atherosclerosis (Hardening of the Arteries).”  Passport 55 will be held Thursday, February 16, at 10:00 a.m., at Roby Adult Center. 


Photo:  Dr. Jack Whitaker, Cardiologist  

Dr. Whitaker is board-certified in cardiovascular disease, including interventional and nuclear cardiology.  He has served as a principal investigator in more than 30 clinical trials.  He received his medical degree from the James H. Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University and also completed his residency and cardiology fellowship at Quillen College of Medicine.
 
Attendees will receive brochures, designed to raise awareness of making heart-healthy choices in their daily lives, plus a heart-shaped lapel pin will be given to each attendee. 

In a continued celebration of “Go Red for Women,” participants are encouraged to wear red to the Passport 55 program.

Additionally, a featured book from the Health Information Library at Laughlin Memorial Hospital will be recognized as part of Passport 55.  The book is entitled, “Mayo Clinic-Healthy Heart for Life!”  This book, along with over 400 other health-related books, can be checked-out at the Health Information Library, located in Laughlin Center for Women’s Health.  In addition to books, there are videos, magazines, newsletters, and more on health-related issues available at the Health Information Library.  Membership is free.

Passport 55 is a health-related, free program, open to the public as a community service.  It is presented each third Thursday of the month at Roby Adult Center, 203 College Street, by Laughlin Memorial Hospital.

For additional information, contact the Laughlin Health Care Foundation at 787.5117.