Lee Health Volume 17, Issue 6

February 2018


❖ David Kahn- Why Visit Heart Patients?

ERIC ANDERSON, Director of Capital Construction, Lee Health System was our most interesting for our January 17 Mended Hearts Meeting. He presented details about the new construction at Gulf Coast Medical Center and the new hospital in the Bonita/Estero area.

I have been visiting heart patients and their families for the past 14 years. It is a wonderful feeling when the families thank me for explaining how their loved ones are in the best of hands at one of the most experienced heart hospitals in the United States. I assure them that our doctors and nurses are an experienced team of professionals who really take good care of their loved ones.

Eric reviewed some of the details of the Golisano Children’s Hospital as well. Golisano was a $240 million project – one half donated by the community, and at the peak had 350 construction workers on site. The Gulf Coast Hospital is a $347 million project and was initiated in 2009, with the installation of the utilities and some of the beams which would eventually support the new construction of this project. It was pointed out that about $100 million of the “profits of the Lee Health system” are used for Capital Construction projects. There are no tax monies used in the operation of the Lee Health System. The eventual capacity of Gulf Coast will be 640 beds vs the 550-bed capacity of Health Park. There will be 750 construction workers involved in the Gulf Coast project. Some of the departments explained were the Endo, Dialysis, Emergency Department, Bio Med, 26 new beds in ICU and a doubling of the Pharmacy.

I also show them that 15 years after open heart surgery, I am fully functional and able to live a full life. Visiting heart patients after they leave the ICU is very gratifying, and many of the patients are relieved of some of their fears and depressed states. They see us and know that they too have many more wonderful years ahead. I also encourage them to come to our monthly meeting and meet others who have had similar surgeries as they had. We have wonderful, knowledgeable speakers who will give them much information about the heart and tools available to them.

Eric’s staff comprises 7 people. His presentation was exciting and well received by the 40 plus attendees. *********

I invite you to join me as a volunteer visitor.

Dave 1

Officers President: Vice President: Secretary: Treasurer:

Ray Ochester Ed Siemienas Joe Jansen David Kahn

415-4627 466-9244 461-0980 281-6020

Visitors Charles & Faye Norris Dan & Mandy Beran David Kahn Dick Scott Ed Siemienas Harry Shapiro Jerry & Jamie Barnette Joe Fricker Joe Jansen John Ippensen Marianne Gail Ray & Anne Ochester Rich Garcia Richard Brenner Rick & Vickie Johnson Skip Marsden Tom & Mary McGhee Walter Watkins

[email protected] edsiemienas @yahoo.com [email protected] [email protected]

Programs Joe Jansen Visitation Jerry Barnette, Chair, 949-1818 Visitor Training -- Ray Ochester, Ed Siemienas, Jerry Barnette Newsletter Jim Plummer, Editor, 337-2721 Assistant Editor (Vacant) Telephone Visitors Jamie Barnette, Co-chair, 949-1818 Walt Watkins, Co-chair, 849-6083 Sunshine Patricia Krauss, 482-5523 Webmaster Joe Cramer, 243-0883 Assistant Webmaster (Vacant)

“It’s great to be alive – and to help others!” I am interested in these areas of service: To express interest in assisting Mended Hearts, clip out this form and mail to: Mended Hearts 9190 Southmont Cove #103 Fort Myers, FL 33908

 Hospital Visitor  Phone or Internet Visitor  Assistant Webmaster  Assistant Newsletter Editor Name ____________________________________________________ Phone______________ Email ________________________________


❖ February is American Heart Month Every year for more than 50 years the month of February has been designated by the Federal Government as American Heart Month. The designation is aimed at increasing awareness that Cardiovascular Disease is the leading cause of death in the United States; one in every three deaths is from heart disease and stroke, equal to 2,200 deaths per day. As a feature of Heart Month, Dr. Paul DiGiorgi, Cardiothoracic Surgery Section Chief for Lee Health will speak at our monthly meeting on the latest techniques in use at HealthPark, as well as plans for expansion of the Shipley Cardiothoracic Center. See page 8 for more details on time and location of the meeting. This is one presentation you won’t want to miss. The American Heart Association sponsors activities during Heart Month every year to draw awareness to the fact that Heart Disease is the No. 1 killer of women and to try to convince more women to make their own heart health a priority in their lives. Every year AHA publishes a series of the most up-to-date statistics on Heart Disease and Stroke. Here are some of the extracted statistics from the latest update, as they relate to women – •

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined.

Cardiovascular diseases and stroke cause 1 in 3 women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds.

Fewer women than men survive their first heart attack.

An estimated 44 million women in the U.S. are affected by cardiovascular disease.

Ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for heart disease or stroke.

Women have a higher lifetime risk of stroke than men.

Hispanic women •

Hispanic women are likely to develop heart disease 10 years earlier than Caucasian women.

Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death for Hispanic women.

Only 1 in 3 Hispanic women know that heart disease is their greatest health risk.

Only 1 in 8 Hispanic women say that their doctor has ever discussed their risk for heart disease.

African American women •

Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death for African-American women.

Only 36% of African American women know that heart disease is their greatest health risk.

Of African-American women ages 20 and older, 48.3% have cardiovascular disease. Yet, only 14% believe that cardiovascular disease is their greatest health problem.

Only about 50% of African-American women are aware of the signs and symptoms of a heart attack.

Source -- https://www.goredforwomen.org/about-heartdisease/facts_about_heart_disease_in_women-sub-category/statistics-at-a-glance/ 3

Meet Our Members – Walt McCollum Walt grew up in Missouri and has lived a busy, exciting life working primarily in air traffic control at many large, busy airports – including Detroit, Chicago, Miami, Savannah, and even in Japan for a few years. He and his wife Betty settled on Florida as their favorite place to live and moved to Ft Myers from Pompano Beach 10 years ago. They apparently haven’t regretted that decision for even one minute. After catheterization and prior to his open-heart surgery at HealthPark, Walt and Betty were visited by two of our chapter members. Based on what they learned about Mended Hearts from these members, they began attending chapter meetings after Walt’s recovery.

What are your hobbies or special interests? “I enjoy reading, especially historic novels that are based on facts, even if the characters are fictional.” Describe yourself in two words. “According to my wife I’m kind and loving … but only after my first cup of coffee in the morning.” What is your favorite restaurant? “Roadhouse Café on San Carlos Blvd., primarily for the food (especially the veal entrees), but we also enjoy the live music.” What was the first job you ever had? “Installing outdoor TV antennas (on house roofs) at age 15 for the grand sum of 75¢ per hour.” Where were you working when you retired? “I was working for the FAA in Savannah, GA and then we moved to Pompano, FL.” Something most people don’t know about you: “I am a sudden cardiac arrest survivor. I survived due to the immediate, professional, caring response of Iona and Ft Myers Beach EMS crews who saved my life; but I believe it was God’s will that I lived.” What was the best day of your life? “The day I met my wife Betty. We both had convertibles and were introduced by a friend.” Most important life lesson you have learned: “Don’t worry about things you have no control over.” What do you like most about Mended Hearts? “The exchange of information between survivors.”


❖ Our Editor’s Vacation

❖ Final Visitors Report for 2017

# # # #

Hospital Visits Patients Visited Families Visited Internet Visits

Dec 207 130 30 4

2017 2,006 1,309 492 76

Our visiting team is doing an excellent job covering all days of the month, as well as making extra efforts to visit families in the surgical waiting room. Great work visitors!

Our editor and his wife, Jim and Ginny, are on vacation, cruising in the South Pacific. By midFebruary, they should now be in Australia. During their absence, others are preparing the newsletters, mixing excerpts from previous issues along with important current news.

❖ Mended Hearts Apps Mended Hearts maintains the following two apps that you can download for free from your smartphone or tablet’s app store. We suggest you take a look at them.

Heartbeat Now – The official app for Mended Hearts and Mended Little Hearts. It features content from Mended Hearts’ Heartbeat magazine, including articles from each print issue, as well as additional current events, patient support videos, and you can post comments about stories.

We want to emphasize to our visitors the importance of asking the patient or family for their address, email and phone number so that we can send our newsletter to them (or call them) for the first three months after release from the hospital. In that way they will know the dates of our meetings and names of our officers if they want to talk to someone. They will receive the newsletter every month after they join our chapter.

HeartGuide – This app is derived from the spiral-bound Heart Guide that our visitors give to patients while visiting them in the hospital. The Guide is an educational resource created by the Mended Hearts medical advisory board, with input from members, and funded by sponsors from within the pharmaceutical and medical device community.

❖ Staying in Touch Our chapter newsletter is written for the education and information of our members and is not intended as a substitute for the advice of your doctor or other health professional. Contact them about any medical symptoms or concerns. 5

LET’S SCAN THE JOURNALS ❖ Avoid the Beer Belly Authors of a new research study, published November 10, 2015 in the Annals of Internal Medicine, warn of the health danger of central obesity, commonly called a “Beer Belly.” The medical community routinely uses Body Mass Index (BMI) – calculated from height and weight – to judge obesity. However, this new study strongly suggests that a better measurement to look at is waist-to-hip ratio (WHR) – calculated by dividing waist measurement by hip measurement. According to the World Health Organization, a ratio higher than 0.9 for men or 0.85 for women defines central obesity. Records of 15,184 adults (52.3% women) aged 18 to 90 years were followed for an average of more than 14 years. The study found that people with normal weight (according to BMI calculation) but with central obesity (measured by WHR) have worse risk for heart disease and long-term survival than anyone of any weight with normal fat distribution (WHR). In fact, men of “normal” weight (per BMI) with central obesity (per WHR) were at more than twice the risk for death compared with an overweight man who has a normal WHR. http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=2468805

❖ Data from the CDC National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey The CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics issued a report on November 15, 2015 summarizing estimates for the prevalence and control of hypertension (high blood pressure) among adults in the United States for 2011-2014. There has been definite progress in controlling hypertension since 1999-2000 when only 31.5% of adults had hypertension under control. The latest figure for 20112014 is 53.3%. Although this figure is better, it is still short of the federal Healthy People 2020 goal (61.2% by 2020). The CDC definition of controlled hypertension is systolic blood pressure less than 140 mmHg and diastolic blood pressure less than 90 mmHg, among those with hypertension. Some key facts shown in the 2011-2014 data are that hypertension among all American adults (29%) is unchanged from the 1999-2000 data, but control of hypertension has increased (as described above). Hypertension increases with age: 18–39, 7.3%; 40–59, 32.2%; and 60 and over, 64.9%. Hypertension prevalence was higher among black Americans (41.2%) than white (28.0%), Asian (24.9%), or Hispanic (25.9%) Americans. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db220.htm

❖ Eating Too Much Salt can be Measured in Higher Blood Pressure In a Japanese study of 4,523 people with initially normal blood pressure, those who ate the most salt were the most likely to develop high blood pressure. Participants who gradually increased their sodium intake also showed gradually higher blood pressure. Results of the study were published in a recent edition of the Journal of the American Heart Association. Participants were followed for a median of 3½ years. During this period, hypertension (high blood pressure) developed in 1,027 of the participants (22.7%). The study confirmed that the risk of developing hypertension was higher in those with relatively higher sodium consumption compared to those with relatively low sodium intake. At the conclusion of the study, the people consuming the least amount of sodium were consuming 2,925 mg per day and those consuming the most were consuming 5,644 mg per day. The American Heart Association states that Americans consume an average of nearly 3,500 milligrams of sodium a day, which is about 2,000 milligrams more than the American Heart Association recommends. They state that in the United States, about nine of every 10 people consume too much sodium. http://jaha.ahajournals.org/content/4/8/e001959.full 6

❖ Lexophiles – Fun with Words

❖ This month’s Quotes – Dog Tales • “The reason a dog has so many friends is

̶ You can tune a piano, but you can’t

that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.” ─ Anonymous

tuna fish ̶ A thief who stole a calendar got twelve

• “The average dog is a nicer person than the

average person.” ─ Andy Rooney


• “There is no psychiatrist in the world like a

̶ When the smog lifts in Los Angeles

puppy licking your face.” ─ Bern Williams


• “If you pick up a starving dog and make him

prosperous, he will not bite you; that is the principal difference between a dog and a man.” ─ Mark Twain

̶ The batteries were given out free of


❖ Monthly Humor

̶ A will is a dead giveaway.

The claim is that this is a true story:

̶ A boiled egg is hard to beat.

A woman came in to the pharmacy and dropped off three prescriptions to be filled. Later, she came back, and wanted to pick up the prescriptions (they were for her husband). Two of the prescriptions were ready, with the third prescription stapled to the bag.

̶ Police were called to a Daycare Center

where a three-year-old was resisting a rest. ̶ When she saw her first strands of grey

hair she thought she’d dye.

The pharmacist said to her, "Here you go; we were only able to fill two of the prescriptions.” "Why can't you fill the other one?" she said.

Don’t Forget Valentine’s Day

"I'm sorry, we don't carry that one," he said. "Well, can you order it?" "No." "Well where can I get it filled?" "I'm afraid you will have to go to the hospital to get it filled."

February 14th Hug the One You Love

"Why? What's it for?" "A chest x-ray."


❖ Upcoming Meeting Schedule and Guest Speakers

Wednesday Feb 21, 2018

Wednesday Mar 21, 2018

Wednesday Apr 18, 2018

Dr. Paul DiGiorgi

Dr. Stacey Gorovoy

Darlene Grossman

Cardiothoracic Surgery


Community Liaison Hope Hospice

All meetings ─ HealthPark Medical Center in Sanibel-Captiva Room, beginning at 6:30 p.m. ❖ Important Notice ─ Procedure for Monthly Meetings Lee Health prepares complimentary heart-healthy meals for our meetings, available at 6:00 p.m. (30 minutes before the meeting). If you plan to join us early for the meal, notify Joe Jansen at [email protected] or 461-0980 – at least five days in advance. Of course, you are always invited to attend the 6:30 meeting without advance notice.

❖ Our Chapter Website Our Webmaster, Joe Cramer reminds you to periodically look at the chapter’s website, for updates and chapter activities. It can also be viewed via the Mended Hearts national site (www.mendedhearts.org). Click on “Find Chapters,” then look for chapters in Florida. We’re shown as Chapter 312 - South Fort Myers. Joe is always looking for photos to upload onto the Chapter Activities portion of the site, as well as testimonies from members on their heart condition experiences. Send these directly to Joe at his email address: Our chapter newsletters can also be viewed or downloaded from the website. .


The Mended Hearts, Inc.


National Office Phone: 888-HEART99 (432-7899) www.mendedhearts.org Member Information (please print or type)


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Medical Info/Demographics (Optional for Mended Hearts reporting purposes in aggregate only) Name of Heart Patient


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National Membership Dues: Includes subscription to Heartbeat magazine and one insignia pin for an individual or two pins for a family membership (must reside in same household). Select type of membership and include chapter dues (unless you wish to become a memberat-large). National dues are tax deductible less $10.00; Chapter and Lifetime dues are 100% tax deductible. Within United States Individual




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New chapter members: Please send payment with enrollment form to chapter Treasurer: Or, if joining as a member-at-large, send to: The Mended Hearts, Inc. National Office 8150 N. Central Expressway, M2248 Dallas, TX 75206

ChapterName: Treasurer Name ___ Street Address Treasurer David Kahn 8700 Paseo De Valencia Street Fort Myers, FL 33908

PO Box 2218, Fort Myers, Florida 33902

ABOUT MENDED HEARTS We are an international volunteer organization dedicated to helping heart patients and their families. Our trained volunteers visit patients, with doctor’s approval, while you are hospitalized. We provide literature on heart disease and your recovery from surgery. OUR MISSION is dedicated to Inspiring hope and improving the quality of life for heart patients and their families through ongoing peer-to-peer support. OUR PURPOSE is to offer help, support and encouragement to heart patients and their families. OUR METHOD is to partner with medical and hospital staff to help the patient have a positive experience. Everyone who has had a heart procedure and their families are welcome at our meetings. You don’t have to join Mended Hearts to hear our speakers, but we would love it if you do join. We will send you the next three issues of our chapter newsletter following your surgery.

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their loved ones. I also show them that 15 years after open heart surgery, I am fully functional and able to live a full life. Visiting heart patients after they leave the.

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