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Valley Health: Heart Health

21 February 2019 Luray/Page County Shenandoah County Front Royal/Warren County Winchester Frederick County Clarke County Community


It’s National Heart Month, so we invited Dr. Neal Gaither, interventional cardiologist with Winchester Cardiology & Vascular Medicine and Valley Health to have a conversation about heart disease — its risk factors, causes, symptoms, and treatments – and what you can do to prevent and manage it. We discussed how expanded access to heart care at Warren Memorial Hospital and other Valley Health sites is making a difference in the Valley. You can listen to the conversation here: https://theriver953.com/podcast/heart-month-valley-health/

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women. One in four deaths is from heart disease, the most common being coronary artery disease.

Warren Memorial Hospital in Front Royal has expanded its cardiovascular services with the addition of a catheterization (cath) lab. Cardiac catheterization is a minimally invasive way to access blood vessels around the heart in order to capture diagnostic images and/or treat blockages. The cath lab at WMH now offers patients more local access to high-quality diagnostic and interventional services.

The addition of cardiac catheterization services is an extension of cardiovascular services already offered by Warren Memorial Hospital, including EKG, nuclear stress testing and echocardiograms. They also offer cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, a medically supervised exercise and education program designed to benefit individuals who have a heart condition or lung disease.

Valley Health Warren Memorial Hospital Multispecialty Clinic in Front Royal offers cardiology services with cardiologists James Anderson, MD, Neal Gaither, MD, and Anne Kassira, MD. Vascular surgery services are also available with vascular surgeons Ayorinde Akinrinlola, MD, and Matthew Borkon, MD. For more information, call 540-636-0627.

Winchester Medical Center is among the very first centers to receive American Heart Association Cardiovascular Center of Excellence accreditation, a new comprehensive designation developed in collaboration with the American College of Cardiology.

wellness festivalDr. Gaither will be participating in the 25th annual Valley Health Community Wellness Festival  that will include health screenings, learning and fun for all ages. The festival will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Apple Blossom Mall in Winchester.

The following free or low cost screenings will be available at the 2019 Festival:

  • Low-cost blood testing by Valley Health Laboratory Services
  • Free cardiovascular disease screening by Valley Health Heart & Vascular
  • Free heart attack risk profile by the Valley Health Heart Attack Risk Program
  • Free blood pressure checks by Shenandoah University School of Nursing
  • Free blood glucose testing by Shenandoah University School of Nursing
  • Free hearing, vision & glaucoma screening by Lions of Virginia

In addition to health screenings, more than 80 exhibitors will be participating sharing important health and wellness information. The Festival also features kids’ activities and fitness demonstrations throughout the day.


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