Matters of the heart | News

ASHLAND — It was all about the heart at the weekly Rotary Club of Ashland meeting.

Dr. Arash Seratnahaei talked about the importance of staying heart-healthy and explained technologies used in his field.

Rotary members joked with the King’s Daughter Medical Center cardiologist about the lunch served, which included hot dogs and macaroni and cheese.

“The day we have a cardiologist, we have a heart-healthy lunch,” a member said followed by several laughs.

As Seratnahaei took to the podium to share about his career, he showed several pictures from different technologies used in the cardiology department. Seratnahaei explained to the members  MRIs have become more popular in cardiology departments across the country.

“The MRIs produce a much clearer image,” Seratnahaei said. “The benefit of using an MRI also means there isn’t any radiation.”

Throughout Seratnahaei’s presentation, the doctor showed several images of hearts from different machines used in performing echocardiograms, X-rays, ultrasounds and CAT scans.

 “All of these we can use to look at the heart and see what’s going on,” Seratnahaei said.

When Seratnahaei was finished with his presentation, several Rotary members had questions about heart diseases and medications.

Many asked the doctor about the widow maker and how it got its name. With a laser pointer, Seratnahaei showed the members where the widow maker — the left coronary artery — was and how it caused death.

“With these tools it’s much easier to see everything going on with your heart,” Seratnahaei said.

As Seratnahaei finished his presentation, he told Rotary members it was very important to maintain a healthy diet and exercise regularly to help prevent heart diseases.

“It’s always a good thing to eat healthy and exercise daily,” Seratnahaei…

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