February 27, 2012

Cardiologist to speak at Healthy Hearts Education Group

COLUMBIA, Tenn. – Dr. Kevin Maquiling, a Vanderbilt Heart-Columbia physician on the medical staff at Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC), will be the featured speaker at the Healthy Hearts Education Group meeting on March 22 at 6 p.m. Healthy Hearts is a free MRMC educational group that meets quarterly and addresses the management of heart disease.

Dr. Maquiling, a specialist in interventional cardiology, will discuss the recent advancements in the treatment of heart disease, including:

  • new treatments for atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat)
  • catheter-based aortic valve replacements
  • coronary calcium scoring (CT screening for plaque in the arteries to the heart)
  • alternative blood thinners
  • radial (artery in the arm) cardiac catheterization

There will be a question and answer session for those attending following Dr. Maquiling’s presentation.

Cardiology Nurse Manager Lisa Chambers, who coordinates the group stated, “Heart disease remains the number one killer of men and women. We are determined to impact this statistic by educating those with heart conditions on how to better manage this disease. For the convenience of those in our community, Maury Regional has changed the meeting schedule for Healthy Hearts to quarterly evening programs rather than monthly lunch programs, enabling more people to attend. We’re very excited about our presenters for this year and the variety of topics we will be covering.”

Healthy Hearts meetings are held quarterly at 6 p.m. in the William R. Walter Educational Conference Center of the Maury Regional Medical Center Annex, located across from the hospital at 1223½ Trotwood Avenue. Meetings will feature guest speakers and special programs aimed at sharing timely information on the management of heart disease in an entertaining as well as informative fashion. In 2012, meetings are scheduled for March 22, June 28, September 27 and December 27.

Healthy Hearts Education Group meetings are free and open to the public. Anyone interested in learning more about the self-care and management of heart disease is encouraged to attend. For more information, call 931.381.1111, extension 4343.