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Kalispell Regional Medical Center

Heart Health Fair

Heart Health Fair

Kalispell Regional Healthcare's fourth annual Heart Health Fair will be an exciting new take on our established tradition of keeping our community's hearts healthy through free screenings and interactive talks.

This year's event will be Thursday, February 20, 2014, from 3 to 8 p.m. in the Arts and Technology Building at Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell. As always, everything is free and many stations will have great give-aways to thank you for coming.

Come for free screenings, educational presentations on current heart-health issues, one-on-one visits with nurses about your health, light refreshments and more. Leave with a copy of your own heart-health numbers and what to do for your best health possible.

Please feel free to call 751-6697 for information, as well.

Schedule Your Cholesterol Screening Appointment Now! 

We are offering a new convenience this year for those who prefer to make an appointment instead of waiting in line for their cholesterol screenings. Reserve your space today with online registration. This screening is very popular, and the lines typically are long. Save yourself some time by registering ahead here:
Online Registration

You also can call ahead for early registration at 751-4500, Monday through Friday, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

But don't worry; if you cannot schedule an appointment in advance, walk-ins are welcome.

Schedule of Events 

Please join us for a full evening of education, ideas and demonstrations. Chances are that you will learn more than a few surprising ways you can improve your heart health, starting right where you are today. 

  • 3 to 8 p.m. Glucose, sleep, blood oxygen, depression screenings and diabetic foot exams, all at no cost
  • 4 to 8 p.m. Lipids (including cholesterol), glucose, triglyceride and blood pressure screenings, all at no cost
  • 4 to 7:30 p.m. Free chair massage
  • 3 to 3:45 p.m. Nutrition/cooking demonstration
  • 3:50 to 5:05 p.m. Lifestyle panel presentations, followed by question/answer period
    - Interval training
    - Fire element qigong
    - Sleep hygiene
    - Art therapy
    - Dental care and heart health
    - De-clutter and de-stress
  • 5 to 8 p.m. Ask A Nurse, one-on-one consultations with nurses to understand your numbers, at no cost
  • 5 to 5:30 p.m. Cooking demonstrations
  • 5 to 5:30 p.m. Sidewalk CPR demonstration
  • 5:30 p.m. Dr. Robert Mitchell, cardiologist with Rocky Mountain Heart & Lung, "How to Prevent a Heart Attack," lowering your risk of arterial plaque build-up that leads to heart attacks, followed by question-and-answer session
  • 6:15 p.m. Dr. Ilyas Colombowala, electrophysiologist with Rocky Mountain Heart & Lung, "A Tale of Two Tachycardias," how expertise and technology can treat an irregular heart rate, followed by question-and-answer session
  • 7 p.m. Dr. Kurt Lindsay, neurologist with the KRH Neuroscience & Spine Institute, "Stroke - Time is Brain," a discussion of stroke risk factors, prevention and treatment, followed by question-and-answer session

Free Screenings 

If you are coming for any of the screenings, please note that fasting is not required. Take your regular medications and drink plenty of water that day. Be sure to wear loose, comfortable clothing.

Screenings Offered:

  • Lipids (including cholesterol)
  • Triglyceride
  • Blood glucose
  • Blood pressure
  • Diabetic foot exams for adults
  • Sleep patterns
  • Blood oxygen saturation
  • Depression

Complementary Features 

4 to 7:30 p.m. Chair Massage

The following massage therapists will be offering complimentary chair massages:
Courtney Wangerin
Amber Granzow
Johnny Cochrane
Linda Murphy
Gina Wade
Barbara Woodhouse

5-5:25 p.m. Cooking Demonstration

KRMC Executive Chef Seth Bostick will share some more tips and tricks on heart-healthy cooking, complete with tasty samples.

5-5:25 p.m. Sidewalk CPR

Learn the basic skills needed to save a life, should you come across an emergency situation in everyday life.



Physician Speakers 

Three physicians covering specialties in cardiology, electrophysiology and neurology will speak on a range of topics to help you understand the basics of keeping your heart and vascular system performing at their best possible levels. Each doctor’s 45- minute session will include a question-and-answer session following his presentation.

5:30 p.m. – How to Prevent a Heart Attack
Cardiologist Robert Mitchell, MD

Dr. Mitchell will help you understand the pathophysiology of atherosclerosis (a condition in which plaque builds up inside arteries), talk about “vulnerable plaque” that causes heart attack and explain how medical providers screen patients for atherosclerosis. You will leave with a better understanding of how to lower your risk of a cardiovascular event.

About our speaker:
Dr. Mitchell graduated from medical school and completed his internal medicine residency at the University of California, San Francisco. He was awarded a fellowship in cardiovascular diseases from Duke University in 2006, and a second fellowship in vascular medicine jointly from Duke University and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston that same year. Dr. Mitchell is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular diseases, vascular medicine and vascular ultrasound. He has extensive experience treating poly-vascular atherosclerosis and peripheral arterial disease. His research with gene therapy, stem cell research and exercise physiology has enhanced his ability to treat peripheral arterial disease, renal artery stenosis and those patients in need of antiplatelet therapy.

Contact: Rocky Mountain Heart and Lung, 257-8992


6:15 p.m. – A Tale of Two Tachycardias
Electrophysiologist Ilyas Colombowala, MD

Dr. Colombowala will show how medical expertise and developments in technology can treat an irregular heart rate.

About our speaker:

Originally from Houston, Dr. Colombowala attended Dartmouth College where he earned his undergraduate degree in biochemistry and molecular biology. After graduation from Baylor College of Medicine in 2002, he completed his internship, medical residency, and cardiovascular disease fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine. While in medical school he earned certification in medical ethics. He completed additional fellowship training in clinical cardiac electrophysiology (EP) at the Texas Heart Institute where, following completion of his training, he remained on staff in clinical practice for two years. At Texas Heart, Dr. Colombowala engaged in clinical research and served on the teaching faculty for medical house staff and EP fellows. In 2011, Dr. Colombowala accepted a position as Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology at Kalispell Regional Medical Center in Northwest Montana, where he started the electrophysiology program. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, nuclear cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology. As an electrophysiologist, Dr. Colombowala treats heart rhythm disorders. He implants pacemakers, defibrillators, heart-failure therapy devices, and cardiac rhythm monitors. He is specialized in the medical management of arrhythmias, and he performs catheter-based ablation procedures for various heart rhythm disorders, including atrial fibrillation.

Contact: Rocky Mountain Heart and Lung, 257-8992


7 p.m. – Time is Brain
Neurologist Kurt Lindsay, MD

Dr. Lindsay will present an engaging a discussion of stroke risk factors, prevention and treatment.

About our speaker:
Dr. Lindsay returned to his native Flathead Valley from Oregon Health and Science University, where he worked at the Oregon Stroke Center within the Department of Neurology. He was born and raised in the Flathead Valley and always planned to return. Dr. Lindsay was valedictorian of his graduating class at Flathead High School before earning his Bachelor of Science from Stanford University and then a Master of Science in Cancer Biology at Boise State University. He attended medical school at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, and was awarded a fellowship in vascular neurology (stroke) in 2009. While Dr. Lindsay treats a variety of general neurological conditions, including multiple sclerosis, migraine headaches, Parkinson’s disease, and epilepsy, he specializes in the care of stroke patients. Dr. Lindsay is one of only two fellowship-trained stroke specialists in Montana and serves as medical director of Kalispell Regional Medical Center’s growing Stroke Program.

Contact: Neuroscience and Spine Institute, Department of Neurology, 752-5095 


Lifestyle Presentations 

To help you develop an overall plan for heart-healthy living, we are pairing up two exciting presentations on lifestyle. Our popular cooking and nutrition demonstration from KRMC Executive Chef Seth Bostick and KRMC Dietitian Holly Nickels will be followed by an all-new panel of six experts in fitness, wellness and creativity.

Cooking/Nutrition Demonstration

3-3:45 p.m. – No Time for Healthy Meals? Think Again!

Tips and tricks for fast, easy, heart-healthy meals that get the salt out. We’ll be offering samples of the foods we prepare.

Registered Dietitian Holly Nickels, The Summit Nutrition Services
Kalispell Regional Healthcare Executive Chef Seth Bostick


Holly Nickels, R.D.
Originally from Ft. Peck, Montana, Registered Dietitian Holly Nickels lived and worked in several western states before moving to Kalispell in 1999. She earned her bachelor of science in nutrition from Montana State University, then completed her dietetic internship at the University of California at Berkeley. She has more than 25 years of experience as a clinical dietitian and working in health care food service management. In 2005 she joined the team at The Summit Medical Fitness Center, where she specializes in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and the Journey to Wellness program that focuses on lifestyle and weight management.

Contact: The Summit Dietitian/Nutrition program, (406) 751-4128

KRMC Executive Chef Seth Bostick
The kitchen is home to Executive Chef Seth Bostick. He has been a chef all his life, starting in the kitchen with his mother making breads and preserves, then beginning work in restaurants when he was 13. He received his culinary training from Western Culinary Institute of Portland, Oregon, (now called Le Cordon Bleu) in the mid-1990s, then embarked on a journey through Oregon, Colorado, Idaho and Montana studying under several French-trained chefs. He is classically trained and has been active with the Culinary Federation of Colorado. He has spent the past five-and-a-half years in health care, where his passion for sound culinary practice with an emphasis on health choices flourishes. He is one of the leaders in Kalispell Regional’s support for whole foods in their basic forms and advocates the company’s main objectives of farm-to-table practice, local sustainable products, clean labels and healthy cooking.

Contact: KRMC Nutrition Services, (406) 751-7541


Lifestyle Panel

3:50-5:05 p.m. – Six Topics Exploring Heart-Healthy Lifestyles

Each of our speakers will deliver a 10-minute presentation related to his or her specialty. All attendees will be provided with notepads to jot down questions during each of the talks, then will have a chance to ask questions during a 15-minute discussion period at the end of the six talks. For more one-on-one discussion, the speakers will be available at tables outside the lecture hall for an additional 20 minutes following the question/answer period.

Interval Training: Efficient, Effective and a Fun Way to Exercise

Competitive athletes are acutely aware of the importance of integrating variable intensity, or interval, workouts into their training program. The good news is that interval training is not just for the elite athlete but also can significantly benefit recreational athletes as well as people whose primary exercise focus is on improving overall health. This presentation will provide practical information regarding how to develop an interval workout.

Speaker: Brad A. Roy, PhD, FACHE, FACSM, Executive Director of The Summit Medical Fitness Center
In addition to his duties with The Summit, Dr. Roy also oversees a number of other services at Kalispell Regional Medical Center. Brad is a former competitive distance runner and has served as a training advisor to a number of Olympic distance runners and world-record holders over the years.

Contact: (406) 751-4512, broy@krmc.org


Fire Element Qigong

We will be focusing on qigong movements that nourish and protect the heart. We also will be exploring how stress and imbalanced emotions play a key role in triggering illness and disease.

Speaker: Judith Thurman, Clinical Qigong Practitioner and Certified Qigong Instructor
Judith attended The School of Qigong Studies in Denver, Colo., where she graduated from a Chinese medicine program. Her passion is to share this beautiful 5,000-year-old tradition of qigong with as many people as possible so that they, too, can experience peace, harmony and optimum health.

Contact: (406) 260-1435, judiththurman@rocketmail.com, http://daomingmedicalqigong.com


The Dirt on Sleep Hygiene: Simple Tips to Improve Sleep

Learn why sleep is important to overall health, consequences of poor sleep and simple tips to improve sleep.

Speaker: Roxanne Taylor, BA, RST, RPSGT, Supervisor of The Sleep Center at Rocky Mountain Heart and Lung
Roxanne has given numerous lectures on sleep both to patients and to health-care providers. In addition to her work with The Sleep Center at Rocky Mountain Heart and Lung, a department of Kalispell Regional Medical Center, she serves as chairman of the Standards and Guidelines Committee for The American Association of Sleep Technologists and is on the board of the Montana Sleep Society. Roxanne and her family enjoy hiking, biking and skiing in the Flathead Valley.

Contact: (406) 257-8979, rtaylor@krmc.org


Finding Your Ta-Dah! Using Creative Expression to Unhook Anxiety and Depression

We will be looking at ways to challenge and change perspectives using the creative process. We’ll also explore meditative uses of art in everyday life, for every person – even if you “can’t draw a straight line!”

Speaker: Allyson Norwood Bush, MA, ATR, LCPC
Allyson is a registered art therapist and licensed professional counselor. She works with children, adolescents, adults and families in her private practice, Flathead Valley Art Therapy, and provides a weekly cancer support group with Kalispell Regional Medical Center. Some of the outlets for her creative expression are dancing, hiking and spending time with her family.

Contact: (406) 212-7576, fvat@montanasky.net


A Healthy Mouth Leads to a Happy Heart

It may surprise you that flossing, daily brushing and regular dental check-ups make a significant contribution to improved heart health. We’ll take a look into the how’s and why’s of dental health’s role in cardiac health.

Speaker: David Keim, DDS, Glacier Dental Group
Dr. Keim practices a full scope of general family dentistry in Kalispell. His first concern is helping each of his patients attain his or her optimal dental health. As a dentist, Dr. Keim first served as a lieutenant commander in the United States Public Health Services while he was stationed at the Blackfeet Community Hospital in Browning, Mont. He continues his service to the community as the new director of dentistry at the Shepherd’s Hand Free Clinic, and as a board member for the Montana Dental Association, Daybreak Rotary and the Flathead Community Health Center. Dr. Keim is past president of the First District Dental Society based in the Flathead Valley, and is president-elect of the Montana Dental Association.

Contact: (406) 752-8081


Deborah Harding

De-Clutter Your Way to a Healthier Heart

Stop feeling powerless against multiplying distractions and de-clutter your life by de-cluttering your mind. You’ll learn how to use the innate organizational power of your brain to make your life less stressful and more productive. And you’ll be rewarded with a clean body, mind and spirit – and garage!

Speaker: Deborah Harding, DrPH, MPH, Health and Wellness Coach
Deb is a certified wellness coach at The Summit Medical Fitness Center, with a master’s degree and doctorate in public health in lifestyle change. She enjoys supporting others in moving toward their vision of their happiest and healthiest self and uses a creative and down-to-earth approach to make the journey fun and rewarding.




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