HEALTH

Tips from the EXPERTS

Dr J. Cox
J. Cox Orthodontics
2631 McIngvale Road, Ste. 131 // Hernando
662.298.4594 // jcoxortho.com

“It’s best for the orthodontist to see children by age 7 to advise if orthodontic treatment is required and to determine the best time for that patient to be treated. The first permanent molars and incisors have usually come in by that time and crossbites, crowding, and other problems can be evaluated. When treatment is begun early, the orthodontist can guide the growth of the jaw and guide incoming permanent teeth.”

Jared Patterson, MD
OrthoMemphis, a division of MSK Group, P.C.
6286 Briarcrest Ave., #2 // Memphis
901.259.1600 // orthomemphis.com

“Vitamins D and K work with calcium to keep bones strong and prevent osteoporosis.  Getting adequate amounts of these nutrients becomes even more important for women after menopause, when the body produces less estrogen. Normally, estrogen helps with absorption of calcium.”

Randy Holcomb, MD
OrthoMemphis // a division of MSK Group, P.C.
6286 Briarcrest Ave., #2 // Memphis
901.259.1600 // orthomemphis.com

“Exercise is the best way to reduce joint pain. Exercise lubricates your joints, maintains your range of motion, and strengthens your muscles. Stationary bicycles are an excellent way to get a workout without stressing the joints and are typically better tolerated than weight-bearing activities like running.”

Megan Watson, Indulgence Salon & Spa
210 E. Commerce St. // Hernando
662.469.9080 // getindulged.com

“Invati Hair System is one of the best solutions for thinning hair. It is 97% naturally derived. It exfoliates the scalp, thickens hair, and is clinically proven to reduce hair loss.”

Dr. Lisa Usdan
CNS Healthcare
6401 Poplar Ave. // Memphis
901.843.1045 // cnshealthcare.com

“Mental illness is more common than you think. Nearly half of all Americans suffer from a mental illness at some point in life. If it happens to you or someone close to you, you are not alone and it’s okay to ask for help.”

Dr. Lora McGill
CNS Healthcare
6401 Poplar Ave. // Memphis
901.843.1045 // cnshealthcare.com

“Inability to get restful sleep could be a symptom of life stressors or an emotional disorder such as depression or bipolar disorder. There are also medical conditions that can cause insomnia such as thyroid dysfunction, restless leg syndrome, diabetes or menopause. An assessment by a qualified health professional should be the first step to getting a good night’s sleep.”

Dr. Kishore K. Arcot
Memphis Cardiology & Vein Center PLC
6005 Park Ave., Ste. 225-B // MEMPHIS
901.767.6765 // memphiscardiology.com​

“Peripheral artery disease cannot be prevented in all cases. To help prevent the condition, avoid smoking, maintain a healthy weight, and exercise regularly. Patients who have diabetes, high blood pressure (hypertension), or high cholesterol (hypercholesteremia), and people with a family history of these conditions should follow the recommendations of a qualified health care provider.”

Dr. Eleanor A. Gill
Cosmetic and Family Dentistry
662-895-4737 // eleanorgill.dmd.com​

“Bad breath is often a by-product of something going on dentally or medically.  Poor oral hygiene, dry mouth, and certain foods (garlic, onion, etc.) may be the cause. Call us to find out how to have better breath.

Diet Center
5699 Getwell Rd. // Southaven
662.349.7743 // dietcenter.com​

“Skipping meals is a habit that can damage your health. Skipping meals also slows the metabolic rate, making it more difficult to lose weight. Eating all your calories at one meal overwhelms the body’s need for fuel, forcing some of the excess to be stored as body fat.”

Kateri Bryant
Indulgence Salon & Spa
210 E. Commerce St. // Hernando
662.469.9080 // getindulged.com

”You can restore youthful looking skin by preventing future damage while correcting lost volume and wrinkles by using Skinceuticals C E Ferulic® and A.G.E. Interrupter.”

Brianne Purnell
The Club at Highland Court
2631 McIngvale Rd. // Hernando
662.449.8343 // theclubms.com​

“Looking for the ultimate workout to kick off the new year? Find a program that is both engaging and fun for you. You’re much more likely to stick to a program that is custom fit for your needs.”

 

Dr. Arie Szatkowski knows the pain associated with heart disease firsthand. Three weeks before he began classes at Cornell Medical College, his father passed suddenly of a heart attack. “One Saturday I came home from a party, and my mother walked back into the bedroom and told me he was gone,” he said. “It was that point that I knew I was going into cardiology.”


Szatkowski, the director of cardiovascular services at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto in northwest Mississippi, has since made it his life’s duty to spearhead the fight against heart disease. “It was really all I knew. I didn’t think about being a lawyer, I didn’t think about business – it’s just what I wanted to do,” he said.
As head of the busiest cardiology clinic in Mississippi, Szatkowski’s job keeps him occupied. He meets with 25 to 30 patients on an average day, while the rest of his time is spent organizing cardiovascular line meetings, delivering talks, reviewing newly published studies and coordinating new programs. The Brooklyn native has become a familiar face and natural leader at Baptist DeSoto during his nine years as a mid-southerner. “Anything that needs to get done or be moved forward, I get it done,” he said.


A color-coded map of the United States hangs in Szatkowski’s office, marked in different shades of red to signify areas with a high number of deaths due to cardiovascular disease. The entire Mississippi region is colored a deep crimson hue, marking its status as the cardiovascular disease capital of the country. Heart disease accounted for nearly 40 percent of deaths in the state in 2007. The area’s high concentration of obesity, stroke and heart disease has earned the region the title of “Stroke Alley.”


This prevalence has led to a high degree of familiarity with cardiovascular ailments among Szatkowski and his staff, a factor that contributed to Baptist DeSoto’s status as the top heart health center in the state, according to a recent HealthGrades report. Despite being one of the biggest and busiest cardiovascular care facilities in the region, Baptist DeSoto’s response rate ranks 30 minutes faster than the national average. “We get them into the lab faster, fix them faster and are more likely to get them out alive and without complication,” Szatkowski said.


While Baptist DeSoto’s cardiology experts rank nationally among the best and speediest caretakers in the region, Szatkowski aims to emphasize the importance of prevention to keep patients from ever entering the hospital doors by educating the population and attempting to change the culture associated with heart problems.


Prevention has played a role in Szatkowski’s own cardiovascular health. In addition to the death of his father, Szatkowski’s career choice was spurred on by the discovery of potentially devastating problems in his own heart. On the first day of residency at Columbia University, an echocardiogram performed by an instructor revealed that Szatkowski had an enlarged heart. The cause was an artial septal defect; a hole in his heart. “Had I not gone into cardiology and found that hole, I probably would have one day presented arrhythmias, congestive heart failure or even a stroke,” he said. Szatkowski’s problem was eventually fixed via a procedure he now performs himself at Baptist DeSoto.


According to Szatkowski, the breadth of services provided by the hospital offers a huge opportunity to bring together formerly disparate groups. Under Szatkowski’s guidance, Baptist DeSoto has implemented a plethora of programs that aim to encourage a heart-healthy lifestyle in patients. In addition to the BOOST program, which is focused on reducing rehospitalization, and a clinic to manage and follow patients with valvular disease, Szatkowski has pushed for a unified cardiac service line that combines the many different departments and divisions associated with heart health at Baptist DeSoto. “There’s a lot of people, a lot of politics and a lot of personalities with a common goal—improving patient outcomes,” Szatkowski said.


In addition to general prevention, Szatkowski and the team of doctors at Baptist DeSoto offer round-the-clock service and work to assess a broad spectrum of underlying causes of heart disease, including overmedication, psychosocial issues and diet. “Sometimes I get started at 6 or 7 a.m. and don’t get done till 9 o’clock,” he said. “To do this, you have to love it. And be willing to give up a lot of luxuries.”

Dr. Arie Szatkowski
Baptist DeSoto
Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto’s director of cardiology shares insight on regional heart health, the reasons behind his career choice, and what’s it’s like to head the busiest cardiology clinic in the MidSouth.

By Casey Hilder photos by Terry Sweeney

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