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Heart Health Seminar by TANA/TAMA

March 2020
Heart Health Seminar by TANA/TAMA

(Left) People of all ages want to protect their family.

On February 1, for Heart Health Month, about 200 people attended TANA Atlanta and TAMA’s heart health seminar presented by Dr. Srini Gangasani along with Dr. Amarnath Kommuri, and a free bone density checkup by Dr. Nandini Sunkireddy.

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Standing room only ... for the program on heart health and bone density.

Indian Americans were encouraged to focus on heart health and find out about ways to prevent heart disease. Close to two hundred people attended the event. They first learned from TAMA Director SreeRam Royyala about TAMA’s activities to promote health—such as the TAMA Clinic and 5K Walk.

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Cardiologist Dr. Srini Gangasani warned that heart disease is the leading cause of death here, affecting 1/4 of Americans, but South Asians are even more prone to heart disease than Caucasians and can be struck with it even in their twenties. He described causes and symptoms of heart disease. He also debunked some of the common misconceptions on causes and risks of cardiovascular disease among people of Indian origin. As South Asians have highest death rate due to heart failures, Dr. Ganagasani highlighted the importance of early detection and lifestyle changes to prevent fatalities. He also mentioned various early detection measures for Coronary Artery Disease such as Calcium Score, Levels of blockage, Angiogram, and stress tests. Lifestyle changes for prevention were described. As most of the attendees were middle aged, Dr. Gangasani’s humorous quips on expired warranty and lack of spare parts were taken well.

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After the presentation, Dr. Amarnath Kommuri (left) along with Dr. Gangasani (right) answered many questions raised by audience on various topics such as modern techniques on heart surgery, types of cholesterol medication, hereditary risks, and common lifestyle changes that can be easily adopted in order to prevent heart failure related deaths.

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(Left) A free Bone Density checkup was carried out by Dr. Nandini Sunkireddy (standing on the right).

Many attendees took advantage of the free bone density checkup offered by Dr. Nandini Sunkireddy—not only to check their current bone health but also to discuss with the doctor on how to improve bone health.

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Felicitating Dr. Srini Gangasani (in blue shirt), Dr. Amarnath Kommuri, and Dr. Nandini Sunkireddy.

TANA president elect, Mr. Anjaiah Chowdary Lavu, South East RC Kiran Gogineni, and Vinay Maddineni felicitated Dr. Gangasani and spoke about TANA activities for the public. TAMA president Bharat Maddineni and TAMA Chairman Rajasekhar Chunduri, along with other TAMA EC and Board members felicitated Dr. Amarnath Kommuri and Dr. Nandini Sunkireddy.

[We are pleased to be able to publish here the longer version of the article above, which contains a significant amount of additional material that could not be included in the March 2020 print and digital issues.]


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