Southwest FL – Our chapter was again fortunate to learn about the heart and how to keep it functioning properly from Dr. David C.Zonies, M.D. at our February Luncheon. A military veteran and one of the most accomplished and knowledgeable cardiologists in his field, Dr. Zonies got right to the ‘heart’ of the matter and illustrated exactly what happens when cholesterol buildup causes a heart attack.
Using high quality graphics and imaging, he took us on trip through the circulatory system and shed some light on why some people’s genetics and lifestyle choices make them far more likely to have serious heart issues. Dr. Zonies explained how the liver removes bad cholesterol and is central to avoiding cardiac issues. We learned about the different types of cholesterol and their effects, and how regular use of statins can significantly reduce bad cholesterol and prevent heart disease.
Near the end of his presentation he described the next generation of cholesterol lowering drugs. A new family of PCSK9 inhibitors is the most promising new medication in over 20 years and uses a very different mechanism than statins. Dr. Zonies closed by
reminding us to monitor and control our blood pressure and cholesterol, eat healthy, exercise, and consistently take our prescribed medications.
President George Tracy presented Dr. Zonies with a commemorative plate as a memento of the occasion. Additionally, Dr. Zonies, as a veteran who served during the Vietnam War, received a commemoration lapel pin recognizing his service. The pin is
engraved with the following:
A Grateful Nation Thanks and Honors You – USA Vietnam War Commemoration.
MOAS is the Sarasota Chapter of Military Officers Association of America. MOAA is the nation’s largest and most influential association of military officers with 370,000 members. It is an independent, nonprofit, politically nonpartisan organization. For more information visit, www.sarasotamoaa.com Are you a former military officer? Please come and join us at our monthly luncheon.