Chicago IL: The Indian American Medical Association of Illinois (IAMA IL) is a non-for-profit professional organization comprised of Illinois physicians of Indian origin. It’s vision among other things is to organize community seminars related to public health issues. On October 11th, 2015 IAMA hosted an exclusive educational program to bring awareness of Cardiovascular diseases and Diabetes in Asian Indians at the Waterford Banquets and Conference Center located in Elmhurst, IL.
Event was attended by many IAMA’s Past Presidents including Dr. Gopal Lalmalani, Dr. Vemuri Murthy, Dr. Mitra Kalelker, Dr. Fulambarker, Dr. Roshan Lal Dr. Deepak Mital and Dr. Katherine Tynus, the President of the Chicago Medical Socirty. About 120 medical and non medical members attended this event.
Opening the event, Dr. Samir Shah President IAMA (IL), explained the growing epidemic of heart disease among Asian Indians and the high mortality rates. Speaking on heart-related problems including hypertension, heart attack, coronary artery disease, Dr. Samir Shah stated that coronary artery disease is the leading cause of death in America. The South Asian community in the United States has a three to five-fold increase in CAD. Obesity, lack of exercise, high cholesterol, and hypertension can quietly damage the body for years before symptoms develop. The “Red Saree Event” was a special educational event organized by IAMA-Il to bring awareness of cardiovascular disease in South East Asians and Diabetes.
This event was sponsored by Wealth Planning Network and Mr. Michael Jankowski, the President and CEO of the company. Mr. Jankowski made a presentation on “New” Strategies for Estate planning, Asset protection and taxminimization strategies which are very important topics for physicians. His advice consisted of forming trusts and planning retirement that ensures saving and spending your retirement dollars in the most tax-efficient manner possible. The presentation focused on estate planning, protecting your family in the case of an unexpected event, leaving a legacy and transferring the assets in the most tax-efficient manner possible.
Dr. Vemuri Murthy introduced the keynote speaker, Dr. Sumita Chowdhury who is a cardiologist trained at the prestigious Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, at Boston. She is an acknowledged leader in the fields of cardiovascular thrombosis, atherosclerotic heart disease, preventive medicine, and women’s health. Her passion for epidemiology and disease prevention motivated her to obtain an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health. Social entrepreneurship led her to the Wharton Business School where she obtained an MBA. She is the Chairperson of the South Asian Healthcare Foundation, which recently organized the World Congress on Preventive Healthcare 2015(Prevention2015.org) as part of the North American Bengali Conference (NABC2015.org) held at the George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston on July 10-12, 2015.
In her presentation she pointed out the common myth that only Men get heart attacks. She focused on heart attacks among women and the risk factors that are associated with it such as poor diet, physical inactivity, obesity and metabolic syndrome, smoking, hypertension, stress and diabetes. She mentioned that triglyceride levels are normally high in the Indian American community which causes potential risk of heart disease. Her presentation was very informative and useful.
The next presentation was given by Dr. Arcot Dwarakanathan who is the Medical Director at St. James Diabetic Center, Associate Professor at Rush University and Associate Professor at Midwestern University. He spoke about Diabetes in South East Asians. He referenced many studies that were done to identify why South Asians are more prone to diabetes and the risk factors. There was a Q & A session after his speech and the audience asked several pertinent questions about diet, cholesterol level and diabetes screening.
The evening concluded with dinner and informal socializing. Members enjoyed posing for the special pictures , dressed in “Red Saree”. This event brought attention to both medical and non-medical community members about the importance of maintaining a healthy diet and exercising to avoid cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
Dr Samir Shah, President, IAMA-IL, thanked Dr.Sumita Chowdhury, the key note speaker and Dr. Dwarakanath for the wonderful presentation. Dr. Shah also thanked the invited guests and his wife Mrs Bella Shah for her hard work and dedication to make this event successful.
Executive Committee IAMA-IL: Dr. Samir Shah: President, Dr. Tapas Dasgupta: Secretary, Dr. Sreenivas Reddy: Treasurer, Dr. Hemlata Bakane: Immediate past President.
Source: Asian Media USA
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