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Affinity Physicians for Women Sponsors Sunset Tifton Reception

Affinity Physicians for Women (APFW) was one of the sponsors of the Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce’s Sunset Tifton business after-hours reception on Sept. 7. This event, open to all Chamber members, was held at the Spring Hill Country Club in Tifton. APFW had an information table and display with brochures and promotional items. Pictured (left to right): Tammy Hall (APFW Practice Manager) and Joy Davis (Community Relations Coordinator with Tift Regional Health System). APFW provided a gift card for a door prize drawing.


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Affinity Clinic Adds Second Interventional Cardiologist

The Tift Regional Medical Center (TRMC) Heart and Vascular Center welcomes new interventional cardiologist Anthony Burke, DO, FACC, FASNC. Dr. Burke will work alongside Dr. Paul Murray, Dr. William Hancock, Dr. Jonathan Tronolone, Dr. Joseph Turner and Dr. William Kaiser in providing cardiovascular services for patients. Dr. Burke will perform procedures at the TRMC Heart and Vascular Center and conduct evaluations, office-based treatments and follow-up exams at Affinity Clinic.

Dr. Burke diagnoses and treats heart conditions including coronary artery disease, abnormal rhythms (arrhythmia), valve problems, congestive heart failure and more. As an interventional cardiologist, he provides general cardiology services but also specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of heart conditions using minimally invasive techniques often involving catheters, which are small, flexible tubes inserted into the body. The catheter is carefully threaded into the heart using an x-ray machine that produces real-time images, known as fluoroscopy. Once the catheter is in place, contrast material is injected and images of the heart are obtained.

Angioplasty, also known as percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA), is a procedure in which a narrowed section of a coronary artery is widened with a balloon catheter. In most cases, a stent is placed at the same time. With these techniques, Dr. Burke can often achieve results similar to those of more invasive methods like open surgery, while minimizing pain, recovery time and complications.

With the addition of Dr. Burke, TRMC now has three interventional cardiologists, one invasive cardiologist, one vascular surgeon and an internist who interprets cardiac studies.

“I’m excited to have joined this growing program,” said Dr. Burke. “I look forward to serving patients here in South Central Georgia. TRMC has an impressive heart and vascular facility with the latest technology and a great team of cardiovascular professionals.”

Board certified in cardiology, Dr. Burke earned his medical degree from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed an internal medicine residency at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa. He followed with a cardiovascular disease fellowship and an interventional cardiology fellowship at Oklahoma State University Medical Center in Tulsa, Okla. Prior to joining Affinity Clinic, Dr. Burke practiced cardiology in Tulsa, Okla. and Augusta, Ga.

For more information or to make an appointment or referral, please call 229-391-4100. Affinity Clinic, a part of Tift Regional Physician Group, is located in Tifton at 2225 Highway 41 North.

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September: National Cholesterol Education Month

September 2, 2017 by Molly Huff

Fact: if you have too much cholesterol in your blood, you are at a high risk for heart disease and stroke - two leading causes of death in the United States. September is National Cholesterol Education month, so Affinity Health Clinic would like to take this opportunity to teach you a little more about cholesterol - the good, the bad, and what steps you can take to get on the right track and prevent these diseases caused by high cholesterol.

What is cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that your body needs - however, when you have too much in your blood, it builds up on the walls of your arteries. This can form blockages that may lead to heart disease, heart attack and stroke.

As you’ve probably heard or read, there are two types of cholesterol: high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and low-density lipoprotein (LDL). HDL is often referred to as “good” cholesterol while LDL is known as “bad” cholesterol. When referring to high cholesterol as a bad thing, we are talking about LDL cholesterol.

71 million American adults have high cholesterol, and only 1/3 of them have the condition under control. Are you one of the 71 million? Do you even know? This is the perfect time to have your cholesterol screened by one of Affinity’s family practice or internal medicine physicians - getting your high cholesterol back down is possible and manageable, and your physician can provide you with steps to get this done. If you are already under the care of a cardiologist, a cholesterol screening may already be a part of your doctors appointments, but you may want to ask about the results to stay informed. 

How can you prevent or treat high cholesterol?

Once you are screened by your physician and if it is determined that your cholesterol is too high, there may be specific recommendations for your health in addition to lifestyle changes you can make to get your LDL under control:

  • Eat a healthy diet. Avoid saturated and trans fats which tend to raise cholesterol levels. Some fats - such as polyunsaturated fats - can actually lower blood cholesterol levels. Eating fiber can also help lower cholesterol.
  • Exercise regularly. The Surgeon General recommends that adults engage in moderate-intensity exercise for at least 2 hours and 30 minutes each week.
    Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight can raise your cholesterol levels.
  • Don’t smoke. If you do smoke, get help quitting as soon as possible.

Affinity cares about your heart health - come in soon to get screened, and let’s make September the month that we turn your high cholesterol around!

Credit: Center for Disease Control

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Affinity Clinic, a multi-specialty clinic, provides adult and pediatric patients across South Georgia with medical care in a variety of areas including Cardiology, Family Practice, Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Pediatric & Adolescent MedicinePulmonary Medicine & Critical Care, and Obstetrics & Gynecology.

The Aesthetic Center at Affinity offers patients the latest in medical grade skin care. From microdermabrasion and vein treatment to laser hair removal, photofacials, BOTOX and more our certified laser assistant and licensed skin specialist provides patients with personal attention and quality care.