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Boomer Edition | 11th Annual - 2015

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Health and Wellness Magazine • 31 CALL uS ToDAy 303.575.0055 Are you or a loved one in need of a doctor? We're here to help. A HealthoNE representative can answer your questions and help you find the right physician, close to home. Calming the Beat Healthone Breaking ground with Treaatments to Fight a Fib Four years ago, Jay Phillips rarely strayed from his couch. Brain fog and fatigue kept the Denver resident from doing anything active with his family, as uncontrolled atrial fibrillation was damaging his heart. At age 60, Phillips had already turned his business over to his daughter, at times not sure if he was going to live. So when his cardiologist suggested they try a treatment against the odds, he was ready. "Within three days, I felt a lot better," Phillips says. "I had more energy. My mind started working better. This summer, I re-landscaped my whole yard." Because of his persistent A Fib, Phillips' chances of success with the catheter ablation, a treatment used for patients in earlier stages, were below 50 percent. But now, with the recent launching of HealthONE's Rocky Mountain Heart Rhythm Institute, Phillips and others with advanced or persistent A Fib will have access to the most innovative treatment options available (some not yet offered elsewhere in the Western United States), with more reliable results than ever before. And statistics suggest the new program joins the Denver landscape at a prime time. FiLLing a Void A Fib, which increases with age, is diagnosed in nearly 3 million Americans today, a number predicted to quadruple in the next 30 years as baby boomers grow older, according to the Heart Rhythm Society. "Yet many people are being denied treatment because of a lack of education among both doctors and patients," says Dr. Jason Sperling, who recently came to Denver to head this and other new HealthONE Cardiovascular Specialty Programs. "And the longer you wait, the harder it's going to be to treat." With the new program, HealthONE A Fib patients will gain access to treatment they've been missing and to truly advanced care, says Dr. Vijay Subbarao, Phillips' cardiologist at Rose Medical Center. "It gives them a single program with multiple, highly-specialized experts under one roof that they can tap for knowledge and a broad range of treatments," says Subbarao, who was instrumental in forming the Rose branch of the system-wide institute. "It gives them a single program with multiple, highly- specialized experts under one roof that they can tap for knowledge and a broad range of treatments," Jay Phillips of Denver is one of the more than 3 million Americans with atrial fibrillation, a heart condition experts say is increasing as baby boomers age.

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