Attending (14): Murray Forth, Peter Brown, Debbie Brown, Pat Bailey, Jim Leyhane, Dick Drumm, Terry Brewer, Geoff Brewer, Jim Butterworth, Dean Calamaras, Doris Calamaras, Rommel Tolentino, Carol Orvis, Stewart Wagner.
Guests (1): Dr. Michael Marmulstein.
Program: Cardiovascular Disease
Dean Calamaras introduced cardiologist Dr. Michal Marmulstein, who explained his specialty and the training necessary to practice it.
He is a graduate of the Unversity at Albany who earned his medical degree at Abany Medical Center, where he completed his internship and residency before serving a cardiology fellowship at the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago and at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA, where he completed an interventional cardiology fellowship. He is board-certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular diseases.
Dr. Marmulstein discussed heart disease and its beginnings, along with the workings of the heart, valves and arteries, and how the blood is moved through the chambers.
He explained the danger of plaque buildup in arteries, causing them to narrow and, thus, restrict the blood flow. The four heart valves that should open and close only one way can, under pressure, allow blood to flow backward, causing problems.
Restriction of a valve can be genetic or occur with aging. A variety of diseases, such with viruses with flu-like symptoms, can cause heart damage. Other common factors — such as excessive consumption of alcohol, smoking, and thyroid problems — can damage the heart muscle as well.
Dr. Marmustein responded to questions from the audience, included newer treatment options, tests that aid in troubleshooting problems, varicose veins, stents, transplants and the unborn child’s heart. He also discussed the future of possible treatments that may like science-fiction but are reality.
FUNDRAISERS — With the June 1 deadline nearing to raise $10,000 for the Gift of Life, we have reached the $7,200 level.
ROTARY RUN — The 34th annual event is set for this Sunday at Green Meadow School. Volunteers are asked to report at 7:30 a.m. for assignments and breakfast prep. … Event coordinator Peter Brown reported that the sponsored event T-shirts and the sponsored event roadsigns have been received. … We need people to be at the Browns’ residence Saturday morning to collate runners’ packets. … It would be appreciated if anyone who has a folding table would bring it to the event to be sued at the watering stations.
NEXT MEETING: 6:15 p.m., Thursday, at Quigley’s. This Club Assembly will be to discuss and vote on bylaws proposals. Copies of the potential changes have been sent to every member via e-mail.