January 2010 - Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation


January 2010 - Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation

Heart Matters

January 2010

Congressman Tim Walz (fourth from left) celebrates $250,000 congressional appropriation with New Ulm residents

Heart of New Ulm Secures $250,000 in Federal Funding to Promote

Healthy Lifestyles

On January 8, New Ulm Medical Center and Heart of

New Ulm staff hosted U.S. Congressman Tim Walz and

staff from U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar’s office to thank

them for their work in helping to secure $250,000 in

congressional appropriations for the Heart of New Ulm

project. Walz, Klobuchar, U.S. Senator Al Franken and U.S.

Congresswoman Betty McCollum were all vital in helping to

secure the funding.

The appropriation will be used to support local lifestyle

programs that target improvements in fruit and vegetable

consumption, physical activity and weight management.

According to a press release, a third of New Ulm residents are

at risk for developing diabetes. This funding will be used to

reduce risk factors for diabetes and heart disease.

The Heart of New Ulm project is designed to reduce the

number of heart attacks in the New Ulm area over the next

10 years and improve the health of the community. The

Heart of New Ulm is a collaborative partnership of MHIF,

Allina Hospitals & Clinics, the New Ulm Medical Center

and the New Ulm Community.


Plank Makes


Gift for




Raymond Plank

MHIF employees (from left) Terri Hanson, DeShaune Poe and Deanna Bulthuis

MHIF Employees Give Back

In November, MHIF held its annual employee giving

campaign and food drive. Employees committed more than

$17,000 for community organizations, and donated 300

pounds of food to the Emergency Food Shelf Network.

Thank you to all of the employees who participated!

Raymond Plank, founder and chairman emeritus of the

Houston-based Apache Corporation and first chair of

MHIF’s Board of Directors, has committed $500,000 to

establish the Raymond Plank Education Fund at MHIF. We

wish to extend sincere thanks to Mr. Plank for his generosity

and leadership.



David S. Feldman, MD

is a cardiologist at the

Minneapolis Heart

Institute® and specializes

in heart and lung

transplantation and heart

failure. Dr. Feldman is a

world-renowned expert in

the field of heart failure

and transplantation.

His research interests

include: investigational

pharmacology for

improvement of heart function and the use of left

ventricular assist devices in heart failure patients.

Q: A friend was recently diagnosed with heart failure. What

does this mean

A: Despite the way it sounds, heart failure does not mean that

the heart has stopped working. Heart failure is a common

condition that develops slowly as the heart muscle weakens

and needs to work harder to keep blood flowing through the

body. Heart failure develops following injury to the heart

such as the damage caused by a heart attack, long-term high

blood pressure, or an abnormality of one of the heart valves.

Some common symptoms of heart failure include: difficulty

breathing, fatigue and exercise intolerance, and frequent

coughing. There are many options for patients diagnosed

with heart failure. Check with your cardiologist to learn what

might be best for you.


Day 1 CME Program

Thursday, April 29, 2010, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Day 2 Think Tank

Friday, April 30, 2010, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Women and Heart Disease: A Summit to

Eliminate Untimely Deaths in Women

A summit to identify and address gender inequalities in care

for women with heart disease. A groundbreaking regional

initiative with Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota.

Honorary Chair: Mary Pawlenty, JD

First Lady of Minnesota

Co-Chairs: Elizabeth Zane Grey, MD

Minneapolis Heart Institute ®

For more information or to register,

visit www.mplsheart.org/women

Sharonne Hayes, MD

Mayo Clinic

Ruth Lindquist, PhD, RN

University of Minnesota

Susan Fink with her dog, Guinness

MHIF Welcomes Susan Fink

MHIF is pleased to announce the appointment of Susan Fink as vice president

of External Relations. Joining the team on February 15, Fink will oversee the

development, communications and public relations functions of the Foundation.

Fink comes to MHIF from the American Refugee Committee where she served as

major gifts and public affairs manager for more than five years. Prior to her tenure

at ARC, Fink worked in community-based public health and service sectors, both in

management and as a provider of clinical therapy.

Ms. Fink was born and raised in Europe and speaks fluent German. She studied

International Business at Schiller International University in Heidelberg and at

George Washington University, and Industrial and Organization Psychology at

Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania. She earned an MA in Clinical Counseling

Psychology from Webster University in New Mexico. Susan resides in Plymouth with

her husband, Timothy McCall, an executive at General Mills.

New Year, New Lease on Life:

MHIF Valve Study Gives

Patient a Second Chance

Judith Taylor has a long list of things she wants to do in 2010:

complete her Master’s degree, circumnavigate Lake Superior

by sailboat, and volunteer as an English as a foreign language

tutor to new immigrants.

Just a few short months ago, Taylor was not sure any of this

would be possible. In 2007, Taylor learned that she had a

bicuspid aortic valve, a congenital disease that affects about

two percent of the population.

“I was taken completely by surprise. I am an active person.

I sail. I go to Jazzercise and Zumba [Latin dance aerobics]. I

even ran a 10k.”

By June 2009, Taylor’s condition was starting to affect her.

She felt tired and realized she was starting to redefine what

felt “normal” for her. When she went in for her annual

echocardiogram, she found out that her disease had progressed

and that she would need surgery within the year.

“At that time, I was attending a clinic where I couldn’t get the

answers I needed. I was told to restrict my activities but was

never told what that meant.”

In August, Taylor and her husband decided to sail Lake

Superior to northwestern Ontario to attend the Red Rock

Folk Festival. After sailing such a great distance, Taylor had no

idea that a dance would be the event that would put her in the


“I got up to do a circle dance and sat down feeling bad. Before

I knew it, I was in a Canadian hospital. They had me.” She was

advised that she needed surgery as soon as possible.

Before she had left for Canada, Taylor had transferred her

records to the Minneapolis Heart Institute® and was able to

get an appointment with interventional cardiologist, Michael

R. Mooney, MD, upon her return. “The experience was a

complete 180,” she said. “I felt so confident that I was in the

right place.”

During her visit, Taylor was presented the option of being

a part of the TRIFECTA study at the Minneapolis Heart

Institute Foundation, which was evaluating the safety and

efficacy of the Trifecta heart valve replacement manufactured

by St. Jude Medical, Inc.

“The valve, which is made from animal tissue, is thicker, more

durable, and has no stitching which makes it less likely to

come apart,” said Peg Demmer, RN, senior research nurse

clinician at the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation.

Judith Taylor and Vib R. Kshettry, MD

One of the most important benefits to Taylor was that unlike

other valve replacement options, she would not need to be on

blood thinners for the rest of her life. “Blood thinners are not

compatible with wilderness sailing!” she said. “It was crystal clear

that this was the best option for me.”

On August 21, Taylor had the Trifecta valve implanted by Vib R.

Kshettry, MD, cardio-thoracic surgeon at the Minneapolis Heart

Institute®. Today, Taylor is experiencing no complications and

feels great. In fact, she is doing so well that her cardiovascular

rehabilitation was cut short in favor of her returning to Zumba

and Jazzercise.

Dr. Kshettry said, “We are so grateful that patients like Judith

decide to participate in research. It is only through research that

we can advance science and offer the newest and best technology

to patients.”

“Without research, how are you ever going to move forward”

Taylor said. “I feel like the luckiest person ever. One hundred

years ago my family would be planning my funeral.” Instead,

they are now planning how to make the best of the many years

she has left.

MHIF is among the top three centers in the United States for

lowest complications with the Trifecta valve among 22 centers

chosen for the clinical trial. Dr. Kshettry has been asked to do a

teaching video to educate other physicians on the procedure.

Did you know

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

recommend at least 150 minutes per week of

moderate-intensity aerobic activity. If this sounds like a lot to

you, split it up in to more manageable chunks. Try going for

three brisk ten-minute walks a day, five days a week.



920 East 28th Street, Suite 100

Minneapolis, MN 55407




The Face of Heart Disease

Name: Kurt

Age: 53

Condition: Hypertrophic


Status: Excited for a new decade

of promise and good health and

looking forward to his 54th birthday!

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Breakfast Taco on the Go

2 corn tortillas

1 tbsp salsa

2 tbsp shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese

1/2 cup liquid egg substitute, such as Egg Beaters

Top tortillas with salsa and cheese. Heat in the microwave until the cheese is melted, about 30 seconds. Meanwhile coat a small nonstick skillet

with cooking spray. Cook over medium heat, add egg substitute and cook, stirring, until the eggs are cooked through, about 90 seconds. Divide the

scrambled egg between the tacos.

Nutrition information: 153 calories, 2 g fat, 17 g protein, 15 g carbohydrates, 0 g dietary fiber

Upcoming Events

In Touch with Heart Health Screening: Take Steps to Prevent

Heart Disease and Stroke

February 20 and 22 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 1720 E.

Minnehaha Pkwy., Minneapolis. Day 1: Cholesterol, glucose and

blood pressure screening. Day 2: Heart Health Presentations and

Displays. Cost is $40 for both days. Pre-registration is required.

For information: www.mplsheart.org. To schedule a screening

appointment, call 612-863-3979.

Women and Heart Disease: A Summit to Eliminate Untimely

Deaths in Women

April 29-30 at the Marquette Hotel Minneapolis. For more

information or to register, visit www.mplsheart.org/women.

Contact Eva Kovacs at ekovacs@mhif.org or 612-863-1657.

2010 MHIF Summer Research Internship Program

June-August, 2010 at MHIF. Physicians and research staff members

mentor premed and other health profession undergrads in this

outstanding and highly competitive program. Application due February

7. Visit www.mplsheart.org/internship for more information.

Women’s Only Cardiac Support Group

6:30-8:00 p.m. Mondays in the Minneapolis Heart Institute® lobby.

Weekly program for women to provide support, encouragement

and helpful information on improving heart health. Everyone is

welcome and parking is validated. Contact Denise Windenburg at

denise.c.windenburg@allina.com or 612-863-3816.

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