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Pet Therapy at Lexington Extended Care

Cindy Quattlebaum manages the volunteer program at Lexington Medical Center Extended Care and participates in it, too. Her registered therapy dogs have been helping residents at the facility since 2002.

“I have volunteered all my life. I am a firm believer that everything we have belongs to God, and He deserves our service for the many blessings He give us each day,” she said.
Cindy volunteered with her chocolate Labrador Max before he passed away in November 2018. She now volunteers with Bear, her 11-year-old beagle mix, at Extended Care.

Cindy Quattlebaum

“I have loved animals all my life. They give their unconditional love, and everyone needs to know they are loved. It means so much to bring a smile to someone’s face and share a little love,” said Cindy.

Cindy also owns several other volunteer pets and helps run her family’s farm – Breezy Hills Farm.

“We have 10 miniature donkeys, 1 miniature pony and four goats that volunteer at Extended Care. We also have cows, a rescue Mustang horse, a standard donkey and two cats at Breezy Hills Farm. Children and adults visit our animals, and we take them to birthday parties and other events. Our motto for our farm ministry is ‘Sharing God’s love one hoof and paw at a time.’”

Cindy started working at LMC Extended Care when it was known as Rikard Nursing Home. She has been there for more than 42 years – first as a nurse and then she started the first organized volunteer program.

There are currently more than 70 animals in the LMC Extended Care volunteer pet therapy program. To participate, contact Cindy at 996-6266 or csquattlebaum@lexhealth.org. Pet volunteers must be mild-mannered, well-behaved in different environments, and current on vaccinations, and flea, tick and heartworm prevention.

Detecting Abnormal Heartbeats with Your Apple Watch

Patients have a new tool to help identify a type of abnormal heart rhythm. The newly released Apple Watch Series 4 enables users to take an electrocardiogram (EKG) from their wrist to check for atrial fibrillation (A-Fib). The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared the device for this purpose late last year. Since then, we’ve heard a lot of questions from patients about it. Christopher P. Rowley, MD, electrophysiologist with Lexington Cardiology, had some answers.

Photo Courtesy: Apple

Q: What is atrial fibrillation?
A: Atrial fibrillation is an abnormal heart rhythm in which the top part of the heart quivers instead of beating effectively. The danger is that blood there could become stagnant and clot, then leave the heart and cause a life-threatening stroke or embolism.

Q: How does the new Apple Watch detect atrial fibrillation?
A: The Apple Watch uses a unique method where sensors will allow users to record a heart rhythm. The watch can send them a notification if it detects an irregular rhythm that appears to be atrial fibrillation. Previous versions of the Apple Watch have detected for heart rate, too.

Dr. Christopher Rowley

Q: What does this new technology mean for patient?
A: The idea of having patients monitor heart rhythms at home is not new. We often give patients monitors attached to their chest with stickers or a patch to wear at home. They record their heart rhythm when they’re having symptoms. Then, we correlate the symptoms with the results from the monitor.

The watch aims to do the same thing. It will be worn most of the day. It may even detect an abnormal heart rhythm the patient doesn’t know about. It means we’re empowering consumers to present data to their doctor rather than just starting to figure out a diagnosis during a visit.

Q: What should you do if your watch detects an abnormal rhythm?
A: Call your doctor. It’s also important to point out that the tool is not intended for people who have already been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, or as a substitute for seeing your doctor on a regular basis.

Q: Will it detect all abnormal heart rhythms?
A: No. The watch only checks for atrial fibrillation.

Q: How do you treat atrial fibrillation?
A: The treatment is different for each patient. It ranges from simple to complex medications, to an ablation where we go into the heart to identify the bad electrical signals and make them go away.

Superfood of the Month: Cauliflower

Cauliflower is considered one of the healthiest foods on Earth and with good reason. It has a rich supply of health-promoting phytochemicals, a high level of anti-inflammatory compounds, and the ability to ward off cancer, heart disease, brain disease and weight gain. There isn’t much cauliflower can’t do.

Top Health Benefits of Cauliflower
•Helps reduce cancer risk
•Fights inflammation
•Decreases risk for heart disease and brain disorders
•Provides high levels of vitamins and minerals (especially vitamins C and K)
•Improves digestion and detoxification
•Aids in weight loss
•Helps balance hormones
•Preserves eye health

The best ways to cook cauliflower are to gently sauté or stir fry to maintain nutritional value. Cauliflower can also be consumed raw. It’s best to use it within three to seven days of purchase.

Recipe
Grilled and Marinated Flank Steak with Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

Yield: 5 servings
Total Time: 36 to 46 minutes (marinate 8 to 24 hours)
Prep Time: 20 minutes (marinate 8 to 24 hours)
Cook Time: 11 minutes (rest 5 to 15 minutes)

INGREDIENTS
• 2 to 3 lb flank steak or London Broil
• 2 T balsamic vinegar
• 2 T fresh lemon juice
• 1 T Dijon mustard
• 1 T Worcestershire sauce
• 1 T finely minced fresh garlic
• 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
• 1/2 tsp. dried basil
• 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
• 1 tsp. smoked paprika or paprika
• 1/4 cup olive oil

DIRECTIONS
1. Combine balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, Dijon, Worcestershire sauce, garlic and spices.
2. Whisk in olive oil.
3. Trim flank steak of visible fat. Make small scores about ¼-inch deep and ¼-inch apart on both sides of the meat.
4. Place meat in a small Ziploc® bag.
5. Pour marinade mixture over meat.
6. Marinate in refrigerator for 8 to 24 hours.
7. Take meat out of the refrigerator, drain out marinade, and let it come to room temperature while preheating a grill to high heat.
8. Turn grill to medium-high or let coals cool before grilling the meat.
9. Using a meat thermometer, cook to 130°F.
10. The meat will continue to cook as it rests, so remove it from the grill when it’s underdone rather than overdone.
11. When the meat reaches temperature, remove it from the grill.
12. Let rest 5 to 10 minutes for smaller pieces or 10 to 15 minutes for larger pieces.
13. Cut meat into thin slices across the grain, and serve immediately.

Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower
Yield: 2 servings
Total Time: 55 minutes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients
8 oz cauliflower florets horizontally sliced
2 T melted butter
1 T olive oil
½ cup Parmesan cheese
1 tsp. chopped parsley
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
2. Toss sliced cauliflower with butter and olive oil. Season with salt and black pepper.
3. Transfer the cauliflower to a baking sheet. In single layer, roast until almost tender about 20 to 30 minutes.
4. Remove from the oven and sprinkle cauliflower with grated Parmesan and chopped parsley. Roast until the cheese melts and is slightly crusty, about 5 minutes.
5. Remove from the oven and serve immediately.