Talk Heart-to-Heart with a Heart Doc

Lake Charles Memorial Hospital has launched an innovative new feature on their website, called Memorial Health e-Radio. There, you can tune in to join a live interview with local physicians and other healthcare professionals about the big health and fitness topics that have people talking.

This month, you'll have the opportunity to talk heart-to-heart with a board certified cardiologist on staff at Memorial each week:

Wednesday, February 3

Continuous leg pain, throbbing or numbness could be a sign of peripheral vascular disease (PVD), the partial blockage of blood flow due to atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries. PVD can develop in the arteries of the legs, arms, or neck and, just like heart disease, has consequences that can be fatal. It can also lead to serious disability or even amputation. On Wednesday, February 3, Dr. John Winterton leads off a discussion on PVD, the risk factors, signs and symptoms, and possible treatment options.

Wednesday, February 10

Heart disease, blood clots, atherosclerosis – the list of serious cardiovascular conditions is long and too often deadly. On Wednesday, February 10, Dr. Christopher Thompson opens the discussion on minimally invasive treatment options for cardiac patients, including angioplasty and stenting to open blocked arteries and restore normal blood flow.

Wednesday, February 17

Heart disease is a broad term used to describe a range of conditions that affect your heart, and in some cases, your blood vessels. The various diseases that fall under the umbrella of heart disease include coronary artery disease; heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias); and heart defects you're born with (congenital heart defects), as well as cardiovascular issues, or conditions that involve narrowed or blocked blood vessels that can lead to a heart attack, chest pain (angina) or stroke, and infections and conditions that affect your heart's muscle, valves or beating rhythm. Do you know your risk factors for heart disease? On Wednesday, February 17, Dr. William Condos opens up the discussion on risk factors and the signs and symptoms of heart disease.

Wednesday, February 24

Patients with irregular heart rhythms, called arrhythmias, may require a pacemaker, a small device about the size of a pocket watch, that's placed under the skin near the heart to help control the heartbeat. On Wednesday, February 24, Dr. Kevin Young leads the discussion the cause of arrhythmias and treatment options, including pacemakers, as well as ventricular fibrillation, uncoordinated contractions of the heart muscles that make them quiver rather than contract properly. Ventricular fibrillation puts patients at risk for sudden cardiac death, but there are treatment options, including implanted defibrillators, small battery-powered electrical impulse generators.

To Talk Heart-to-Heart

To talk Heart-to-Heart with a heart specialist: Log on to, click on Memorial Health e-Radio, connect to our live, online broadcast, call in your questions to 877-711-5611, or email them to

If you miss the live broadcast, you can always hear the podcasts at Memorial Health e-Radio.