Meet the UAB Heart & Vascular Clinic Team
Alan S. Gertler, MD, FACC
Alan S. Gertler, MD, a clinical associate professor and specialist in the UAB primary cardiovascular services program, provides a complete array of primary outpatient cardiology services.
Dr. Gertler has board certification in internal medicine, cardiovascular diseases, and nuclear cardiology, and he is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology. He is the director of the UAB cardiology outreach program. His particular interests include ischemic heart disease and valvular heart disease.
Dr. Gertler has maintained an active role within the American Heart Association (AHA) for over 25 years and has served as president of the AHA East Central Alabama affiliate.
Jody Gilchrist, MSN, CRNP
Jody Gilchrist, MSN, CRNP has been an adult acute care nurse practitioner for over 15 years. She graduated from the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and has taught at the UAB School of Nursing for the last several years.
Ms. Gilchrist has always worked in cardiovascular care. She is interested in preventing and treating heart and vascular disease through smoking cessation, diet, and exercise.
Ms. Gilchrist is involved in community outreach by providing CPR and AED training to local churches, schools, and businesses. She is published in the Journal of Christian Nursing.
5 Ways to Be Heart Smart
1. Prepare heart-healthy meals. According to UAB’s EatRight program, “One of the best ways to help keep your heart healthy is to eat a low-fat, well-balanced diet.” To get you started on the heart-healthy path, download the free UAB Heart Healthy Cookbook. This updated version includes delicious recipes – Flank Steak with Caramelized Onions, Orange Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry, and Red Pepper Fritatta just to name a few.
2. Make small changes every day. Deciding to live a more heart-healthy lifestyle can be intimidating. Instead of bringing on too many changes at once, set simple goals for long-term success. Whether it’s deciding to stop smoking or lowering your salt intake.
3. Know the four signs of a heart attack. Educate yourself, and you could save your own life or the life of a friend or family member. Although heart attack symptoms vary from person to person, it’s important to remember that if you or someone you see experiences symptoms, call 911 immediately. Save and share this heart attack symptoms infographic.
4. Ask about family health history. Next time you have a holiday gathering or even lunch with the folks, use that time to collect a little medical history. Knowing details about your grandparents’ and great-grandparents’ immediate family, ages of any diagnoses, and ages and causes of death can give you a glimpse into genetic issues that may be of concern.
5. Know your heart disease risk. There are several steps that you can take to assess your risk for heart disease and to prevent it. UAB’s Heart and Vascular Clinic at the Kirklin Clinic at Acton Road introduces a special new service, Heart-to-Heart Checkups, designed to determine your risk of heart related issues and to help you formulate steps to reduce your chances of developing heart disease. Click the link to learn more about calculating your heart disease risk.
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