Dr. Mark Sifford Will Talk About a New Advanced Treatment for Severe Asthma at Dec. 11 Lunch & Learn

Published on Tue, December 01, 2015
Dr. Mark Sifford Will Talk About a New Advanced Treatment for Severe Asthma at Dec. 11 Lunch & Learn

St. Bernards will host a Lunch & Learn on Friday, Dec. 11, that will feature a presentation by Dr. Mark Sifford, on advances in treating severe asthma.

The pulmonary disease specialist will talk about a new treatment called bronchial thermoplasty that helps adult patients with severe asthma who continue to experience asthma symptoms or quality-of-life limitations and who are not well controlled on high-dose medications.

The therapy has been clinically proven to improve asthma-related quality of life and provide long-lasting reduction in asthma exacerbations for patients. It is delivered using the Alair™ System by Boston Scientific. St. Bernards is the only site in Arkansas at which patients can receive bronchial thermoplasty.

Two physicians on the St. Bernards medical staff have been trained in the use of the advanced treatment – Dr. Sifford and Dr. Josh Morrison. Both are pulmonologists at St. Bernards Clopton Clinic.

The program is scheduled for noon until 1 p.m. at St. Bernards Health & Wellness and will include a free heart-healthy lunch. Persons interested in attending the Lunch & Learn must make reservations by Tuesday, Dec. 8, by calling the St. Bernards HealthLine at 870-207-7300.

On the same day – from 7 until 10 in the morning – area residents can take advantage of free screenings for total cholesterol, anemia, glucose, blood pressure, height/weight/body fat percentage and body mass index.

Other tests will be available for minimal fees and will include full lipid panel (total cholesterol, HDL, LDL and triglycerides), $8.50; hemoglobin A1C (average blood sugar over three months), $6.50; and PSA (prostate specific antigen) for men 40 and older, $12.50.

Fasting for lab testing is strongly encouraged for 6 to 8 hours before the lab draw to increase accuracy of test results.

The program is sponsored by St. Bernards Healthcare and Genentech. Both the Lunch & Learn and the screenings are offered by St. Bernards as ways to help improve the overall health of residents of Northeast Arkansas.

Both will be held in the conference room at St. Bernards Health & Wellness, 1416 East Matthews Ave.