THIS MONTH’S PROFESSIONALS

Dr. Latonya Law

Dr. Latonya Law

Family Nurse Practitioner

Dr. Latonya Law is a Family Nurse Practitioner, board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Credentialing Center (AANCC) and licensed by the state of Georgia. She is devoted to the advancement of medicine and contributes by holding memberships to the American Nurses Association, Black Nurses Rock, and Georgia Nurses Association.

Kimaka Bowens, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

Kimaka Bowens, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

Kimaka Bowens, MSN, APRN, FNP-C is an experienced Nurse Practitioner with a demonstrated history of working in the Healthcare Industry. She specializes in Family Health, Women’s Health, and Urgent Care. Kimaka Bowens is a strong Healthcare service professional with a Masters Degree focus Family Nurse Practitioner. Masters Degree obtained from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Dr. Michelle Grimes

Dr. Michelle Grimes

Dr. Michelle Grimes is a doctoral prepared board certified Family Nurse Practitioner. Michelle has been a nurse for over 30+ years. She graduated from Chamberlain University in 2017 with a terminal degree in Advanced Practice Leadership and the University of Missouri St. Louis with her Family Nurse Practitioner degree in 2014. Michelle is CEO/President of the St. Louis Chapter of Black Nurses Rock where she leads her chapter in healthcare events and awareness throughout the local community, she is an American Heart Association Ambassador and a member of their support network of responders where she answers questions via emails that patients or families may have, and most recently she became a member of the Association of Missouri Nurse Practitioner Advocacy Committee. Michelle is also an active member of ANA, AANP, BNA, MONA, NBNA, ANNP.

Vera Bittner

Vera Bittner

Vera Bittner Vera Bittner, MD, MSPH, is Professor of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Section Head of General Cardiology, Prevention, and Imaging in the Division of Cardiovascular Disease. She also serves as Medical Director of the Coronary Care Unit and the University Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. Most of her research has focused on secondary prevention of coronary artery disease with an emphasis on lipid-lowering therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, and heart disease in women. She is a Fellow in the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association and is a past president of the National Lipid Association.

Choose a condition

This Month’s Questions & Answers

  • newyorksis
    newyorksis, SUPPORT NETWORK Member Asks
    Q.

    "What is P A D"

    A.

    Peripheral Artery Disease –it is a circulatory condition in which narrowed blood vessels reduce blood flow to the limbs. Thank you, Dr. Laytona Law

  • Barbiejaa
    Barbiejaa, SUPPORT NETWORK Member Asks
    Q.

    "Are spasms normal after bypass surgery?"

    A.

    Coronary Artery spasms may be a serious complication. The small number of cases reported is responsible for making it difficult not only to choose an adequate treatment but also to determine risk factors that might be responsible for its incidence. It is recommended that you follow up with your provider to discuss further because coronary artery spasms have a multifactorial character, sudden appearance and must be part of the differential diagnosis. Thank you for this great question. Dr. Latonya Law

  • Dianne1957
    Dianne1957, SUPPORT NETWORK Member Asks
    Q.

    "I just recently started on Eliquis after being diagnosed with a fib about 3 weeks ago. In the three weeks I have experienced slight bleeding gums without brushing my teeth and bleeding to my left eye after sneezing pretty hard. They tell me that I need to continue with the medication to prevent strokes. I gave to wonder is this safe with these complications so early. I’m a 60 year female and also an RN. My little bit of medical knowledge makes me weary of blood thinners. What do you think about these symptoms! Thank you This is all so frightening."

    A.

    It recommended that you speak with your provider who prescribed this medication. You will need to speak about your concerns and possible side effects you are having while on the medication Eliquis. They will be able to provide you more information and possibly have other alternative medications. Thank you, Dr. Latonya Law

  • budpyle1
    budpyle1, SUPPORT NETWORK Member Asks
    Q.

    "Is it possible for a heart condition such as a-fib to reverse itself? In other words, can you be diagnosed with a-fib & with proper personal & professional care, have the a-fib diagnosis cease to be a problem? Thank you Bernard"

    A.

    It is possible that your symptoms are under control and your stable. For a more accurate diagnosis and prognosis; more testing would have to be done in which you will speak to your provider of your concerns. Thank you, Dr. Latonya Law

  • YoungMansDad
    YoungMansDad, SUPPORT NETWORK Member Asks
    Q.

    "My son is 18. He has bicuspid aortic valve and we just found out he has stenosis at 33% - which jumped a lot over previous year. His velocity is also a bit over normal. Is he likely to be recommended for surgery? We are doing stress test. he has no symptoms."

    A.

    The decision to intervene on a bicuspid aortic valve has to do with the degree of stenosis. We are typically trained to look at the pressure gradient across the valve, which isn’t related here. Usually, a mean gradient of 50-60mmHg would lead to an intervention, as that meets the criteria for “severe stenosis.” The type of intervention can vary. Some patients are a good candidate for balloon valvuloplasty which is a catheterization based procedure and not a surgery. Some are better fits for a surgical repair. A lot has to do with the nature of the valve.
    A stress test is reasonable, and it is not surprising not to have symptoms. Symptoms do not often drive the decision making to intervene. It is the findings of increasing stenosis or hypertrophy of the left ventricle.
    Thank you Dr. John Breinholt

Previous Questions

dark overlay when lightbox active
dark overlay when lightbox active
dark overlay when lightbox active
dark overlay when lightbox active