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.

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This Month’s Questions & Answers

  • SUPPORT NETWORK Member Asks
    Q.

    "My husband has Familial Hypercholesterolemia, and I have high cholesterol, but the doctor says it is not the same, why?"

    A.

    Cholesterol can be high for a lot of reasons. Lifestyle can play a large role, some medications increase cholesterol levels, some diseases can increase cholesterol levels (for example certain types of kidney disease and thyroid disease). Familial Hypercholesterolemia is different in that it is an inherited disease that leads to very high cholesterol levels starting very early in life. In most patients, FH is inherited as an “autosomal dominant” disease, i.e. a child of an affected parent has a 50/50 chance of inheriting Familial Hypercholesterolemia. You should discuss this further with your physician and you may find the website of the FH Foundation helpful as well. Thank you for this question.

  • MaryanneVio
    MaryanneVio, SUPPORT NETWORK Member Asks
    Q.

    "on the fence about advice from heart surgeon and cardioligist for future valve repair/replacement. have been monitored for the past 4 years but now the status has changed to moderate/ severe. i have anorexia since 18yrs. am now 52 years. they are concerned because of this. i am trying to gain more weight to help the odds. what do you think. should i wait or risk the odds of it getting really bad. i have more tired days. i do run everyday for 45 min."

    A.

    Cardiac procedures should be taken seriously … It is recommended that you follow all of your cardiologist orders in regard to your heart health. Thank you, Dr. Latyona Law

  • KatMarie
    KatMarie, SUPPORT NETWORK Member Asks
    Q.

    "Hello, I have a 40 yo daughter who had a Medtronic mitral valve implant at the age of 5 yo. Last month she was diagnosed with chf. All her tests, (echo, neck catheterization), came back okay. However, her e.f. is between 20-25 percent, but her symptoms ( dizziness, shortness of breath, fatigue), are mild to moderate at worse. She is on Entresto, spironolactone, generic coreg, and warfarin. Hopefully, these medications will work for her. However, I do worry about the affect these meds will have on her kidneys. What should she look for in terms of symptoms if her kidneys start having problems? Thanks."

    A.

    The main symptoms that she will notice could be related to the kidneys would be swelling of the extremities but it is recommended that your daughter follow up with your provider to monitor the lab values which could help indicate how the kidneys are functioning. Thank you Dr. Latonya Law

  • DoxieMama
    DoxieMama, SUPPORT NETWORK Member Asks
    Q.

    "Are iron infusions typically recommended for those with cardiomyopathy?"

    A.

    It is recommended that patients with cardiomyopathy only receives intravenous carboxymaltose which has demonstrated safe and effective treatment for iron repletion in patients. Oral iron supplementations is not effective in iron deficient patients with heart failures. For further information, please speak with your medical team. Thank you, Dr. Latonya Law

  • SUPPORT NETWORK Member Asks
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    "I have Familial Hypercholesterolemia and want to have a baby, does this mean my children could have it too?"

    A.

    Most cases of Familial Hypercholesterolemia are inherited as an “autosomal dominant condition”. This means that each of your children has a 50/50 chance of inheriting the gene for Familial Hypercholesterolemia. Your children should be checked for this disease when they are young and treated early. You should discuss this in more detail with your physician and you may find the website of the FH Foundation helpful as well.

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