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Athlete’s Heart Draws Strong Interest Among Reno Residents

WCMS hosted its first public seminar of the year at Craft Wine & Beer to address heart conditions in athletes and how they differ from the general population. It was presented at no cost to more than 100 area residents and featured three cardiologists who spoke about the differences in diagnosing and treating the heart of an athlete who exercises more intensely than the average person. Go to to view the seminar.


Presenters Included:
Colin Fuller, MD
Coronary Artery Disease in Athletes, Northern Nevada Medical Center

Ivan Anderson, MD
Atrial Fibrillation in Athletes, Renown Institute for Heart and Vascular Health

Ram Challapalli, MD, FACC
Cholesterol Medications for Athletes,
Saint Mary’s Medical Group

Andy Pasternak, MD, MS
Silver Sage Center for Family Medicine, WCMS president

We were able to offer this seminar free to the public because of our sponsors, which included: Sierra Nevada Cardiology, Renown Institute for Heart and Vascular Health, St. Mary’s Cardiology Group and Silver Sage Center for Family Medicine. Pizza provided by Eclipse Pizza and Reno Wheelmen.

Lori Patch gathered raffles prizes that raised about $600 that was donated to SCAD Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection and the UNR sports medicine fellowship. Mary Ann McCauley, WCMS executive director, drew the winning tickets.

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