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February 18, 2017 – Heart Health


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Kicking off the season will be matters of the heart. February is Heart Health month, after all.

Heart Disease is the number one cause of death in the United States, according to the American Heart Association, and one of the most widespread and costly health problems facing our nation. There are many types of heart disease, but according to the AMA, heart failure is one of the most common reasons for hospital admissions for older adults.

Dr. Jeff Bird will be joined in the studio by Dreu Doestler, Nurse Practitioner of the IU health Ball Memorial Heart and Lung Center, to talk about heart failure and what services are available though the Heart and Lung Center, which opened in the fall of 2016. WELLNESS MATTERS will also visit the IUBMH Cardiac Rehab program and facilities, learn about paramedicine, and offer up some low sodium diet tips.


Bonus Web Material:


February 11, 2017


WELLNESS MATTERS presents a special live program on Feb. 11, immediately following the broadcast of the Ball State University documentary UNMASKED: THE STIGMA OF METH. The call-in program, hosted by Dr. Jeffrey Bird of IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, will feature panelists who are tackling the issues of meth addiction in our community.

The BSU documentary is a unique interdisciplinary, cross-platform student led immersive experience. The project includes the 30-minute documentary that will air on WIPB, a series of radio broadcasts for Indiana Public Radio, a website with podcasts and web video at stigmaunmasked.com, and a 40-page high-end, glossy magazine.


Tom Sloan, Narcotics Anonymous

Amanda Whitten, Clinical supervisor of the adult and addictions program, Meridian Health Services, Delaware County

Jessica Hardin, UrbanLightHouse drug addiction recovery program

Visit website: stigmaunmasked.com

Heart Health Resources:

American Heart Association

American College of Cardiology

Mayo Clinic

Center for Disease Control

National Heart, Blood Lung, and Blood Institute/ National Institute of Health

The Heart Foundation

Tips for Heart Failure Caregivers

More tips for Heart Failure Caregivers

Heart Failure Society of America


For more information about the IU Health Ball Memorial Heart and Lung Center or the Cardiopulmonary Rehab Facility and services, call (765) 747-3773.


About the host

Dr. Bird

Jeffrey C. Bird, MD
COO and CMO, IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital

Jeffrey Bird, MD leads a staff of more than 400 physicians representing 45 medical specialties. Prior to assuming the leadership role as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Bird served 14 years as the Associate Director of the Ball Memorial Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program. Prior to that, he was owner in a thriving private practice of family medicine.

Dr. Bird was born and raised in Muncie, Indiana, graduated from DePauw University with a BA in Zoology in 1981, matriculated to the Indiana University School of Medicine, and graduated in 1986. He then entered the Family Medicine Residency at Ball Memorial Hospital and served as Chief Resident of that nationally renowned program in 1988-89.


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