Dr Asif Ali on local Channel 2 News on show titled “Healthy Alternative Cooking”.

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 Dr Asif Ali will be featured on local Channel 2 News with MHH Chef Larry Yonda at 7:30 am and 7:45 am on February 23rd 2013 on show titled “Healthy Alternative Cooking”.

Houston, Feb 21, 2013: Dr. Asif Ali is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of Cardiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston and is a partner in Houston Cardiology Consultants a cardiovascular and preventative medicine practice.

Dr Aliʼs academic involvement includes co-authoring a cardiology consult book, a patient safety grant for UT HEALTH, and numerous medical journals and online journals. He is an international medical lecturer and has been the keynote speaker for such organizations as the Houston Rockets, Texas Senior Expo, Case Management Society of North America to name a few. He also appears regularly in local and national media outlets to promote public awareness of cardiovascular disease on shows such as the Dr. Oz Show, Channel 8: Bill of Health, Local Channel 2 News, FOX News, and AM talk radio.

Dr Ali has served as Chief Medical Officer, Chief of Education, and Chief of Cardiology in Houston area hospitals.

On Saturdays show, Dr Ali will be speaking on health and nutrition while MHH Executive Chef Larry Yonda substitutes high caloric ingredients for heart healthy ones in typical every day dishes.

Houston Cardiology Consultants Official Sponsor of D. Wade’s Apollo Jets All-Star Luncheon at Asia Society Texas Center in Houston

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On behalf of Dr. Ali, we cordially invite you to attend and support the “6th Annual D. Wade’s Apollo Jets All-Star Luncheon will take place at the Asia Society Texas Center (ASTC) on Saturday, February 16, 2013 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm.  This year we are celebrating 10 years of service by the Wade’s World Foundation and Dwyane Wade.  All net proceeds benefit Wade’s World Foundation (“WWF”), Make A Wish, HEARTs and other local Houston Charities.  In addition, we are expecting a number of celebrities, athletes and NBA players, such as Yao Ming, to be in attendance for this invitation-only event.

Please consider becoming a sponsor or purchasing a table of 10 or individual seats at the Luncheon.  I have attached our e-vite and Ticket Request Form which you may complete and return to us as soon as possible, since we are close to capacity. Once again, on behalf of Dwyane and his sister Tragil (WWF President), we very much appreciate your support which is critical to making D. Wade’s All-Star Luncheon a major success for the Houston community.

Please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Ali, Lisa (305-978-4449) or me (305-794-0660), if you have any questions, while we are in Houston in preparation for Saturday’s event.

Seniors Get Life Saving Advice From Houston Rockets Cardiologist At Texas Seniors Expo

Houston, Texas – University General Hospital Cardiologist, and Houston Rockets partner, Dr. Asif Ali will be a featured speaker at the Texas Seniors Expo at the GRB Convention Center on Saturday, January 26, 2013. He will speak about cardiovascular wellness. Dr. Ali is an international speaker on cardiovascular prevention, book author, and has appeared on the nationally syndicated “Dr. Oz” television program, local 2, Fox, channel 8, and AM radio.  He will be given a special introduction by seven-time NBA Champion and Founder of the Robert Horry Center for Sports & Physical Rehabilitation, Robert Horry.

The Texas Seniors Expo will feature more than fifty exhibitors and connect seniors and caregivers with organizations that can make their lives better. Throughout the day there will be presentations on the “Seniors & Caregivers Learning Stage” featuring leading experts covering the most popular topics effecting Seniors and Caregivers, including; Alzheimer’s Information, Assisted Living, Available Community Services, Barrier Free Remodeling, Dementia Care, Elder Law, Exercise & Fitness, Financial Advice, Home Care, Hospice Care, Housing Options, Legal Advice, Medicare / Medicaid, Mobility Solutions, Reverse Mortgages, Senior Nutrition, Veteran’s Benefits, and many others. There will be plenty of prizes and FREE giveaways, too.  

CVS/pharmacy will provide flu shots. CVS/pharmacy accepts many health plans, including Medicare Part B and TRICARE that typically cover the full cost of a flu shot. Direct medical billing for many national and regional health plans that cover all or part of the cost of a flu shot is also available.

Admission / Location / Hours

Admission is FREE. The Texas Seniors Expo will be open to the public from 10am to 5pm. George R. Brown (GRB) Convention Center is located at 1001 Avenida De Las Americas Houston, TX  77010.

 

Participating Sponsors Include

CVS/pharmacy, CLA Estate Services, Belmont Village at West University, Brookdale Senior Living, CapTel, Dignity Memorial, Freedom Med Alert, HealthSpring, Holiday Retirement, Legacy Community Health Services, Odyssey Hospice, Park Plaza Hospital, The Women’s Hospital of Texas, University General Hospital,  Houston Airport System,  Accessible Home Health Care, ADT Home Health Security Services, Amazing Place, Ambassadors Caregivers, At Your Side Home Care, Atria Senior Living, Beltone, Copperfield Estates, Cullen Residence Hall, Cypress Woods, Department of Veterans Affairs, Houston Metro Transit Authority, Houston National Cemetery, Humana, Synergy Vein & Interventional Clinic, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center , New Bath / Max Home, , Paradise Springs, Reach / The Care Group, Rescare Home Care, Texas Home Health, The Medallion, The Villas on Winkler UnitedHealthcare, Universal Healthcare, Walgreens, Wright & Abshire, Houston Foot Solutions.

 

Participation

Companies and organizations interested in participating can contact John Wayne, Show Coordinator at 586-381-3222 / John@TexasSeniorsExpo.com or visit www.TexasSeniorsExpo.com.

UTSD students help at Houston Rockets/UThealth Fair

UTSD students joined other volunteers at a joint UTHealth/Houston Rockets Health Fair earlier this fall. They were invited by Dr. Asif Ali, clinical assistant professor with UTHealth.

Two University of Texas School of Dentistry organizations – the Hispanic Student Dental Association and the Asian American Student Dental Association – joined forces to help with a health fair sponsored by UT Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) and the Houston Rockets in September at Toyota Center, providing oral hygiene instructions, oral screenings and distributing toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss to the approximately 100 children who participated. UTSD students also provided information about affordable dental care to the parents of the children being screened.

Drs. Graciela Hernandez and Lisa Tran supervised the student volunteers, who included Ricardo Munoz, Huyen-Tran Tran, Liana Tam, Lily Nguyen, Nina Tran, Nhung Pham, Bichvan Nguyen, Fouzia Mohammad, Cynthia Corral, Jennifer Miller, Jenny Crow, Jacky Flores, Faryn Vela, Bien Dang and Joe Holland. 

The health fair also provided other types of health screenings, nutritional and safety information, fitness instructions, school immunizations, school supplies and information about social service resources. Working with UTSD’s community partners, economically challenged families were pre-selected and invited to attend in an effort to find children who would benefit from the event.

HSDA Community Service Officer Ricardo Munoz said it was time well spent.

“I believe prevention is the best way of providing dental care, and events like these are a great way of getting important information to parents of young children,” he said. “The HSDA is proud to be an active part of the community and will continue to find ways to provide information and care to the underserved population of Houston. Volunteering in this event was a very rewarding experience for me.”

Houston Rockets Dribble-A-Thon

The Houston Rockets will host the first Rockets Dribble-A-Thon event at Toyota Center prior to the Rockets vs. Cavaliers Kids Day game on Dec. 11, 2010. Dribble-A-Thon invites kids to raise money for HEARTS by collecting pledges to dribble a basketball at Toyota Center during the two and a half hour event. Estimated start time is 12:30pm.

The beneficiary of the event is Houston Early Age Risk Testing and Screening (HEARTS), a program designed to prevent sudden cardiac arrest in teens through early detection.

HEARTS Day Proclamation

Pictured Left to Right: Amol Rajmane, Mayor Annes Parker, Dr John Higgins, Dr Asif Ali, City Council Member.

Houston City Hall

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HEARTS Day Proclamation

December 7, 2010

HEARTS™ , which stands for Houston Early Age Risk Testing and Screening,  is a collaborative effort with the Houston Rockets, Memorial Hermann Hospital, and University of Texas Medical School to help screen and save adolescent lives from sudden cardiac death (SCD) in HISD. We would like to extend an invitation for you to join us at the official launch and press event of the HEARTS screenings beginning this Fall at Hogg Middle School.  During this press event, scheduled for September 23 at 10 AM, we plan to make a commitment via the media to spreading awareness of the undiagnosed cardiac abnormalities found in young children.

Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD) claims the lives of over 450,000 Americans each year* and is the #1 killer in young athletes in the U.S.  SCD can result in the death of individuals who may or may not know of any pre-existing heart conditions. SCD often occurs in active, seemingly healthy people with no known heart disease or other health problems.  Fortunately, lives can be saved with early detection.

The four-step program includes a self-administered questionnaire, cardiovascular physical exam, 12-lead electrocardiogram (EKG) and echocardiogram (cardiac ultrasound) of sixth-grade students to detect potential heart problems.

HOUSTON ROCKETS: First Annual HEALTH FAIR at TOYOTA CENTER

Health Fair – Sept. 24 – Toyota Center

Families from underserved communities received complimentary optical and dental checkups, heart screenings and flu shots, as well as nutritional information and healthy snacks. In addition, all children received a Rockets backpack and school supplies. 
Houston cardiologist and Rockets HEARTS partner, Dr. Asif Ali spearheaded efforts to rally the support of more than 60 medical volunteers, in addition Rockets employees who donated their time as well.

Channel 2 news KPRC: “South Asian Diet and Your Health”

 

Show Date: August 28

Location: KPRC Studio, 8181 Southwest Freeway, Houston, TX 77074

Dr. Ali:  Memorial Hermann Cardiologist

LarryYonda: Memorial Hermann Executive Chef

Show will begin with Dr. Asif Ali, Larry Yonda and Courtney Zavala discussing how to eat South Asian food in a healthy way. Immediately following this segment, Larry and James will prepare a South Asian entrée and Dr Ali will discuss heart health and South Asian Food.

Talking Points regarding South Asian Foods:

  • What is considered South Asian:  India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.
  • Coronary artery disease strikes the South Asian population at a four-fold rate compared to general population.
  • Asian Indians develop heart disease about 10 years earlier than other populations.  Eating South Asian food (which is commonly fried and rich in saturated fatty acids) may contribute to the large amount of cardiovascular disease within the South Asian community.  There are also the genetic factors we cannot change, but should be noted: South Asians have smaller LDL (bad cholesterol) particles that have a higher tendency to accumulate in coronary arteries and cause atherosclerosis. HDL (good cholesterol) levels are lower in south Asians and the particle size is smaller making them less protective to the heart.
  • The wonderful thing about Houston is the diversity of foods we eat.  South Asian food is certainly a popular choice and many times people want to replicate these meals at home.  Today, we’re talking about healthier ways to do that.
    • Fried food (samosa, pakora), curries made in butter or ghee, meat (beef, lamb, poultry with skin) are a popular choice in the Indian Pakistani cuisine. These, however, are rich in saturated fatty acids that increase our total cholesterol and LDL levels. Instead using olive oil, canola oil which contain monunsaturated fats that can lower cholesterol levels, are healthier alternatives.
    • Lean meats contain much less saturated fats than fatty meats, they are also a good source of unsaturated fats. Fish is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids which can increase HDL, lower triglycerides, lower blood pressure, and decrease the risk of CAD.
  • Glycemic Index, which essentially measures the effects of carbohydrates on the blood sugar levels, is important for diabetics and prediabetics alike.  Eating foods with a high Glycemic Index – such as the popular jasmine rice, white bread, chapati, dosai, idli, poori, tapioca and potatoes can lead to elevated triglycerides and increase in sugars.  The alternative is to eat whole grain products, fruits, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, lettuce and most vegetables.

Prevention and education is the key and we hope you are enlightened on healthy alternatives of the diversity of South Asian foods that we all enjoy.

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