Hyperlipidemia Topic of Upcoming Free Camden Lecture on Aug. 20

BRUNSWICK, Georgia: Aug. 11, 2009 – Hyperlipidemia is an elevation of lipids or fats in the bloodstream, which can cause hardening of the arteries. To provide education on the danger of hyperlipidemia and what can be done to combat this serious condition, Southeast Georgia Health System is hosting a lecture titled “Hyperlipidemia: High Cholesterol and Triglyceride Levels Speed Up Hardening of the Arteries.”

This presentation, part of the Health System’s ongoing series of free community lectures, is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 20, at 6 p.m. in the Cafeteria Conference Room on the Camden Campus, 2000 Dan Proctor Drive, St. Marys.

The speaker for this event is internal medicine specialist Thomas C. Whitesell, MD. Whitesell is a graduate of the Mercer University School of Medicine. He completed his residency at the University of Alabama where he finished at the top of his class, and he is now in practice at Southeast Georgia Physician Associates-Internal Medicine, a strategic affiliate of the Health System.

“We have to have fat for our bodies to function, but when the levels are too high, it increases the risk for heart disease and stroke,” Whitehead says. “I will discuss how hyperlipidemia is diagnosed, how you can avoid it, and what treatment options are available if you have it.”

Following his lecture, Whitesell will answer questions from the audience and light refreshments will be served.

The next community lecture scheduled at the Camden Campus is “Back-to-School Boot Camp: Information on Immunizations, ADHD, Nutrition and Sleep,” on Thursday, Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. in the Cafeteria Conference Room.

To reserve a seat for this lecture or any other lectures in the series, please call 912-466-5160 or register online at www.sghs.com and click on the Calendar of Events.