Issue No. 25
February 2016

Heart Health Awareness

Bon Secours Richmond Health System is an active participant in the activities of the American Heart Association (AHA), particularly the Richmond and Mid-Atlantic chapters. Each February, during American Heart Month, the AHA and Bon Secours join forces to raise awareness about the dangers and signs of heart disease, as well as methods of prevention. 

  Virtual Doctor Visits
A few weeks ago, Bon Secours Health System launched Bon Secours 24/7, our first foray into telehealth. Bon Secours is the first health system in Richmond to make our physicians and nurse practitioners available for patient visits via mobile or tablet devices, using the Bon Secours 24/7 app, or by logging in to a secure website from a desktop computer. 

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Most Americans Still Eating Too Much Sodium

Nearly all Americans are consuming more sodium than they should, according to a new federal report.
More than 90 percent of children and 89 percent of adults eat more than 2,300 mg of sodium per day- the recommended limit set in the most recent dietary guidelines for Americans. Excess sodium in a person's diet has been linked to high blood pressure and other health problems, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Exercise Video

Walking at Home
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Provider Spotlight

13700 St. Francis Boulevard,
Suite 600, 606
Midlothian, VA 23114
                                      Phone: 804-794-6400

Dr. Omar Shams completed his internal medicine residency and fellowship in cardiovascular diseases at the Ochsner Clinic Foundation in New Orleans. He obtained further training in cardiac electrophysiology at the University of Maryland, where he specialized in the management of heart arrhythmia. 

Board Certification: 
Dr. Shams is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in cardiovascular disease and clinical cardiac electrophysiology.

Lemony Vegetable Salmon Pasta

  • 1 pound salmon fillet
  • juice of 1 lemon, divided
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 medium carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 3 cups cooked whole-wheat pasta


In large nonstick skillet, cover salmon with water. Add juice of lemon. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer 10 to 12 minutes or until fish flakes easily with fork. Remove salmon; cool enough to remove skin and flake fish. Discard liquid and, in clean skillet, combine broccoli, carrots, chicken broth and sesame oil. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and briskly simmer 5 minutes or until vegetables are just tender. Combine cornstarch with remaining juice of lemon; stir into vegetable mixture. Cook, stirring until mixture thickens. Add cooked pasta and reserved salmon; heat. Serve with lemon wedges, if desired.

Nutritional Analysis per serving:
Calories: 251 * total fat: 3 g (saturated fat: 0 g * unsaturated fat: 2 g) * cholesterol: 23 mg
sodium: 204 mg * total carbohydrate: 40 g (dietary fiber: 6 g * sugar: 4 g) * protein: 16 g

Recipe contributed by St. Mary's Hospital Cardiac Wellness Team

Stay Active: 
Check out these fun upcoming events!

Go Red for Women Luncheon  
Friday, February 26 at 
The Jefferson Hotel
101 W. Franklin St.
Richmond, VA 23220
Go Red for Women is the American Heart Association's national cause campaign to increase awareness of heart disease - the leading cause of death for women -and to inspire women to take charge of their heart health.  

 More info

Ukrops Monument Ave 10K
April 9 at 8:30am
Broad and Harrison streets
Richmond, VA 23220
Join the thousands who will take to the Avenue on April 9th for the 10k. Enjoy block after block of great local bands and spirit groups. Revel in the crazy costumes or dress up yourself. Celebrate spring, and experience everything you love about RVA.

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Bon Secours Workforce Wellness participants enjoy free enrollment with any "Getting Started" pak ($25 value), along with a complimentary nutrition and fitness assessment. Call 804-543-1729 for more information.

Contact Ashley Kelly at 
[email protected] for more information on our program and services.

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