Matters of the Heart – Luncheon for Breast Cancer Survivors


BECKLEY, WV - On Wednesday, February 26, 2020, Beckley ARH Cardiovascular Associates and ARH Oncology Associates will be offering a free heart health luncheon for breast cancer patients and survivors. The event will be held at Historic Black Knight from Noon to 1pm.

According to a recent article by American Heart Association News, "Improvements in early detection and treatment of breast cancer have led to an increasing number of breast cancer survivors who are at risk of long-term cardiac complications from cancer treatments. Although cardiology and oncology are often considered separate medical fields, they are frequently intertwined. Multidisciplinary care is critical in the management of cancer patients."

The luncheon will include special presentations by: Melaku Demede, MD, Interventional Cardiologist; Dheeraj Kodali, MD, Hematologist/Oncologist; and, Elizabeth Thomson Nelson, MD, Internal Medicine/Family Practice. The presentations will focus on heart health when battling breast cancer, the importance of the right health care team and women’s whole health and wellness.

To attend, please RSVP by noon on February 25, 2020 to Dee Sizemore at 304-254-2457 or

About Appalachian Regional Healthcare
Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH), the Healthcare System of Appalachia, and ranked as one of the Top 10 Employers in Kentucky by Forbes Magazine, is a not-for-profit health system operating 13 hospitals in Barbourville, Hazard, Harlan, Hyden, Martin, McDowell, Middlesboro, Prestonsburg, West Liberty, Whitesburg and South Williamson in Kentucky and Beckley and Hinton in West Virginia, as well as multi-specialty physician practices, home health agencies, home medical equipment stores and retail pharmacies. ARH employs more than 6,000 people with an annual payroll and benefits of $330 million generated into our local economies. ARH also has a network of more than 600 active and courtesy medical staff members. ARH is the largest provider of care and single largest employer in southeastern Kentucky and the third largest private employer in southern West Virginia, and is consistently recognized for its medical excellence.

About Our Presenters:

Melaku Demende, MD, MHS, FACC, FCSAI, is board-certified in Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Echo Cardiography and Nuclear Cardiology. Highly skilled in Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiac Catheterization, Dr. Demede specializes in Interventional Cardiology.

Dheeraj Kodali, MD, MPH, is board certified in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry. Dr. Kodali specializes in Psychiatry, Hematology and Oncology. As a member of the oncology team at Beckley ARH Hospital and Summers Co ARH Hospital, Dr. Kodali’s patients receive chemotherapy and other advanced cancer treatments.

Elizabeth Thompson Nelson, MD, FHM is a board-certified Internal Medicine physician providing care for adults. She will diagnose and treat chronic illness as well as promote health and disease prevention. Dr. Nelson specializes in diagnoses and treatment of chronic illness, lung & heart disease, diabetes, health promotion, disease prevention and women’s health.

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