State-of-the-Art Heart Stress Test Treadmill

Welcome to this month's edition of It's a Matter of Health. This month it's all about keeping your heart healthy, including taking a heart stress test to set a health baseline.

Welcome to this month’s edition of It’s a Matter of Health. This month it’s all about keeping your heart healthy, including taking a heart stress test to set a health baseline.

Thanks to your support, we have invested in more new, state-of-the-art medical testing equipment, including a Heart Stress Test Treadmill.

I’ve recently completed advanced training in cardio/heart diagnostic exercise testing with the Texas Academy of Family Physicians as part of our investment in a new, state-of-the-art Heart Stress Test Treadmill testing system here at the office. It’s all part of our plan to provide you access to the newest, most sophisticated medical technology. Next time you come in, I’ll want to show you how it works. And if you have concerns about heart symptoms – or if you want to lead a healthier lifestyle – call us at (713) 529-9224 for a convenient appointment. We can establish a baseline for your heart performance in the privacy of our office.

Dr Brewton's new, state-of-the-art heart stress test treadmill can help you manage your heart health.

Dr Brewton’s new, state-of-the-art heart stress test treadmill can help you manage your heart health.

Why Stress Testing?

Heart Stress Tests provide a good picture of your heart health.

Stress testing treadmills are an important tool for diagnosing heart health. As you walk the treadmill, it will slowly increase the angle incline, requiring increased effort on your part. The information that is recorded by the machine can help us diagnose any potential issues.

 

As you walk on the treadmill, sensors connected to the computer keep track of your vital signs which are recorded on the electrocardiogram (ECG).

As you walk on the treadmill, sensors connected to the computer keep track of your vital signs which are recorded on the electrocardiogram (ECG).

How does Stress Testing Work?

As you walk the treadmill, sensors produce an electrocardiogram readout of your heart function.

In the privacy of our office you can walk on the stress testing treadmill at increasing effort levels while the new state-of-the-art electrocardiogram (ECG) helps us monitor your heart’s response to stress.

Magritte Show opens at The Menil Collection on Valentine’s Day

Perhaps when you see the famous painting of the pipe with the caption “Ceci n’est pas une pipe” (This is not a pipe) you’ll jump to the conclusion we’re going to talk about CVS Pharmacy going cold turkey and quitting sales of tobacco products.

Nope.

Instead, we want to alert you to a very special art opening on Valentine’s Day at the Menil Collection (through June 1, 2014.)

This show, called The Mystery of the Ordinary is a blockbuster. Held in conjuction with the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Art Institute of Chicago, brings together a master collection of the iconic, dreamlike paintings by René Magritte.

René Magritte with Dominique de Menil at the rodeo, Simonton, Texas, 1965 © A. de Menil

René Magritte with Dominique de Menil at the rodeo, Simonton, Texas, 1965 © A. de Menil

How long does it take to paint paintings like these? Magritte answered “forty years of reflection and twenty hours of manipulation.”

The Menil Collection
Free. Call 713-525-9400 for information.
11 a.m. – 7 p.m. (until 9 p.m. Valentine’s Day)
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays
1533 Sul Ross
Houston, Texas 77006
The Magritte show closes June 1, 2014

What’s the role of marketing for the Affordable Care Act?

Dr Gary Brewton will address issues related to the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) this coming Wednesday February 19 at a breakfast symposium of the American Marketing Association.

Dr Gary Brewton to speak about the Affordable Care Act at American Marketing Association Symposium.

Dr Gary Brewton will address issues related to the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) this coming Wednesday February 19 at a breakfast symposium of the American Marketing Association. (We had mentioned this event earlier, it was postponed from its original January date due the ice storm aka Icepocalypse)

Gary will be joined by two other speakers on discussion panel: Kent Postma, Director of Operations at MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Regional Care System and Daisy Morales, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Community Health Choice (a healthcare insurance company). If you are interested in this topic and would like to attend, please visit the AMA event page for more information.

Healthy Living Houston: Get Out and Get Active

The Museum District has changed a lot since this photo was taken. Take a walking tour of our neighborhood Sat. Feb. 22, 2014.

The Museum District has changed a lot since this photo was taken. Take a walking tour of our neighborhood Sat. Feb. 22, 2014.

Healthy Living Houston: Our tips for things to do this month, out and about in Houston

February 15, Saturday

20/20/20 Stand Up Show
$6
8:30 p.m.
Station Theatre
1230 Houston Ave.
Houston, Texas 77007
Three stand-up performances for $6 bucks. That’s only $2 per performance!
stationtheater.com

February 16, Sunday

Yom Limmud 2014
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Congregation Emanu El
20th Annual Day of Learning
houstonjewish.org/yomlimmud

American History and Celebration of Gospel
5:00 p.m.
Concert by The Texas Medical Center Orchestra
Come see professionals in the healthcare field show off their impressive musical talents.
www.tmcorchestra.org/tickets.html

February 19, Wednesday

Marketing and The Affordable Care Act
$30
7:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Dr Gary Brewton joins panelists from MD Anderson and Community Health Choice in this American Marketing Association breakfast symposium.
amahouston.net/events/marketing-and-the-affordable-healthcare-act/

February 20, Thursday

Muscle Shoals
$10
7:00 p.m. (also showing Feb 19)
14 Pews, 800 Aurora Street, Houston, Texas
Documentary film (View Trailer) about the famous music recording studio that recorded artists ranging from The Rolling Stones to Aretha Franklin.
14pews.org

February 21, Friday

Mardi Gras Galveston
Feb 21 – Feb 23 / Feb 28 – March 1 / March 4.
Mardi Gras Galveston is the largest mardi gras celebration in the US after New Orleans. Two weekends of parties, events and parades, followed by the ‘locals’ parade on Fat Tuesday, Mar 4. Get your throw on! Entertainment downtown requires a ticket but most parades have free access areas.
mardigrasgalveston.com

February 22, Saturday

ArCH Walking Tour: The Museum District
$10, $5 AIA Members and Students
10:00 a.m.
Meet at the Miro sculpture in the MFAH Sculpture Garden, 5101 Montrose, Houson, Texas 77006
Feb 21 – Feb 23 / Feb 28 – March 1 / March 4.
Two hour walking tour of The Museum District. See architecture by Mies van der Rohe, Gunnar Birkert and Isamu Noguchi.
aiahouston.org/v/site-home/ArCH-WalkingTours/3r/

February 24, Monday

MFAH Master Tours: The Age of Impressionism
4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. (Also Feb 10 at 4 and 6 p.m.)
Private lecture discussing the Age of Impressionism exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (open now thru March 23) led by Gary Tinterow, Director of the MFAH
mfah.org/calendar/master-tours-age-impressionism/8935/

Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings, House of Blues on February 25

Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings, House of Blues on February 25

February 25, Tuesday

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
$22 – 35
Doors 8:00 p.m. Show 9:00 p.m.
House of Blues Houston
1204 Caroline, Houston, TX 77001
Join us for an evening of outstanding performance by this renowned Brookly-based group with Southern roots.
houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=84774

February 27, Thursday

First Art Car Party of the Season
$22 – 35
6:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m.
Lowbrow Houston
The fun crowd from The Orange Show Center for Visionary Arts will unveil the official artwork for the 27th Annual Houston Art Car Parade. They are also looking for Art Car Parade Volunteers which sounds like a great way to make new friends.
thehoustonartcarparade.com/events/20/

Gary Brewton Ordination Ceremony

Gary Brewton Ordination Ceremony

Gary Brewton Ordination Ceremony

An invitation from Gary Brewton for my Ordination Ceremony December 14, 2013

December 14 marks the official end of my preparation for ministry. On that day, I will be ordained a priest in the Orthodox Catholic Church (OCC) by Donna du Bois, the Bishop of Texas, and Troy Treash, the senior pastor at Resurrection MCC. The OCC traces its roots back to ancient churches, but the OCC is not dogmatic. We recognize the validity of other religious traditions and firmly believe that we can learn and grow more fully by understanding and respecting their teachings. The leaders of the OCC are male and female, GLBT and straight.

Although I have returned to the practice of medicine full time, being a priest will enhance my ability to care for all my patients regardless of what or whether they believe. Healing — which comes both from competence and compassion — is both what I do and what I teach.

I am grateful for your support while I was away in seminary. You are invited to join the celebration of my ordination. The service is at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, December 14, at Bering Memorial United Methodist Church, 1440 Harold Street, Houston, Texas. (Map)

We’re ready to welcome you, too, back at my new offices, nicely appointed for your comfort and fitted with the latest equipment designed to meet your needs. Stephanie and Jeannine and I would love to give you a tour when you get the chance to come by. Give us a call today at (713) 529-9224.

Warmly,