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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, July 28 - Aug. 3, 2000 - 39 HEALTH & FITNESS Perez joins Delaware Cardiovascular Associates By Jim Cresson Dr. Pedro Perez, a specialist in diagnostic internal medicine, has joined the staff of Delaware Cardiovascular Associates in Lewes. A 1991 cum laude graduate of medical school in his Dominican Republic homeland, Perez won the Femando de Fillio Prize for the highest qualifications in inter- nal medicine. After a year of internship at Danbury (Conn.) Hospital, Perez practiced in residency at Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia, where he did three years of further study in internal medicine Perez was part of a three-doctor team representing Graduate Hospital in the American College of Physicians' annual internal medicine competitio in 1996. The team won the East Coast competi- tion and went on to win the nationals. In his final year at Graduate Hospital, Perez was the chief car- diological fellowship resident. He is board certified in internal medicine. He specializes in non- invasive diagnostics, using nuclear imaging and other modem methods. "I took a psychological aptitude test in high school, and it indicat- ed I had a strong desire to help people and would be good as a priest or a doctor," explained Perez. "Since I wanted to have a family, I decided to be a doctor. It's a great profession, and I have truly enjoyed all the years of study." Perez and his wife, Paola, have three young children, ages 3, 6 and 8. "We love Lewes," he said. "It's a beautiful town with a great beach for children." Perez and his wife likes music and dancing, walking at Cape Henlopen State Park and traveling throughout North America and Europe. A former member of the Dominican Republic's junior national basketball team, the doc- tor now prefers to play tennis. He is a member of the U.S. Tennis Association and is currently look- ing for tennis partners locally. Perez is a member of: American Medical Association, American College of Physicians; American Heart Association, where he serves on the AHA's Critical Care Council and Critical Cardiology Council; American Society of Nuclear Medicine; and the American Society of Echo Cardiology. He attends one or two special- ized internal medicine seminars each year and reads the latest journals and papers regarding his field of expertise. "The means and methods of medicine are changing extremely fast," he said. "I like to keep Jim Cresson photo Dr. Pedro Perez is now accepting patients at Delaware Cardiovascular Associates. To make an appointment, call 644-7676. abreast of the latest information." Perez joins Delaware Cardiovascular Associates' Dr. Alberto Rosa and Dr. Budi Bahureksa. Delaware Cardiovas- cular Associates has offices at 1539 Savannah Road in Lewes and in Glasgow. For more infor- mation, or to reach Perez, call 644-7676. Keeping heart healthy aim of new coc)kbook Heart-healthy eating just got easier and faster than ever, thanks to the latest cookbook from the American Heart Association. With inspiration from "American Heart Association Meals in Minutes," excuses for not preparing delectably healthful meals dis- appear. Following on the successful heels of the American Heart Association "Quick & Easy Cookbook," the association now offers a delightful new gift for cooks in a hurry. "With each of these 200 new recipes taking 20 minutes or less to prepare, you can have it all - quality family time and a delicious, nutri- tious meal," said Pamela Snashell, regional vice president. "No more grabbing fat-filled food, "Meals in Minutes" presents dishes that nourish the body and respect busy schedules. Even refined palates will be delighted with luscious, rich-tasting, healthful dishes such as sun-dried tomato pesto chicken and pasta, grilled sirloin with honey mustard marinade, pan-blackened scallops over lemon rice, broc- coli potato frittata, chocolate hazelnut angel food cake with bananas and lemon cake and apricot glaze. All the recipes are low in total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium and still taste great. Over one-third of Americans say they are taking steps to improve their health through diet. The American Heart Association is com- mitted to helping people do this just that. "Meals In Minutes" is complete with two eight-page color photo inserts, helpful tips for getting organized and dozens of ideas to help "Meals in Minutes is available take-out or settling for boring, tasteless through the American Heart microwave food. "Meals in Minutes" make Association web site at healthy eating quick." Proving that fast food doesn't have to be fat I I cooks save precious minutes in the kitchen. The American Heart Association diet, pre- sented in simple, easy-to-understand lan- guage, can help create healthful eating plans and shopping lists tailored to individual needs and preferences. With his easy-to-follow guide, eating becomes a healthful pleasure instead of a guilt-inducing distraction, and everyday cooking turns out to be a creative, fun and quick success story. With more than 3 million volunteers, the American Heart Association is the largest vol- untary health organization fighting heart dis- ease, stroke, and other cardiovascular dis- eases which annually kill more than 950,000 Americans. Its best selling cookbook library has more than 3 million coPies in print. For more information, visit the Web site at Is there a flip side to Roth's prescription plan? There is no question the many individuals who do not have a pre- scription plan need help and should be getting it. The cost of 4. . . , prescriptions is high and a burden to many. It is astounding at times to see the number of prescription drugs certain individuals must take and raises the question of whether so many drugs interact unfavorably with each other. The cost of pre- scription drugs is so great that many either do without their med- icine or forgo proper food or clothing in order to pay for their prescriptions. Within the last year, one of our cliehts was placed in a nursing home because of Alzheimer's. These folks did not have a pre- scription plan and previously to our client's institution, both she and her husband were on the Nemours plan for about $70 a month. The folks do have some assets, investments and savings, but had a low enough income to qualify for Nemours. When she was placed in a nursing home, it was discovered that for a variety of reasons, the Nemours plan was no longer acceptable. As a result, this couple had to accept the nursing home provider for the required prescriptions. From Jan. 6 to Jan. 23, 1999, their prescription bill was $1,011.83. The point of this disclosure is nothing more than the cost of drugs. Yes, we did send a copy to a Delaware legislator and we received the usual cursory response and a comment about opening a Pandora's Box. The folks have not as yet met the requirements for Medicaid assis- tance, they are spending down in order to qualify. It is understood that in a nursing home or hospital, the cost for packaging and dispensing drugs is more costly, but again the point is the cost of the drugs where there is no plan. However, the flip side to the proposed plan by Sen.Bill R0th is the probability that many retired senior with prescription coverage may lose their plan because their former employers may opt out and force their retirees onto the Medicare prescription plan at greater costs and fewer benefits. Why? Because corporations driv- en by profits and return will :ee this is an opportunity to reduce operating cost. I had the opportunity to discuss the Roth plan with one of histaff people working on the prescrip- tion plan. Naturally the details have not been worked out as yet. However, he stated there were incentives built into the proposal to encour- age corporations, to coordinate their plan with the proposed gov- ernment plan. When pressed if this is a guarantee, he said no. Given the opportunity to trans- fer prescription drug cost from the corporation to the proposed Medicare plan is realistic. As a result, the estimated $40 billion cost will in a short time balloon to triple or better as corporations dump their retirees onto the gov- ernment plan. The retirees who once had a comprehensive prescription plan details, ea11226-9003. wilI find themselves spending more for less. HEALTH TOPICS I Paul Past ualini . Paul Pasqualini is a finan- cial services specialist serv- ing in the Cape Region. For