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Affinity Physicians for Women Sponsors Sunset Tifton Reception

Affinity Physicians for Women (APFW) was one of the sponsors of the Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce’s Sunset Tifton business after-hours reception on Sept. 7. This event, open to all Chamber members, was held at the Spring Hill Country Club in Tifton. APFW had an information table and display with brochures and promotional items. Pictured (left to right): Tammy Hall (APFW Practice Manager) and Joy Davis (Community Relations Coordinator with Tift Regional Health System). APFW provided a gift card for a door prize drawing.


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Affinity Clinic welcomes a New Gastroenterologist

Affinity Clinic welcomes new gastroenterologist Ali Esmaili, M.D., who will work alongside fellow gastroenterologist George Yared, M.D. and advanced practice providers Cynthia Ingram, FNP-C, Sarah Jordan, FNP-C, Cindy McNeese, FNP-C and Jerry Sullivan, PA at Affinity Clinic.

Board certified in gastroenterology, Dr. Esmaili is available for the diagnosis and treatment of disorders and diseases of the digestive tract. Dr. Esmaili will provide consults and conduct colonoscopy and endoscopy procedures at Affinity Clinic and Tift Regional Medical Center (TRMC).

Dr. Esmaili earned his medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. He completed an internship and residency program at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. He followed with a fellowship in transplant hepatology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and a fellowship in gastroenterology and hepatology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Esmaili is accepting new patients. Please call 229-391-4100 to make a referral or to schedule an appointment 

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Affinity Celebrates American Heart Month

February 1, 2018 by Molly Huff

Each February, The American Heart Association sponsors American Heart Month.  This is a time each year to educate Americans on what we can do to live heart-healthy lives and to come together to battle cardiovascular disease.

Heart disease, including stroke, is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States.  The term "heart disease" is a simple term that is used to describe several health problems related to the build up of plaque in the walls of the arteries.  When the plaque builds up, the arteries become narrow and make it more difficult for blood to flow.  This creates risk for heart attack or stroke.

There are other types of heart disease that include heart failure, irregular heartbeat (knows as arrhythmia) and heart valve problems.  

Women 55 and older and men 45 and older are at higher risk for heart disease, and a family history of early heart disease also can put you in the high risk categories.

There are certainly ways to help prevent heart disease.  Some of the ways to keep your heart healthy are to:

  • Watch your weight
  • Don't smoke and stay away from secondhand smoke
  • Control your cholesterol and blood pressure
  • If you do drink alcohol, drink in moderation
  • Get active and eat healthy
  • Talk to your physician about taking aspirin every day if you are a woman over 55 or a man over 45
    Manage stress

There are many ways to get involved in the fight against heart disease.  February 3rd is the annual Go Red for Women day - on this day, wear red to show support for the fight against heart disease which is the number one killer of women.  This is a link to the American Heart Association offices in the state of Georgia.  

As always, donating your time, energy, monetary gifts and blood are important ways to join the fight against heart disease.  Click here to find out how you can get involved.

If you would like to be sure your heart is as healthy as possible, make an appointment with one of Affinity Health's family practice physiciansinternists or our cardiologist.  We can help get you on track to a healthy heart.

Do everything you can to fight heart disease - for yourself and for the ones you love.  



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Affinity Clinic, a multi-specialty clinic, provides adult and pediatric patients across South Georgia with medical care in a variety of areas including Cardiology, Family Practice, Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Pediatric & Adolescent MedicinePulmonary Medicine & Critical Care, and Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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