Heart care services for residents in central Iowa expanded as UnityPoint Clinic Cardiology began seeing patients in Grinnell in June. Cardiologists Craig Stark, MD, and Abdul Abdulbaki, MD, with UnityPoint Clinics are accepting new patients at the Ahrens Medical Arts Building on the UnityPoint Health – Grinnell Regional Medical Center campus.
Dr. Stark has been with UnityPoint Health for six years and practicing for 30 years, specializing in cardiology and echocardiography. He earned his medical degree at Wayne State University and completed his cardiology residency, fellowship and internship at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. He is board certified in the American Board of Clinical Lipidology. Dr. Stark will be in Grinnell on Monday mornings.
Dr. Abdulbaki has been with UnityPoint Health for a year, specializing in cardiology and nuclear medicine. He earned his medical degree from Damascus University School of Medicine. He completed his residency and internship at Alpert Medicine School of Brown University – Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island. He also completed a fellowship at Louisiana State University and Health Science Center – Shreveport, La. He has earned multiple board certifications in cardiovascular disease, internal medicine, nuclear cardiology, echocardiography and interventional cardiology. Dr. Abdulbaki will see patients in Grinnell on Tuesdays, beginning August 7.
Heart disease remains a leading health concern in Iowa and the nation. According to the American Heart Association, the estimated annual incidence of heart attack in the US is 720,000 new attacks and 335,000 recurrent attacks. Average age at the first heart attack is 65.6 years for males and 72.0 years for females. Strokes, another leading health threat, are the leading cause of serious long-term disability in the US. Each year, about 795,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke. Approximately 610,000 of these are first attacks, and 185,000 are recurrent attacks.
“Prevention begins with regular checkups with your primary care providers and, when disease is identified, treatment,” says Clayton Francis, MD, GRMC emergency department. “As an ER physician, I can assure you it’s better to have your heart disease discovered before you end up in the emergency department with a heart attack. The addition of Drs. Stark and Abdulbaki will increase options and faster access for treatment locally.”
To schedule an appointment with a cardiologist, discuss your options with your primary care provider. To schedule with UnityPoint Clinic – Cardiology, call (515) 241-5700.