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Dr. Kamal Pourmoghadam

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Kamal K. Pourmoghadam, MD, is a pediatric cardiac surgeon at The Heart Center at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. He is board certified in general surgery, cardiothoracic surgery and congenital cardiac surgery.


Dr. Pourmoghadam earned his bachelor’s degree from University of California, Berkeley, and his medical degree from Albany Medical College in New York. He trained for adult cardiac surgery at the University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, and for congenital cardiac surgery at the University of Washington, Seattle Children’s Hospital in Seattle. 


Dr. Pourmoghadam is a professor of surgery at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine, practicing congenital cardiac surgery for over twenty years and has been active in clinical research. He has extensive experience in neonatal and infant cardiac surgery and has special interest in the repair of single ventricle physiology patients and research in univentricular hearts.  


Before joining Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, Dr. Pourmoghadam held positions as the director of pediatric cardiovascular and thoracic surgical services for two years at OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City and as the director of pediatric and congenital cardiac surgery for six years at Janet Weis Children’s Hospital in Danville, Pennsylvania. Prior to that, he was a pediatric cardiac surgeon for five years at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. 


Dr. Pourmoghadam is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is a member of the Congenital Heart Surgeons’ Society, The Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the Central Florida Pediatric Society.


Contact:

Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children

The Heart Center

92 West Miller Street

Olando, FL 32806

Phone: 321-841-6128

Fax: 321-841-4260


Education: 


1980-1984 B.A. University of California at Berkeley (Biochemistry)

1984-1988 M.D. Albany Medical College


Postgraduate Training: 


1988-1990 General Surgery, Internship

Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, New York

1990-1994 General Surgery, Residency

The Brookdale Hospital Medical Center

Brooklyn, New York

1993-1994 General Surgery, Chief Resident 

The Brookdale Hospital Medical Center

Brooklyn, New York

1994-1996  Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellow

Jackson Memorial Hospital

University of Miami, Miami, Florida

1996-1997 Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Fellow

Seattle Children’s Hospital and Medical Center

University of Washington

Seattle, Washington


Faculty Appointments: 

1996-1997 Acting Instructor of Surgery

University of Washington

Seattle, Washington

1997-1999 Assistant Professor of Surgery

Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine

New Brunswick, New Jersey

1999-2005 Assistant Professor of Surgery

Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Hahnemann/Drexel University

College of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania*

* MCP Hahnemann and Drexel merged during 2003 so the name of the institution changed.

2005-2010 Associate Professor of Surgery

Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2011-2012 Associate Professor

Section of Thoracic Surgery, Dept of Surgery

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

2012-2017 Associate Professor of Surgery

University of Central Florida-College of Medicine

Orlando, Florida

2017-Present Professor of Surgery

University of Central Florida-College of Medicine

Orlando, Florida


Hospital Appointments: 

1997-1999 Pediatric Cardiac Surgery

Deborah Heart and Lung Center

Browns Mills, New Jersey

1999-2003 Pediatric Cardiac Surgery

St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2004-2010 Director, Pediatric & Congenital Cardiac Surgery

Janet Weis Children’s Hospital

Geisinger Medical Center

100 North Academy Ave.

Danville, Pennsylvania

2011-2012 Director, Pediatric Cardiovascular &  

Thoracic Surgical Services

OU Medical Center

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 

2012-Present Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery 

Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children

Orlando, Florida 32806


Hospital Service:

1999-2001 Transfusion Committee

St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2000-2002 Pharmacy Committee

St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2002-2003 Concurrent Care Committee

St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2003-2004 Infection Control Committee

St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2011-2012 Cardiac ICU Clinical Services Committee

OU Medical Center

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

2011-2012 Oklahoma Children’s Heart Center Executive 

Committee OU Medical Center

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

2015 Orlando Health

Wrong Site Procedure Prevention Taskforce

Certifications:

1996 American Board of General Surgery #41376

(Recertification 2004, 2016)

1997 American Board of Thoracic Surgery #5996

(Recertification 2005, 2017)

2009 American Board of Thoracic Surgery, 

Congenital Heart Surgery subspecialty #48

(Recertification 2019)

2010 ACLS, BLS, PALS

2019 American Board of Thoracic Surgery,

Congenital Heart Surgery subspecialty #48

(10-year Milestone of the Maintenance of

Certification) 

  

References:

Website: https://kamalpourmoghadam.com

Blog: https://drpourmoghadam.home.blog/

Blog: http://drpourmoghadamhome.wordpress.com

News report about Dr. Pourmoghadam: http://www.tiogapublishing.com/features/the_marketplace/covington-tot-returns-home-to-pennsylvania-after-lengthy-oklahoma-hospital/article_04865c00-0ae5-11e1-aec8-001cc4c002e0.html

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kamal-pourmoghadam-9a796157/

Kamal K. Pourmoghadam, MD, is a pediatric cardiac surgeon at Arnold Palmer Hospital
Kamal K. Pourmoghadam, MD, is a pediatric cardiac surgeon at Arnold Palmer Hospital
Doctor Kamal K. Pourmoghadam, board certified in general surgery, cardiothoracic surgery.

Focus on heart health

Preventing Heart Disease – Simple Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Heart

Heart Disease is the leading cause of death, globally. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, around 610,000 people die due to heart disease every year in the United States alone. This means that heart disease is the cause of 1 in every 4 deaths in the U.S.


What Causes Heart Disease?


While age and family history also contribute to determining your heart health, the World Health Organization has identified smoking, physical inactivity, unhealthy diet, and alcohol abuse as the key factors that can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease by contributing to hypertension, obesity, and increased blood glucose levels.


Is It Possible To Prevent Heart Disease?


While age and family history are beyond one’s control, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is considered as the best weapon to prevent and fight against heart problems. 


According to the Harvard School of Public Health, the preventive measures can be divided into three categories. While all three types include the same elements, their starting times are different due to which they also have different effects.


1. Primordial Prevention


The ideal way to prevent heart disease is to begin taking precautionary measures in your life as soon as possible. This includes adopting a healthy lifestyle to prevent obesity, high cholesterol, and hypertension, which then will eliminate the risks of the inflammation of arteries, endothelial dysfunction, and atherosclerosis.


2. Primary Prevention


These preventive measures are aimed at people who have already developed the risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Their main objective is to keep the risk factors under control in order to prevent the development of a heart disease. Primary prevention includes making lifestyle changes as well as taking medication, if and when needed.


3. Secondary Prevention


This category includes the measures taken after a person has developed a heart disease, heart attack or stroke. In most cases, patients may have undergone a surgical procedure, like angioplasty or even a bypass surgery. Secondary preventive measures include a combination of healthy diet, lifestyle changes, and medication. 


While these measures cannot reverse heart health, they can greatly reduce the chances of a second heart attack by preventing the progression of heart disease.


Simple Ways to Prevent Heart Disease


In view of the risk factors identified by the World Health Organization, the following lifestyle changes can help prevent or greatly reduce the risk of heart problems:


* Start Exercising


Physical activity can help with maintaining a healthy weight as well as controlling blood pressure, blood glucose, and cholesterol levels, which then leads to improved heart health. As per the guidelines of the Department of Health and Human Services, you should aim for 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise for at least 5 days a week to prevent heart problems as well as to improve your overall health.


* Maintain a Healthy Weight


Obesity is one of the major contributing factors to heart problems. Calculate your BMI and make sure to maintain your weight in the healthy range to prevent health issues, including the heart disease.


* Quit Smoking and Limit Your Alcohol Intake


Smoking cigarette and consuming excessive amounts of alcohol can increase your blood pressure. Alcohol intake is also linked to weight gain (by increasing your calorie intake). Both these factors affect your heart health and can increase the risk of a heart attack and stroke. Quit smoking and limit your alcohol intake to protect your heart.


* Keep an Eye on the Numbers


Your blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood pressure play a huge role in determining your heart health.


Higher levels of cholesterol and triglycerides can clog your arteries and cause a coronary heart disease, which then increases the risk of heart attack. Similarly, high blood pressure and glucose levels can also negatively affect your heart health.


Get them checked regularly to make sure the levels aren’t high and take immediate measures to control them if they exceed the healthy range. 


* Stress Management


Stress is a major factor that can cause heart disease. Stress not only increases blood pressure, but also leads to many unhealthy habits. Many people resort to drinking, smoking and overeating to cope with the daily stresses, all of which have a negative impact on the heart. Deal with your stress by opting for healthier choices, like listening to music, meditating, exercising, or doing yoga.


* Eat a Healthy Diet


We all know how important diet and nutrition is for our overall health. There are many foods known to promote heart health and reduce the risk of developing heart diseases, even if you have a genetic predisposition or family history for them. 


Begin your journey to a healthy heart by making simple dietary changes – stop eating fatty foods and junk. Also, limit the consumption of red meat to once or twice a month.


Start eating more heart-healthy foods – they are known to promote heart health by keeping your blood pressure and cholesterol levels under control and prevent inflammation. A heart-healthy diet includes lots of raw vegetables and fruits, foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, and whole grains.


Some foods that prevent heart disease include leafy greens, fish, garlic, berries, dark chocolate, chia seeds, flaxseeds, almonds, and walnuts.


The Bottom Line


Preventing or reducing the chances of a heart disease isn’t as difficult as many of us think. Making small changes in our lifestyle and habits can offer great help to keep our hearts strong and healthy. Give up on your bad habits and opt for a healthy heart diet to prevent heart disease as well as improve your overall health. 


Doctor Kamal Pourmoghadam, MD, is a pediatric cardiac surgeon at The Heart Center at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, Orlando. He is board certified in general surgery, cardiothoracic surgery and congenital cardiac surgery. Dr. Pourmoghadam earned his bachelor’s degree from University of California, Berkeley, and his medical degree from Albany Medical College in New York. He trained for adult cardiac surgery at the University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, and for congenital cardiac surgery at the University of Washington, Seattle Children’s Hospital in Seattle. 


References:


Website: https://kamalpourmoghadam.com


Blog: https://drpourmoghadam.home.blog/


Blog: http://drpourmoghadamhome.wordpress.com


News report about Dr. Pourmoghadam: http://www.tiogapublishing.com/features/the_marketplace/covington-tot-returns-home-to-pennsylvania-after-lengthy-oklahoma-hospital/article_04865c00-0ae5-11e1-aec8-001cc4c002e0.html


Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kamal-pourmoghadam-9a796157/

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Doctor Kamal K. Pourmoghadam, board certified in general surgery, cardiothoracic surgery and congenital cardiac surgery, has started a Blog to provide easy-to-understand information how to keep your heart healthy, from childhood to old age. With the Blog articles, the public and patients can easily understand the underlying medical issues and treatments.  

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