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Mon, Feb 27, 2023 at 06:01 PM

Enthusiastic turnout for GoldCare55+ resuming activities for seniors

The much-loved GoldCare55+ program welcomed a record-sized and enthusiastic crowd to its first Lunch N’ learn in three years.

New and longtime members of the program sponsored by Marshall Medical Centers were excited to resume regular events and sign up for trips after a hiatus forced by the pandemic. Approximately 120 seniors from all over Marshall County enjoyed the Mardi Gras themed event at the Guntersville Rec Center. The luncheon was sort of a reunion for the members who have missed seeing each other at the monthly get-togethers.

Dr. Sean English, a vascular surgeon with Northeast Alabama Vascular and Vein Specialists, was the featured speaker. He explained his complicated practice in very simple terms.

“We’re just human plumbers,” he said.

Vascular surgeons use medical and surgical techniques to diagnose and treat many conditions, including blood clots, blood vessel blockages and blood vessel injuries. Vascular surgeons are also experts in preventing vascular problems, such as stroke and complications of diabetes.

“Everything we do is evidence-based,” he explained. “But we tailor everything to our patients.”

Dr. English said he typically ends up treating his patients long term.

“I see some patients for years, and they become like family,” he said.

Northeast Alabama Vascular and Vein Specialists offer state-of-the-art care for the management of:

  • carotid and subclavian artery disease
  • aortic aneurysm and dissection
  • deep vein thrombosis
  • pulmonary embolism
  • peripheral arterial disease
  • dialysis access
  • varicose veins
  • mesenteric ischemia
  • renovascular hypertension

A Baton Rouge native, Dr. English moved with his wife and three children to Guntersville a year ago to be closer to family. His practice is accepting new patients and can be reached at (256) 894-6800. If a patient and/or his provider has a concern, he will be seen right away.

Northeast Alabama Vascular and Vein Specialists is located in the front of the Marshall Professional Center next to the Marshall Cancer Care Center. Patients can be dropped off right at the door.

The next GoldCare55+ Lunch N’ learn is March 23rd featuring Dr. Sheri Swader of Neurology of Marshall County. Cost is only $7 to attend. Call (256)571-8032 to register. Mail a check, pay with a card over the phone, or stop by 2320 Homer Clayton Drive. Registration with payment must be received by the Friday before the event.