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'Dr. Tom' has good advice for heart health

Dr. Tomasz "Dr. Tom" Swierkosz, cardiologist who also has a Ph.D. in cardiovascular pharmacology will be guest speaker at the aspirin "Friend or Foe" Heart Healthy Luncheon in the Maple Conference Room at Comanche County Memorial Hospital at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 13.

Tickets are on sale now for $10 per meal and the deadline for RSVPs is Wednesday. For information or reservations call 585-5406.

"I'm going to talk about aspirin which is a commonly used medication," Swierkosz said. "It has been used since it was first produced in 1897, so it's been used for over 120 years. It's estimated that at least 50 billion aspirin tablets are sold around the world every year. The question is, should we add aspirin to the drinking water? Should we always use aspirin  if not how should we use aspirin  at what dose for how long, for what conditions?"

These are questions he frequently is asked by patients.

"I'm going to talk about the history of aspirin and describe how it works, how it helps people," Dr. Tom said. "Aspirin was first produced by a chemist from a German pharmaceutical company, but until 1964, nobody was certain how it worked. It was used for certain medical conditions, but it was not until 1964 that we started understanding how it actually works."

Swierkosz is Polish and he's been in the U.S. for 22 years. He did his residency at Boston University and was a cardiology fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating from there in 2002. He's been practicing cardiology and interventional cardiology since 2002  in private practice the last 15 years in Maryland  and since Sept. 1 in Lawton.

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