Dr. Sayeh Zielke

Dr. Sayeh Zielke

In the March-April 2019 edition of Alberta Doctors’ Digest, the AMA proudly Shines A Light on Dr. Sayeh Zielke.

Have a heart

Lethbridge physician champions improved cardiac treatment for residents

As the sole cardiologist serving Lethbridge, Dr. Sayeh Zielke maintains a daunting clinical schedule. She is also a tireless advocate for bringing much-needed cardiac catheterization services to the community.

Currently, Lethbridge-area cardiac patients requiring this treatment must make the two-hour trek to Calgary, creating a strain on patients and their families. “Often these patients are older, and it’s hard for them to be away from home,” says Dr. Zielke. “Having a cath lab here would alleviate that stress, elevate the calibre of cardiac services we can offer and help us recruit other cardiologists.”

Hopeful but realistic

Call for cath labs

Over the past two years, Dr. Zielke has worked closely with Alberta Health Services and clinicians to explore the creation of additional cath labs. An AHS report released last October concluded both Red Deer and Lethbridge have enough demand, but it stopped short of making formal recommendations.

“We know we have robust cardio rehab services, a good imaging program and the physical space for a cath lab, but it’s a very expensive venture,” explains Dr. Zielke. “We’re hopeful, but realistic.”

Also included in the AHS report was an emphasis on cardiac prevention, an issue that is near and dear to Dr. Zielke.

Continue reading Dr. Sayeh Zielke's Shine A Light profile (Alberta Doctors’ Digest, March - April 2019)

About Shine A Light

Initiated by Dr. Alison Clarke during her 2018-19 term as AMA President, Shine A Light recognizes and profiles AMA member physicians who are making a difference by:

  • Spearheading projects that improve patient and/or community life
  • Diligently following/tracking patients to ensure coordinated care
  • Working long hours and adjusting schedules to meet patient needs
  • Contributing to Alberta’s vision of a high-performing health care system

Do you know a physician who goes above and beyond to care for his/her patients? If yes, please complete the Shine A Light nomination form.

Alberta Medical Association Mission: Advocate for and support Alberta physicians. Strengthen their leadership in the provision of sustainable quality care.