Dr. Samantha Lindsay Presented Heart Association's Lifestyle Change Award
November 15, 2011
St. Petersburg, FL - Northside Hospital Primary Care Physician Samantha Lindsay, M.D., not only talks the talk, but she also walks the walk! She was selected as the 2011 recipient of the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Lifestyle Change Award, presented Saturday, November 5 at Raymond James Stadium as part of the annual AHA Heart Walk.
Dr Lindsay sees patients every day and counsels them on the importance of lifestyle changes to improve their health. Her patients may be thinking, “Easy for you to say…” but the truth is that Dr Lindsay took her own advice this past year, and lost 45 pounds and reduced her dress size by four sizes! And she did this with a handicap of a lung disorder which impacted the level of exercise she was able to do.
Shortly after completing her residency, Dr. Samantha Lindsay was diagnosed with Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency secondary to severe COPD. Breathing had become more difficult and she found herself often short of breath and tethered to a portable oxygen device. She also found herself overweight.
Dr. Lindsay started on a diet program where she watched the amounts of food she consumed and made healthier choices. She also began exercising and gradually increased the amount of time and number of days based on her lung tolerance. Though her condition limits some of the activities she can participate in, she is now able to exercise up to six days a week and finds herself needing portable oxygen less and less.
“I am honored to be recognized for making changes in my lifestyle. I feel better about myself, both health and appearance wise, and I hope I can be a role model to those who don’t think that they can achieve their goals of becoming healthier,” said Dr. Lindsay.
As a physician, she feels that Family Medicine gives her the opportunity to see the whole family from infants to the geriatric patient. During residency at the University of South Alabama, she placed emphasis on family wellness and disease prevention, focusing on women and children’s health issues.
The American Heart Association’s Lifestyle Change Award is presented annually to a person in the Tampa Bay area who has made changes in their lifestyle in order to become healthier. Each year winners are announced at the Tampa Bay Heart Walk.
Northside Hospital & Tampa Bay Heart Institute
Aimee Bennett, Marketing & Public Relations
(727) 521-5265 or Aimee.Bennett@hcahealthcare.com