Backing it up with a book
“Anecdotally, we know there are more prevalent lifestyle-related cardiac issues in southern Alberta,” she says. With that in mind, Dr. Zielke has written a book about non-medical ways to achieve healthy blood pressure. Released in early 2019, One Heart, Five Habits began as a brochure for patients. “Patients asked me, ‘What can I do other than meds,’ so I started writing, and it just took off.”
Whether advocating for a cath lab or helping people understand prevention, Dr. Zielke considers the chance to make a difference in the lives of her patients a blessing. “I’m so grateful to do what I do.… It’s more than a career; it’s a calling. How lucky am I to have this opportunity?”
Introducing … Dr. Sayeh Zielke
Years in practice
I just wanted to be able to help people in a significant way. I grew up always wanting to be a doctor. I thought the heart was such a cool organ, with mechanical parts, electrical parts, etc. I found the field fascinating and challenging. I’ve had wonderful mentors along the way who encouraged this path.
Mantra/philosophy of life
When it comes to work, this is not a job. It’s a calling and a privilege.
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 this nomination form.