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Heart Disease

According to the CDC, about 5.7 million American adults have heart failure, but cardiologists want patients to know it isn’t a death sentence. New research and treatment methods – including devices and other forms of technology – are helping patients live longer, healthier lives.

Our guests discuss the latest research, and we hear from a local heart transplant patient who shares her story. Our guests:

  • Dr. Scott Feitell, M.D., cardiologist at the Sands-Constellation Heart Institute at Rochester Regional Health
  • Jackie Fields, heart failure patient and heart transplant recipient
  • Dr. Antonio Perez, M.D., cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic

Healthy, active, 46 years old: Sue Palmer thought she had a simple 24-hour bug. She wanted to stay in bed. She agreed to go to the hospital, which saved her life: Palmer was suffering from a heart disease known as "the widowmaker." Maybe you saw her story in the Washington Post; it's a reminder that heart disease can afflict anyone, at any age.

Our guests discuss a wide range of issues related to heart disease, research, and prevention. Our guests:

  • Dr. Timothy Malins, chief of medicine at Geneva General Hospital
  • Dr. Eugene Storozynsky, associate professor of cardiology at UR Medicine
  • Madison Hoadley, congenital heart disease survivor
  • Dawn Hoadley, Madison’s mother
  • Jerry Serafine, heart attack survivor and owner of Restaurant 2 Vine

Heart disease affects 27.6  million American adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We talk about common conditions, treatment, heart-healthy diets, and more. Our guests:

  • Dr. John Bisognano, M.D., Ph.D., professor of medicine, and director of outpatient services in the Division of Cardiology, and director of the Comprehensive Hypertension Center at the University of Rochester
  • Dr. Rebecca Shallek, M.D., cardiologist in the Department of Cardiology at Highland Hospital, and senior instructor of clinical medicine in cardiology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

The death of New York Times columnist David Carr, at only 58, shocked many of us. Turns out he had cancer and heart disease. Cardiac rehab is an option for those who get properly diagnosed. We're looking at the latest in research and treatment with our guests from Rochester Regional Health System:

  • Cardiologist Tim Malins
  • Kathy Ross, RN and cardiac rehab nurse

One of Rochester's first medical home projects claims participating patients have dramatically improved their health in the first two years of the program.

The Rochester Medical Home Initiative's goal is to reduce emergency room visits and readmission rates by helping patients monitor and treat their chronic illnesses from home.

Increasing Awareness Saves Lives

Feb 3, 2012

February 3rd is National Wear Red Day.

It's designed to promotes heart disease awareness and according to health officials at Highland Hospital, 1 in 5 people do not have their hearts checked every year by a physician as advised.

Dr. Chad Teeters is the Chief of Cardiology at Highland Hospital.

"The goal now is to try to prevent heart disease from ever occurring, not just keeping people from dying from it."