half-hour program explores how innovations in cardiac treatment
are both extending and improving the quality of life for
cardiac patients. This panel of cardiac experts and persons
living with coronary disease discuss new treatment modalities,
technology and techniques that have, in some cases, radically
changed the prognosis of this "silent killer"
are discussed. Further, advances in cardio-electrophysiology,
cholesterol-lowering drugs, and cardiac surgery are examined.
Additionally, new treatments for common ailments such as
hardening of the arteries, arrhythmia, and congestive heart
failure are considered. State-of-the-art pump devices, bi-ventricular
pacemakers, and the use of the new 64-slice CT scanner that
can detect coronary artery disease are discussed in laymen's
terms. These technological advancements, as well as the
need for individuals to commit to a heart-healthy life style
are addressed in this educationally charged discussion that
may save your life.
Tape Piece: (Paula M. Levine) We feature
cardiac surgeon Dr. John Brown of Morristown Memorial Hospital.
His specialty is minimally invasive valve repair and replacement.
We also talk with one of his patients, Tracy Schafer, a
38 year old mother of two, who has had heart problems since
she was 12. Dr. Brown was able to fix a potentially life-threatening
condition using a minimally invasive approach. Now Tracy
says she's never felt better in her life.
Fred Okun |
Dr. Frank Smart
Dr. Marc Klapholz
Dr. Janet Strain
Fred Okun - who had two drug-coated stents
implanted in his heart to correct a blocked artery.
Dr. Frank Smart - Chief of Cardiology
at Morristown Memorial Hospital and Vice Chair of Cardiovascular Medicine for Atlantic Health.
Dr. Marc Klapholz – Director of
Cardiology at University Hospital at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
Dr. Janet Strain - An interventional cardiologist
at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood New Jersey and a spokesperson for the American