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Dr. Euan Ashley, M.D., Ph.D. 

is an Associate Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular) and of Genetics at Stanford University. 

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Dr. Euan Ashley

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Dr. Michael Ornish

Dr. Joseph Corrozza, M.D.

is a Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine and Director of the Cardiology at Caritas St. Elizabeth's Medical Center

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Suzanne Steinbaum, M.D. 

is a cardiologist and director of Women's Heart Health at the Heart and Vascular Institute.

Dr. Garth N. Graham, M.D., MPH,

served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health in the Office of Minority Health at the Department of Health and Human Services and  the assistant dean for health policy and chief of health services research at the University of Florida School of Medicine in Gainesville. He is the President of the Aetna Foundation.

Helpful Links About Heart Disease

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Rob Dunn

Dr. Arvind Agnihotri, M.D.

is a thoracic and cardiac surgeon in Brighton, Massachusetts and is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He received his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine and has been in practice for over 24 years.

Kiran Musunuru, M.D., Ph.D.

is an Associate Professor of Harvard Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, Brigham and Women's Hospital
The Broad Institute.

Early Action is Important for Treating Heart Disease

Dean Michael Ornish, M.D. 

is a physician and president and founder of the nonprofit Preventive Medicine Research Institute in Sausalito, California, as well as Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. 

​In this one hour special, The Best Medicine follows the stories of people battling the biggest health threat known to man — cardiovascular disease.

Every 60 seconds someone in the US dies from heart disease. It's the number one cause of death here, killing more people each year than all forms of cancer combined. On this episode we take you inside the labs, treatment facilities, and homes of those closest to the disease. We’ll dispel common myths, discuss little known causes and check out the latest developments to help prevent and possibly even reverse the disease.

• About 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year — that’s 1 in every 4 deaths.

• Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. More than half of the deaths due to heart disease in 2009 were in men.

 Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the most common type of heart disease, killing over 370,000 people annually.

• Every year about 735,000 Americans have a heart attack. Of these, 525,000 are a first heart attack and 210,000 happen in people who have already had a heart attack.

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Dr. Kiran Musunuru

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An owner’s guide to good health.

Rob Dunn

is a biologist and writer in the Department of Biological Sciences at North Carolina State University. He is the author of The Man Who Touched His Own Heart

Know the warning signs and symptoms of a heart attack so that you can act fast if you or someone you know might be having a heart attack. The chances of survival are greater when emergency treatment begins quickly.

  • In a 2005 survey, most respondents — 92% — recognized chest pain as a symptom of a heart attack. Only 27% were aware of all major symptoms and knew to call 911 when someone was having a heart attack.
  • About 47% of sudden cardiac deaths occur outside a hospital. This suggests that many people with heart disease don't act on early warning signs.

Heart attacks have several major warning signs and symptoms:

  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Upper body pain or discomfort in the arms, back, neck, jaw, or upper stomach
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea, lightheadedness, or cold sweats

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Dr. Arvind Agnihotri