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The Heart Facts
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Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Increased rates of obesity, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and sedentary lifestyles in Kentucky have contributed to the rising prevalence of cardiovascular disease. While ground-breaking advancements in treatment have been made, far too many people are unaware that they are at serious risk until it is too late. This program also discusses how women are especially susceptible to heart disease and yet are less likely to seek treatment. | Broadcast Dates
Learn More about Heart Disease
Dr. Laman Gray, Jr., cardiovascular surgeon and medical director of the Cardiovascular Innovation Institute, explains more about heart disease in our web exclusive videos.
- Cardiovascular Disease (2:51)
- Heart Attack (1:24)
- Heart Valves (1:26)
- Ventricular Assist Devices (1:09)
- Jarvik Artificial Heart (1:01)
Dr. Gray is an internationally recognized leader in the fields of artificial hearts and circulatory support systems. He performed the first heart transplant in Kentucky in 1984. In 2001, his surgical team implanted the first fully implantable replacement heart, the AbioCor™.
Throughout his distinguished career as a cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Gray has been a pioneer in the field of cardiovascular assist devices and artificial organ transplantation.
For more information on Dr. Gray and the research being conducted at the Cardiovascular Innovation Institute, visit www.cv2i.org
Our Program Guests
- Joey Maggard, executive director, Central Kentucky Chapter of the American Heart Association
- Melissa Walton-Shirley, M.D., cardiologist with Cardiology Associates in Glasgow, Kentucky, and blogger at Heartfelt
- Mark Rucker, recipient of the American Heart Association Lifestyle Change Award
- Paula Hollingsworth, M.D., cardiologist at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington
- James B. Hoying, Ph.D., division chief of cardiovascular therapeutics, Cardiovascular Innovation Institute
- Cardiovascular Innovation Institute, 302 E. Muhammad Ali Blvd., Louisville, Ky. 40202 (502-852-1381) was formed in 2003 by a partnership of the University of Louisville and Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's HealthCare. The research institute finds new solutions to treat diseased and damaged heart muscle; its website offers information on current research and links to articles, images, and videos about related topics. The Just 4 Kids section provides information specifically about kids and heart problems.
- National Institutes of Health (301-496-4000) provides information on heart and circulation disorders, along with information on how you can participate in a clinical trial.
- Medline Plus lists symptoms, causes, treatment and prevention for heart diseases. A browser for drug information includes side effects, dosage, and more.
- American Heart Association: (1-800-AHA-USA-1 or 1-800-242-8721, or Outside U.S.: +1 (214) 570-5978) offers extensive information about heart health, your risk for a heart attack, symptoms and causes. Additional information covers topics like nutrition, stress management, and how to quit smoking. The guides to nutrition and weight management provide tips for dining out, cooking lessons, and healthy recipes. Stress management lists common responses to stress along with a stress reduction action plan.
How to Quit Smoking
- National Network of Tobacco Cessation Quitlines:
Toll free hotline: 1-800-QUITNOW (1-800-784-8669)
- National Cancer Institute: Toll-free hotline: 1-877-44U-QUIT (1-877-448-7848)
Health Three60 is a KET production, funded in part
by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.