The status of therapy of heart disease in America

August 1, 2018
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Dr. Simon H. Stertzer, Professor Emeritus at Stanford University School of Medicine and Chairman of the Board at BioCardia, a clinical-stage biotech-regenerative medicine company that develops innovative therapeutics for the treatment of cardiovascular disease joins eHealth Radio and the Heart Health and Health News Channels.

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Simon H. Stertzer discuss the following:

  1. You’ve devoted your career to the advancement of cardiovascular intervention. Can you tell listeners a bit more about your background and why you decided to pursue a career in cardiovascular medicine?
  2. How big of a problem is heart disease in the United States, and can you give me the profile of a typical patient with heart disease?
  3. What is a the difference between heart attack, heart failure, and other kinds of heart disease?
  4. How do we treat the different types of heart disease today?
  5. How should we be screened for heart disease as adults?

 

Simon H. Stertzer, M.D. is Professor of Medicine, Emeritus, at Stanford University School of Medicine, and is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors at BioCardia®, Inc., a clinical-stage biotech-regenerative medicine company that develops innovative therapeutics for the treatment of cardiovascular disease.

In 1964, Simon Stertzer performed the first selective coronary arteriogram in New York City. He pioneered the subspecialty of Interventional Cardiology by performing the first coronary balloon angioplasty in the United States, in 1978. He has performed more than 12,500 cardiac interventions and has worked alongside others to develop new technologies for the improvement of patient care.

Dr. Stertzer has contributed to research and advancement in rotational atherectomy, cardiac stents, drug delivery stents, cardiac transplant molecular diagnostics, and most recently, transendocardial stem cell implantation in ischemic heart failure. His bibliography contains more than 140 peer-reviewed articles.

Dr. Stertzer co-founded BioCardia in 1999, and was a founder and board member of Arterial Vascular Engineering, an angioplasty balloon and stent company acquired by Medtronic Inc..

Simon Stertzer received his Doctor of Medicine degree from New York University, after a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities from Union College. He had previously earned a Certificat de Physiologie from University of Paris (Sorbonne).

About BioCardia®, Inc.

BioCardia®, Inc. is helping lead the way to new treatments of heart failure using the direct injection of cells and agents into the heart muscle. BioCardia is a clinical-stage, regenerative biotechnology company that develops novel therapeutics to treat cardiovascular disease. The treatment modalities include a system of personalized screenings to determine which patients are most likely to benefit from intramyocardial injection of therapeutic agents.

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National Heart Month: Offering free screening for first responders

February 13, 2018
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Dr. Anuj Tolia, a radiologist at Montclair Radiology, with 5 imaging facilities in New Jersey joins eHealth Radio and the Health News and Heart Health Channels to discuss the launching of a new model that is ground breaking. February is National Heart Month, and what better way to celebrate and safeguard our hearts than to offer free screening for first responders including police, fire and EMTs - which is exactly what Dr. Tolia and Montcliar Radiology is doing with "Docs and Cops".

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Anuj Tolia discuss the following:

  1. Can you describe in your own words how the Calcium Scoring works?
  2. Should people with a family history of heart attacks, stroke and other conditions consider doing this scan?
  3. Research shows stress is a killer - so does it make sense to recommend this to people who are in high stress careers, such as EMT staff, ER staff, Police, fire fighters, etc?
  4. What about radiation - is this high or low - and what does that mean?
  5. Do you need a prescription?
  6. Cost is inexpensive, correct? I heard it was around $99.

 

Dr. Anuj J. Tolia received his BS at The Wharton School of Business and his Doctor of Medicine degree from New York University School of Medicine where he was elected to the Medical Honor Society, Alpha Omega Alpha. After completing an internship in Internal Medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, Dr. Tolia completed a residency in Diagnostic Radiology at New York University. Dr. Tolia received the Resident Research Scholarship Award presented by The Radiologic Society of North America.

Following his formal training at New York University Medical Center, Dr. Tolia completed a fellowship in Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Neuroradiology, Musculoskeletal Radiology and Body/Breast Imaging at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. Upon completing his fellowship, Dr. Tolia joined the staffs of Montclair Radiology and Chilton Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Tolia is a Diplomat of the American Board of Radiology and an active member of The American College of Radiology, The Radiological Society of North America, The American Roentgen Ray Society and The New York Roentgen Ray Society.

 

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Website: www.montclairradiology.com

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Tips for Better Health

February 3, 2018
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Dr. Morton Tavel, a physician-specialist in internal medicine and cardiovascular diseases joins eHealth Radio and the Health News Channel.

In addition to managing patients, he held a teaching position (Clinical Professor) at Indiana University School of Medicine and regularly taught medical trainees at all levels. He has written three books for the general public of His most recent book, entitled "Health Tips, Myths, and Tricks: A Physician's Advice.

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Morton Tavel discuss the following:

  1. Do you have any tips for proper eating?
  2. What is your thinking about red meat?
  3. How important is breakfast?
  4. Are there any risks from consuming low-calorie beverages?
  5. What are your thoughts on energy drinks?

 

A lifelong native of Indianapolis, Dr. Morton Tavel received both college and medical degrees at Indiana University. Scholastic honors include graduating summa cum laude and the honorary societies of Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha. His civic activities include, among others, having been past president of the local and state divisions of the American Heart Association.

Dr. Tavel is a physician specialist in internal medicine and cardiovascular diseases. In addition to managing patients, he held a teaching position (Clinical Professor) at Indiana University School of Medicine and regularly taught medical trainees at all levels. In addition, he has presented numerous speeches and lectures before national and international audiences that include peers as well as the general public. He has authored over 125 research publications, editorials, book reviews, and a full medical text.

He has written three books for the general public, most recently one entitled “Health Tips, Myths, and Tricks—A Physician’s Advice”.

 

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Website: www.mortontavel.com

Unraveling the Mystery of AED Ownership Laws

October 17, 2017
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Sara Henn, Customer Care Coordinator with AED Superstore, the world’s largest distributor of automated external defibrillators joins eHealth Radio and the Heart Health, Emergency Care & Health News Channels to discuss unraveling the mystery of AED Ownership Laws.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Sara Henn discuss the following:

  • We have been hearing a lot about automated external defib-rillators recently and they seem to be popping up in more and more public places, but I have heard there are some who are concerned about buying an AED because each state has laws governing AED ownership, and they are all a little different.  What can you tell us about that?
  • Let’s talk about each of those components - the first one you mentioned was oversight by a physician - what, exactly, does that mean?  Do I have to have a doctor come in and check my AED?
  • You mentioned training. Is this just training on the AED itself?  And are the people who are formally trained the only ones who should use the device?
  • So notification of emergency medical services - this is your local 911 center, right?  Should you need to let them know you have an AED?
  • So the last thing you mentioned is maintenance - I am assuming this is maintenance of the device itself?
  • It sounds like there could be a lot to remember with regard to AED laws - do you have any recommendations to make life easier for our listeners?

 

Sara Henn is proud to be a part of Allied 100, LLC. She has been with the company for 10 years and her current role is Customer Care Coordinator.  Her primary function is to train and inform the customer care team.

 

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Website: www.AEDSuperstore.com

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Sudden Cardiac Arrest and the Chain of Survival

February 26, 2017
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Cindy Dunbar, Director of Customer Care, with AED Superstore, the world’s largest distributor of automated external defibrillators joins eHealth Radio and the Heart Health, Emergency Care & Health News Channels to discuss sudden cardiac arrest and the chain of survival.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Cindy Dunbar discuss the following:

  • When it comes to sudden cardiac arrest, there has been a lot of talk about the Chain of Survival. Let’s talk about that today. What is the chain of survival and what are each of the links?
  • So obviously calling 911 is at the first step because you want to get EMS on the way so you can get to the fourth link, right?
  • The next link in the chain is early CPR.  Not just CPR, but early CPR.  Why is that?
  • So if early CPR is important, than early defibrillation must be just as important?
  • Next in the chain is EMS arrival - and that must be a great relief for the rescuer!
  • What/Which is advanced hospital care?

 

For almost 20 years, Cindy Dunbar has worked in the retail industry in one capacity or another. Managing retail stores, Purchasing Manager for a small group of stores, owning a retail store and then working the other side of sales by being the Midwest Upper Regional Sales Manager for Cornell Trading, Inc. Being involved in sales from all different perspectives provided her the experience and knowledge that has helped her in Customer Service for AED Superstore since 2007.  

Starting as a Customer Service Representative she learned all different aspects of the business itself and the nuances of the AED industry.  Over the years she worked her way up to Customer Service Manager, Business Development Manager and is now the Director of Customer Care. As the Director she oversees every aspect of quality provided to all customers.  She is responsible for the success of each Customer Care Representative and the overall sales of that department.

 

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Website: www.aedsuperstore.com

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AEDs and the Liability Myth

February 16, 2017
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Eileen Swierczsynki, marketing manager for AED Superstore, the world’s largest distributor of automated external defibrillators joins eHealth Radio and the Heart Health, Emergency Care & Health News Channels to discuss AED's & the liability myth.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Eileen Swierczsynki discuss the following:

  • Today we are talking about Automated External De-fib-rillators - also called AEDs - and the questions some may have regarding what, if any, liability risks are involved in owning one of these life-saving devices.  First let’s talk a little bit about what, exactly, AEDs are.
  • So if AEDs are so important to survival for someone in sudden cardiac arrest, why aren’t there more AEDs around?  I mean, I usually see them in airports, malls and schools, but why aren’t they everywhere?
  • I have to admit, that does seem intimidating, and I can’t blame them for feeling that way.  But you say there really is no reason to worry about litigation - why is that?
  • So what is your recommendation with regard to AEDs?  Is it worth the risk?

Eileen Swierczynski is the Marketing Manager for AED Superstore and, as such, has spent the last year learning as much as she possibly can about sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), automated external defibrillators, and the heart.  She has a passion for spreading awareness of SCA so more lives can be saved and encourages everyone to take a CPR/AED class because you never know when you will need it.

 

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Website: www.aedsuperstore.com

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How the Digital Health Company, Qardio is Connecting Tech, Design and Data to Improve Heart Health

February 4, 2017
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Alexis Zervoglos, Chief Business Officer at Qardio, the award-winning digital health company joins eHealth Radio and the Health Care, Health News, Heart Health & Technology Channels.

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Alexis Zervoglos discuss the following:

  • Can you give a brief background on the company/products?
  • What is Qardio’s vision and where do you see the health industry heading?
  • You just went to CES, how was it and did you make any announcement?
  • Tell me more about how QardioCore & how it improves heart health - who is the ideal customer? What are the benefits?
  • How does your technology connect with doctors?

 

Alexis Zervoglos is Chief Business Officer at Qardio, the award-winning digital health company. Qardio creates connected medical-grade sensors, smartphone/tablet apps and cloud-based continuous analytics which increase diagnostic yields and efficiencies by helping users collect better data, which is put directly into the hands of those who can use it to drive better care.

Alexis’ 22-year career spans the finance and technology worlds. In the 1990s, he co-founded and ran a NASDAQ-IPOed company pioneering OLED technology, which is now starting to dominate the smartwatch, smartphone and TV landscape. Alexis graduated from Oxford University with degrees in Engineering Science, specializing in Artificial Intelligence, and from the London School of Economics with a degree in Public Policy.

 

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Website: www.getqardio.com

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ECG’s and how they can save young athlete’s lives

October 27, 2016
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Amber Neller, Strategic Accounts Manager at AED Superstore, the world’s largest distributor of AEDs and items related to CPR training and heart health joins eHealth Radio and the Heart Health, Emergency Care & Health News Channels.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Amber Neller discuss the following:

  • I read a startling fact the other day that stated every 72 hours a US athlete dies of sudden cardiac arrest – tell me why that is and what can be done about it.
  • So what can be done?  It seems like an ECG is an important piece of the puzzle to determining if an athlete should be participating in a sport – especially something rigorous like football or basketball.
  • You mentioned just about anyone can use the device – so I could use it?  To monitor friends and neighbors?
  • So does the device tell you exactly what is wrong?  Like “You have XYZ and should not play Basketball”?
  • So what is your recommendation if people have kids who just started high school or college sports coming up?


Duration: 7:12


Amber Neller has been with AED Superstore for 4 years.  She started her career in Customer Care, helped start and grow the Business Development unit, and is now the Strategic Accounts Manager which allows her to travel and represent a company she loves.  She is on the events committee and is the new Allied Chamber of Commerce Representative. To enhance her career, Amber is pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in Communications with a concentration in Marketing and Sales.  When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family – especially her fiancé and young son who is into hockey and t-ball.



Website: www.AEDSuperstore.com


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Heart Transplant Recipient and Advocate, Ava Kaufman

August 18, 2016
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Heart transplant recipient and advocate, Ava Kaufman joins eHealth Radio and the Heart Health & Health News Channels.


Ava's non-profit Ava’s Heart has quickly become the primary organization in the U.S. for transplant patients and their families, providing pre-transplant and post-transplant patients with a wide variety of basic essentials not covered by insurance.


Ava’s Heart is hosting Ava’s Heart Heroes Ball on September 17th at the Avalon Theater in Los Angeles to honor outstanding contributions made within the organ transplant community.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Ava Kaufman discuss the following:

  • You went from living a healthy lifestyle to one day finding yourself in total Cardiomyopathy and in the hospital with the only chance of living being a heart transplant. Can you tell our listeners about your experience?
  • After your long recovery, what inspired you to want to give back to others on the same journey as you?
  • You founded a non-profit, Ava’s Heart. Can you tell our listeners about this amazing foundation? 
  • Ava’s Heart is hosting Ava’s Heart Heroes Ball on September 17th in Los Angeles at the Avalon Theater to honor doctors and executives, who have made an outstanding impact in the organ transplant community. Can you tell our listeners about this fantastic event?
  • Where can our listeners find out more about Ava’s Heart and how to purchase tickets for Ava’s Heart Heroes Ball?


Duration: 30:24


Ava was a professional dancer for Gloria Gaynor and Donna Summer and then a successful businesswoman, who took a small moving company and turned it into a major delivery and installation firm. In 2010, Ava was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease called Dermatomyositis, which attacked her muscles and her heart. Her only chance of living was a heart transplant, which she received on her Birthday.


After a long recovery, Ava devoted her life to giving back to others on the same journey as her. Having observed firsthand the service gaps in available post-transplant service, Ava founded her own non-profit, Ava’s Heart, which helps transplant patients and their families deal with non-insurance related aspects, such as housing, food, gas cards, baby strollers, car seats, and other resources and refuge. To date, Ava’s Heart has helped hundreds of people of all ages on their transplant journey.


For more information about Ava’s Heart and how to purchase tickets for Ava’s Heart Heroes Ball, please visit www.avasheart.org or call 310.779.6616.



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9 Keys to Achieving Optimal Health

August 12, 2016
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Dr. Jim LaValle, Founder of Metabolic Code Enterprises, Inc., a web platform and practice solution enterprise, launching AIR Support and the Metabolic Code Assessment joins eHealth Radio and the Health News Channel.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Dr. Jim LaValle discuss the following:

  • What are some of the main causes of poor overall health, i.e. constantly getting the cold or flu, high cholesterol, obesity, etc.?
  • In your book, "Cracking the Metabolic Code, 9 Keys to Optimal Health,"  you say that the issues are not found in simply one organ, but in several parts of the body (often times in twos and threes), what do you mean by this?
  • What are the 9 keys to optimal health?
  • So many men and women result to prescription drugs to resolve a variety of medical issues, however, according to your book "Nutritional Costs of Drugs," prescription drugs cause our bodies to loose important nutritions. What are some ways to combat these losses and maintain good nutritional health?
  • If there was one "magic pill" that could solve some of our most serious health problems, what would it be?


Duration: 20:44


James LaValle, is a nationally recognized clinical pharmacist, author, board certified clinical nutritionist, founder of Metabolic Code Enterprises, Inc., a web platform and practice solution enterprise, launching AIR Support and the Metabolic Code Assessment. In addition,  he founded an Practices at Progressive Medical Center in Orange County, CA.  In 2001 he founded and operated LaValle Metabolic Institute, an interdisciplinary medicine facility in Cincinnati for the past 15 years (sold in 2014) where he served thousands of patients using his metabolic model for health. He also founded Integrative Health Resources 15 years ago, which is focused as a natural products industry consulting company. James has 27 years’ experience integrating natural therapies into various medical and business models. James is probably best known for his expertise in natural therapeutics application and drug/nutrient depletion issues and uncovering the underlying metabolic issues that keep people from feeling healthy and vital. As such he has written hundreds of articles for a variety of industry journals and publications, and has lectured for thousands of healthcare professionals and consumer audiences globally on these topics. He was a founding author of the NHI on Demand database and spearheaded the Lexi Comp databases relating to natural therapeutics.


He is author of 16 e books and 20 books including the most recently released, Your Blood Never Lies, as well as his best seller, Cracking the Metabolic Code, along with Smart Medicine for Healthier Living, Nutritional Cost of Drugs and The Cox 2 Connection. He was named one of the “50 Most Influential Pharmacists” by American Druggist magazine and was one of only nine Americans selected to participate in the inaugural Dietary Supplement Education Alliance & Dietary Supplement Information Bureau. LaValle served as the nutrition correspondent for Body Shaping, the number one fitness show on ESPN II in the late 1990’s. Jim is a favorite interviewee for the media related to natural care, and has done well over 500 media appearances in T.V. and radio.


LaValle served as an adjunct associate professor at Cincinnati College of Pharmacy for over 14 years and currently serves as Adjunct Professor in Metabolic Medicine at the University of South Florida Medical School. He is also affiliated with George Washington University as the course director in systems biology and clinical lecturer.  He currently is an instructor for the Fellowship for Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine Fellowship, which trains physicians and other health care professionals on the application of natural therapies into their contemporary practices.


Industry Highlights include: Most recently in 2014, his company MCE, Inc., has established business development ventures with Metagenics, The Poliquin Group, Wakunaga of America, and AML Labs.  In 2010 his company IHR entered into a venture with Life Time Fitness, the largest publicly traded fitness company in the US (NASDAQ: LTM), providing nutrition and metabolism expertise and developing Life Time’s national nutrition education, protocol design and product development initiatives related to weight loss and prevention. This entailed educating close to 2000 fitness trainers, 100 dieticians and reaching some 1.2 million Life Time fitness members.



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