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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Can Garlic Reduce Our Risk of Heart Disease?

August 10, 2016
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Dr. Matthew Budoff, Professor of Medicine at David Geffen School of Medicine; Director of Cardiac CT at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center joins eHealth Radio and the Cardiology and Heart Health Channels to discuss how to reduce the risk of heart disease.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Matthew Budoff discuss the following:

  • The CDC has called heart disease the leading cause of death for people of most ethnicities in the United States; why has heart disease become so prevalent here in the US?
  • What are the signs you or a loved one may be suffering from heart disease?
  • This year, The Journal of Nutrition published your study on Garlic and its effect on Heart disease. Can you tell us more about the study and the significance of your findings?
  • Does Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract have any symptoms comparable to prescription drugs such as calcium channel blockers, Antiplatelets, etc?
  • Why do you recommend Kyolic over other supplements?


Duration: 7:24


Matthew J. Budoff, M.D., FACC, is Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine and Director of Cardiac CT at the Division of Cardiology at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California. Dr. Budoff received his medical degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. and completed an internship and residency in internal medicine, as well as a fellowship in cardiology at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.


Dr. Budoff is chief investigator in several active medical research trials and is a frequent lecturer on topics of cardiology at symposia, congresses and annual conferences on nearly every continent. He has authored or co-authored over 500 research papers, six books and 36 book chapters.


Dr. Budoff received the Einstein Award for Scientific Achievement from the International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, UK, and was awarded the Top Oral Abstract at the American Heart Association’s 2009 meeting. Most recently, he was named to the U.S. News & World Report list of Top Doctors for 2011.



Website: www.kyolic.com


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The Krill Factor: Why this omega-3 is the key to health and longevity

June 10, 2015
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Dr. Dennis Goodman, the Director of Integrative Medicine at NYU and Clinical Associate Professor and Cardiologist in the Leon H. Charney Division of Cardiology and Preventative Medicine joins eHealth Radio and the Health News and Nutrition Channels.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Dennis Goodman discuss the following:

  • Would you give us a brief overview of your background so listeners can get to know your more pertinent experience?
  • What’s the overall premise of your new book, The Thrill of Krill, and why did you write this now?
  • So who should be interested in knowing krill oil is a superior omega-3 source?
  • People are tired of taking another fish oil, and so many vitamins. What are your recommended daily supplements, and how much should a person spend?
  • What is the best way to learn more about this book (The Thrill of Krill), and you, your other books and practice?


Duration: 15:31


Dennis Goodman, MD, FACP, FACC, FCCP


Dennis Goodman, M.D. is one of the nation’s premier cardiologists, consistently named one of “America’s Top Physicians” and “Top Cardiologists” by Castle Connolly (an industry firm that rates doctors). The New York Times and New York Magazine have also named him one of New York’s top doctors.


Dr. Goodman is the Director of Integrative Medicine at NYU, where he also serves as Clinical Associate Professor and Cardiologist in the Leon H. Charney Division of Cardiology and Preventative Medicine. His area of special interest is prevention, early detection, and treatment of cardiovascular disease with an integrative approach for optimal patient health care.


Dr. Goodman has presented at hundreds of cardiac symposiums and authored numerous articles on heart function and health in peer-reviewed journals such as the American Heart Journal and the American Journal of Cardiology.


Born in South Africa, Dr. Goodman graduated Cum Laude from the University of Cape Town Medical School in 1979. He interned at Grootte Schuur Hospital in Cape Town (where the first heart transplant was performed in 1969). He moved to the U.S. and completed his Internal Medicine residency at Montefiore Hospital in Pittsburgh as Chief Medical Resident. He did his cardiology fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine (associated with Dr. Michael DeBakey) in Houston, Texas.  He is now Board Certified in internal medicine, cardiology, interventional cardiology, critical care, clinical lipidology, holistic/integrative medicine and Cardiac CT imaging.


In 1988, Dr. Goodman joined Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, California, where he became Chief of Cardiology and Medical Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation Program.  He also served at the renowned Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine in La Jolla.   From 1989 to 2009 he served as Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of San Diego.  From 2009 to 2010, he was Director of the Chest Pain Unit for Bellevue Hospital at NYU.



Website: www.dennisgoodmanmd.com

The Fallacy of The Calorie: Why The Modern Western Diet is Killing Us and How to Stop It

May 24, 2015
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Chef and Cardiologist Dr. Michael S. Fenster better known as Dr. Mike, the author of his new book “The Fallacy of The Calorie: Why The Modern Western Diet is Killing Us and How to Stop It”. Dr. Mike is back to help Americans change the way we view food and our diet and joins eHealth Radio and the Health News and Nutrition Channels.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Michael S. Fenster discuss the following:

  • With the title of this book, The Fallacy of the Calorie", it would leave some concerned...should we be concerned?
  • What should our view of food be? Why does anything healthy seem to taste so BLAH?
  • What seems to be the number one issue with Americans and their diets in general?
  • Tell us why you think we desire sugar, salt and fat so much.
  • Briefly touch on your 30 day program helping us break the shackles of the modern Western Diet with tools we would be able to use for a lifetime.
  • If I were to take action with you as my nutritional mentor, where shouId I begin to make changes in my daily diet?


Duration: 10:33


As a Board Certified Interventional Cardiologist, Martial Artist and Professional Chef, Dr. Michael S. Fenster is a beacon of light in the dark world of food myths. Better known to his fans as “Dr. Mike”, he’s never one to back down from a challenge – including receiving his culinary degree from Ashworth University, where he was their alumnus of the year. 


Dr. Mike is no stranger to the spotlight; whether it’s cooking demos, sharing recipes or discussing food and health. He’s been a regular on CW’s The Daily Buzz, ABC’s The List, NBC’s Daytime TV, he’s also the star and producer of a popular cooking web series with Forbes Riley. The Author of several books, Dr. Mike has written regular columns for numerous publications and websites including Shape, Muscle & Fitness, Men’s Fitness, Glamour, The Atlantic, Outdoor Magazine, Pacific-Standard, Tampa Tribune, Luxuria Lifestyles and Basil. 


Mike’s love of food and medical awareness propelled him to combine these passions, the result is an exceptionally unique and insightful approach to food that seeks to counter the negative and inflammatory effects of the modern Western diet that deadens our taste buds, robs our vitality and increases the risks of cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes and a host of other conditions and illnesses that plague our society. 


With the recent release of his new book “The Fallacy of The Calorie: Why The Modern Western Diet is Killing Us and How to Stop It” (Koehler Books) - Dr. Mike is back to help Americans change the way we view food and our diet. As Described by Huffington Post, the book is said to be “as much entertainment as it is pregnant with facts, making the mass of information deliciously palatable...” Dr. Mike is here to lead us to a better life through his witty yet incredibly educational writing. The book traces the origins of our desire for sugar, salt and fat and its modern incarnation as the addictive Western Diet. 


Dr Mike discusses the intricate relationship between our diet, our physiology and our gut microbiome and how that manifests as health and wellness or disability and disease. He concludes with a 30 day program to break the shackles of the modern Western diet with tools you will use for a lifetime.  Always entertaining, often controversial and tremendously informative, Dr. Mike is a true original fusing food and health into easily digestible morsels and showing us all why; Tasty is the New Healthy.



Website: www.CardioChef.com

Your Vibrant Heart with Cardiologist Dr. Cynthia Thaik

February 1, 2014
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Dr. Cynthia Thaik, the author of "Your Vibrant Heart: Restoring Health, Strength & Spirit for the Body's Core" again joins eHealth Radio and the Cardiology, Nutrition & Fitness Channels. Dr. Cynthia is a board certified, Harvard-trained cardiologist and founder of Revitalize-U, a wellness center focused on health, nutrition, fitness and detoxification.


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Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Cynthia Thaik discuss the following:

  • You have a new book coming out. Please tell us the specifics about that.
  • What is the main thrust of the book? What will your readers get from reading this book?
  • Tell us a bit about yourself and how you came to write this book.
  • Now you have a Vibrant Heart Movement and I understand you have a grand vision for this movement. Tell us about it and what your goals or intentions are?

Duration: 13:18


Cynthia Thaik, M.D., is a Harvard-trained cardiologist who focuses on the mind-body connection to help her patients achieve overall health and wellness. She is board-certified in noninvasive cardiology and internal medicine and has been practicing medicine for over 20 years, specializing in women’s health, cardiovascular health and congestive heart failure

Born in Myanmar (formerly Burma), Dr. Cynthia’s practice is strongly influenced by her Eastern roots and her Buddhist faith. She helps her patients incorporate mindfulness, personal responsibility, Eastern philosophy and the mind-body-soul connection in order to achieve optimal health, happiness and peace in their lives. Her new book, Your Vibrant Heart: Restoring Health, Strength & Spirit for the Body's Core unites Eastern and Western medicine to take a whole life approach to heart health.


Dr. Cynthia studied at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School and trained at Beth Israel, Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s hospitals.

She manages two successful cardiology clinics and is the founder of Revitalize-U, a wellness center in Burbank and Valencia, California, that focuses on health, nutrition, weight loss and detoxification. She is also the founder of the nonprofit Revitalize Youth, which empowers young people through education about nutrition, exercise, obesity and transformational thinking. Dr. Cynthia lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children.



Links: www.drcynthia.com | www.yourvibrantheart.com


Note: The views expressed do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of the show host or it's owners.

Vibrant Heart: Restoring Health, Strength & Spirit for the Body’s Core with Dr. Cynthia Thaik

September 13, 2013
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Dr. Cynthia Thaik, the author of Your Vibrant Heart: Restoring Health, Strength & Spirit for the Body's Core joins eHealth Radio and the Cardiology Channel. Dr. Cynthia is a board certified, Harvard-trained cardiologist and founder of Revitalize-U, a wellness center focused on health, nutrition, fitness and detoxification.


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Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Cynthia Thaik discuss the following:

  • Why is a healthy heart key to one’s overall sense of well-being?  
  • What are the risk factors for heart disease and what are the warning signs individuals should watch for? What preventative steps do you recommend?
  • Your book, Your Vibrant Heart, advocates a "whole-life approach when it comes to heart health. What does that mean?
  • Your medical practice embraces both Eastern and Western philosophies. What led you down this holistic path and how has it better serve your patients?
  • You talk about the importance of a mind-body connection; how do our thoughts and emotions influence our physical health and what are some mind-body   methods that help people to achieve their goals—health and otherwise?
  • What are some roadblocks on the path to health and well-being? How can people overcome these obstacles?


Duration: 15:55


Cynthia Thaik, M.D., is a Harvard-trained cardiologist who focuses on the mind-body connection to help her patients achieve overall health and wellness. She is board-certified in noninvasive cardiology and internal medicine and has been practicing medicine for over 20 years, specializing in women’s health, cardiovascular health and congestive heart failure

Born in Myanmar (formerly Burma), Dr. Cynthia’s practice is strongly influenced by her Eastern roots and her Buddhist faith. She helps her patients incorporate mindfulness, personal responsibility, Eastern philosophy and the mind-body-soul connection in order to achieve optimal health, happiness and peace in their lives. Her new book, Your Vibrant Heart: Restoring Health, Strength & Spirit for the Body's Core unites Eastern and Western medicine to take a whole life approach to heart health.


Dr. Cynthia studied at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School and trained at Beth Israel, Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s hospitals.

She manages two successful cardiology clinics and is the founder of Revitalize-U, a wellness center in Burbank and Valencia, California, that focuses on health, nutrition, weight loss and detoxification. She is also the founder of the nonprofit Revitalize Youth, which empowers young people through education about nutrition, exercise, obesity and transformational thinking. Dr. Cynthia lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children.



Linkswww.drcynthia.com | www.yourvibrantheart.com


BIOTRONIK DX System, a new paradigm in ICD Therapy

July 18, 2013
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Rex Richmond, Vice President of Marketing at BIOTRONIK, which is one of the world's leading manufacturers of pacemakers, implantable defibrillators, stents and remote patient management joins eHealth Radio and the Cardiology & Health News Channels. 


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Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guests Rex Richmond discuss the following:

  • What is an implantable cardioverter defi-brillator (ICD)?
  • When would a patient receive an ICD?
  • What is the difference between a single and dual chamber device? 
  • Why is ICD device selection controversial? 
  • What are the benefits of the DX System?
  • What is the potential market for the DX System?


Duration: 5:29


BIOTRONIK, a leading manufacturer of cardiovascular medical technology, announced the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted final approval for the BIOTRONIK Lumax 740 DX System. This novel device is a first-in-class implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD) that utilizes a single lead with atrial sensing capabilities.


Single-chamber ICDs are sophisticated electronic devices that utilize a thin flexible wire, known as a lead, to deliver an electrical shock to the heart when the heart rate becomes dangerously fast. For patients who have, or are at risk of developing atrial fibrillation (AF), a physician may consider implanting a dual-chamber ICD, which utilizes two leads and has pacemaker functions built in. For the more than 70,0001 patients in the U.S. who receive an ICD each year, device selection remains controversial.



“Until now, our only option to obtain important and useful atrial signal information from patients undergoing defibrillator implantation has been to implant a separate atrial lead. Implanting multiple leads in the heart has been shown to increase the risk of complications, and the use of dual-chamber devices in patients without a clear indication for the additional atrial lead has received a great deal of attention in recent months. Until now, my approach for patients who do not require atrial pacing has been to implant single-chamber ICDs,” said Bradley P. Knight, M.D., Medical Director, Center for Heart Rhythm Disorders at Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute.


“The DX System addresses a significant gap in ICD therapy. Patients now have access to the benefits of both dual and single-chamber ICDs without the risk of additional hardware.”


Traditional standard single-chamber ICDs come with limitations. The devices are designed only to sense changes in ventricular rhythm and are unable to sense atrial arrhythmias, such as AF, correctly. This can result in an increased risk of an inappropriate shock or a stroke if AF is not detected.


The DX System expands the diagnostic capabilities of a standard single-chamber ICD with a single lead, in addition to featuring sophisticated sensors that allow for atrial monitoring and enhanced arrhythmia diagnosis. The system utilizes the Linoxsmart S DX lead. Based on proven technology, the Linoxsmart S DX utilizes an innovative floating atrial dipole. This allows physicians, for the first-time in an ICD, to capture atrial sensing capabilities with one lead. When combined with the Lumax 740 VR-T DX device—which has optimized circuitry—the system provides a reliable atrial signal. Additionally, its SMART Detection® algorithms discriminate supraventricular tachycardias (SVTs), AF and atrial flutter to reduce the risk of inappropriate shocks.


“Electrophysiologists have long searched for effective diagnostics and disease management capability with a less invasive treatment. But the increased regulatory and financial obstacles associated with bringing innovative technology to market was a challenge,” said Thomas Ahern, M.D., Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology Research at Scripps Clinic. “BIOTRONIK’s commitment to nearly a decade of research for this system has provided electrophysiologists with technology that will allow for better management of cardiac rhythm care for our patients.”


“The DX System is designed with the patient in mind,” said Paul Woodstock, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at BIOTRONIK, Inc., USA. “Expanding on the benefits of single-chamber ICDs, the DX System provides physicians with atrial sensing and home monitoring capabilities to monitor for important atrial conditions such as AF. We believe the system has the potential to be appropriate for more than 50,000, or 71 percent, of U.S. patients who receive an ICD.5”


The DX System also integrates with BIOTRONIK Home Monitoring®, allowing physicians to remotely follow their DX patients’ clinical and device statuses daily—at anytime, anywhere in the world. The cellular-based system has demonstrated the ability to detect clinically relevant events, including silent, asymptomatic arrhythmias,6 and device related issues, allowing for earlier medical intervention. The diagnostic capabilities of the DX System combined with Home Monitoring® makes this a simple, yet sophisticated system for cardiac rhythm management.


About BIOTRONIK SE & Co. KG
As one of the world’s leading manufacturers of cardiovascular medical devices, BIOTRONIK is headquartered in Berlin, Germany, and represented in over 100 countries by its global workforce of more than 5,600 employees. Several million heart patients around the world have received BIOTRONIK implants, designed to save and improve the quality of their lives. Since its development of the first German pacemaker in 1963, BIOTRONIK has launched several innovations into the market—including remote monitoring with BIOTRONIK Home Monitoring® in 2000 and the world’s first implantable cardioverter-defibrillators and implantable heart failure therapy devices with ProMRI® technology, approved for MR scanning, in 2012. This year BIOTRONIK is celebrating its 50th anniversary.



Links: www.biotronik.com

Increasing diagnosis accuracy in cardiology patients with Emerge CDS

April 14, 2013
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Scott Finfer, CEO of Emerge CDS, a company that created innovative software designed to increase diagnosis accuracy and efficiency in cardiology patients joins eHealth Radio and the Health and Technology Channels.


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Listen to interview [audio player below] with host Eric Michaels & guest Scott Finfer discuss the following:

  • How does the Emerge software work?
  • How often are patients misdiagnosed or provided inappropriate testing or treatment?
  • Many patients and doctors have reservations about clinical decision support software acting as the doctor and making the diagnosis, how is Emerge designed so that doctor’s are still making all final decisions?
  • How does Emerge help doctors identify the need for a specialist?
  • What factors does Emerge look for to identify patients as high risk?


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Scott Finfer proudly serves as the CEO of Emerge Medical Solutions. Finfer graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics. He is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.Finfer’s career officially began with American Express as a financial advisor. However, after a few years, his entrepreneurial curiosity took over and he founded his first business, Arthur Emil & Company, an investment management firm specializing in retail furniture stores, building conversions, apartment development, home building, and bars/restaurants. He spent nine years with the business before his success in private real estate development led him to join several top public home builders, including KB Home as the Vice President of Land and Acquisition.


During the course of his career, Finfer has overseen the acquisition and development of more than 12,000 residential lots with a sell-through exceeding $1B. His most recent private equity advisory engagements include providing asset valuation and guidance to Covington Capital and Forest City on the acquisition of a division of Standard Pacific assets. He also was a member of the team that restructured Dominion Homes on behalf of Silver Point Capital. The team quickly took Dominion from public to private while restoring it to profitability by realigning the $500M portfolio. This was accomplished in the mist of the worst financial meltdown the home building industry has ever experienced.


In 2011, Finfer and a close group of investors acquired Emerge Clinical Solutions, a leading provider of unique cardiology software that helps cardiologists refine their diagnoses, eliminate unnecessary tests, and produce optimal outcomes for patients. By allowing doctors to cross reference multiple sources of current information with patient histories, Emerge is helping physicians to better care for patients.


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Links: www.emergecds.com