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Episode 40:
More About Venous Disease and Its Treatment

Release Date: February 22, 2011

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Description: This episode continues the discussion venous disease and its treatments including compression therapy.

Show notes: This episode of the VDF HealthCast, is hosted Dr. David Meyerson, a senior cardiologist at Johns Hopkins. The guest expert is Dr. Suman Rathbun, Professor of Medicine at the University of Oklahoma and director of its vascular medicine program. The episode continues discussion about venous disease and available treatments. Topics covered include new versus worsening swelling, DVT, lymphedema, Baker's Cyst, muscles tears, and methods for testing. Treatment options may include lifestyle change, compression and elevation, medications, skin care and surgery.

Categories: Health; Science and Medicine


Episode 39:
Venous Disease and Compression Therapy

Release Date: January 3, 2011

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Description: The topic for this episode is venous disease and its treatments including compression therapy.

Show notes: This episode of the VDF HealthCast, is hosted Dr. David Meyerson, a senior cardiologist at Johns Hopkins. The guest expert is Dr. Suman Rathbun, Professor of Medicine at the University of Oklahoma and director of its vascular medicine program. The episode begins with a discussion of the veins and their function, and some of the venous disorders that afflict millions of individual. The discussion covers lymphedema and chronic venous insufficiency, which are among the most common venous disorders. Each condition is associated with leg swelling. Some of the treatments for these conditions are discussed including compression therapy, which is used to reduce swelling and prevent disease complications. Compression may be achieved by different methods and several of these are described.

Categories: Health; Science and Medicine


Episode 38:
Breakthroughs for PAD Awareness

Release Date: December 6, 2010

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Description: The topic for this episode is the several recent and important publications about peripheral arterial disease that will most certainly translate to a benefit to affected individuals.

Show notes: This episode of the VDF HealthCast, is hosted Dr. David Meyerson, a senior cardiologist at Johns Hopkins. He is joined by Dr. Kerry J. Stewart, Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins. In this episode, they discuss several recent publications in the in the mainstream media and scientific literature that have the potential to markedly raise awareness of PAD and its treatment. There is special emphasis on the guidelines that physicians should consider when treating PAD and on a toolkit published by the Vascular Disease Foundation and the American Association for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation for medically supervised exercise centers to provide services for those affected. These topics are closely linked, as the physician guidelines call for greater use of supervised exercise training for PAD and the toolkit provides guidelines for exercise centers to manage this condition.

Categories: Health; Science and Medicine


Episode 37:
Diet, Diabetes, and Vascular Disease

Release Date: September 7, 2010

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Description: The primary topic for this episode is the special role of dietary choices in preventing and treating vascular disease.

Show notes: This episode of the VDF HealthCast, is hosted Dr. David Meyerson, a senior cardiologist at Johns Hopkins and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the VDF. His special guest is Dr. Sheldon H. Gottlieb, Associate Professor of Medicine and cardiologist at Johns Hopkins. In this most interesting episode, they discuss the role of diet in the prevention and treatment of vascular disease, particularly in those with type 2 diabetes. Dr. Gottlieb talks about the recommendations he makes to his patients for improving cardiovascular and vascular health. He has developed a dietary approach called "Greens, Beans, and Leans."

Categories: Health; Science and Medicine


Episode 36:
New Exercise Treatment for PAD

Release Date: August 9, 2010

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Description: Though supervised walking on a treadmill is the standard of care for most patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD), some patients find walking to be a challenge because of severe leg pain or other health conditions that might limit their walking ability. The primary topic for this episode is a new exercise treatment for PAD.

Show notes: This episode of the VDF HealthCast, is hosted Dr. David Meyerson, a senior cardiologist at Johns Hopkins and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the VDF. His co-host is Dr. Kerry J. Stewart, Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Director of Clinical and Research Exercise Physiology. Their special guest is Dr. Diane Treat-Jacobson, Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of Minnesota. They discuss the role of exercise in the treatment of PAD with a focus on Dr. Treat-Jacobson's research on the use of arm cranking as an alternate mode of exercise to treadmill walking. She discusses her initial findings, which are very promising for relieving the symptoms of PAD and improving quality of life for affected patients. The long-term goal of her important work is to find the best treatment that would work for any given individual.

Categories: Health; Science and Medicine


Episode 35:
10 Surprises Patients Hear From Their Doctors

Release Date: February 22, 2010

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Description: Dr. David Meyerson, Director of Cardiology Consultation Services at Johns Hopkins and a member of the VDF Scientific Advisory Board shares "10 Surprises Patients Hear From Their Doctors." A must listen!

Show notes: In this episode, Dr. David Meyerson, Director of Cardiology Consultation Services at Johns Hopkins and member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Vascular Disease Foundation talks about: "10 Surprises Patients Hear From Doctors That Could Change Their Lives (If They'd Only Listen!)" A must-hear VDF gift to you!

Categories: Health; Science and Medicine


Episode 34:
Prevention, Prevention, Prevention

Release Date: January 29, 2010

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Description: Though there have been major advances in the medical and surgical treatment of diseases that affect the heart and blood vessels, still the best strategy for good health and longevity is prevention, which is the topic of this discussion.

Show notes: This episode of the VDF HealthCast, is hosted Dr. David Meyerson, a senior cardiologist at Johns Hopkins and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the VDF. His co-host is Dr. Kerry J. Stewart, Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Director of Clinical and Research Exercise Physiology. In this episode of the VDF HealthCast, they discuss the important role of what the individual can do to maintain good health and reduce their risk of developing diseases that affect the heart and blood vessels. Key topics covered include smoking cessation, exercise, weight control, blood pressure and lipid control.

Categories: Health; Science and Medicine


Episode 33:
Facts about Cardiovascular Disease in Women

Release Date: August 20, 2009

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Description: Discussion about the need for increased awareness of the growing epidemic of cardiovascular disease affecting the heart and peripheral blood vessels in women and what can be done about it.

Show notes: This episode of the VDF HealthCast, is hosted Dr. David Meyerson, a senior cardiologist at Johns Hopkins and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the VDF. His special guest is Dr. Pamela Ouyang, Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Director of the Women's Heart Program at Johns Hopkins Bayview. Dr. Ouyang is a cardiologist and a specialist in preventing and treating cardiovascular disease in women. In this episode of the VDF HealthCast, the discussion covers the growing problem of cardiovascular disease in women and special considerations for screening, recognizing symptoms, and treating cardiovascular disease and its risk factors.

Categories: Health; Science and Medicine


Episode 32:
Endovascular Treatment for Abdominal Aneurysm

Release Date: August 20, 2009

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Description: Discussion about abdominal aneurysm and the latest surgical treatments for this serious health condition.

Show notes: This episode of the VDF HealthCast, is hosted Dr. David Meyerson, a senior cardiologist at Johns Hopkins and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the VDF. His special guest is Dr. Mahmoud B. Malas, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Chief of Endovascular Surgery at Johns Hopkins Bayview. Dr. Malas is a specialist in the surgical treatment of vascular disease. Dr. Malas is a strong proponent of disease prevention and where possible, uses the least invasive surgical approach to manage the consequences of vascular disease. In this episode of the VDF HealthCast, the discussion covers risk factors for abdominal aneurysm, recognizing its symptoms, and surgical treatments for this serious life-threatening health condition.

Categories: Health; Science and Medicine


Episode 31:
Endovascular Treatment for Peripheral Arterial Disease

Release Date: August 5, 2009

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Description: Discussion about medical and surgical treatments for more severe forms of PAD.

Show notes: This episode of the VDF HealthCast, is hosted Dr. David Meyerson, a senior cardiologist at Johns Hopkins and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the VDF. His special guest is Dr. Mahmoud B. Malas, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Chief of Endovascular Surgery at Johns Hopkins Bayview. Dr. Malas is a specialist in the surgical treatment of vascular disease. Dr. Malas is a strong proponent of disease prevention and where possible, uses the least invasive surgical approach to manage the consequences of vascular disease. In this episode of the VDF HealthCast, the discussion covers medical and surgical treatments for peripheral arterial disease.

Categories: Health; Science and Medicine


Episode 30:
DVT: A Serious, Yet Preventable Health Problem

Release Date: March 23, 2009

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Description: DVT: A Serious Yet Preventable Health Problem

Show notes: This episode of the VDF HealthCast, is hosted Dr. David Meyerson, a senior cardiologist at Johns Hopkins and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the VDF. He is joined in studio by Dr. Kerry Stewart, Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins. Their special guest is Dr. Samuel Z. Goldhaber, Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and cardiologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Dr. Goldhaber is a specialist in venous and arterial thromboembolism, and the chairman of the Venous Disease Coalition (VDC), a subsidiary of the Vascular Disease Foundation. His leadership in this specialty of medicine was the driving force behind the Surgeon General of the United States "DVT Call for Action", which promotes greater awareness about DVT among health professionals and the public. In this 30th milestone episode of the VDF HealthCast, the discussion covers the "Call for Action", the role of the VDC in educating the public about venous disease, and an update on the latest treatment for this health condition, how to prevent it and recognize its symptoms.

Categories: Health; Science and Medicine


Episode 29:
The Surgeon General: DVT Call to Action

Release Date: February 26, 2009

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Description: What you need to know about deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism.

Show notes: Dr. David Meyerson, a senior cardiologist at Johns Hopkins and a member of the VDF Scientific Advisory Board, hosts this episode of the VDF HealthCast. Our very special guest is Acting Surgeon General Rear Admiral Steven K. Galson, MD, MPH. In September 2008, the Office of the Surgeon General issued a "Call to Action to Prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism." DVT is a deadly but often preventable disorder that occurs in an estimated 1 million Americans every year. The discussion first covers the public health priorities of the Surgeon General before turning its attention to the "Call to Action" about the risk factors and triggering events for DVT, the recognition of symptoms, and how this condition can be prevented and treated.

Special thanks to Drs. Meyerson and Galson for this outstanding episode, and to Christa Saracco for making this possible.

Categories: Health; Science and Medicine


Episode 28:
News You Can Use: AHA 2008

Release Date: November 26, 2008

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Description: News from the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2008

Show notes: This episode of the VDF HealthCast, is hosted Dr. David Meyerson, a senior cardiologist at Johns Hopkins and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the VDF. He is joined by Dr. Kerry Stewart, Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins and also a member of the VDF Scientific Advisory Board. This episode is discusses new scientific news from the American Heart Associations Scientific Session 2008 held in New Orleans, November 2008. This is one of the largest gatherings of cardiovascular health professionals at which the latest research on cardiovascular health is presented.

Categories: Health; Science and Medicine


Episode 27:
Visceral Fat: An Invisible Killer

Release Date: October 17, 2008

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Description: What you need to know about thrombophilia, an inherited blood clotting disorder.

Show notes: This episode of the VDF HealthCast, is hosted Dr. David Meyerson, a senior cardiologist at Johns Hopkins and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the VDF. He is joined by Dr. Kerry Stewart, Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins and also a member of the VDF Scientific Advisory Board. This episode is about abdominal visceral fat. Though being overweight increases the risk of vascular disease, where the fat is deposited may be more important. Fat deep within the abdominal cavity, which cannot be seen, is especially harmful to vascular health. The discussion focuses on how visceral fat increases health risk, how to know if you have too much of it, and what can be done about it.

Categories: Health; Science and Medicine


Episode 26:
Thrombophilia

Release Date: August 5, 2008

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Description: What you need to know about thrombophilia, an inherited blood clotting disorder.

Show notes: This episode of the VDF HealthCast, is hosted Dr. David Meyerson, a senior cardiologist at Johns Hopkins and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the VDF. He is joined by Dr. John R. Bartholomew, Section Head for Vascular Medicine in the Department of Vascular Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic. He also holds a joint appointment with the Department of Hematology and Oncology. He is a leading expert on thrombophilia, also known as hereditary hypercoagulable state, a condition in which the blood will form life threatening clots. The discussion covers what is this condition, who is at risk and who should be tested, what is the treatment, and what are the symptoms.

Categories: Health; Science and Medicine


Episode 25:
Focus on Blood Clots

Release Date: June 6, 2008

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Description: What you need to know about risk factors, symptoms, and treatment of venous thromboembolism.

Show notes: This episode of the VDF HealthCast, is hosted Dr. David Meyerson, a senior cardiologist at Johns Hopkins and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the VDF. He is joined by Dr. Kerry Stewart, Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins and also a member of the VDF Scientific Advisory Board. This episode is about venous thromboembolism (VTE), a serious condition in which blood clots form in the deep veins, mainly in the legs. Deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, refers to the blood clots. Though it causes leg swelling and pain, the real danger is that the clot or a piece of it breaks off and travels to the lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism, which is a life-threatening condition. Risk factors for VTE are having lengthy surgery, pregnancy, being over age 40, not exercising, cancer, use of birth control pills, hormone replacement therapy, family history, among other factors.

Categories: Health; Science and Medicine


Episode 24:
Back to Basics: Ischemia

Release Date: April 16, 2008

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Description: What you need to know about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of ischemia.

Show notes: This episode of the VDF HealthCast, is hosted Dr. David Meyerson, a senior cardiologist at Johns Hopkins and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the VDF. He is joined by Dr. Kerry Stewart, Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins and also a member of the VDF Scientific Advisory Board. This episode is about ischemia, a serious condition that can lead to peripheral arterial disease, heart attack, and stroke, and other health problems. Ischemia is usually caused by a blockage in an artery, can occur anywhere in the body, and requires appropriate medical attention. It can be often be prevented with smoking cessation, diet, exercise, and treated with risk factor modification, exercise, medications, and surgery, depending on its severity.

Categories: Health; Science and Medicine


Episode 23:
Research from AHA 2007

Release Date: November 27, 2007

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Description: Latest Research From the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2007

Show notes: This episode of the VDF HealthCast, is hosted Dr. David Meyerson, a senior cardiologist at Johns Hopkins and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the VDF. He is joined by Dr. Kerry Stewart, Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins and a member of the VDF Board of Directors and its Scientific Advisory Board. пїЅThis episode discusses recent research findings from the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2007, held in Orlando, Florida November 2007. Drs. Meyerson and Stewart highlight new information presented as they related to vascular disease prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.

Categories: Health; Science and Medicine


Episode 22:
P.A.D.: Are You Aware of It?

Release Date: October 17, 2007

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Description: Peripheral Arterial Disease: Public Awareness of a Serious Health Problem

Show notes: This episode of the VDF HealthCast, is hosted Dr. David Meyerson, a senior cardiologist at Johns Hopkins and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the VDF. He is joined by Dr. Kerry Stewart, Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins and a member of the VDF Board of Directors and its Scientific Advisory Board. This episode discusses a new scientific study that examined awareness of peripheral artery disease among 2250 adults. Although PAD is a condition that affects about 10-12 million Americans and about 1 million Canadians, the awareness of this adverse health condition is remarkably low. A major of goal of the Vascular Disease Foundation and it affiliated organization, the PAD Coalition, clearly have an important mission of increasing public awareness about this disease.

Categories: Health; Science and Medicine


Episode 21:
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Part 2

Release Date: August 28, 2007

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Description: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: A Progressive Weakening of the Aortic Wall

Show notes: This episode of the VDF HealthCast, is hosted Dr. David Meyerson, a senior cardiologist at Johns Hopkins and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the VDF. Dr. Elizabeth Ratchford, a vascular medicine specialist at Johns Hopkins and also a member of the VDF Scientific Advisory Board, joins him in this episode that continues the discussion of the topic of abdominal aortic aneurysm. AAA is a progressive weakening of the aortic wall that causes a “ballooning” of this major blood vessel. The discussion talks about risk factors for AAA, differences in prevalence between men and women, methods of diagnosis, and non-surgical medical treatments for this serious health condition.

Categories: Health; Science and Medicine


Episode 20:
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Part 1

Release Date: August 08, 2007

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Description: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: A Progressive Weakening of the Aortic Wall

Show notes: This episode of the VDF HealthCast, is hosted Dr. David Meyerson, a senior cardiologist at Johns Hopkins and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the VDF. Dr. Elizabeth Ratchford, a vascular medicine specialist at Johns Hopkins and also a member of the VDF Scientific Advisory Board, joins him in this episode that introduces the topic of abdominal aortic aneurysm. AAA is a progressive weakening of the aortic wall that causes a “ballooning” of this major blood vessel. A ruptured aneurysm is an emergency and procedures must take place immediately to save one’s life and avoid serious complications. The discussion focuses on risk factors for AAA and methods of diagnosis.

Categories: Health; Science and Medicine


Episode 19:
Raynaud's Disease: A Condition of Vasospasm of Arteries That Happens with Cold or Stress

Release Date: July 10, 2007

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Description: The topic is Raynaud's Disease, a condition in which the arteries in the fingers and toes become suddenly narrowed in response to cold exposure, causing the digits to turn sequentially white, blue, or red.

Show notes: Dr. David Meyerson, a cardiologist at Johns Hopkins and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the VDF, hosts this episode of the VDF HealthCast. The guest expert is Dr. Heather Gornik, a cardiologist specializing in vascular medicine in the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Dr. Gornik is also a member of the VDF Board of Directors. The topic is Raynaud's Disease, a condition in which the arteries in the fingers and toes become suddenly narrowed in response to cold exposure, causing the digits to turn sequentially white, blue, or red. Raynaud's Disease is estimated to be present in as many as one in twenty people. Dr. Gornik discusses primary and secondary causes of this condition, how to avoid some of the symptoms, and medical treatments.

Categories: Health; Science and Medicine


Episode 18:
Eye Disease: A Consequence of Vascular Disease and Diabetes

Release Date: June 4, 2007

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Description: Many of the same risk factors for vascular disease, including diabetes and obesity, also are the risk factors for eye disease.

Show notes: This episode of the VDF HealthCast, is hosted Dr. David Meyerson, a cardiologist at Johns Hopkins and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the VDF. The topic for this HealthCast is eye disease. The guest expert is Dr. Stuart Dankner, a pediatric ophthalmologist in Baltimore, Maryland. Many of the same risk factors for vascular disease, including diabetes and obesity, also are the risk factors for eye disease. People with diabetes are at a high risk for developing diabetic retinopathy, a condition that leads to blindness. Dr. Dankner discusses how diabetes affects the eye and how to prevent or delay eye complications. Because of the growing prevalence of obesity, more and more children are especially at risk for developing diabetes and eventually having eye disease. Dr. Dankner talks about some of his work with children, which is focused on increasing activity levels and proper nutrition, to avoid being overweight or obese at a young age, and thereby reducing the risk for diabetes and blindness in adulthood.

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Episode 17:
How We Learn About Best Treatments

Release Date: May 14, 2007

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Description: How Patients and Physicians Learn About What Treatments are Effective

Show notes: This episode of the VDF HealthCast, is hosted Dr. David Meyerson, a senior cardiologist at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Kerry Stewart, Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins, joins him in studio. The topic is about clinical research trials for patients with vascular disease. The guest expert is Alan T. Hirsch, MD, Director of the Vascular Medicine Program, Minneapolis Heart Institute, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, and Professor of Epidemiology and Community Health at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. The first trial discussed is CLEVER, which stands for Claudication: Exercise Versus Endoluminal Revascularization. This study is comparing artery stenting plus drug therapy against supervised exercise plus drug therapy on walking capacity in patients with claudication. Claudication is the symptom of peripheral artery disease and causes pain and cramping in the lower legs while walking. The second trial discussed is CORAL, which stands for Cardiovascular Outcomes in Renal Atherosclerotic Lesions. CORAL is for patients who have high blood pressure and blockage of the artery to the kidney. The two treatments being compared are taking blood pressure medication only versus taking blood pressure medicine plus a surgically placed stent, which is used to open the blockage. For more information about these studies or to be considered as a volunteer participant, visit www.clinicaltrials.gov and search based on the name of each study.

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Episode 16:
The Critical Role of Research

Release Date: April 30, 2007

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Description: Why Clinical Research is So Important to Your Health; More About the ABI

Show notes: This episode of the VDF HealthCast, is hosted Dr. David Meyerson, a senior cardiologist at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Kerry Stewart, Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins, joins him in studio. TheпїЅ topic is about the critically important role of clinical research trials. The guest expert is Alan T. Hirsch, MD, Director of the Vascular Medicine Program, Minneapolis Heart Institute, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, and Professor of Epidemiology and Community Health at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. The initial discussion is about the value of clinical trial for providingпїЅ the data that becomes the basis for medical recommendations for identifying disease risk factors, procedures for diagnosis, and treatments for prevention and disease management. The discussion also provides more detailed information about the Ankle-Brachial Index or ABI. This simple test has been called the ECG of PAD and is extremely valuable for identifying individuals who may have blockages in the arteries that limit the amount of blood flow reaching the legs.

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Episode 15:
More about PAD

Release Date: April 17, 2007

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Description: The ABI as the "ECG of PAD" Description: The Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI); New Knowledge about The Health Risks of PAD Artist: Vascular Disease Foundation

Show notes: This episode of the VDF HealthCast is hosted Dr. David Meyerson, a senior cardiologist at Johns Hopkins. The topic is peripheral arterial disease, or "PAD". The guest expert is Alan T. Hirsch, MD, Director of the Vascular Medicine Program, Minneapolis Heart Institute, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, and Professor of Epidemiology and Community Health at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. The discussion covers the value of the ABI (ankle-brachial index), a simple test for diagnosing PAD. The ABI measures the blood pressure in the ankles relative to blood pressure in the arms. A drop in the ankle blood pressure indicates a blockage of blood flow to the leg. Dr. Hirsch also discusses the major significance of pad as defined by the large, international "REACH STUDY", that recently verified THAT individuals with PAD are at a high risk for future heart attack or stroke. The HealthCast finishes with reviewing strategies for treating PAD and preventing future cardiovascular events.

Categories: Health; Science and Medicine


Episode 14:
Diabetic Foot Care

Release Date: April 4, 2007

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Description: Caring for the feet in persons with diabetes

Show notes: This episode of the VDF HealthCast, is hosted Dr. David Meyerson, a senior cardiologist at Johns Hopkins. The topic is diabetic foot care. The guest expert is Carolyn Robinson, MSN, RN, CANP, CVN. She is a vascular nurse practitioner at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Minneapolis, MN, a Past President of the Society for Vascular Nursing, and a member of the PAD Coalition. The discussion covers recognizing signs of symptoms of foot problems in people with diabetes, prevention, and treatment. Among the many topics discussed include daily foot examination, trimming nails and calluses, avoiding infections and ulcers, selecting proper shoes, avoiding burns to the feet, and how often to see a podiatrist or physician for foot care.

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Episode 13:
Vascular Disease and the Foot

Release Date: March 22, 2007

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Description: Vascular Disease and the Foot

Show notes: This episode of the VDF HealthCast, is hosted Dr. David Meyerson, a senior cardiologist at Johns Hopkins. He is joined in the studio by Dr. Kerry Stewart, Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins. This episode is about vascular disease and the foot. The guest expert is Dr. Jordan Stewart, Podiatrist, who specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of the foot and ankle. Dr. Stewart is the Director of the Timonium Foot and Ankle Center in Lutherville, Maryland. The topics for this episode include the diagnosis, signs and symptoms, treatment, and the prevention of foot problems in persons affected with vascular disease.

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Episode 12:
More About Deep Vein Thrombosis

Release Date: February 13, 2007

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Description: More About Deep Vein Thrombosis

Show notes: This episode of the VDF HealthCast, is hosted Dr. David Meyerson, a senior cardiologist at Johns Hopkins. The guest for this episode is Dr. Robert McLafferty, Professor in the Division of Vascular Surgery at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Dr. McLafferty is a vascular surgeon. He is a member of the VDF Board of Directors, representing the American Venous Forum. This episode continues a discussion about deep vein thrombosis, also known as DVT, for short. Topics covered include the risk factors for developing a DVT, how it is diagnosed, what are the signs and symptoms that are possible warnings for DVT, and how is the condition treated. There is also advice about seeking medical attention if a person has any of the signs or symptoms for DVT since many of the complications of DVT can be prevented if recognized and treated promptly.

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Episode 11:
Deep Vein Thrombosis

Release Date: February 06, 2007

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Description: Deep Vein Thrombosis

Show notes: This episode of the VDF HealthCast, is hosted Dr. David Meyerson, a senior cardiologist at Johns Hopkins, and is focused on venous disease. The guest for this episode is Dr. Robert McLafferty, Professor in the Division of Vascular Surgery at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Dr. McLafferty is a vascular surgeon. He is a member of the VDF Board of Directors, representing the American Venous Forum. They discuss the issue of deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, for short. DVT occurs when a blood clot, or thrombosis, develops in the large veins of the legs or pelvic area. This can be an immediate threat to life because a clot or a piece of it can break free and travel through the vein to the lungs, a condition known as pulmonary embolus. Dr. McLafferty talks about how clots form, why it can get caught in the lungs, what are the risks to health, and what the individual should look for in terms of signs and symptoms.

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Episode 10:
Stroke Identification and Action to be Taken

Release Date: January 23, 2007

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Description: Stroke Identification and Action to be Taken

Show notes: In this episode of the VDF HealthCast, host Dr. David Meyerson, a senior cardiologist at Johns Hopkins, is joined by Dr. Kerry Stewart, Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins. In response to a request by a listener (who happens to be Dr. Meyerson's father) they discuss the signs and symptoms of stroke. Stroke is a type of vascular disease that affects the brain. Among the signs and symptoms of stroke is a TIA, or transient ischemic attack. If any of these warnings signs occur, it is critically important for the affected individual to seek immediate medical attention so that a doctor can make a diagnosis and initiate treatment to stop the stroke, or minimize its effects. Because stroke affects so many people, about 700,000 American each year, and kills about 157,000 people each year, it is important for everyone to know about the actions to be taken when an individual may be having a stroke.

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Episode 9:
Happy New Year 2007, A Discussion of the Key Messages About Vascular Disease from 2006

Release Date: January 01, 2007

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Description: A Discussion of the Key Messages About Vascular Disease from 2006

Show notes: In this episode of the VDF HealthCast, host Dr. David Meyerson, a senior cardiologist at Johns Hopkins, is joined in the studio by Dr. Kerry Stewart, Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins. They welcome the New Year 2007, and review some of the highlights of previous HealthCast episodes. They discuss the process of atherosclerosis, the underlying cause of peripheral arterial disease, and how it is closely related to heart disease and carotid artery disease. They also discuss the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of these diseases with a focus on the important steps the affected individual can take to minimize progression of peripheral artery disease and to reduce its symptoms. A key message is to seek appropriate medical treatment when there are signs and symptoms of disease or if there are risk factors for disease. For individuals with diabetes, it is important to examine the feet daily and seek prompt care if are any signs of nonhealing wounds.

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Episode 8:
Smoking Part 2: Steps to Take to Quit Smoking

Release Date: December 08, 2006

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Description: Smoking Part 2: Steps to Take to Quit Smoking

Show notes: This episode, hosted by Dr. David Meyerson, is a follow up to a previous episode on smoking cessation. This episode is focused on the specific steps needed to quit and remain free of this harmful addiction. He is joined in the studio by special guest expert, Dr. Susan J. Bartlett, Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Bartlett is a clinical psychologist who has extensive experience in getting patients to stop smoking. She is also an expert in weight management through diet and exercise and the impact of weight loss for improving medical conditions and quality of life.

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Episode 7:
Smoking Part 1: Its Harmful Effects and Getting Ready to Quit

Release Date: December 08, 2006

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Description: Smoking Part 1: Its Harmful Effects and Getting Ready to Quit

Show notes: This episode, hosted by Dr. David Meyerson, focuses on the harmful effects of smoking on vascular health and begins to discuss steps to stop smoking. He is joined in the studio by special guest expert, Dr. Susan J. Bartlett, Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Bartlett is a clinical psychologist who has extensive experience in getting patients to stop smoking. She is also an expert in weight management through diet and exercise and the impact of weight loss for improving medical conditions and quality of life. Through an NIH grant, Dr. Bartlett is currently studying the impact of weight loss, lifestyle and exercise on knee pain in patients with arthritis.

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Episode 6:
Exercise and Peripheral Arterial Disease

Release Date: November 06, 2006

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Description: Exercise and Peripheral Arterial Disease

Show notes: This episode, hosted by Dr. David Meyerson, focuses on exercise training for patients with peripheral arterial disease. He is joined in the studio by Dr. Kerry Stewart, Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins, where he is the Director of Clinical and Research Exercise Physiology. The special guest expert is Dr. Judith Regensteiner, Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado, Section of Vascular Medicine, Divisions of General Internal Medicine and Cardiology. She is also the Director of the Center for Women's Health. Dr. Regensteiner is among the foremost researchers on the role of exercise training and physical activity for preventing and treating vascular disease and diabetes.

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Episode 5:
Carotid Artery Disease; FAQ's about Travel and Blood Clots

Release Date: November 06, 2006

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Description: Carotid Artery Disease; FAQ's about Travel and Blood Clots

Show notes: This episode, hosted by Dr. David Meyerson, focuses on carotid artery disease, another form of vascular disease that affects the arteries leading to the brain. Before getting to carotid artery disease, Dr. Kerry Stewart first answers some frequently asked questions about about traveling if you have vascular disease and how to avoid blood clots from prolonged periods of inactivity. The special guest expert is Dr. Michael Jaff, a vascular medicine specialist, who is Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard and Director of Vascular Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Dr. Jaff provides important information about the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of carotid artery disease, a condition, that if left untreated, can cause life-devastating and life-threatening strokes.

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Episode 4:
More about PAD Diagnosis and Treatment, and Critical Leg Ischemia and Its Treatment

Release Date: November 03, 2006

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Description: More about PAD Diagnosis and Treatment, and Critical Leg Ischemia and Its Treatment

Show notes: In this episode, Health Cast host Dr. David Meyerson, interviews Dr. Alain Drooz, an interventional radiologist in Fairfax, Virginia. Dr. Drooz is also the current president of the Vascular Disease Foundation. They discuss peripheral arterial disease (PAD), how it can be prevented, how it can be diagnosed and treated, and who may benefit from more invasive vascular procedures such as leg blood vessel angioplasty and stenting, and leg bypass surgery. Click here for more information about PAD

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Episode 3:
More about VDF, PAD, and Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Release Date: October 30, 2006

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Description: More about VDF, PAD, and Answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

Show notes: In this episode, Dr. David Meyerson, the HealthCast host, and Dr. Kerry Stewart discuss the VDF and the PAD Coalition, a national campaign to increase awareness of peripheral arterial disease. Dr. Stewart introduces a new feature of the podcast, which is to answer questions from our audience. Several questions about PAD, how to prevent it, and exercise training are answered.

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Episode 2:
VDF Health - The Vascular Laboratory

Release Date: October 10, 2006

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Description: This episode discusses how diagnostic vascular tests are done and what blood vessel conditions can be detected.

Show notes: In this episode of the Vascular Disease Foundation HealthCast, Dr. David Meyerson and the show's expert guest, Dr. Heather Gornik, a cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and a member of the VDF's Board of Directors, discuss the Vascular Laboratory. Dr. Gornik explains how diagnostic tests are done and what types of problems with blood vessels can be detected.

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Episode 1:
Introduction to the VDF; What is PAD?

Release Date: September 9, 2006

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Description: This premiere episode of the VDF HealthCast describes the goals of the Vascular Disease Foundation and provides an overview of peripheral arterial disease, one of the many conditions that affect the blood vessels of the body.

Show notes: This is the premiere episode of the VDF Healthcast, hosted by Dr. David Meyerson, a cardiologist at Johns Hopkins, and a scientific advisor to the Vascular Disease Foundation. He is joined by Dr. Kerry Stewart, Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins, and a member of the VDF Board of Directors. This episode describes the role of the VDF as the most trusted source of information about vascular disease. Then, Drs. Meyerson and Stewart discuss peripheral arterial disease (PAD), one of the many conditions affecting blood vessels. They provide an overview of its prevalence, diagnosis, and treatment. Future episodes will provide more details about PAD. More information about PAD can be found at www.vdf.org, www.padcoalition.org, and www.aboutpad.org

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About the host and producer:

The VDF Healthcast is hosted by Dr. David Meyerson, and produced by Dr. Kerry Stewart, who will also participate in the discussions with Dr. Meyerson and guests. Dr. Meyerson is a cardiologist at Johns Hopkins and a scientific advisor to VDF. Dr. Stewart is a Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins and a member of the VDF Board of Directors.

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