Beyond the Headlines

Show topic: Heart Disease
February 13, 2012 8:12:56 PM PST
ABC7's Emmy award-winning public affairs show, "Beyond the Headlines," provides in-depth coverage of the topics and issues facing the people of the Bay Area. Throughout the year, "Beyond the Headlines" airs half-hour specials on issues, ranging from Bay Area housing to same-sex marriage.

February 5, 2012
Heart Disease
Hosted by ABC7's Cheryl Jennings

This episode of Beyond the Headlines discusses the number one killer of Americans, Heart Disease. This illness can affect men and women of all ages and ethnicities.

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease, also known as cardiovascular disease, includes problems related to plaque buildup in the walls of the arteries. Due to plaque buildup, the arteries become smaller, making it more difficult for blood to flow easily. This can lead to heart attack or stroke.

While the symptoms of heart disease have been clearly defined for men, women have a higher risk due to ambiguous signs. Classic symptoms for both genders include chest pain and pressure moving into the arm or back. However, for women, shortness of breath, nausea and being lightheaded without nausea may also be warning signs.

  • More women die of heart disease than all forms of cancer combined.
  • Heart disease is often silent, hidden and misunderstood.
  • Currently some eight million women in the U.S. are living with heart disease, yet only one in six American women believes that heart disease is her greatest health threat.
  • 90% of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.
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Studio Guests

Arun Raghupathy, M.D. FACC
Interventional Cardiologist, Marin General Hospital
Cardiovascular Associates of Marin and San Francisco

Sue Chou
Heart Disease Patient
Volunteer, American Heart Association

Ashish Muthur
Co-Founder and Executive Director
South Asian Heart Center, El Camino Hospital


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