Beyond the Headlines

Show topic: Heart Disease
June 20, 2010
Hosted by ABC7's Cheryl Jennings

This week's episode takes a look at the disease that kills the most americans every year. It's heart disease, and closely related... "stroke" is our nation's number three killer.

    According to the American Heart Association,
  • About 81.1 million people in the United States are living with cardiovascular disease
  • 6.4 million have had a stroke.

Heart disease is especially serious for women, who die of heart disease more than any other illness. In 2005, it killed more than 450,000 women, compared to all cancer deaths of less than 270,000 that year.

The risk of heart disease and stroke increases with age. 23% of women at age 40, compared to 18% of men, will die within one year after a heart attack.

Asians and South Asians are especially affected by heart disease. UCSF's Asian Heart and Vascular Center, as well as El Camino Hospital's South Asian Heart Center and its satellite locations, address this need.

Studio Guests:

Gordon Fung, MD, PhD
UCSF Professor of Medicine, Cardiology Department
Medical Director, Asian Heart and Vascular Center< /a>

Katy Young
Heart Disease Patient

Ashish Mathur
Executive Director, South Asian Heart Center, El Camino Hospital

Vilma Andari
Nutritionist, Food Scientist

Additional Resources:

El Camino Hospital

Heart & Vascular Institute

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