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Release: Feb. 9, 2001

UI Health Care specialist to lead online chat on atherosclerosis Feb. 12

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa Health Care cardiologist Donald D. Heistad, M.D., will lead an hour-long, online question-and-answer discussion on atherosclerosis with a nationwide audience from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 12.

The online chat will be hosted by and can be accessed by entering through the home page under "Upcoming Events."

Atherosclerosis is the lifelong process of hardening of the body arteries. It is accelerated by the presence of one or several risk factors, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, obesity and family predisposition. The hardening of the arteries supplying blood to the heart translates into a life-threatening condition known as coronary artery disease that includes angina pectoris and myocardial infarction. Heisted will discuss the risk factors for atherosclerosis and prevention and will take questions from the audience.

Heistad is UI Foundation Distinguished Professor, Zahn Cardiology Professor and director of the Division of Cardiovascular Diseases in the UI Department of Internal Medicine. He also holds a faculty appointment in the UI Department of Pharmacology. He received his medical degree from the University of Chicago. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Chicago Hospitals, followed by a fellowship in cardiovascular disease at UI Hospitals and Clinics. He joined University of Iowa Health Care in 1970.

Heistad is a founding member of the North American Vascular Biology Organization and a member of the Association of University Cardiologists and the Association of American Physicians. His clinical interests are in general cardiology. His research interests focus on gene transfer to blood vessels, cerebral circulation and the effects of atherosclerosis on blood vessels.

A calendar of other upcoming chats by UI Health Care professionals and dialogue from past chats can be accessed by logging on to and clicking on the logo at the bottom of the page.

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