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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
AmericasDoctor.com and can be accessed by entering through the www.AmericasDoctor.com
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 www.uihealthcare.com
and clicking on the AmericasDoctor.com logo at the bottom of the page.
University of Iowa Health Care
describes the partnership between the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals
and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs
and services they provide.