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Release: Feb. 19, 2001

UI Health Care specialist leads online chat on severe chronic angina Feb. 21

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- John J. Lopez, M.D., University of Iowa associate professor (clinical) of internal medicine and associate director of interventional cardiology with UI Heart Care, will lead an hour-long, online question-and-answer discussion on severe chronic angina with a nationwide audience from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21.

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

Angina refers to the condition whereby the heart muscle experiences oxygen insufficiency because of narrowing of the arteries supplying blood to the heart. Angina is characterized by severe chest pain and shortness of breath. Usually an acute condition, in some cases angina can last for years, especially when it is not treated properly or the available treatment options fail to produce the desirable effect. Lopez will discuss these cases of chronic angina and the new treatments recently made available for patients with severe chronic angina.

Lopez received his medical degree from Columbia University in New York, N.Y. and completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in cardiovascular disease at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. Lopez also completed further interventional cardiology training at Beth Israel Hospital and the Pfizer–MIT Clinical Investigator Training Program. He joined University of Iowa Health Care in 1996.

Lopez is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and a member of the American College of Physicians. His research interests include new device technology use in interventional cardiac procedures and new techniques for treatment of severe myocardial ischemia, including efforts at therapeutic angiogenesis.

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.

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.