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Cardiovascular System

Finding Familial High Cholesterol Before You Know You Have It

FH, or familial hypercholesterolemia, is a genetic predisposition to very high levels of LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol) that may first manifest itself as a fatal heart attack at a premature age. There are therapies, statin-based, that reliably improve outcomes for patients with FH. But there is a big problem: 90 out of 100 patients who have FH do not know they have it or perhaps even what it is. Many physicians are equally in the dark about the disease and therefore do not screen patients for it. Dr. Knowles discusses the condition, its familial qualities, and new research to help diagnosis it before it does damage.

Speaker: Joshua W. Knowles, MD

Heart Disease in South Asians: A Global Epidemic

Coronary artery disease (CAD) strikes earlier in life and in a higher percentage of South Asians compared to other ethnic groups. This talk reviews the incidence of CAD in South Asians living both here and abroad, as well as the primary mechanisms believed to underlie this risk. It will also detail the ongoing efforts of Stanford’s recently launched South Asian Translational Heart Initiative (SSATHI), which is a clinic and research program dedicated to reducing the burden of CAD in this population. Speaker: Rajesh Dash, MD, PhD

Hypertension in the 21st Century: High Blood Pressure and What We Know Now, and What We Need to Know

High blood pressure is the most common cardiovascular disease with serious health implications. While it is a condition that usually has no symptoms, undiagnosed it can cause serious damage to arteries and the heart, brain, and kidneys, and it is the leading cause of stroke. This talk focuses on diagnosis and treatment of hypertension and the discusses new research and clinical studies that are ongoing, and which will have important outcomes for our knowledge and treatment of high blood pressure. Speaker: Glenn Chertow, MD, MPH

Life Beyond Salt

Sticking to a low- or no-sodium diet does not mean you can't enjoy flavorful foods. Food blogger Jessica Goldman describes who she learned to change her diet without sacrificing taste. Speaker: Jessica Goldman

Living Well with a Diagnosis of Heart Failure

While the term “heart failure” sounds like a sudden and catastrophic event, it is actually a condition of gradual worsening of the heart’s capacity to pump blood, and as such presents with a variety of symptoms. This talk focuses on the causes of heart failure, its treatments, and the ways in which lifestyle changes can have a positive effect on this condition. Speaker: Dipanjan Banerjee, MD

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