Apr. 18, 2014   50°F   School Closings
Listen Live WCPN / WCLV
ideastream
Mission 4
Values 1
Values 2
Values 3
Vision 3
Vision 4
Vision 5
Values 4
Values 5
Values 6
Vision 1
Vision 2

Choose a station:

90.3 WCPN
WCLV 104.9
WVIZ/PBS

Choose a station:

90.3 WCPN
WCLV 104.9
WVIZ/PBS

Heart Stories: Confronting the #1 Killer

Share on Facebook Share Share on Twitter Tweet

About the Program

The average human heart weighs less than a pound, and yet it is the most important muscle in your body. WVIZ/PBS ideastream's Heart Stories: Confronting the #1 Killer, shares the stories of three northeast Ohioans and their family members who have confronted heart disease - the nation’s number one cause of natural death.

Viewers will follow a man who lives through a heart attack, watch doctors perform heart by-pass surgery, and meet a woman who suffers from life-threatening heart problems. Heart Stories: Confronting the #1 Killer has a story for everyone who has been touched by this disease, and includes the latest information on cutting-edge treatment and research.

View Heart Stories: Confronting the #1 Killer On-Demand

Heart Attack Emergency

Chapter 1: Heart Attack Emergency
One out of five people with coronary artery disease has a heart attack without any previous symptoms. So what exactly happens when someone has a heart attack?

Open Heart Bypass Surgery

Chapter 2: Open Heart Bypass Surgery
See exactly what happens before, during, and after the surgery through the eyes of nurses, surgeons, and most importantly, the patient himself.

Women and Heart Disease

Chapter 3: Women and Heart Disease
When it comes to heart disease, looks can be deceiving - while usually associated with men, heart disease is also the main cause of death among women.

Technology Update

Chapter 4: Technology Update
You will learn about cutting-edge, heart-related research and procedures.

Heart Stories: Confronting the #1 Killer

Entire Program: View in High-Definition (HD)
View the entire Heart Stories: Confronting the #1 Killer program in high-definition.

More About the Program

One out of five people with coronary artery disease has a heart attack without any previous symptoms. So what exactly happens when someone has a heart attack? What happens in the distressed heart to cause the well-known symptoms like chest pain and tingling in the left arm? What should you do? Bruce Neubauer is all too familiar with these symptoms. The Lorain County school teacher suffered heart problems ten years ago but ignored his doctor’s advice to eat right and exercise. Last February, he had a heart attack. Heart Stories will follow his story from the distressing 911 call to his discharge from the hospital. Both routine and brand-new procedures that stabilize and treat heart attack patients will be revealed.

More than a half-million people in the U.S. have coronary by-pass surgery every year. What doctors call "Cabbage," for Coronary Artery Bypass Graft, is a surprisingly common treatment for blocked arteries leading to and from the heart. During Heart Stories, WVIZ/PBS viewers will see an actual by-pass surgery when they meet Jim Myers and his family as Jim prepares for and undergoes a quadruple by-pass. See exactly what happens before, during, and after the surgery through the eyes of nurses, surgeons, and most importantly, the patient himself.

Heart disease is an equal opportunity killer - while it is usually associated with men, heart disease is also the main cause of death among women. One reason for the higher mortality rate is that women are often misdiagnosed. Their symptoms are different from men's. This is what happened to Carmela McMullen. As a college basketball referee, this Cuyahoga County woman was active, athletic and the picture of health. But when it comes to heart disease, looks can be deceiving. Her story from diagnosis to treatment is a learning opportunity for all women - especially for those who think heart disease is a "man thing."

The final portion of the show explores the new frontiers of medicine, where significant breakthroughs lead to new and improved treatment. Viewers will learn about cutting-edge, heart-related research and procedures. One Northeast Ohio doctor has created a new tool called "calcium scoring" to detect the early stages of hardening of the arteries caused by calcium buildup in the blood vessel walls. Combined with traditional risk factors, like cholesterol and familial history, calcium scores are proving to be an important tool in assessing a patient's risk of future heart disease. Another promising area is stem-cell research. The program also covers state-of-the-art robotic surgical equipment, which makes surgery less complicated, less time-consuming and less expensive.

Heart Stories: Confronting the #1 Killer Related Features and Coverage scroll for more

Be Well Resources

Be Well Resources

Be Well
Posted November 9, 2011

Resources for the 'Be Well' program.

Feagler and Friends

Show 1319

Feagler and Friends
Posted May 8, 2009

Mr. Feagler talks with Charlise Lyles, who grew up in a Cleveland public housing project and has found professional success.

Heart Shock

Regional News Stories
Posted May 6, 2009

As part of our special coverage this month on heart disease, ideastream health reporter Gretchen Cuda takes a look at the heart's electrical system.

Another Heart Story: The Engine 2 Diet

Regional News Stories
Posted May 6, 2009

ideastream®'s Eric Wellman speaks with Pepper Pike-native Rip Esselstyn about his new book.

Heart Stories: Talking to the Professionals

The Sound of Ideas
Posted May 6, 2009

Resources for Heart Stories

Be Well
Posted May 5, 2009

Resources related to the Heart Stories coverage.

Heart Stories: Doors to the Engine

Regional News Stories
Posted May 5, 2009

ideastream® health reporter Gretchen Cuda explains what happens to heart valves when they're damaged, and the technology in place to fix them.

Heart Disease and Gender: What Women Need to Know

Regional News Stories
Posted May 4, 2009

Heart disease is not just a man's disease - it's the nation's number one killer of men and women. ideastream® helath reporter Gretchen Cuda has more.

Heart Stories Behind the Scenes

Regional News Stories
Posted May 1, 2009

Morning Edition Host Eric Wellman interviews ideastream health Reporter Gretchen Cuda about the upcoming television special, Heart Stories

Leave a Comment

Please follow our community discussion rules when composing your comments.

Be Well Funders

Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation The Cleveland Foundation The Community Foundation of Lorain County The McGregor Foundation The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation The Woodruff Foundation