• 01:04

    People 2 People Global Health Forum Welcomes Dr. Teferi Mitiku

    in Current Events

    Dr. Teferi Mitiku is a board-certified cardiologist and a Clinical Assistant Professor at University of California, Irvine, who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of heart rhythm disorders and device-based therapies. Dr. Teferi earned his medical degree from UCLA and went on to complete his residency in internal medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine and a fellowship in cardiovascular disease and electrophysiology at Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut.

    His clinical interests include radiofrequency ablation of complex arrhythmias, such as atrial fibrillation, tachycardia and flutter due to structural heart disease. He also is highly skilled in the implantation of pacemakers, internal defibrillators (ICD) and biventricular devices (BIV/ICD) for resychronization therapy. Dr. Teferi is a member of the Heart Rhythm Society, the American Medical Association and the American College of Cardiology.

  • 00:29

    Living with Eisenmenger's Syndrome

    in Health

    Have you ever wondered what Eisenmenger's Syndrome is? Who gets it? What are the symptoms? How does it affect a person's body from childhood to adulthood? What changes occur with the aging survivor?

    Carolyn Robinson, a long-time Eisenmenger Syndrome Survivor will answer these questions and more as she details her life story of being diagnosed with this condition and surviving long enough to become a grandmother! Carolyn is a published author. She wrote an essay entitled "Leading the Troops" for The Heart of a Mother, which was an anthology of stories by women affected by congenital heart defects. Carolyn's essay was in the Mothers with Congenital Heart Defects chapter and detailed her efforts to become a mother.

  • 00:29

    How to Host Tweetchats That Deliver Value to Pharma and Its Stakeholders

    in Business

    Tips from Boehringer Ingelheim

    Pharmaguy interviews Patricia Alves, Social Media Community Manager, and Jaclyn Fonteyne, Social Media Specialist, at Boehringer Ingelheim, about their experience with tweetchats to inform stakeholders, build trust, and drive innovation in healthcare.

    In 2013, Boehringer Ingelheim took its first steps into the world of Tweetchats, running these 'online Twitter conferences' in a number of disease areas, including atrial fibrillation, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) and lung cancer. Despite the regulatory challenges posed by such activities, these were all successful, both in terms of delivering value on all sides and for staying compliant.

    Questions/Topics of Discussion

    What is a Tweetchat is and why are they important for pharma?
    What are the essential steps to planning a successful Tweetchat?
    What are measures of success?
    Give us you views on the future of Tweetchats within the broader pharma and healthcare space.

  • 00:13

    Dr. James Reiffel shares insights on AFib

    in Lifestyle

    **May Is National Stroke Awareness Month***

    New Educational Campaign

    Learn The ‘Fibs or Facts’ About the Risk of stroke…and much more



    An educational campaign called “Fibs or Facts” is designed to raise awareness about AFib not caused by a heart valve problem and its associated increased risk of stroke. AFib affects approximately 5.8 million people in the U.S., and this condition puts people at a five times greater risk of stroke than those without it.

    The “Fibs or Facts” campaign website www.FibsOrFacts.com features an educational quiz to test people’s knowledge of the fibs and the facts of AFib and its associated increased risk for stroke.  For each person who completes the “Fibs or Facts” quiz, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer will donate $1 to National Stroke Association, up to $35,000.

    Dr. James A. Reiffel, a Professor of Clinical Medicine from Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, shares with our Life Lessons audience the importance of understanding the condition and its associated increased risk of stroke, and of discussing treatment options with your doctor to help reduce the risk of stroke.


  • 01:46

    Stroke Survivors Succeeding Life with Tammy D'ercole

    in Social Networking

    Greetings.  I'm Tammy D'ercole, a 47-year old lady who is an 8-year butt-kickin SURVIVOR from Sarasota Springs, NY.  Now a single mother of four lovely women, mema of 2 delicious chicks and a daughter, of course.
       The labors of a fulI time mom included being a softball coach, girl scout leader, volunteer, nurse, neighbor... yada yada yada. My 19-year old daughter Catie had heart surgery as a new born and stroked. My third daughter is a true miracle. That was 1994. '95 had us nursing after my sister-in-law who was in stage 4 breast cancer.  1997 she lost.  
         In witnessing those life-fights, 2006 it was my turn. Atrial myxoma... what's that you say... a tumor? Where my heart... for real...  kinda unexpected.... this mom used to say God has three answers - "sure, not yet, and I had something else in mind."
      How right I learned that was.  After my sister in law passed, my church life and fake faith did too. On feb1 2006 I had open heart surgery and we, me my partner and kids together suffered a massive stroke; not my plan. 
    Yet from the 5th day post event till now 8 years later a mustard seed has become a mountain of faith, hope, recovery and inspiration. From the trenches to the triumphs,  hear the story of this woman's struggle out of that bitter morass of self pity to knowing a new freedom and a new happiness! I am a long distance mom and mema, and I am no longer a cause for fear or concern to my daughters. Today. I get by with a little help from my friends, and an amazingly loving God.  Thank you Matt Duffin, for asking me to share.

  • 01:02

    Journals Of A Healer: Unleash Your Hidden Genius with Mary Blake!!!

    in Motivation

    Topic: Don Wooldridge, author of The Clayton County Trilogy reveals the health crises that transformed a world-weary technical writer/consultant into a successful novelist.

    Meet Don Wooldridge author of warm, witty, enthusiastically received Clayton County Trilogy. In this remarkably intimate interview, Don reveals how his struggle with bi-polar disorder and atrial fibrillation transformed him from a world weary technical writer/instructor/consultant into a highly acclaimed, prolific novelist. Don's portrayal of an urban female IRS agent's adventures in a small Iowa town will appeal to anyone who loves a good plot with real, fleshed out characters. This is a man who's determined to make a difference and gives generously to aspiring writers, his community and his readers. He's currently enjoying the good life with his wife, Pat in Mesa, Arizona.

  • 00:15

    Dr. Annabelle Volgman talks about AFIB

    in Health

    Life Lessons welcomes Dr. Annabelle Volgman to discuss strokes and AFIB from www.FibsorFacts.com. 
    Over 5.8 million people in the US live with a heart condition called nonvalvular atrial fibrillation  (Afib). Listen to this show to learn how Afib is associated with increased risk of stroke.
    This show is sponsored by Bristol-Myers and Pfizer along with Gracefully Yours greeting cards and journals. Go to www.shop.gracefully-yours.com

  • 00:15

    The Weekend Wellbeing RoundUp- are those palpitations benign

    in Health

    Dr.  Eno is a board certified Internal Medicine Physician and Professional Life Coach with a passion for enhancing the health and wellbeing of today's 21st century woman. She's back with a brand new format to her blog talk radio program. Join her for her Saturday noontime wellbeing roundup in which she summarizes top health and wellness issues of the week in addition to recommendations and tips on how to enhance your health and wellbeing.  Designed to be not only informative but highly interactive this is your opportunity to connect with Dr Eno and suggest topics or even ask her questions. For more information on Dr Eno please log onto her website www.askdoctorneno.com
    In this episode Dr Eno discusses atrial fibrillation. What it is. How it's diagnosed and also recent findings from the Women's Health Initiative about how hormone replacement therapy has been recently related to atrial fibrillation.

  • 01:01

    1 Year Ago I Died...But God Says When!

    in Christianity

    1 year ago  today, I died.
    I was at my home when my heart went into ventricular fibrillation.
    This is a severely abnormal heart rhythm, when the organ begins uncontrolled twitching and is unable to get blood to anywhere else in the body.
    This results in what is medically known as 'Sudden Cardiac Death' - I was clinically dead for 1.5 to 2 minutes.
    I required two sets of electrical defibrillation to shock my heart out of arrhythmia and get it beating again regularly.
    Less than 1% of people who suffer a cardiac arrest outside a hospital survive and those that do survive, more than half of them have brain damage.
    I survived without any deficits and published a book on Amazon about my experiences called "God Says When!
    Tonight, I will discuss my "God Says When!" experience.

  • 00:31

    First Aid - Health & Safety with Dean Turner

    in Education

    After retiring from the military, Dean met up with the Red Cross and found that it was a good fit, a “flexible way of delivering the program.” So he joined the Red Cross as a Community Service Coordinator managing the First Aid Department for the Region of York. He has done that since 1998 and is still there today as a volunteer.
    Dean was growing his first aid training business in 2004 and  he now has eleven employees and an organization that trains approximately 7,000 people a year in life saving techniques.  His company is WSIB Recognized and is a partner of the Canadian Red Cross and the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario. Dean and his employees travel across Canada educating people in the “practical skills needed to treat injuries and save lives.” In addition to providing services,  they offer a variety of products including first aid supplies, emergency supplies, safety and protective equipment and defibrillators. Two studies printed in the New England Journal of Medicine state that “a 74 percent survival rate was achieved among adults who experienced ventricular fibrillation and cardiac arrest -- if they received defibrillation within three minutes.”iii
    Dean has volunteered their people, equipment and skills to a variety of not-for-profit organizations and events, including: Heart & Stroke Big Bike, Canadian Red Cross, and World Conference for Disaster Management and many others. 
    Proud winner of two awards at the Canadian Red Cross Training Provider Banquet on May 9, 2012, his company won first place for training the most students in Marine First Aid for 2011 and second place for the most Emergency Medical Responder Training. “We have a great team” says Dean.

  • 00:30

    Former High School Tennis Phenom awaits Heart Transplant

    in Current Events

    Ivan Harrell doesn’t strike you as the sort of ‘fella’ who needs anything from anyone.  In fact, the tall spectacled former high school tennis champ exudes so much confidence you’d never know he suffers from eight chronic health conditions - any of which could kill him. Still, despite having to endure numerous medical procedures, the deaths of both his father and brother, and assisting with the care of his ailing mother, Harrell seems almost nonchalant about his latest challenge, finding a heart.
    In 1993, Ivan was diagnosed with ventricular tachycardia and high blood pressure. Doctors implanted a defibrillator that puts his heart back into sinus rhythm. Ivan has since been diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, congestive heart failure, atrial fibrillation and a blood clot. He also has 50% blockage of his main artery. Doctors say a heart transplant is critical to his survival.
    On Sunday September 30, the Durham community and friends are invited to attend The 2nd Annual Organ Donor/Transplant Surgery Awareness Day at Union Baptist Church located at 904 N. Roxboro Street.  The event will begin at 4:00 p.m. and will feature the musical stylings of the 100 Men In Black Choir, donor and recipient testimonials, speakers and more. Collaborating agencies include the National Foundation for Transplants, UNC-Chapel Hill Hospital, Carolina Donor Services and Union Baptist Church.         

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