Facts of Medicine; Heart Disease
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We have no idea of the incidence or prevalence of heart disease in the US, but know that it is the leading cause of death in this country. In middle age, there are more male deaths from this group of diseases than female deaths; hence this is a serious problem. Question of interest: important to know why people (i.e. men) die of heart disease at age 40; more concerned about age than number of deaths, because we all have to die of something. The death rates (in middle aged men) because of heart disease higher in the United States than almost anywhere else in the world. This is probably due to environmental factors. Food? Diet? Lack of rest? We dont know which environmental factors are important. Learning about heart diseases and what to do about them in your family. Types of heart disease: Congenital heart disease; methods to correct defects, mainly surgery, are available. Rheumatic heart disease; can be prevented and treated with antibiotics; surgery for damaged heart valves. Hypertensive heart disease; at older ages, females die at higher rate; weight is a factor Coronary heart disease; highest death rate; complex causes. Heart failure; heart isnt able to pump sufficiently, blood backs up; can be treated. The following are not symptoms of heart disease and feeling them should not cause concern: palpitationskipped beats Sighing Vague pain Great feelings of weakness. Summary and select metadata for this record was submitted by Dr. Gerald Oppenheimer. Parker Wheatley and David D. Rutstein talk about heart disease in the United States.
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- Facts of Medicine
- Heart Disease
- Series Description
Dr. David R. Rutstein, Professor of Preventive Medicine, Harvard University examines "vital problems in the fields of medicine and community health... " Series ran weekly for 40 weeks beginning on 10/6/1955. First program examined "The Salk Polio Vaccine." Series release date: 1955
- Program Description
Interviewer Parker Wheatley in conversation with David D. Rutstein about: the large number of heart disease cases in the United States; the importance of physical examinations and laboratory testing in individuals who have family members with congenital heart disease; how heart surgery is "oversold" to the population as a cure; and symptoms.
Series description: Dr. David R. Rutstein, Professor of Preventive Medicine, Harvard University examines "vital problems in the fields of medicine and community health... " Series ran weekly for 40 weeks beginning on 10/6/1955. First program examined "The Salk Polio Vaccine."
- Asset Type
- Media Type
- Cardiovascular Renal Diseases
- Heart Disease--diagnosis.
- Wheatley, Parker, 1906-1999
- Rutstein, David
- Radar, Paul (Director)
- Rutstein, David (Host)
- Wheatley, Parker, 1906-1999 (Host)
- Publication Information
- Presented by the Harvard Medical Library and the WGBH Educational Foundation
- Chicago: “Facts of Medicine; Heart Disease,” 05/03/1956, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 16, 2017, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_0CF7FF96DAAA456C8A85866F16C7D9BE.
- MLA: “Facts of Medicine; Heart Disease.” 05/03/1956. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 16, 2017. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_0CF7FF96DAAA456C8A85866F16C7D9BE>.
- APA: Facts of Medicine; Heart Disease. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_0CF7FF96DAAA456C8A85866F16C7D9BE