KET talks with experts on heart disease and health reform tonight

Some nationally recognized heart specialists will speak directly to Kentuckians about heart disease tonight on the season premiere of Health Three60 on KET. Cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in the United States — and, perhaps surprisingly, in women — will get a thorough examination. The show will take on the history of the disease, what women should know about the disease and what the future looks like for all of us. Host Renee Shaw will explore the history of cardiac surgery and the development of the artificial heart with Dr. Laman Gray, Jr. cardiovascular surgeon and medical director at the Cardiovascular Innovation Institute. Gray will also discuss how the death rate from heart disease has decreased even as the increase has gone up.

Guests will also include Dr. Joey Maggard, executive director of the Central Kentucky Chapter of the American Heart Association; Dr. Melissa Walton-Shirley, cardiologist with Cardiology Associates in Glasgow; Mark Rucker, recipient of the American Heart Association Lifestyle Change Award; Dr. Paula Hollingsworth, cardiologist at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington; and, James B. Hoving, Ph.D., division chief of cardiosvascula therapeutics at the Cardiovascular Innovation Institute. Health Three60 airs at 9 p.m. EDT.

Immediately preceding Health Three60, on this week’s edition of Kentucky Tonight, host Bill Goodman and guests will discuss health care and
health care reform. 
Scheduled guests include State Sen. Tom Buford, R-Nicholasville, chair
of the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee; State Rep. Mary Lou
Marzian, D-Louisville, vice chair of the House Budget Review
Subcommittee on Human Resources
; Dr. Ralph Alvarado, a Winchester
internist and pediatrician; and Dr. Barbara Casper, an internist and
University of Louisville professor of medicine. Kentucky Tonight airs at 8 EDT.

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