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Release: Feb. 11, 2000

UI Health Care specialists to discuss hearts on Valentine's Day

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- UI Heart Care, a component of University of Iowa Heath Care, will offer people across the country the opportunity to learn more about their hearts on Valentine's Day. The online, real-time, heart-related chats will be led by an array of UI heart specialists on AmericasDoctor.com, an online health information resource.

The free chats, ranging on topics from "Women and Heart Disease" to "New Developments in Heart Imaging," will begin at 7:30 a.m. Feb. 14, and will last one hour each. Persons with Internet access can log on to any of the chats at any time to ask questions or to watch. The schedule for the day is as follows:

7:30 to 8:30 a.m. -- Wayne Richenbacher, M.D., a UI Heart Care specialist in cardiothoracic surgery, on "Surgical Treatment for End Stage Heart Disease"

9 to 10 a.m. -- Jeffrey Everett, M.D., a UI Heart Care specialist in cardiothoracic surgery, on "Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery"

10:30 to 11:30 a.m. -- Brad Thompson, M.D., a UI Heart Care specialist in radiology, on "New Developments in Heart Imaging"

Noon to 1 p.m. -- Vickie Pyevich, M.D., a UI Heart Care specialist in pediatric cardiology, on "Children and Heart Disease"

1:30 to 2:30 p.m. -- Ellen Gordon, M.D., a UI Heart Care specialist in cardiovascular diseases, on "Women and Heart Disease"

3 to 4 p.m. -- William Haynes, M.D., a UI Heart Care specialist in cardiovascular diseases, on "Risk Factors for Heart Disease"

4:30 to 5:30 p.m. -- Patricia Lounsbury, a registered nurse and UI Heart Care specialist in cardiovascular diseases, on "Cardiac Rehab: Preventing Further Heart Disease"

6 to 7 p.m. -- Linda Cadaret, M.D., a UI Heart Care specialist in cardiovascular diseases, on "Heart Failure"

7:30 to 8:30 p.m. -- Kevin Mulhern, M.D., a UI Heart Care specialist in cardiovascular diseases, on "The Adult with Congenital Heart Disease"

To access the chats, go to www.AmericasDoctor.com, and click "Calendar of Events" on its main navigation bar. To view other upcoming chats by UI Health Care professionals, or to read dialogue from past chats, go to www.uihealthcare.com and click on the AmericasDoctor.com logo at the bottom of the page.

The full day of chats arranged by UI Health Care exemplifies its overall initiative to offer the latest in health care technology while increasing access to vital services, resources and up-to-date health care information, which can often be communicated most effectively by an expert physician.

"The forum provided by AmericasDoctor.com allows University of Iowa Health Care to share a wealth of information on specific topics, which is even more meaningful at a time when awareness of a topic such as heart disease is heightened, as it is on Valentine's Day or during National Heart Month," said Michael Winniford, M.D., UI professor of internal medicine and physician director, UI Heart Care. "The result is a mutually beneficial situation where the public can discuss a timely topic of personal interest with an expert while University of Iowa Health Care can share the expertise of its staff."

UI Health Care's partnership with AmericasDoctor.com is part of an increasing trend in health care toward enhancing consumer services through the Internet. According to recent statistics compiled by Cyber Dialogue, a New York firm that tracks Internet commerce, there are approximately 22 million World Wide Web users seeking health information over the Internet. Cyber Dialogue projects that number to increase to 33 million over the next year.

 

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.