Award-winning show!

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Congratulations! “Health Matters with Dr. Larry Santora” has won the Communicator Awards’ 2013 Silver Award of Distinction. Presented by the International Academy of the Visual Arts, the award honors creative excellence in communications.

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What is a heart murmur?

Larry Santora, M.D., demonstrates what a heart murmur is, what it sounds like and whether or not you should be concerned with an unusual heart beat.

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A behind-the-scenes tour of the Intensive Care Unit

Joseph Preston, M.D., a critical-care physician, demonstrates and explains the life-saving procedures used in the intensive care unit at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, Calif.

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How-to: Public defibrillation machines

Defibrillation machines, often labeled “AED” — automated external defibrillation — have become more available in public spaces. Regina Faison, founder of the Derrick Faison Foundation, reviews the use of these machines, a device that might have saved the life of her husband, pro football player Derrick Faison. Anthony Chang, M.D., also examines the alarming rise in sudden cardiac death among student-athletes.

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Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women

Shalizeh Shokooh, M.D., co-medical director of the Women’s Heart Center at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, Calif., illuminates the risk factors of heart disease in women and what patients can do now to avoid a life-threatening heart attack.

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Re-enactment of emergency room procedure for heart attack

Larry Santora, M.D., and his emergency room team re-enact the day patient Carol Stedman had a heart attack. They re-examine every step of the event — from her emergency-room arrival through Dr. Santora’s insertion of a balloon stent into Stedman’s heart.

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External counterpulsation instead of bypass surgery

External counterpulsation — which requires no surgery — is a potential alternative for patients who might have previously gone to the operating room for a heart bypass. Larry Santora, M.D., and Heidi Cortese explain and demonstrate the external counterpulsation procedure.

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One a day: Low-dose aspirin

One low-dose aspirin daily may be good for your heart health. Cardiologist Larry Santora, M.D., and Heidi Cortese explain.

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Living without a heart beat — a patient’s life with an artificial heart

Nancy Miller has an artificial heart, but no heart beat, because the device regulates a smooth flow of blood through her body. It’s a miraculous treatment, and Kelly Tucker, M.D., director of cardiac electrophysiology and pacing at the Orange County Heart Institute, explains and demonstrates how the artificial heart works.

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Treatment for abnormal heart rhythms

Jay Lee, M.D., medical director of electrophysiology at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange,Calif., discusses abnormal heart rhythms and treatment of the condition.

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