A discussion of the book by Dr. Gerald Buckberg, with Constantine Athanasuleas, MD.
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Unconventional Thinkers with Kulwant Saluja: Dr. Gerald Buckberg
October 21, 2018
Host of Unconventional Thinkers podcast, scientist and journalist Kulwant Saluja conducts a wide-ranging interview with world-renowned heart surgeon Gerald Buckberg, discussing:
- The Mindset of a world class innovator
- The Importance of Curiosity
- His book “Solving the Mysteries of Heart Disease”
Dr. Gerald Buckberg is a cardiac surgeon/researcher who has waged a personal war against heart disease. His landmark research led to the introduction of blood cardioplegia – safely stopping the heart so it can be operated on without causing damage — which dramatically improves the safety of open-heart surgery. Many of his procedures are used throughout the U.S. and the world – but more recent breakthroughs developed by him and his team at UCLA are being ignored by the medical establishment.
Dr. Buckberg is determined to further break down these medical barriers – by informing the public directly that proven approaches to major cardiac illnesses exist, but are not being used – and create a revolution in healthcare so these treatments will be implemented and millions of lives saved.
The Engine of Life
Jul 22, 2017
Hosted by Dr. Alan Russell, Highmark Distinguished Career Professor and Director of the Disruptive Health Technology Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.
It beats 80 times a minute, about 115,000 times in one day or 42 million times in a year. It pumps five or six quarts each minute, or about 2,000 gallons per day. During a typical lifetime, it will beat more than 3 billion times. Of course we are talking about the human heart, a fist-sized powerhouse that acts as the engine of life; pumping blood through the body’s system. In addition to transporting fresh oxygen from the lungs and necessary nutrients to the body’s tissues, blood also pulls the body’s waste products, like carbon dioxide, away from the tissues. A necessity to sustain a healthy life.
Nearly every family will experience the effects of Cardiovascular Disease. Congestive heart failure alone touches 5 million people in the U.S., its devastating effects reducing the quality of a person’s life and leading to early mortality. On this episode, we talk to Dr. Gerald Buckberg, one of the world’s foremost experts on battling heart disease and fixing the human heart.
You know to choose the best possible surgeon should you need something like a pacemaker or stent inserted into your chest. But what about recommending that your doctor use the most cutting-edge procedure?
Doing so could save your life, argued the late heart researcher Gerald Buckberg, in his 2018 book, Solving the Mysteries of Heart Disease: Life-Saving Answers Ignored by the Medical Establishment.
We have ways to counter the all-too-frequent misery and early death that still accompanies heart attacks. Treatments solving these problems exist now.
How long must we wait before medical professionals embrace them?
Half of all Americans have some form of cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to a report published in March 2018 in the journal Circulation. What’s more, every 40 seconds, a person in the United States has a heart attack or stroke — making CVD the No. 1 cause of death.
This means your cardiologist may well be your most important physician.