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Introduction to Cardiac Care
Taught by: Benjamin H. Lewis, M.D.

Description
E-Seminar Description
Heart disease is America's leading killer. More women than men die each year from heart disease. Yet far too few of us really understand our hearts—how they work, how to care for them when they're healthy, and how to treat them when they're not. In this e-seminar, Benjamin H. Lewis, M.D., Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and a practicing cardiologist, teaches medical consumers about their hearts. "The Healthy Heart," a multimedia excerpt from the e-seminar, uses medical illustrations, audio, Flash animation, and authentic diagnostic imagery to illustrate how the healthy heart functions—how it circulates blood throughout the body while maintaining its own health.

Using clear, simple language enhanced by medical illustrations and diagnostic imagery, Dr. Lewis introduces users to their hearts. He begins by diagramming how the healthy heart functions—how it circulates blood throughout the body while maintaining its own health. Dr. Lewis then looks at how best to care for the heart, detailing the range of available diagnostic tools, significant differences in diagnosing and treating women versus men, and optimal preventative measures. Finally, Dr. Lewis takes an in-depth look at how to treat some of the leading forms of heart disease, including coronary artery disease, valvular diseases, and hypertension.

The information in this seminar is not medical advice. If you require medical advice in this area, please consult your doctor.

E-Seminar Length:3-5 hours
Start Date:Anytime
Credits:Not-for-Credit
Prerequisites:None
Moderator:None
Columbia Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni:FREE

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E-Seminar Objectives | Outline | Instructor's Background | Technical Requirements

E-Seminar Objectives
•    Gain a comprehensive understanding of how a healthy heart functions—basic anatomy and physiology.
•    Examine how to prevent heart disease.
•    Understand the importance of gender in effective diagnosis and treatment.
•    Consider the future of heart care—from genetic therapies to robotic surgery.
•    Learn the specific warning signs, diagnostic approaches, and possible treatment plans for leading forms of heart disease, including coronary artery disease, aortic stenosis, mitral valve prolapse, hypertension, arrhythmia, hypertrophy, myopathy, and tumors.

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Outline
1. Introduction
2. Anatomy of a Healthy Heart
3. Diagnosis
4. Prevention
5. Treating Women
6. Future Diagnostic and Therapeutic Techniques
7. Coronary Artery Disease
8. Valvular Heart Disease
9. Hypertension
10. Arrhythmia
11. Myopathy
12. Systemic Diseases

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Instructor's Background
Instructor's Background
Dr. Benjamin H. Lewis is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at Columbia University and an attending physician at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, the New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York. After receiving his B.A. in biological sciences from the University of California at Berkeley, he attended the University of California at San Francisco Medical School. Dr. Lewis then continued his training with an internship at the University of Pennsylvania, followed by his residency at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. Upon completing a two-year fellowship at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Dr. Lewis returned to Columbia-Presbyterian in 1982. He has remained with Columbia ever since.

Dr. Lewis has devoted his career to the primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease. His particular focus is on the increased use of lifestyle approaches, medical therapies, and noninvasive, nonradioactive techniques—in particular, ultrasound—for the diagnosis and management of heart-disease patients.

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Technical Requirements
You will need to use a computer with Internet access to complete this course. We recommend the following minimum configurations:

IBM-COMPATIBLE PC
Windows 95, 98, 2000, XP, or NT
64 MB of RAM (128 recommended)
Monitor: 800x600 resolution recommended
Connection: Internet service and 56K modem minimum
Browser: Internet Explorer 4 or above (Internet Explorer 5 strongly recommended) or Netscape 4.7 or above
Sound Card (if you can hear audio you have a sound card)
Plug-ins: RealPlayer 7 or later; Flash Player 5 or later; Acrobat Reader 5 or later
(all plug-ins are free)

MACINTOSH
MAC OS 8.6 or higher
64 MB of RAM (128 recommended)
Monitor: 800x600 resolution recommended
Connection: Internet service and 56K modem minimum
Browser: Internet Explorer 5 or above or Netscape 4.7 or above
Sound Card (if you can hear audio you have a sound card)
Plug-ins: RealPlayer 7 or later; Flash Player 5 or later; Acrobat Reader 5 or later
(all plug-ins are free)

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