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October 1st, 2010 · Leave a Comment

Sleep Apnea and Heart Study

By Admin

Sleep disordered breathing, also known as sleep apnea, is highly prevalent among retired National Football League (NFL) players, and particularly in linemen, according to Mayo Clinic research. This research, involving 167 players, and conducted in collaboration with the Living Heart Foundation and other partners, adds to the growing body of research examining the relationship between sleep apnea and heart disease, the researchers say. Dr. Virend Somers, a Mayo Clinic cardiologist who helped guide the study, addresses the study findings and how it can relate to everyone.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3igvGV3QwI

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Tags: heart disease, Mayo Clinic, NFL, podcast, sleep apnea, sleep disordered breathing, study, Virend Somers


August 16th, 2010 · Leave a Comment

Medical Experts for Media – Cardiology

By Shawn Bishop

Michael Ackerman, M.D. Ph.D.
Raymond Gibbons, M.D.
Stephen Hammill, M.D.
Sharonne Hayes, M.D.
Stephen Kopecky, M.D.
Steve Ommen, M.D.
Charanjit (Chet) Rihal, M.D.
Virend Somers, M.D., Ph.D.
Andre Terzic, M.D., Ph.D.

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Michael J. Ackerman, M.D., Ph.D., a pediatric cardiologist and specialist in genetic heart diseases that cause sudden cardiac death in the young, such as long QT syndrome, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and sudden infant death syndrome

  • Director, Mayo Clinic’s Long QT Syndrome Clinic and Windland Smith Rice Sudden Death Genomics Laboratory
  • Author of more than 180 scientific articles
  • Inducted into the American Society of Clinical Investigation, 2010
  • President, Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes (SADS) Foundation, 2006-present
  • 25th Young Investigator Award, Society for Pediatric Research, 2007

Media Experience:

Extensive interview experience with local and national, print and broadcast media, including Wall Street Journal and “The Early Show.”

Sample Interview:

CBS - The Early Show

To schedule an interview, call:

Media Relations Consultant Traci Klein (507-284-5005)

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Raymond Gibbons, M.D., a nationally-recognized expert on coronary artery disease, cardiac imaging, stress testing, practice guidelines and health care policy

  • President, American Heart Association, 2006-2007
  • Chaired writing committees for past American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) guidelines on stable angina and exercise testing
  • Currently serves on national committees for:
    • Practice guidelines methodology, Institute of Medicine (IOM)
    • Cardiovascular prevention, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
    • Secondary prevention, AHA
    • Imaging measures, National Quality Forum (NQF)
  • Profiled on Heart.org in 2009 and in Princeton Alumni Weekly (http://paw.princeton.edu/issues/2010/07/07/pages/8691/) in 2010

Media Experience:

Interview experience for past decade with national print and broadcast media, including CNN, ABC News and C-SPAN.

To schedule an interview, call:

Media Relations Consultant Traci Klein (507-284-5005)

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Stephen Hammill, M.D., an expert in atrial fibrillation, cardiac arrhythmias and tachycardias, electrocardiography, implantable cardioverter defibrillators, radiofrequency catheter ablation and syncope

  • Director, Electrocardiography Laboratory, Mayo Clinic, Minnesota
  • Member, Executive Committee, National Atrial Fibrillation Ablation Registry (SAFARI)
  • Chair, Steering Committee, National Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICD) Registry
  • Distinguished Service Award, Heart Rhythm Society, 2007
  • Member, Electrophysiology Certification Test Writing Committee, American Board of Internal Medicine, 2000-2006
  • President, Heart Rhythm Society, 2004-2005
  • Member, Board of Governors and Management Board for the National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR), American College of Cardiology
  • Author of more than 500 abstracts, scientific manuscripts, book chapters and review articles

Media Experience:

Interview experience with local print and national print and broadcast media, including ABC News, The New York Times, CBS’s “The Early Show” and Reuters.

To schedule an interview, call:

Media Relations Consultant Traci Klein (507-284-5005)

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Sharonne Hayes, M.D., a specialist in heart disease in women and sex-based research of cardiovascular conditions; risk factors and prevention; reduction of health disparities, especially for women and minorities.

  • Founder and Director, Women’s Heart Clinic, Mayo Clinic, Minnesota
  • Helped develop the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute’s Heart Truth campaign
  • Co-authored the American Heart Association’s prevention guidelines for women
  • Co-produced the Emmy-nominated Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) show “Call to Action: Women and Heart Disease”
  • Governing Board, WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, 2008-present
  • Medical Director, Science and Leadership Symposium for Women with Heart Disease, 2002-present
  • Woman's Day Red Dress Award, Woman's Day magazine, 2007
  • Invited Speaker, National Wear Red Day at the White House, 2004
  • Wenger Award for Excellence in Healthcare, WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, 2002

Media Experience:

Extensive interview experience with local and national print and broadcast media, including The Early Show, Good Morning America, CNN, PBS, The Dr. Oz Show and The Today Show.

Sample Interviews:

ABC News

The Campaign for Mayo Clinic

To schedule an interview, call:

Media Relations Consultant Traci Klein (507-284-5005)

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Stephen Kopecky, M.D., an expert in the role of inflammation in cardiovascular disease and the role that lifestyle – including diet, exercise and proper nutrition – has in the prevention of cardiovascular disease

  • Director of Education, Cardiovascular Health Clinic, Mayo Clinic, Minnesota
  • Recipient of multiple "Teacher of the Year" awards from Mayo's Division of Cardiovascular Diseases and Department of Internal Medicine
  • Author of more than 80 scientific articles and more than 15 book chapters

Media Experience:

Interview experience with local, national and international print and broadcast media, including Newsweek, “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer,” The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, “The Early Show” and Reader’s Digest.

Sample Interviews:

ABC World News with Diane Sawyer

Mayo Clinic: 4 Ways to Prevent Heart Attack

To schedule an interview, call:

Media Relations Consultant Traci Klein (507-284-5005)

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Steve Ommen, M.D., a specialist in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

  • Director, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Clinic, Mayo Clinic, Minnesota
  • Vice Chair, Education in Cardiovascular Diseases, Mayo Clinic, Minnesota
  • Co-director, Cardiovascular Review Course for Cardiology Boards and Recertification, Mayo Clinic, Minnesota
  • Director, Cardiovascular Grand Rounds, Mayo Clinic, Minnesota
  • Author of more than 90 scientific articles
  • Excellence in Teaching Recognition, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, 2005
  • Member, Editorial Board, Journal of the American College of Cardiology
  • Manuscript Reviewer, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, American Journal of Cardiology, American Heart Journal, Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography and Circulation
  • Abstract Grader, Scientific sessions, American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association

Media Experience:

Interview experience with national print and broadcast media, including ESPN, The New York Times and Washington Post.

Sample Interview:

Mayo Clinic: Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Overview

To schedule an interview, call:

Media Relations Consultant Traci Klein (507-284-5005)

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Charanjit (Chet) Rihal, M.D., an expert in interventional therapies and treatment for the heart and aortic valve; acute coronary syndromes; apical ballooning syndrome (also known as broken heart syndrome); and the management of quality and costs in coronary artery disease

  • Chair, Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, Mayo Clinic, Minnesota
  • Director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, Mayo Clinic, Minnesota
  • Recipient of the W. Proctor Harvey, M.D., Young Teacher Award, American College of Cardiology, 1999
  • Recipient of the Cardiovascular Teacher of the Year Award eight times, Mayo Clinic, Minnesota
  • Author of more than 250 scientific articles, book chapters and editorials

Interview experience with national print and broadcast media, including ABC News, CBS News, Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.

Sample Interviews:

ABC News

Mayo Clinic: Stent Study

To schedule an interview, call:

Media Relations Consultant Traci Klein (507-284-5005)

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Virend Somers, M.D., Ph.D., a specialist in sleep and its interaction with circulatory control

  • Director, Clinical Research Unit Sleep Core Laboratory and Cardiovascular Core Laboratory, Mayo Clinic, Minnesota
  • International Director, International Clinical Research Center, Brno, Czech Republic
  • Performs joint research projects with researchers at academic medical centers in Italy, Poland, the Czech Republic, Germany and Belgium
  • Received Sleep Academic Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Fellow and Established Investigator, American Heart Association
  • Elected to the American Society of Clinical Investigation, 1999
  • Author of more than 350 scientific articles
  • Twice awarded the Demuth Prize for excellence and originality in hypertension research by the International Society of Hypertension
  • American Society of Hypertension Young Scholar Award
  • Associate Editor, Sleep, Chest, Hypertension and Italian Heart Journal
  • Chair, Writing Committee, American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology/NIH Scientific Statement on Sleep Apnea and Cardiovascular Disease
  • Member, Steering Committee, National Sleep Research Network

Media Experience:

Interview experience with local broadcast and national print media, including ABC News and CNN.

To schedule an interview, call:

Media Relations Consultant Traci Klein (507-284-5005)

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Andre Terzic, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Director, Cardiovascular Research Laboratory, Mayo Clinic, Minnesota
  • Director, Cardiovascular Research Center, Mayo Clinic, Minnesota
  • Lead Mayo Clinic physician/scientist in regenerative medicine programs
  • Pioneer in the development of stem cell platforms for heart repair
  • Past President, American Society of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
  • Author of more than 300 scientific articles
  • Speaks English, French, Greek and Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian

Media Experience:

Interview experience with local, national and international print and broadcast media.

Sample Interview:

Mayo Clinic: Dr. Andre Terzic - Smart Stem Cells

Radio Television Serbia

To schedule an interview, call:

Media Relations Consultant Bob Nellis (507-284-5005)

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Tags: Andre Terzic, cardiology, Charanjit Rihal, heart & heart surgery, Mayo Clinic, Medical Experts, Michael Ackerman, Raymond Gibbons, Robert Simari, Sharonne Hayes, Stephen Hammill, Stephen Kopeky, Steve Ommen, Virend Somers


February 28th, 2010 · Leave a Comment

Misleading Aspirin Email

By Shawn Bishop

We have been informed of a recently circulated email regarding the use of aspirin, which included mention of Dr. Virend Somers and of Mayo Clinic. Neither Dr. Somers nor Mayo Clinic contributed to this email, which contains some information that is inaccurate and potentially harmful. We recommend that you speak with your physician if you have specific questions.

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Tags: aspirin, email, Mayo Clinic, Virend Somers