For Immediate Release
Contact: Kristin Tutino, (585) 258-0253


(Rochester, NY) March 29, 2007 – With recent reports questioning the benefits of angioplasty and stents, WXXI’s live-call in show Heart Health: A Second Opinion Special (special website), airing Tuesday, April 3 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV 21 (cable 11), comes at a crucial time as Americans try to decipher new information about heart health. The 60-minute special features one of the most popular Second Opinion episodes on heart health and heart attacks. Immediately following the episode, leading national medical experts join WXXI’s Elissa Orlando in studio to discuss new studies relating to heart health, medications, stents and surgery. The panel will also answer questions from viewers live on the air, and offer a list of helpful web sites and phone numbers.  This special is part of WXXI’s HealthyYou initiative, a project designed to help connect people with the resources needed to take charge of their health.

The Second Opinion heart health episode will explain how to recognize the symptoms of cardiac ischemia, which is when not enough blood and oxygen are flowing into the heart muscle. This can severely damage the heart and lead to a heart attack. The episode also discusses treatment and ways to prevent it.

Immediately following the episode, Elissa Orlando will open up the phone lines and introduce the evening’s panelists: Dr. Gladys Velarde, Founder and Director of the Women’s Heart Program at the Strong Heart and Vascular Center, and Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine; and Dr. Richard Pomerantz, Chief of Clinical Cardiology, Director of the Cardiovascular Fellowship Training Program, and Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Airing on more than 200 PBS stations across the country, Second Opinion brings together real doctors, tackling real-life medical cases in a way never seen before. Hosted by nationally acclaimed Dr. Peter Salgo, the weekly seriesis produced by WXXI Public Broadcasting, West 175 Productions and the University of Rochester Medical Center. The series is endorsed by both the American Hospital Association and the Association of Academic Health Centers. Dr. Roger Oskvig, an acknowledged leader in Gerontology and Associate Professor of Medicine at URMC, is the series’ principal medical advisor. National underwriting for Second Opinion is provided by The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.


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