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SHAPE Raises Heart Attack Awareness on CBS Channel 11
Date:3/29/2009

Great Day Houston with Debra Duncan featured former Olympic skating champion, Peggy Fleming, and Dr. Morteza Naghavi of SHAPE as they advocate for heart health awareness and heart attack prevention.

Houston, Texas (PRWEB) March 28, 2009 -- Every year over 650,000 people who have no prior symptoms of heart disease suddenly experience a heart attack. Of 136,905 patients hospitalized with a heart attack, more than 75 percent had cholesterol levels not considered high enough for treatment. In fact, normal levels of bad cholesterol and a normal blood pressure do not necessarily indicate a low risk of a heart attack. It is unfortunate that most heart attack victims could have been alerted to their risk and possibly saved if they had known the importance of getting an imaging based assessment of whether their arteries contained plaque (deposits of cholesterol) or not; such assessment - added to the routine risk factor based assessment - improves the early identification of subjects at risk for heart attacks.

Last Tuesday, March 24, the Society for Heart Attack Prevention and Eradication (SHAPE) and former Olympic figure skater, Peggy Fleming, made their guest appearance on KHOU Channel 11's Great Day Houston with Debra Duncan to promote heart health awareness and the significance of early detection, prevention, and treatment of heart attack.

SHAPE also performed an on-site risk assessment screening of Great Day Houston's audience member, Lisa E. Boucher. Surprisingly, the results revealed that Boucher was, indeed, at risk of having a heart attack. Morteza Naghavi, founder of SHAPE and Chairman of the SHAPE Task Force,
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