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A Series by David Grubin


Lesson Plan: THE SILENT KILLER


Video Clip for HERE WE GO A-(DATA)-GATHERIN'


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This segment describes and illustrates the conditions of atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease. It then introduces the Framingham Heart Study, which was a revolutionary way to gather and analyze information about the increasing problem of heart disease and heart attacks.

Discussion Questions:
  • How does atherosclerosis affect the arteries?

  • What is the more common cause of heart attacks?

  • What are the different ways that doctors use to treat blocked arteries?

  • What was the Framingham Heart Study?

  • What does the term degenerative disease mean?

  • What kind of information did the Framingham researchers gather?

  • What did the researchers want to find out from the information gathered in the Framingham Heart Study?

  • Did the study begin with a hypothesis? Why or why not?

  • What were some of the challenges that the researchers faced?

  • What were the findings of the Framingham Heart Study?

  • How has this study proved useful?

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Funding is provided by Medtronic, AstraZeneca, and Mars, Incorporated - makers of CocoaVia. Additional funding is provided by the Fannie E. Rippel Foundation. A co-production of David Grubin Productions, Thirteen/WNET New York and WETA Washington, D.C.
Medtronic AsrtaZeneca MARS Thirteen/WNET NEW YORK