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A Series by David Grubin
Episode 1
Endlessly Beating
The Replacement Heart
Episode 2
The Spark of Life
Anatomy of a Pacemaker
Episode 3
The Silent Killer
Myths & Misconceptions
Tour of the Heart
Healthy Heart Guide
History of Cardiplogy
Patient Updates
Outreach Toolkit

Episode 3: The Silent Killer
A heart attack can strike at any time and without warning. In minutes it can irreparably damage our hardest working muscle - the heart. And for many, a heart attack is the first sign of heart disease - the world's number one killer.

This hour of THE MYSTERIOUS HUMAN HEART explores the causes of heart disease. How does cholesterol affect the heart? Obesity? Smoking? High blood pressure? How does stress affect the heart? Genetics? The program examines the causes behind the growing epidemic and what the world's leading scientists are doing to fight it.

Episode Credits

What is Atherosclerosis?
It is the culprit behind heart attacks and many strokes, and it's on the rise around the world. Find out what it means to the inside of your arteries, and what you can do to lower your risk.
Myths and Misconceptions Quiz
Think you know a lot about the human heart? The facts may surprise you. Test your knowledge of heart health in the Myths and Misconceptions Quiz.
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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