The medical world can be a confusing place. Patients and their families might feel overwhelmed by the large vocabularies and complicated explanations they get from their health care providers. Students entering health care also struggle to grasp the complexity of health sciences, and are forced to memorize huge amounts of information. We hope to make understanding the medical world a bit easier. Look around! These videos do not provide medical advice and are for informational purposes only. The videos are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking it because of something you have read or seen in any video.
Coronary artery disease - clogging of the arteries supplying the heart- is the cause of about 30% of all deaths globally, making it the leading cause of death. Stroke is a similarly debilitating condition that results from lack of perfusion to the brain. Unfortunately, patients with heart disease are more likely to suffer from heart disease and vice versa. You will come to an understanding of the pathophysiology behind these common diseases and how they relate to one another.
With a name that derives from the Greek word for “thin,” the leptin hormone regulates the amount of fat stored in the body by controlling the feeling of hunger. It was discovered in 1994, with high hopes that it would provide a groundbreaking treatment for a growing national epidemic of obesity. After an extensive clinical trial, those hopes were dashed.
To understand the critical importance of the heart requires taking a step back so we understand the needs of each cell in our body. Remember that our body is composed of over 10 trillion cells that work together in remarkable unity (a lesson in good governance!).