Eugene Braunwald: Heart to Heart

braunwald Eugene Braunwald, who gets credit for presiding over the modern science of cardiology, is reminding us how little, in fact, the best doctors and textbooks professed to know about heart attacks when he got to medical school around 1950. A heart attack was considered a bolt out of the blue or an act of god. They couldn’t be anticipated; they could barely be  treated. On rough average, it took a heart attack patient 12 hours to get the hospital and be seen by a doctor; a third died on the way; a third died when they got there, specially when they were set apart at great distance from the nurse’s station to give the injured hearts a chance to rest. It was World War II that triggered a tremendous change, when American doctors at the front faced  troops whose chests had already been blown open by bullets and shrapnel. By the end of the war there was no question that the beating heart could  be operated on, and the rest – open heart surgery, bypasses, catheters, stents, and the miracle drugs – is history. Dr. Braunwald says he had a hell of a ride through a half century of “the era of  the heart;” if he were starting again today he says he’d want to be plunging into the era of the brain, hoping to do for alzheimer’s what he did for sudden death by heart attack.

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  • Ley Westcott

    Sorry to have missed the show. I’m wondering if Dr. Braunwald has knowledge of Microcurrent technology (applied biophysics, electromagnetism, principally ) in Cardiology? Used for over 30 years at Columbia University, NYC Orthopedics, under Andrew Bassett, MD, to successfully heal non-union fractures that would otherwise require amputation of involved limb. Most research into application of this technology to biology, after the surge in the late 19th/early 20th centuries, post-James Clerk Maxwell’s unification of Electricity and Magnetism as reciprocal expressions of the same physical force of Nature, having been done in the late Soviet Union through their Space program — SCENAR, PEMFS (Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields), etc. in the 1970s. My own recent preliminary experience w/Microcurrent, in attempting to heal 48+ yr.-old injuries, including inoperable herniated disc, radiculopathies & soft tissue/other injuries, has been exceptionally promising. Microcurrent approaches the actual amperage our cells use to “communicate” w/each other/facilitate our biochemistry/physiology. At ‘the heart’ of the heart & Cardiology, the heart cells/tissue evolved to beat in synchrony, driven by bio-electromechanical energy which could not exist absent electromagnetic induction. What drives all biochemistry/physiology. The uses to which Microcurrent, as well PEMFs – especially w/micro-chip-enabled biofeedback modulation – are apparently unlimited. It is already being used w/great success though most – including most MDs – have never even heard of these technologies. MRIs, used very usefully in diagnostic imaging, rely on similar principles/technology and they have become widespread. And yet the implications for Microcurrent/PEMFs are far more significant, it appears, for health/healing. A good subject for future inquiry, I hope, on RadioOpenSource. A very important technology/subject needing the light of day, too long known only to a rarified few.