A column devoted to informative integrative
health resources on the Internet
The August-Sept 2004 Townsend
Letter included my Web Page Potpourri
column on cardiovascular disease, available online at http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0ISW/is_253-254/ai_n6176291.
This column focuses on visual resources: charts, animations, pictures,
and videos related to the heart and to heart health.
To the Heart of the Matter
You might not believe what Stu Baker was given to eat when he went
to the ICU for severe heart trouble: Bacon, eggs, French toast with
butter, and milk! His care ranged from the truly awful to the wonderful
(depending on the hospital). His site features before and after-surgery
images of his left anterior descending artery.
Making Yourself Heart Attack Proof
This 62-minute talk by Caldwell Esselstyn is essential viewing! He
begins by noting that "Coronary artery disease really need never
exist, and if it does exist, it need never progress." This important
presentation can be watched in full-screen format.
Resolving the Coronary Artery Disease Epidemic through Plant-Based
The most powerful parts of this Preventive
Cardiology journal article
by Dr. Esselstyn are the pictures. The first caption reads, "Coronary
angiograms of the distal left anterior descending artery before and
after 32 months of a plant-based diet without cholesterol-lowering
medication, showing profound improvement."
Human Heart Pictures
Just Plain Links
Heart Disease & Circulatory System
The Hardin Meta Directory contains links to the best medical links
directories on the web. (It is a "meta" directory simply
because it contains links to links.) However, for a select list of
topics—when they couldn't find enough great links directories—the
creators of this web site developed their own link content. Human Heart
Pictures is a truly superb collection. Be sure to check the "Just
Plain Links" for the other topics—approximately one-third
of them are pictorial. The third URL above is a general Heart Disease & Circulatory
System meta directory. Look for the following "picture-enhanced" directory
- Angina +Pictures
- Atherosclerosis +Pictures
- Congestive Heart Failure +Pictures
- High Blood Pressure +Pictures
Medical Images and Illustrations
This is another core site, including 40 links to image-rich cardiology
Modeling the Heart
Most of us will never come close to having the talent of Joe Lertola.
His artwork has graced the pages of national magazines, including a
story on "A Woman's Heart" in Time magazine. His
website includes a tutorial on how to draw the heart and the arteries
that flow on its surface. The tutorial requires considerable expertise
in technical illustration, but it is certainly interesting to look
Computed Tomography Angiography
Four very large video files (24+ megabytes) allow you to visualize
the heart in three dimensions. You can view normal coronary arteries,
a coronary artery stent, bypass grafts, and also peripheral circulation
(in the legs). These videos were taken from live subjects who were
injected with special dye.
Braunwald Atlas of Heart Diseases
This Atlas of Heart Diseases from Pfizer allows you to download slides
for presentations and lectures. Not surprisingly, the information is
fairly mainstream. For instance, I got this message: "Your search
for 'chelation' produced 0 results." (The search
term "hypertension" yielded 483 results.) The site contains
a prominent link to Pfizer's pharmaceutical solution. The slides
are available for personal use, but be sure to check the copyright
information on the help page for details.
Scroll down the page to check out the flash-based tutorials on Coronary
Angiogram and Angioplasty and the Echocardiography Stress Test
Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery
This illustration of heart bypass surgery makes it look like a form
of torture. It's as good a reason as any to watch the Esselstyn
talk, "Making Yourself Heart Attack Proof" referenced above..
I am still trying to find a picture of a patient with a post-surgical
breastbone scar from standard heart bypass surgery. Seems hospitals
prefer the artist's illustrations to showing the real thing.
Minimally Invasive Direct-Visualized CABG
I can only read a few words (the English ones) on this Japanese website,
but it is certainly a compelling site, due to the photographs and illustrations
showing minimally invasive, direct-visualized CABG. Pronounced "cabbage," CABG
stands for Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery, also known as heart
bypass surgery. The minimally invasive kind leaves a smaller scar (but
still cuts through skin and bone to get to the heart, of course).
Coronary Artery Disease Treatment - Surgery
This includes similar content, in English.
Consult this illustration to locate the cephalic and great saphenous
veins, and brachial and radial arteries.
When litigants bring medical cases to court, their lawyers use high-quality
medical illustrations, animations, and anatomical models. All the images
on this site are copyrighted. You may view samples online, prior to
On many of these images, if you "mouse-over" the image,
the labels are revealed. If you click on the image, you get an extended
This is the English cardiology page from Medical University in Irkutsk,
Russia. If you click on "Russian," you won't get
a translated page. Instead you will get separate Russian content. They
note: "Unlike most Internet directories that return far too many
random choices, we do permanent analysis to choose only professional
and content-rich sites."
Animations and Illustrations
Illustrations and animations from angina to ventrical septal defects.
(2/06: Both links redirect you to the same
Here is a small collection of heart-shaped patents since 1980, including
the heart-shaped pizza pan, heart-shaped candy box, and the love unicorn
(adorned with hearts).
Valentine's Day History, Symbols,
Folklore, and Phobias
Against a soft red backdrop, this site shares some history on the
origin of Valentine's Day, and considers some shapely ideas on how
valentine got its heart.
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