Solving the Mysteries of Heart Disease: Life-Saving Answers Ignored by the Medical Establishment

Solving the Mysteries of Heart Disease: Life-Saving Answers Ignored by the Medical Establishment

by Gerald D. Buckberg


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A world-renowned cardiac surgeon and researcher reveals proven treatments for heart diseases – are not being used by the medical community.

Solving the Mysteries of Heart Disease describes the passionate lifelong journey of Dr. Gerald Buckberg, whose early discoveries have already helped save the lives of 25,000,000 heart disease patients. Yet Buckberg and his teams have pioneered additional advances that may save millions more – advances that are being ignored by the medical establishment.

These include breakthroughs that reverse congestive heart failure, treat sudden death/cardiac arrest with 80% survival (compared to the current rate of 15%), avoid heart muscle damage after an acute heart attack (that can lead to heart failure), and significantly improve effectiveness of pacemakers. Few families are untouched by one of these or the other conditions described in this book.

A Distinguished Professor of Surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Dr. Buckberg’s initial landmark research dramatically transformed high-risk open heart operations into the routine procedures they are today. Over 85% of cardiac surgeons in the United States use his techniques. So why haven’t his team’s subsequent groundbreaking discoveries yet been adopted as standard practice?

The personal story of a relentless quest to solve problems long thought insurmountable, Solving the Mysteries of Heart Disease tells of triumphs over formidable odds and initial failures. It provides a deep understanding of how the heart works and what happens when things go wrong. At the same time, Buckberg exposes why the medical field has been too slow to adopt treatments proven effective in patients in the U.S. and internationally – remedies that could create a revolution in healthcare.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780999847206
Publisher: Gerald D. Buckberg, M.D.
Publication date: 06/18/2018
Pages: 552
Sales rank: 177,912
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.19(d)

About the Author

Internationally recognized for his groundbreaking achievements in the field of cardiac medicine, Gerald David Buckberg was a Distinguished Professor of Cardiac Surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. His early landmark discovery of blood cardioplegia has dramatically increased the safety of open heart operations. It is used by over 85% of United States surgeons and by 75% of surgeons worldwide. Dr. Buckberg's teams have developed new treatments for acute myocardial infarction (heart attacks) that restore healthy function and avoid the development of congestive heart failure. He later formed an international team of leading surgeons and cardiologists to successfully restore healthy function to congestive heart failure patients. Further breakthroughs by Dr. Buckberg were made in treating sudden death syndrome (cardiac arrest), avoiding heart muscle damage in blue babies, remedying disorders relating to the septum, and improving pacemaker effectiveness. He also formulated a new structural understanding of why the heart beats normally, and yet fails during disease.

Table of Contents

Foreword by James L. Cox vii

Introduction: Exploring Uncharted Territories 1

Chapter 1 Truth Will Win… But When 9

Chapter 2 A Series of Fortunate Events, Encounters, and Lessons 17

Chapter 3 A Compelling New Path 25

Chapter 4 Becoming an Investigator 39

Chapter 5 Great Expectations 49

Chapter 6 Discovery: Myocardial Protection and Blood Cardioplegia 69

Chapter 7 Improvement: Cardioplegia Saves Lives 89

Chapter 8 Y ou Don’t Have to Die of a Heart Attack 105

Chapter 9 Restoring Life to a “Dead” Heart 123

Chapter 10 Reoxygenation Injury: If a Little Oxygen Is Good, Is a Lot Better? 147

Chapter 11 Back from the Dead: Sudden Death and the Lazarus Syndrome 171

Chapter 12 Unwitnessed Arrest Part I: The Never Taken Pathway 191

Chapter 13 Unwitnessed Arrest Part II: Expansion, Rejection, and Future Realities 205

Chapter 14 The Teacher’s Highest Reward 219

Chapter 15 Unanticipated Interlude 239

Chapter 16 Congestive Heart Failure: Education to Enactment 255

Chapter 17 Congestive Heart Failure: Enactment 279

Chapter 18 Paco: Exploring the New Horizon 305

Chapter 19 Art and Science: Nature’s Grand Design 331

Chapter 20 The Helix and Heart Failure: The Dilated Heart, Footballs, and Basketballs 359

Chapter 21 Art and Science: The Helix and Heart Video 381

Chapter 22 Diastolic Dysfunction: Contracting Longer but Not Better 395

Chapter 23 Art and Science: The Cardiac Dance; Spirals of Life 415

Chapter 24 The Case of the Missing Link: The Septum 427

Chapter 25 Art and Science: Stonehenge and the Heart 451

Chapter 26 The Helix and Cardiac Disease: The Riddle of Pacemakers 469

Chapter 27 Life: My Art and My Science 493

Epilogue: My Journey 509

Resources/Overview 513

Reference List 515

Image Credits 527

Index 531

About the Author 539

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