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March 5, 2006

This time we interview cardiologist Dr. Wes Fisher, and Laurie Anderson of WebMD, about heart attacks, heart attack prevention, and the latest information on cardiac health. Also, Homeland Security Assistant Secretary Stewart Baker talks about the Dubai Ports deal, and comments on some port security suggestions from Frank J.

The heart stuff is near and dear to our, er, hearts, since Helen had a heart attack six years ago and now sports an implantable pacemaker/defibrillator. We learn how men and women differ in this area, what the latest research suggests about diet, exercise, and supplements like CoEnzyme Q10, Folic Acid, etc. Our guests also answer some questions from Helen’s blog readers about heart health and coping with the aftermath of heart attacks. It turns out that women as young as 18 years old can be at risk for heart attacks, and that traditional medical tests often miss those. (Dr. Fisher also sells medical t-shirts, like the one worn by Helen in the picture at right, at Medtees.com).

Stewart Baker is the Assistant Secretary for Policy at the Department of Homeland Security. He talks about the Dubai Ports deal, and the security issues involved. He also responds to some comments from Jim Dunnigan and Austin Bay on previous podcasts, and comments on blogger Frank J. Fleming’s suggestions on ways to improve port security. Hey, if you want to think outside the box, there’s no better place to start than Frank J. — he lives outside the box.

Anyway, you can listen directly by clicking here (no iPod needed!) or you can get it via iTunes here.

There’s also a podcast archive here, and lo-fi versions suitable for dialup are here.

As always, my lovely and talented co-host is taking suggestions and comments.

Music is from “Suitcase and a Gun,” by the Nebraska Guitar Militia, off the album Four Pickups of the Apocalypse.

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