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Heart to Heart
For the Escarcega family, their worst nightmare becomes a harrowing reality. Their newborn baby is slowly dying from congenital heart disease. Doctors tell them it's the beginning of the end...unless a heart becomes available for transplant surgery. "Heart to Heart" follows Baby David's journey and reflects on the pioneering efforts…
Take Heart - The Quest to Rid Australasia of Rheumatic Heart Disease
Today, thousands of indigenous Australian children are at risk of contracting Acute Rheumatic Fever (ARF) from a common sore throat (Strep Throat) or from the transmission of Strep A bacterium through infectious skin sore (Scabies). If these vulnerable children are not quickly identified as being symptomatic (with fever or joint…
Baby Blue
Each year in Egypt alone, 20,000 children are diagnosed with congenital heart disease. Roukaia, a 2- year-old girl from Alexandria, Egypt, received her death sentence the day she was born. Watch as doctors from opposite sides of the globe work together to save thousands of cyanotic children who are waiting…
Last Chance
For many, the difference between life and death depends on the country they were born in. Like 14-year-old Holman and 8-year-old Eva, who were both born with heart disease in Nicaragua. In their country, even if children survive the surgery, they run a high risk of dying from infection in…
Why Pain Matters
One out of every three people suffers from chronic pain - pain that either never goes away or returns again and again. Although pain is a universal experience, there are ways you can manage pain effectively - and live an enjoyable and fulfilling life. Learn from case studies of people…
Mindfulness: Heart Healing to Manage Stress
There's a lot of misunderstanding about meditation out there. Learn how to leverage mindfulness as a tool and a practice. From mindful breathing to mindful eating to loving-kindness meditation, find out why being mindful can help you build a more positive relationship with stress.
Yoga for a Healthy Heart
Yoga can lead to a healthier heart by providing a transition from a more sedentary lifestyle to a more active one. Trace the steps that will help you gradually build your yoga practice. Learn two new breathing exercises together with asanas that include warrior 1, knee-to-chest, and bridge.
Heart: Coronary Heart Disease
Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease, means diseases of the heart and blood vessels, which may lead to angina or heart attack. It can strike at any age, even childhood. People facing heart problems are often unsure of what the future holds. This Speaking From Experience program offers offer first-hand accounts…
Heart: Cardiomyopathy / Heart failure
Cardiomyopathy is a weakness of the heart muscle. It has many causes and often leads to heart failure when the needs of the body are not met by the weakened heart. It is estimated that 300,000 Australians are living with heart failure. Not all people with Cardiomyopathy develop symptoms of…
Which Germs in Your Daily Life Matter?
Microbes are all around us--the question is "What do we have to worry about?" From airplanes to restaurants, hotel rooms to your master bathroom, learn how you can protect yourself from germs without becoming totally obsessed with them. Is there any truth to the Five Second Rule? Find out in…
Living With Heart Disease
Heart disease affects the arteries of the heart and is caused by a build up of fatty deposits, which cause a narrowing of the artery, making it difficult for blood to pass through effectively. Heart disease affects almost 700,000 people in Australia. This "Speaking from Experience" program offers first-hand accounts…
Heart of the Man
In this program we learn Sir Magdi Yacoub is more than a surgeon. He believes in promoting preventative medicine, in training younger surgeons, and in researching and pioneering innovative life-saving surgical techniques.