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-- Hello of the health blog I'm Dr.
Nearly one point five million Americans.
Live with a pacemaker -- in the US that -- is expected to rise in the next few years because of our aging population.
Well renowned dancer actress and choreographer Debbie Allen.
Is good to talk about -- you campaign to educate people about their options.
So thank you for being here absolutely.
To mean so what.
-- was still within -- the the big question everybody wants to know why did you team up with Medtronic and it is says national counsel for the because.
Heart issues are something that is very important to me -- my whole family.
We've had heart disease and my family for as long as I can remember my.
Grandmother died of it my father died having my -- -- in my times.
My uncle Joseph was first one of the first you know heart transplant the -- -- and recently my theory dearest -- doctor mine does Tina.
Had to get a pacemaker.
And I was really you know really you know worried about him.
And I was looking into the hole pacemakers situation and did not compatible with MR rise which is such an important diagnostic tool.
And he wasn't famous dancer choreographer probably very familiar with MRI I am -- hit.
I thought I could write an idol because -- double -- you know forget that didn't show that you were one of the shows that you were again and being a judge for a lot of dancers in -- -- the first -- been sent to the hospital again tomorrow night.
This week it will tell you.
A better diagnosis.
Than anything about what's going on with the soft tissue so that's the brain heart and all the must muscles all of that so.
MRSA in -- so now there is new technology.
You know when you go if somebody is gonna -- making you don't think about.
I'll do have a choice should I say what kind you know when you go to get a car you test drive they -- options that people need to know exists.
Yet but a bit let's let's explain a little bit because what -- you have to remember and -- -- for folks out there MRIs of magnetic resonance is basically gigantic magnate actually you have any metal in your body.
And you can't beat that machine and that's the problem with that the kind of the standard pacemakers but this standard pace that I -- a metal you know the medal -- devices that you have a chance of course this.
Basically keeps your heart rhythm checked so when you have that and you have an accident you cannot utilize the MRI and -- Not utilizing right now there's new technology so tell me about that technology so there's new technology.
That's available it's -- -- stand technology.
And if you go on to joined pacemakers dot com you'll see everything we hope everybody will ask questions about learn about so you can no.
If this comes into your life for anybody in your family you -- to ask that question because after an -- Mundo didn't get the kind.
That allows him to have an -- so now -- does he do what does he do right at.
And you know the technology the good thing about Medtronic is such an important company because they're always.
Thinking ahead and I think you know it takes a lot of years for -- these technologies to come to fruition and I mean you know many years of studies and of course have to be approved by the FDA.
But it is important because we utilize you know diagnostic tools more and more every day and and we need to have you know -- like everything you know.
We're becoming more electronic and electronic is becoming more diagnostics or somewhere along the line we'll get a dance the -- -- make it work -- -- and that's it.
-- edit it right dancing and let's talk a little bit about heart disease because I'm very impress.
I'd always been on it always fascinates me when celebrities like yourself and you know you're such an accomplished.
Dancer choreographers and -- acting.
You have your school in LA.
That that you've -- you know you guys get involved sometimes and it is.
A lot because of -- personal experience personal experience I was spokeswoman for the American Heart Association.
Because I want to women to know that more of us -- dying of heart disease than breast cancer that is -- breast cancer gets a lot of attention but it's heart disease has taken more women.
In particular women because we're the ones that -- the food on the table with the ones it kind of.
-- hey good night taking the credit I had I had never gonna get the credit where the -- -- that is a look you know -- I make the best fried chicken -- his.
At the guts out but some you can haven't every day can -- -- you can not meant to do it in moderation so women needed to be educates are joined that.
I joined the crusade to get more arts education in public schools like you talk about the public's.
Assistant is a dinosaur I think celebrity.
Is not as good.
For having your face on the cover of the magazine -- getting a good table in a restaurant -- glad it is absolutely a responsibility.
And you have something that you can.
Help the public can call attention to a stand up.
The good fight for you should do it will this and I I I I honor you for for doing that because.
Just like you said heart disease it is the number one killer of women in the US so take that to the bank girlfriend because you can you know get information.
All you've got to tell me what you working on go ahead -- want to know presented tried to addition for what ever -- Well under the hot -- -- nutcracker in Los Angeles I rewrote it and made it funny right the -- take over the story I'm playing one of the -- -- that's -- a raven Simone it's very funny -- working -- -- I just finished playing on Grey's Anatomy which have been directing for the last three years right and I'm also working with my dear friend Mariah Carey we're making plans terminating an hour -- directed her world tour rights is -- having kids so I'm I'm really close to her.
And well that's wonderful.
-- again I wanna thank you for for bringing attention to this.
Important topic of pacemakers and you know.
Making people aware that there are choices out there.
And again the web site where they can get information joined the pacemakers dot com -- got all right thank you so much from behind and -- are.
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