Health Alert: iPod for the heart

(National) Jan. 23, 2006 - If you have trouble understanding your doctor, we have a story for you. Learn about downloading what you need to know from iTunes straight into your iPods.

Healthcare education has gone high-tech, thanks to podcasting.

"Podcasting essentially is a recording of either audio or video that can be searched for on the internet and then downloaded directly into your computer or indirectly into your iPod," says thoracic surgeon Grayson Wheatley.

Wheatley created the first-of-its-kind website for the Arizona Heart Institute, "I think we're the only institution that has video programs freely available without subscription that anyone can access outside of the hospital or even when you're a patient here at our clinic."

It's a concept the patients are excited about, and Grayson thinks it's crucial as well, "I think is a very, very important, especially in all the technology that is being developed in heart disease."

Anyone who wants the latest information on heart-related issues can either download it from iTunes straight into their iPods or watch the videos on the internet. Grayson assures the podcast users, "You'll have online access to some of the best medical information around."

Patients learn everything from "What is Heart Arrhythmia" to "How to Prevent Heart Disease." It's easy-to-follow information that allows patients to take control of their own health.

Wheatley says, "If there's questions you may not have thought of, uh, you might find it on the iPod and say, 'Oh yeah, I need to ask the doctor about this,' and I think that would be very helpful."

And as for the patients who do listen to the podcasts, Wheatley notices, "Their questions are a little more informed, and it makes it more efficient for me. But also I think it's easier for the patient to understand sometimes, even better than I can explain it."

Which could make your next visit to the doctor less painful for everyone.

The hospital hopes to have its entire video library dating back more than 20 years available to anyone in the world very soon. For more information, you can visit the CVMD website>>

Posted 5:00pm by Chantelle Janelle