It's the No. 1 cause of death for both men and women over the age of 50. Almost 85 million Americans have early symptoms, and there are more than a million heart attacks each year. Yet in many cases, heart disease can be prevented.
"Cutting Edge: Attacking Heart Disease, will air tonight at 8 p.m. on WGRZ. The prime-time health special is the third in the series being produced and aired by the Gannett Broadcast division for its stations across the country.
Are you at risk? Learn what you can do now to help reduce your chances of developing heart problems. You'll see state-of-the art surgeries being done at the world's top medical facilities, and the latest in intervention treatments and early diagnosis.
There will also be a simultaneous live online chat on www.wgrz.com/cuttingedge produced by MedCity Media. The chat will include doctors and medical experts who will respond to viewer's questions and experiences as they watch the show.
"2 On Your Side" will produce a companion series of targeted news stories throughout this week. The stories will focus on local medical advances and treatments available here in Western New York.
"Cutting Edge: Attacking Heart Disease" is supported locally by Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York.