National PBS documentary about the heart highlights URMC cardiac specialists

October 22, 2007

“The Mysterious Human Heart,” a three-part PBS series featuring University of Rochester Medical Center cardiologists Arthur J. Moss, M.D., and James P. Daubert, M.D., will debut Oct. 15 across the country and locally on WXXI-TV 21.

This in-depth documentary developed by award-winning filmmaker David Grubin explains the heart: how it works, what can go wrong with it and how we treat it. The three-part project follows the compelling stories of patients whose hearts have led them to a brush with mortality. Through these encounters, the series explores the most common misconceptions about this unique organ and documents the latest scientific and medical revelations—discoveries that have transformed our understanding of the heart and provided new insights into the best ways to prevent and treat heart disease.

Moss, Daubert and several of their University of Rochester Medical Center patients are included in the portion of the documentary airing at 10 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15. Titled “The Spark of Life,” the hour focuses on the electrical system of the heart and how it functions to keep a heart beating—and what happens when the cardiac rhythm is interrupted. It features cardiac arrhythmia conditions such as Long QT Syndrome, a condition Moss has been studying for decades and for which he is the worldwide expert.

Also airing: At 9 p.m. Oct. 15, “The Endlessly Beating Heart” looks at the heart as a muscle. At 9 p.m. Oct. 22, “The Hungry Heart” considers the effects of atherosclerosis, blockages caused by plaque in the vessels.
Moss is a professor of Medicine/Cardiology Division and director of the Heart Research Follow-up Program at the University of Rochester Medical Center, as well as a creator and regular guest on WXXI's “Second Opinion” medical series that airs on more than 200 PBS stations across the country. He is an internationally recognized expert on understanding rhythm disorders of the heart. Such arrhythmias cause many of the 330,000 sudden cardiac deaths each year in the United States. Daubert is an associate professor of Medicine/Cardiology Division and director of the Heart Rhythm Program and the Electrophysiology Labs at the Medical Center.

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