September 24, 2008
Toni Braxton’s “Dancing With the Stars” Announcement Coincides With Breakthrough Research By an Eminent Cardiologist/Medical Researcher
Monday night on ABC's hit reality series "Dancing with the Stars," singer Toni Braxton announced that she has been diagnosed with a little known heart condition known as Microvascular Angina. Coincidentally, major advances have just been made in treating the disorder, as outlined in a study about to be published in the International Journal of Cardiology. Although most physicians still treat MVA with medication, Dr. Ken Kronhaus has proven that a simple, non-invasive procedure is far more effective.
The medical establishment had been confounded for years by a condition known as "Cardiac Syndrome X", or Microvascular Angina (MVA), in which patients (average age of 49) exhibited symptoms exactly the same as many of those afflicting Toni Braxton.
Dr. Ken Kronhaus had seen the same disturbing pattern develop with many patients at his Cardiology practice in Central Florida. Though it occurred in a variety of people, he noticed that this strange phenomenon was most prevalent in middle-aged peri-menopausal women.
Tragically many of these female patients had been to other physicians who, unable to explain their symptoms, told them that it was "all in their head."
In truth it was all in their heart - deep in their heart. Patients with MVA have blockages in the tiny branches of the coronary arteries, not visible through conventional cardiac catheterization. MVA is very likely affecting more than 10 million Americans, yet until now there has been no truly effective treatment available. As a result, doctors have often prescribed medications usually used to treat blockages in the larger blood vessels of the heart, a course of treatment met with little success in MVA patients.
But in a groundbreaking paper to be published this month in the International Journal of Cardiology, Dr. Kronhaus and fellow researcher Prof. William Lawson M.D. of the University Medical Center at the State University of New York at Stony Brook found that a simple non-invasive procedure known as Enhanced External Counterpulsation (EECP) was effective in treating 95% of the patients with MVA. Dr. Kronhaus has had great success using EECP to treat patients with blockages of the large blood vessels that sit on top of the heart; it was Dr. Lawson, one of the pioneers in EECP, who suggested the possible use of this procedure to treat MVA. Dr. Kronhaus began using EECP on some of his MVA patients with miraculous results!
So far he has treated over 180 patients with Microvascular Angina, the largest series in the world, with great success. The vast majority, some of whom were beset by debilitating symptom for years, were without ANY symptoms after treatment, saving them from complex and unnecessary medical procedures and inevitable disability.
Dr. Kronhaus' research was presented at the 53rd Annual Scientific Sessions of the American College of Cardiology. But, even more important given his desire to get this crucial information into the hands of his fellow physicians, on July 1 of this year his research findings were published on the website of the International Journal of Cardiology, and will be published in the Journal itself this fall.
Dr. Kronhaus has continued to spread the word about his findings to the medical community and the public on his nationally syndicated radio program, Good Day Health, which is heard in 140 markets throughout the U.S. Dr. Kronhaus is also a spokesperson for the American Heart Association.