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Integrative medicine conference hosted by Cleveland Clinic cardiology

Cleveland Clinic's Preventive Cardiology team and the Canyon Ranch Institute are hosting a national conference highlighting the integration of conventional, complementary and alternative medicine and its impact on heart health.

"An Integrative Approach to Prevention & Regression of Coronary Artery Disease" will be held at the InterContinental Hotel & MBNA Conference Center Cleveland, Nov. 30-Dec. 2.

From the press release:

"Heart disease is the number one killer in the United States and we're struggling on how to effectively teach patients and practitioners about cardiovascular prevention," said Leslie Cho, M.D., Director, Women's Cardiovascular Center, Medical Director, Preventive Cardiology & Rehabilitation. "This conference will focus on the latest research as well as provide effective tools to help practitioners lower risk factors for heart disease, including treatments for obesity and smoking cessation techniques."

Tieraona Low Dog, M.D., a renowned integrative medicine expert, will serve as the event's key note speaker. She is Director of the Education Program in Integrative Medicine and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at University of Arizona College of Medicine. Dr. Low Dog promises to 'get to the heart of health' with her presentation "Integrative Medicine: A Bridge to the Future." She is scheduled to speak at the conference's opening dinner on Thursday, Nov. 30, at 7:00 p.m. in the Intercontinental Hotel and MBNA Conference Center Ballroom, second floor. This event is open to the public.

Dr. Low-Dog is Current Chair of the USP Dietary Supplements and Botanicals Expert Committee. Her honors and distinctions include a Presidential Appointment to the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine in 2000 by Former President Bill Clinton. She was featured by Time magazine as 2001 Innovator of the Year in Complementary and Alternative Medicine and was appointed to the executive Advisory Board for the National Institute of Health's National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicines in 2003.

The Cleveland Clinic-Canyon Ranch conference is expected to draw more than 250 cardiologists, internal medicine and family practice physicians, and nurse practitioners, to discuss the latest in diagnosis and therapeutic interventions in preventing heart disease. Through a series of didactic lectures, panel discussions and small group break-out sessions, the conference will focus on traditional and emerging testing and treatments for hyperlipidemia, hypertension, metabolic syndrome and diabetes. Moreover, it will focus on integrative approaches to the treatment of obesity, depression and smoking cessation.

"We're extremely proud to be participating in such an extensive meeting of the minds, and we're particularly excited about the conference's emphasis on integrative and preventive medicine," said Stephen Brewer, M.D., medical director of Canyon Ranch in Tucson. "For more than two decades, Canyon Ranch has worked to educate people on the importance of making lifestyle changes that lead to longer, healthier lives. This conference will highlight the benefits of this proactive approach, as well as the science behind it."

The nationally and internationally recognized experts also scheduled to speak throughout the conference include Leslie Cho, M.D., Director of the Women's Cardiovascular Center at Cleveland Clinic; Steve Nissen, M.D., Chairman, Cardiovascular Medicine, Cleveland Clinic; Stanley Hazen, M.D., Section Head, Preventive Cardiology, Director, Center for Cardiovascular Diagnostics and Prevention, Cleveland Clinic; and Marc Penn, Director, Bakken Heart-Brain Institute; Stephen Brewer, M.D.; and Mark Liponis, M.D., Corporate Medical Director, Canyon Ranch.

The conference opens Thursday, Nov. 30 at 8 a.m. with opening remarks by Delos M. "Toby" Cosgrove, M.D., CEO and President of Cleveland Clinic. A series of series of lectures will be given the morning of Friday, Dec. 1, while a variety of smaller break out sessions will bring the conference to a close.

For an agenda or for more information about the Cleveland Clinic and Canyon Ranch "Integrative Approach to Prevention & Regression of Coronary Artery Disease" conference, visit

About Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland Clinic, located in Cleveland, Ohio, is a not-for-profit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Cleveland Clinic was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation's best hospitals in its annual "America's Best Hospitals" survey. Approximately 1,500 full-time salaried physicians at Cleveland Clinic and Cleveland Clinic Florida represent more than 100 medical specialties and subspecialties. In 2005, there were 2.9 million outpatient visits to Cleveland Clinic. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 80 countries. There were nearly 54,000 hospital admissions to Cleveland Clinic in 2005. Cleveland Clinic's Web site address is

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