Meet Our Top Ten

Top Ten Social HealthMakers: Heart Disease

These influencers are working to make a difference in heart-health.

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"Even though heart disease is the number 1 killer in our country, millions of Americans are unaware of their risk factors or warning signs, or that simple heart-smart habits can drastically improve their life. That's why I'm proud there is now a great list of influencers working to make a difference in a field that's near and dear to me. It's imperative that Americans across the country are aware of who they can rely on to provide real-time, credible information online in order to combat the onset of heart disease and commit to a heart-healthy lifestyle before it's too late."
American Heart Association

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The American Heart Association is the nation's oldest and largest voluntary health organization, with a purpose to help prevent America's #1 and #4 killers: heart disease and stroke. The organization advocates to protect public health and promote positive behaviors, nutritious eating habits and healthy lifestyles.
Shelley Wood

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Shelley Wood joined as a medical journalist in 2000, after completing her Masters in Journalism degree at the University of British Columbia, specializing in health reporting. In 2009, she became the managing editor of heartwire, and was awarded the National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Print Journalism Award in the trade-publication category.
Larry Husten

4 / 11 Larry Husten

Larry Husten is the editor and writer of CardioBrief, a source for new and important information of interest to cardiologists and other cardiovascular healthcare professionals. In January 2010, Husten became a consulting editor and news director at CardioExchange, an online cardiology community published by the New England Journal of Medicine.

Richard N. Fogoros, MD

5 / 11 Richard N. Fogoros, MD

Richard N. Fogoros, MD is a former professor of medicine, and a longtime practitioner, researcher and author in the fields of cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology. He currently makes his living as a consultant in research and development with biomedical companies, and as a writer. He has guided the Heart Health Center at for 11 years.
Chris Kaiser

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Chris Kaiser is the cardiology editor at MedPage Today, which provides physicians with a clinical perspective on the breaking medical news their patients are reading. Chris covers a wide range of topics, from cardiovascular health to stroke risk to cardio-pulmonary health affects and outcomes.
Carolyn Thomas

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Carolyn Thomas is the creator and writer of Heart Sisters, a site about women and heart disease. She created the site after her 2008 hospitalization for a myocardial infarction (heart attack) caused by a 99 percent blocked left anterior descending coronary artery.
Stephen Sinatra, MD

8 / 11 Stephen Sinatra, MD

Dr. Stephen Sinatra is a physician, educator, author and creator of Heart MD Institute, an educational platform focused on prevention and proactive lifestyle changes to live a healthier life. Dr. Sinatra is a board-certified cardiologist, certified nutrition specialist, certified bioenergetic psychotherapist, and an anti-aging specialist.
Tara Parker-Pope

9 / 11 Tara Parker-Pope

Tara Parker-Pope is a journalist, author and creator of "Well," a daily health blog and weekly column for The New York Times. "Well" features and stories focus primarily on the small everyday decisions made about food, family and fun that ultimately influence long-term health and happiness. The Newswomen's Club of New York recently recognized "Well" as the best blog of 2011.


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Deepak Chopra

10 / 11 Deepak Chopra

Deepak Chopra is a medical doctor, public speaker and author of more than sixty books (nineteen New York Times bestsellers). He began his career as an endocrinologist, later transitioning to a focus on alternative medicine. Deepak contributes regularly to theHuffington Post and, and is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and The Washington Post's "On Faith."


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Michael O'Riordan

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Michael O'Riordan is a medical journalist for heartwire. He has worked as a freelancer and medical writer for both journalism and industry publications. Prior to joining heartwire, Michael worked for WebMD Canada. He studied at Queen's University in Kingston and the University of Toronto.