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What's Health Got to Do with It?

American Heart Month; #WalkWithWylie

FILE - In this Friday, July 11, 2003 file photo, a doctor holds in his hands a diseased heart which had just been removed from a patient during a heart transplant operation at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland. In the past seven years at the clinic, heart transplants dropped from 76 to 44. The decreases in Ohio are the result of a 2006 policy change by the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network that expanded regional organ sharing to reduce deaths among people waiting for transplants.(AP Photo/Jamie-Andrea Yanak)
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In this file photo, a doctor holds a diseased heart that had just been removed from a patient during a heart transplant at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland.

February is American Heart Month, a time for folks to focus on their cardiovascular health. For those involved in direct health care, that often means listening to "Staying Alive" by the Bee Gees as part of their biyearly CPR recertification.

"Staying Alive" became the most well-known song for CPR because it grooves to 100 beats per minute — the same number of compressions necessary for successful CPR. The song’s popularity for CPR is considered one of the biggest wins in heart health awareness, as it has helped millions of members of the public learn how to save a life.

With the goal of saving lives in mind, today’s episode of "What’s Health Got to Do with It?" is devoted to heart health and helping our listeners understand the latest developments in cardiology.


  • Dr. Clay Cauthen, transplant cardiologist at Ascension Seton’s Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology team; professor and researcher for UT Austin’s Dell Medical School.
  • Kimberly Powers, cardiac nurse practitioner with the Ascension Seton transplant and heart failure clinic.
  • Peter Pollak, interventional cardiologist at Mayo Clinic Jacksonville.


Mark Wylie is a disability rights advocate who was a contestant on Season 3 of NBC’s reality weight-loss show "The Biggest Loser." Just four years later, a catastrophic heart issue, an aortic dissection, required emergency intervention to save his life. Since his recovery in 2010, Mark had been searching for ways to give his life more meaning and for ways to share that search with others. This, and the COVID pandemic isolation, is how #WalkWithWylie, in which Mark connects with others by sharing inspirational messages of hope from his morning walks on the beach by simply posting on social media, was born.

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Katherine Hobbs was Associate Producer of talk shows at WJCT until 2022.