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February 21, 2015

Cardiac Regeneration
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On this week’s Mayo Clinic Radio, fixing a broken heart. Cardiac regeneration uses the body’s own stem cells to repair damage done by heart disease. Mayo Clinic cardiologist Dr. Atta Behfar explains. Also on the program, nicotine dependency expert Dr. Richard Hurt discusses results of a new study about the stop-smoking drug varenicline (Chantix). And Mayo Clinic registered dietitian Katherine Zeratsky explains the risks of juice-only diets.
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Mayo Clinic Radio: Cardiac Regeneration/Stop-Smoking Drug/Juicing
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Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Atta Behfar, M.D., Ph.D.
Atta Behfar, M.D., Ph.D., is a senior associate consultant in the Division of Cardiovascular Diseases at Mayo Clinic. He is also an assistant professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. Dr. Behfar obtained his M.D.-Ph.D. degree in molecular pharmacology and experimental therapeutics from Mayo Graduate School in 2006.

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Katherine Zeratsky
As a specialty editor for the nutrition and healthy eating guide, Katherine Zeratsky helps you sort through the facts and figures, the fads and the hype to learn more about nutrition and diet.

A Marinette, Wis., native, Katherine is certified in dietetics by the state of Minnesota and the American Dietetic Association. She has been with Mayo Clinic since 1999.

She is active in nutrition-related curriculum and course development in wellness nutrition at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and nutrition education related to weight management and practical applications of nutrition-related lifestyle changes.

Other areas of interest include food and nutrition for all life stages, active lifestyles and the culinary arts.

She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, served a dietetic internship at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and worked as a registered dietitian and health risk counselor at ThedaCare of Appleton, Wis., before joining the Mayo Clinic staff.