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MSU cardiologist to speak at GRCC tonight about cholesterol, heart attacks and strokes


By Lydia Zilinsky – Collegiate Staff

Dr. Abela
Dr. Abela

Michigan State University cardiologist, Dr. George Abela, will be at Grand Rapids Community College today sharing his research of the role cholesterol plays on heart attacks and strokes.

Abela is chief of the Division of Cardiology and director of the Cardiology Fellowship Training Program at MSU’s College of Human Medicine.  His lecture is a part of MSU’s Your Health Series through collaboration with GRCC, MSU and Spectrum Health. He will be sharing the importance of learning about the negative and positive effects of cholesterol, especially how it effects the bloodstream and how it impacts students of all ages.

The research and breakthrough he has made along with his team has potential to change modern medicine and the way doctors treat heart disease.  He will explain how heart attacks and strokes occur, what to look for and how this effects daily life.

As stated in the press release, “Abela received his medical degree from American University of Beirut. He completed a medicine and pathology residency at Emory University and a cardiology fellowship at the University of Florida. Before joining MSU, he was an associate professor at Harvard Medical School and co-director of its Institute for Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease. He is board-certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease.”

Paul Krieger, a member of GRCC’s biological sciences faculty who is coordinating the presentation, stated, “This is a wonderful opportunity for everyone, GRCC faculty, staff, students, as well as the general public, to learn about the cutting-edge research Dr. Abela’s team is working on regarding heart attacks and strokes.”

Students wanting to attend can register online here or by calling 616-234-2667.  The lecture is available for anyone to attend at 7 p.m. in GRCC’s Calkins Science Center, located at 226 Bostwick Ave. NE.

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