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WTAM Radio,  home of Akron General Health ConnectionAkron General, a trusted source for hospital and healthcare services, offers radio listeners throughout Northeastern Ohio the latest in health and medical information on Akron General Health Connection, heard every Saturday at 7 a.m. on NewsRadio WTAM 1100.

Dr. Debbie Plate, host of Akron General Health ConnectionHosted by Dr. Debbie Plate, the Akron General Health Connection features health experts from Akron General who discuss breaking medical information, tips for healthy living, and the latest information on programs and services offered through Akron General.

Dr. Debbie Plate is a board-certified family physician practicing at Akron General’s Center for Family Medicine.

She is a Clinical Associate Director of the Family Medicine Residency Program at Akron General and her responsibilities include teaching both residents and students. She also serves as the Family Medicine Clerkship Site Director and the Undergraduate Director, and has been appointed as a Full Professor of Family Medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University.

Akron General Health ConnectionIn addition to her role as a teacher, Dr. Plate has a private practice at Akron General’s Center for Family Medicine and enjoys her role as a caring, primary care physician. She attended the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, Ohio and completed her family medicine residency at Akron General Medical Center in 1991.

Her interests include women's heart health, geriatric health, patient and medical education, and teaching students and residents to be well-trained and caring primary care physicians.

Dr. Plate is married with two grown children who are in college. She enjoys traveling, playing the piano, hiking and gardening.

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DateTopicSummaryFor More Information
February 6, 2016Heart Attack Every 43 seconds, someone in the United States has a heart attack. A heart attack occurs when a part of the heart muscle doesn’t receive enough blood flow. The more time that passes without treatment to restore blood flow, the greater the damage to the heart muscle. Dr. Plate kicks off Heart Month with interventional cardiologist Dr. Anmar Kanaan. What is a heart attack (myocardial infarction)?

Know the Signs: When is it a Heart Attack?

Dr. Anmar Kanaan

February 13, 2016Women’s Heart HealthPeople often don’t consider heart disease a woman's disease. Yet cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women over age 25. It kills nearly twice as many women in the U.S. as all types of cancer. Celebrate Heart Month with Dr. Plate and the Director of the Cleveland Clinic’s Women’s Cardiovascular Center, Dr. Leslie Cho. For Women: Take This Risk to Heart

The Surprising Symptoms of Heart Disease: The No. 1 Killer in Women

Cleveland Clinic Women's Cardiovascular Center

Dr. Leslie Cho

February 20, 2016Heart Surgery Your heart is a miraculous organ. It is in essence a pump, circulating life-sustaining blood throughout your body, day after day, year after year. But when something goes wrong, it’s time to act. Celebrate Heart Month with our special guest host, cardiologist Dr. Robert Schweikert, as he talks with heart surgeon Dr. Joseph Lahorra. Heart Valve Repair or Replacement Surgery

Heart Valve Diseases

Dr. Robert Schweikert

Dr. Joseph Lahorra

February 27, 2016Diet & Exercise for a Healthy HeartThe heart is a miraculous organ, working constantly to sustain life. It’s a complicated creation and keeping it healthy is key. You may not realize it, but your daily habits and lifestyle can overwork and damage your heart. Guest host Dr. Tim Brown talks with exercise physiologist Ryan Collins and registered dietitian Adrian Porter about lifestyle changes that could literally save your life. How to Make Heart-Healthy Food Choices

Making Your Lifestyle Heart-Healthy

Making Changes to Avoid Heart Disease

March 5, 2016Digestive ProblemsDigestion is an essential part of life – without the complicated process of converting food into energy and expelling waste, we couldn’t survive. Guest host Dr. Tim Brown talks with gastroenterologist Dr. Richard Salvino about what happens when something goes wrong in the digestive system. We’ll cover a wide variety of problems – from heartburn to ulcers to colon cancer. About Stomachaches

Digestive Disorders

Colorectal Cancer

Dr. Richard Salvino

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