SOURCE ALERT: USC experts available to comment on family health and heart health awareness

February 11, 2013

Family Health
Brian Prestwich, Ph.D., is an assistant professor and chief medical officer for the department of family medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. He is an expert in primary care, preventive care and management of chronic conditions. With his recent involvement in Too Small to Fail, a national movement focused on improving the lives and health of children, he can comment on the health challenges of America’s children. “At least 25 percent of children in the U.S. live with chronic disease and 18 percent are diagnosed with a developmental disability before they reach junior high,” said Prestwich. “If not diagnosed and treated effectively, these children will not perform well in school or in life.” Contact him at (310) 567-4644 (cell) or

Heart Health Awareness
Helga Van Herle, M.D., Ph.D., is an associate professor of clinical medicine for the division of cardiovascular medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Her areas of expertise include women’s health and cardiology consultation for organ transplantation. She can address heart health awareness for women. “Only 1 in 5 American women recognize heart disease as their biggest health risk. Currently, 43 million women in the U.S. are affected by heart disease,” said Van Herle. “Despite these sobering statistics, 80 percent of cardiovascular diseases and strokes can be prevented and treated with the appropriate education, assessment of risk factors and recognition of symptoms.” Contact her at (323) 442-6130 or


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Contacts: Leslie Ridgeway at (323) 442-2823 or; Alison Trinidad at (323) 442-3941 or