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OWU Alumnus, World-Renowned Cardiologist Gives SNC Lecture

October 12, 2001

[ Kenneth Kensey Photo ]DELAWARE, OHIO -- Internationally recognized cardiologist, inventor, lecturer, researcher and author, Kenneth Kensey, will speak at Ohio Wesleyan's Sagan National Colloquium on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m., in the R.W. Corns Building, room 312.

During his lecture, entitled "Discovering the True Fountain of Youth," Dr. Kensey, a 1972 OWU graduate, will discuss how an understanding of the true course of heart disease and stroke allows medicine, for the first time, to develop new cures for the number one and number three causes of death in the United States.

Publisher with Carol A. Turkington of the book The Blood Thinner Cure: A Seven-Step Lifestyle Plan for Stopping Heart Disease and Stroke (Contemporary Books, 2001), Dr. Kensey describes his theory about what causes heart attack and stroke and how to reduce personal risk, and also suggests that cardiovascular disease need not be inevitable. He recommends taking measures to control such risk factors as dietary saturated fat, high blood pressure, and blood viscosity -- thickness and physical properties of blood -- which directly affect blood flow in the body. Those preventive measures include drinking more water each day, watching dietary intake of saturated fats, staying physically active, donating blood if possible and stopping smoking.

Inventor or co-inventor of more than 130 patent filings, Dr. Kensey has had over 50 patents issued for his work. He has made significant contributions to minimally invasive surgery and is recognized for his Kensey Catheter™ for Dynamic Angioplasty, the Angio-Seal®, and a device called the circulatory blood viscometer, developed by Visco Technologies, Inc. in Exton, Pa., which Dr. Kensey founded in 1997. The device measures the biophysical properties of blood.

Dr. Kensey received his medical degree from The Ohio State University and went on to specialize in internal medicine and cardiology. He has moderated and lectured at a variety of radiological, cardiological and surgical-medical meetings worldwide and has been a featured speaker at major medical institutions throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. He has authored numerous publications and more than 20 journal articles, and is a board member and founder of Kensey Nash Corporation of Exton, Pa.

The Sagan National Colloquium is in its 16th year at OWU. Lectures are free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call the Office of University Communications at 740-368-3335 or visit snc.owu.edu.