GRCC hosts lecture about cholesterol, heart attacks and strokes



Leah Nixon

Director of Communications


Oct. 2, 2014 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. A Michigan State University cardiologist will share new findings about the role cholesterol plays in heart attacks and strokes during an Oct. 16 lecture hosted by Grand Rapids Community College.

The public is invited to the free presentation by Dr. George Abela, chief of the Division of Cardiology and director of the Cardiology Fellowship Training Program at MSU’s College of Human Medicine. His lecture, part of MSU’s Your Health series, begins at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of GRCC’s Calkins Science Center, 226 Bostwick Ave. NE. The presentation is collaboration by GRCC, MSU and Spectrum Health.

A team led by Abela has uncovered the secret of how cholesterol behaves in the bloodstream and why it can cause heart attacks and strokes. These breakthrough findings could dramatically change the way doctors treat heart disease. During Abela’s presentation, he will explain how heart attacks and strokes occur and how his team’s discovery impacts you.

"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," said Paul Krieger, a member of GRCC's biological sciences faculty who is coordinating the presentation.

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.

Those who wish to attend the lecture should register online here or by calling (616) 234-2667.

Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, as well as at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.