How to prevent heart attacks

What do the author F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Grateful Dead‘s Jerry Garcia and comedian Tommy Cooper have in common? They all died young of heart attacks. Leslie Saxon is working to make sure that doesn’t happen to authors, musicians and comedians in the future — she might also save your life.

Saxon is the Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. Her role as an interventional cardiologist means she specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiac arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats) and preventing sudden cardiac death (heart attacks). She has written more than 100 peer-reviewed research papers during her time at Keck; The University of California, Los Angeles; The University of California, San Francisco, and at the University of Southern California.

In addition, Saxon is executive director of the USC Centre for Body Computing, a digital health innovation and research centre. Here she brings together various USC schools, including Cinematic Arts and USC Athletics, to help create the future of digital medicine. The CBC has been recognised internationally for fostering innovation and its efforts to use digital technology for humanitarian purposes.