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For Immediate Release: May 6, 2000

MegaHeart Announces Addition of Stanford Director to Advisory Staff

PALO ALTO, Calif. —Dr. Michael B. Fowler, Director of the University of Stanford Medical School's Heart Transplant Clinic, announced his association with as the site's chief medical advisor.

"This is an outstanding website providing an outstanding service to heart patients around the world. I am more than happy to become a part of"'s Donald A. Gazzaniga, said, "Dr. Fowler has been promoting to other doctors around the country for the past year and a half, sending new members to us who are need of a no salt or lowered sodium diet. Inviting him to become our chief medical advisor was a natural." is not a medical web site, and doesn't give out medical advice. Instead, its mission is to help those in need of a no salt diet meet the goal of lowering their sodium intake to around 500 mg of sodium a day.

However, the site often receives questions concerning diet, heart, medications, herbs and other matters that are related to nutrition. Therefore, has developed a need for cardiologists, nurses and R.D.s on its advisory staff. Dr. Fowler and others will be part of a growing staff to offer answers to questions concerning the interaction of foods with the heart, kidney, liver, and other vital organs often subject to chronic diseases caused by too much sodium.'s meal planning guide is available in the new book, "The No Salt, Lowest Sodium Cookbook.

"Mr. Gazzaniga is one of my patients. When he came to me, his tests showed he was a candidate for the transplant line. But, by the time we completed a work up for his joining that list, he began to improve. I have always believed that what he accomplished was possible, but until he came along, no one really gave it a serius chance. His ejection fraction rocketed up from 24% to 40% in just 12 months. His heart began to shrink, and all he did was stick to his diet plan, take his regular medications on time and begin an exercise program that he's stuck to. I am excited to use as a medium to help get most of our patients to do what Mr. Gazzaniga has done — we should see a lot of improvements across the board."

About is committed to enhancing the quality of life for patients living with reduced heart function and for those wishing to reduce their risk of heart failure by delivering key heart information, education, and resources. promotes and encourages scientific research into the area of heart function, heart failure and CHF, and advocates preventive measures for reducing the incidence of heart failure in healthy individuals.