Annually, nearly 200,000 pacemaker patients in the U.S. are denied access to an MRI scan because of historical risks for dangerous interactions between an MRI and a pacemaker. Debbie Allen, the Emmy-award winning choreographer best known for her work in "Fame," "Grey's Anatomy," and "So You Think You Can Dance," told ThirdAge that she is dedicated to changing that statistic.
"I've had my share of MRIs," says Debbie, an active 61-year-old with a passion for heart-healthy living. "As a dancer who has been injured more than once, I know how vital that test can be. Also, heart disease runs in my family so I am personally invested in making sure that heart patients have the best treatment options possible."
To that end, Debbie has become the voice of a campaign called "Join the Pacemakers." The crusade is sponsored by Medtronics and supported by the National Council on Aging with theRead More »from Debbie Allen: Help Your Heart