MATTHEW BUDOFF, M.D. earned his Medical Degree at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

He currently is the Program Director for the Division of Cardiology and the Director of the Electron Beam CT Laboratory at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California. Dr. Budoff’s research interests revolve around Preventive Medicine, with primary research interests involving risk factor identification and modification. He has done extensive research using the Electron Beam CT to identify those patients at high-risk for cardiac events and has published the only multicenter paper on this technology. Inhibiting Progression of Coronary Calcification Using Aged Garlic Extract in Patients was published in Preventive Medicine 39 (2004).

The investigators worked with cardiac patients, some of whom were given regular dosages of Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract (a product of Wakunaga of America Co., located in Mission Viejo, California) and others were given a placebo. At the end of the year-long, double-blind clinical study, the subjects taking the Kyolic Aged Garlic had less coronary plaque formation than did those in the placebo group. Further, the Kyolic group tended to have lower blood homocysteine and cholesterol levels, considered risk factors for heart attacks.

Dr. Budoff will speak on Preventing Heart Disease.

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