It’s Our Turn – Young Women’s Conference

This year I was honored to be invited to the It’s Our Turn – Young Women’s Conference at the Brentwood School. Over 1,000 teenage girls from Los Angeles area schools attended this one day event. Various female leaders, mentors and performers were present in order provide guidance, empower, and inspire these young women.

The event will be held again this January. You can learn more by visiting the Brentwood School website.

“Heart & Soul” luncheon

Dr. Magliato is the keynote speaker at the “Heart & Soul” luncheon at the Montage in Beverly Hills.

Women, Wealth and Wisdom Forum San Francisco

Dr. Magliato will be at the Women, Wealth and Wisdom Forum San Francisco.

Union College in New York City

I am honored to be speaking and on the women’s panel for Union College in New York City.

Lessons Learned: Stories from Women in Medical Management

I was fortunate to contribute a chapter in this book, “Lessons Learned: Stories from Women in Medical Management“. It will be released in March. The print version can be pre-ordered from Amazon. Please get your copy today as each chapter is filled with much inspiration.

Life Moments for Women

Dr. Magliato recently contributed to a chapter in the book, Life Moments for Women.   The book will be announced during the International Women’s Festival which starts today.  More information can be found in an email they recently sent to me:


We are thrilled to announce that Life Moments for Women will be introduced on March 9 & 10 at the 5th annual International Women’s Festival, in Santa Barbara – in honor of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month!
Our book project would not have come to fruition without YOU, and we are deeply grateful for your support.  Thank you for generously sharing your special “moment,” we are sending you a free copy of the book with your picture on the cover
Life Moments for Women (especially with your picture on the cover) is a perfect gift for all the special women in your life: mothers, grandmothers, sisters, daughters, aunts, nieces, co-workers, customers and friends.  It’s a great gift for the men in your life too!
Remember, profits will benefit the Women’s Foundation of California!
Also, we invite you to help us announce Life Moments to the world at a Press Conference on Friday, March 9 at 4:15 pm, followed by a VIP reception, 5-8 pm.  Supermodel and entrepreneur/business woman Kathy Ireland will be presented the Gutsy Gals Inspire Me Award and many of our esteemed colleagues will attend.

Interview with V for Vitality

Dr. Magliato was recently interviewed by Susan Brender, host of V for Vitality for  This show features interviews with individuals involved in the creative arts as well as those who have discovered artful ways to draw upon their talents and passions to experience a vital way of living. The program has been expanded to discuss issues as they relate to health and vitality.  The interview can be found at

AHA’s Life Simple 7

The American Heart Association has a fantastic assessment for individuals, called Life’s Simple 7. Learn the state of your heart and what you can do to live a better life.



Artificial Heart Offers a Real Chance

After years of declining health, Tammy Lumpkins becomes the first West Coast patient to be released from the hospital after receiving an artificial heart. The device will buy her some time until she can get a transplant.

November 09, 2011|By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times

When 46-year-old Tammy Lumpkins showed up at Keck Hospital of USC in August, she needed a new heart.

Her doctors got her onto the transplant list, but as she waited, her health deteriorated. Her liver and kidneys started to fail and she couldn’t get out of bed.

“To say she was on the brink of death was an understatement,” said Dr. Michael Bowdish, a cardiothoracic surgeon at Keck Hospital.

PHOTOS: A new heart

So in late September, Bowdish implanted an artificial heart in Lumpkins to replace both of the organ’s chambers and all four valves. And on Wednesday, Lumpkins will become the first person on the West Coast to leave the hospital with such a device.

Lumpkins said she feels lucky to be alive and grateful to be leaving the hospital. Now she can watch her 19-year-old son graduate from ITT Technical Institute in December. And after nearly 20 years with heart problems, Lumpkins said Tuesday that she had renewed confidence that she would finally get better.

“I was ready to give up last summer,” she said, sitting beside her husband in front of the hospital. “Now there’s a light at the end of the tunnel and it’s getting brighter.”

Although artificial hearts aren’t new, patients have traditionally had to stay in the hospital because the machine necessary to make them work weighed more than 400 pounds. Now, new technology allows patients to go home while they wait for heart transplants. The device, which weighs almost 14 pounds, can be carried in a small backpack.

“She can go home and live a normal life,” said Bowdish, who directs the hospital’s artificial heart program.

More than 950 people have received artificial hearts and 22 people in the United States have gone home with the lightweight devices, according to Don Isaacs, spokesman for SynCardia, the Tucson-based company that manufacturers the artificial heart. The device costs about $124,000 and an additional $18,000 a year to maintain, Isaacs said. Although the heart is approved by the Food and Drug Administration, the backpack device is part of a clinical trial.

Patients can live with the artificial heart for years, although the goal is to get them transplants as soon as possible. “But the reality is there’s a wait, and sometimes a long wait,” he said.

More than 3,100 patients are waiting for heart transplants. The average wait is 168 days, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing.

“The supply doesn’t meet the demand,” said Dr. Kathy E. Magliato, a cardiothoracic surgeon and president of the American Heart Assn. board in Los Angeles. An artificial heart can save the lives of patients who cannot wait for transplants, she said.

Lumpkins, who lives near Modesto, was 28 when she was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, a disease that weakens and enlarges the heart. Five years later, doctors told her she had congestive heart failure. Since early 2010, Lumpkins said, she has been in and out of the hospital. Her husband, Dale, an electrician, said his insurance will pay for some of the medical bills.

Because she must stay relatively close to the hospital, Lumpkins will live temporarily at a friend’s house in Hemet and return weekly for checkups. After the holidays, Bowdish said, he plans to actively start looking for a transplant heart.

With the machine pumping loudly beside her Tuesday, Lumpkins said she was nervous. “It’s scary not knowing what’s going to happen,” she said. “But I’m feeling 100% better than I ever did.”

Following the surgery to implant her artificial heart in September, Lumpkins and her husband renewed their wedding vows after 22 years of marriage. “I told her that her new heart had to love me as much as her old heart had,” he said.



Women’s Leadership Speaking Series: Nov 2nd, 2011

I had a fabulous time at The Women’s Leadership Speaking Series yesterday.  I always enjoy educating women about Heart Health, but what I particularly enjoyed from the night was meeting other women who are as passionate as I am.  They are are truly inspirational.