This health video looks at how doctors are now using iPods and the internet to educate people of some of the health dangers they may face.
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Jennifer Matthews: They are everywhere! And now you can hear more than just music in them. This is a new idea in medicine. Using iPods and the Internet to educate patients. Cardiovascular surgeon Grayson Wheatley is the first to give his patients I-pods. Patients can hear and see information about diet, exercise and the heart. Programs also explain balloon angioplasty, stenting and show doctors performing a bypass. Dr. Grayson Wheatley: One of the biggest complaints in medicine is patients don't get enough time with their doctors, and the iPod can be an extension of time that they get with their doctors. Phil Calderone: Doctors tend to you know, be really technical about it, and this helped me get a little better understanding of what he's talking about. Jennifer Matthews: Phil Calderone would rather spend his days with his grandson than with his doctor. Phil Calderone: We go on the swing. We look outside. Jennifer Matthews: Now he can watch the information on his computer, or down load it into his iPod. Dr. Grayson Wheatley: They can watch it several times, and they can get a true understanding of exactly some of the complex things that we're doing. Phil Calderone: It helps me understand how to take care of myself in the future. I want to be around when he graduates college. Jennifer Matthews: And with health information at his fingertips... Chances are, he will be. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.