About The Author
Dr. Anrold Meshkov, author of Chasing the Widowmaker

Arnold Meshkov, MD

Award Winning Cardiologist

Arnold B. Meshkov, MD FACC is a longtime resident of Abington Township, Pennsylvania, and a graduate of Cheltenham High School and the University of Pennsylvania. Receiving his medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Meshkov trained in Internal Medicine at Temple University School of Medicine and in Cardiology at the Yale University School of Medicine. He was a Professor of Medicine at Temple University School of Medicine until 2015 when he returned to private practice. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology and Echocardiography.

Dr. Meshkov has taught several generations of medical students, Internal Medicine residents and Cardiology trainees. Named among “Best Cardiologists” by Castle Connolly for 2012 through 2020, and Top Docs by Philadelphia Magazine from 2018 to 2020, Dr. Meshkov has lectured on a broad range of topics in cardiology and bioethics, both locally and nationally. His background includes publications in major medical journals and multiple teaching honors. Dr. Meshkov served for many years as the Chairman of the Ethics Committee at Temple University Hospital and was the coordinator of Cardiology Grand Rounds, a weekly lecture series at Temple.

Married to Norma Messinger Meshkov since 1970, Dr. Meshkov and his wife have two children and four grandchildren. He was the President of his synagogue, Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, and is an avid sports fan, skier, sailor, and photographer, but his best love is being with his grandchildren.


Heart Attacks can affect so many of us, whether it is us personally or someone we know and care about. I wrote this book to provide the everyday person an in-depth understanding of the heart, focusing on the medical approach to diagnosing, treating, and preventing heart attacks through a medical lens and with a historical perspective, but in an easily digestible way.


My mission with Chasing the Widowmaker is to provide in-depth medical knowledge and history that empowers people to understand the nature of a disease that can affect all of us.


Learn About All Aspects of Heart Health.

Learn about the history and medical advances of understanding the heart and heart attacks in an easy to understand and comprehensive way.

Check Out a Few of my Recent Blogs on Heart Health:

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The Importance of Exercise

Exercise is a key factor to heart health and preventing heart disease. Learn more here.

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What is an EKG? Why is it Used?

Find out why I love the electrocardiogram and what role it can play in heart attack prevention.

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New Treatments for Elevated Cholesterol

Learn more about new treatments for Elevated Cholesterol approved by the FDA.

What exactly is high blood pressure?

Have you hear of Korotkoff sounds? What exactly is going on that creates blood pressure?

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Young People with Elevated Lipids at Increased Risk of Coronary Artery Disease

The process that causes cholesterol to build up in our arteries is a long-term process that can even begin in the teenage years.

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A Frightening Feeling: Arrhythmia

A condition in which the heart beats with an abnormal or irregular rhythm and a very common reason to see a cardiologist.

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Dr. Meshkov’s book Chasing the Widowmaker: The History of the Heart Attack Pandemic, is a must read for heart patients like myself. Presented in non-technical terms, it reads like a sensitive physician taking extra time to educate his or her patients. Based on years of clinical experience, Chasing the Widowmaker also provides important lessons in modern medical history in a felicitous fashion.
Lance J. Sussman
Phd Senior Rabbi -Reform Congregation