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Montefiore Ramps Up Education on the Value of Breastfeeding, Including Potential Perks for New Moms

Breastfeeding can have many benefits for babies like helping strengthen their immune system, but getting comfortable with breastfeeding can take practice and persistence for new moms and their newborns. To help educate patients, the community and employees about breastfeeding best practices, Montefiore Health System will launch a week-long program in recognition of World Breastfeeding Week 2015, which will begin on Monday, August 3.

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Having a Family History of Heart Disease May Indicate the Need for an EKG

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Pharmacists Help Patients with Hypertension

Patients with hypertension benefit from interacting with a medical team that includes a pharmacist. Two studies showed pharmacist-included care teams delivered more hands-on and tailored medication regimens to patients, which yielded more effective blood-pressure control results than for those patients who did not have a pharmacist on hand.

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New Clinical Practice Guidelines Address Temperature Management During Heart Surgery

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists, and the American Society of ExtraCorporeal Technology have released a set of clinical practice guidelines to address management of a patient’s temperature during open heart surgery

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@ GUMedCenter Cardiologist Warns, High-Salt Diet Possible Even if You Don’t Touch a #Salt Shaker. #Highbloodpressure

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Hysterectomy May Indicate Cardiovascular Risk in Women Under Age 50

Hysterectomy may be a marker of early cardiovascular risk and disease, especially in women under 35, according to Mayo Clinic experts.

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Mayo Clinic Releases Findings and Treatment Criteria for Use of Left-Ventricular Assist Devices on Heart Failure Patients

Mayo Clinic is announcing results of a study on the effectiveness of left-ventricular assist devices (LVAD) in treating patients with a form of cardiomyopathy called restrictive cardiomyopathy (RCM).

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First Aortic Valve Procedure with Newly Approved Device Performed at NYU Langone

NYU Langone Medical Center this week became the first academic medical center in the United States to implant a newly FDA-approved heart valve for transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) in patients with severe aortic stenosis. Aortic stenosis is a serious condition that occurs when the heart’s aortic valve narrows, obstructing blood flow from the heart to the aorta, which can severely weaken the heart muscle. If left untreated, it can lead to heart failure and even death.