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Article ID: 542114

New System Guides Treatment of Patients with Symptomatic Myocardial Bridging

Cedars-Sinai

What type of intervention, if any, should cardiologists offer their patients who have a heart abnormality called myocardial bridging and symptoms of heart problems? A research team at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the University of Texas Medical Branch and RWTH Aachen University in Germany has developed a new classification system that may help guide decision-making.

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26-Jun-2008 12:00 AM EDT
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Article ID: 541882

Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs and the Heart: What is the Danger?

University of Kentucky

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) have been used as analgesic and anti-inflammatory agents for several decades, but these agents may have significant gastro-intestinal adverse effects. Selective cyclooxygenase (COX-2) inhibitors, or "coxibs," were developed in the early 1990s as a response to the Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and selective cyclooxygenase. (COX-2) inhibitors, or "coxibs," are used for a number of disease conditions for relief of pain and inflammation.

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25-Jun-2008 1:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 541784

Video Game Technology May Enhance Heart Surgeons' View

Boston Children's Hospital

Surgeons attempting complex cardiac repairs while the heart is still beating need images that show depth "“ especially when operating on children and newborns. Cardiac surgeons at Children's Hospital Boston are finding promise in a technology borrowed from the gaming industry: flickering glasses that provide stereoscopic vision.

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25-Jun-2008 1:00 PM EDT
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Article ID: 541860

Women's Heart Health: Fact Sheet

Houston Methodist

Heart disease is the nation's number one killer for women. But, the well-known heart attack symptoms "“ acute pain, tightness, burning and a dull ache in the chest "“ describe what men typically experience during an attack. For many women the signs of a heart attack are completely different and can go unrecognized. Women tend to ignore signs of heart attack, thus increasing the likelihood of tragic consequences. With heightened attention to the facts about symptoms and treatments, much of this can be prevented.

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25-Jun-2008 1:00 PM EDT
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Article ID: 541877

Evalve MitraClip: Clinical Trial of Non-surgical Repair for Severe Mitral Valve Regurgitation

Cedars-Sinai

Fixing hearts from the inside out -- In a series of "firsts" and "mosts," the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute has established a leadership role in innovative and experimental techniques that are performed in a cardiac catheterization laboratory instead of an operating room. Several conditions that once required open-heart surgery are now being corrected during intricate, procedures that deliver therapeutic devices to the heart non-surgically -- through blood vessels.

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25-Jun-2008 1:00 PM EDT
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Article ID: 541889

Edwards Sapien Transcatheter Aortic Valve: Clinical Trial of Non-surgical Intervention for Aortic Valve Stenosis

Cedars-Sinai

Fixing hearts from the inside out -- On Nov. 26, 2007, doctors at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute performed the first "transcatheter" minimally invasive replacement of an aortic heart valve in the western United States, using the Edwards SAPIEN transcatheter aortic heart valve developed by Edwards Lifesciences Corp. Cedars-Sinai is one of 16 centers participating in a pivotal clinical trial (the PARTNER trial) of the device, and is the only site currently recruiting on the West Coast.

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25-Jun-2008 1:00 PM EDT
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Watchman Left Atrial Appendage System: Clinical Trial of Non-surgical Intervention for Patients with Atrial Fibrillation

Cedars-Sinai

Fixing Hearts from the Inside Out - Doctors at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute were among the first in California to offer an experimental therapy for atrial fibrillation using the WATCHMAN Left Atrial Appendage System. This system is designed to form a mechanical barrier that seals off the entrance to the appendage and prevents clots from forming. It is threaded to the heart through blood vessels, starting at the groin.

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25-Jun-2008 1:00 PM EDT
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Article ID: 541901

OpEd: It's Time to Invest in Preventive Health Care for All Americans

University of Mississippi

Preventive health services offer the potential to both reduce costs and vastly improve overall health and well being, but these benefits generally are overlooked by policymakers. Dr. Daniel Jones, president of the American Heart Association, argues that prevention is an affordable investment that makes sense, and the issue deserves to be debated as a key component of the 2008 presidential election.

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25-Jun-2008 1:00 PM EDT
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Article ID: 541908

A Heart Attack Waiting to Happen? How Do You Know Your Risk?

University of Kentucky

The high-profile death of Tim Russert is raising awareness that stress tests may not be the best way to find potentially fatal heart disease. Dr. Mushabbar Syed at the University of Kentucky says an option to more accurately identify a patient's risk is a coronary calcium scan performed via commuted tomography (CT) imaging, which the university is helping to implement at rural hospitals.

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25-Jun-2008 1:00 PM EDT
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Article ID: 541942

Having the Heart to Live: the Story of Survival of a Young Woman and Her Son

University of Kentucky

Carla Sparrow was facing the challenge of being just 19 years old and pregnant when her doctor noticed something was not quite right with her heart. She could not have imagined what lay ahead--a common childhood illness had damaged her heart, leading to heart failure, the emergency birth of her son at just 29 weeks gestation, open heart surgery, and eventually a complete heart transplant.

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25-Jun-2008 1:00 PM EDT
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