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Author: Kathy Whitney

Nighttime dialysis treatments available

May. 8, 2014—Vanderbilt University Medical Center, committed to providing multiple options to patients who have kidney disease, recently began offering nocturnal in-center hemodialysis, which allows patients to receive treatment at night while they sleep.

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New heart pump allows minimally invasive approach

Apr. 17, 2014—Sometimes smaller is better. This is especially true of left ventricular assist devices, the mechanically operated heart pumps that are implanted in heart failure patients to bridge them to transplantation.

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VU first to offer new implantable defibrillator

Mar. 20, 2014—Vanderbilt is the first hospital in Tennessee to use a new subcutaneous implantable defibrillator (S-ICD) to treat patients at risk for sudden cardiac arrest.

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Carr’s imaging expertise adds to heart disease fight

Feb. 27, 2014—Jeffrey Carr, M.D., M.Sc., recently joined Vanderbilt as the Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Radiology & Radiological Sciences and professor of Clinical Biomedical Informatics and Cardiovascular Medicine.

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Vanderbilt cardiologist says love is good for the heart

Feb. 13, 2014—With Valentine’s Day just one day away, Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute cardiologist Julie Damp, M.D., says being involved in a healthy, loving relationship is good for the heart.

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Barnett to direct Medical Student Research

Feb. 6, 2014—Joey Barnett, Ph.D., has been named assistant dean and director of the Office for Medical Student Research.

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Follow these nine tips for heart health

Feb. 5, 2014—Heart Month, first celebrated in February 1964 following a proclamation by President Lyndon B. Johnson, turns 50 this year. In recognition of this milestone, check out these nine tips for better heart health.

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Hartert to help lead Translational Science efforts

Jan. 30, 2014—Tina Hartert, M.D., MPH, professor of Medicine in the Division of Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, has been named assistant vice chancellor for Translational Science.

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Heart Institute program aims to reduce readmission rates

Jan. 30, 2014—Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute is one of 11 centers selected by the American College of Cardiology (ACC) to implement a new program designed to reduce readmission rates for patients with myocardial infarction, heart failure and acute coronary syndrome.

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Vanderbilt Heart opens new cardiac procedure area in hospital’s critical care tower

Jan. 13, 2014—On Feb. 3 the Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute will relocate its key procedure areas to the fifth floor of the Critical Care Tower, the Medical Center’s 11-story addition to Vanderbilt University Hospital (VUH) that opened in 2010. The Heart and Vascular Institute’s Electrophysiology Lab (EP), Cardiac Catheterization (Cath) Lab and Cardiac Observation Unit will...

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Vanderbilt doctors warn against holiday heart attack spike

Dec. 26, 2013—Studies have indicated that death rates from heart attacks and stroke as well as non-heart-related causes spike during the holiday season. “It is not uncommon to see a heavier patient volume in the hospital during the Christmas and New Year’s period of time. Some years that’s true, but some years it’s quiet,” said cardiologist Keith...

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