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Author: Kathy Whitney

Vanderbilt Heart colleagues release “Walk the Walk” to promote Oct. 6 Nashville Heart Walk

Sep. 20, 2012—Keeping the beat has new meaning for Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute colleagues who have produced a music video to promote the American Heart Association’s Nashville Heart Walk, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 6. The video was filmed at Vanderbilt University Hospital and Fool on the Hill Recording Studio in Nashville. It was directed and produced...

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Team effort key after employee’s cardiac arrest

Sep. 13, 2012—Mouzon Siddiqi, who has accrued 11 months of sick leave during her 37 years as a Vanderbilt employee, has to use some of those days after suffering a cardiac arrest on Sept. 6, outside the University Club.

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New song, video set to help pump up Heart Walk awareness

Sep. 13, 2012—At the inaugural Heart Walk Pep Rally last week, the Vanderbilt Heart Sounds introduced this year’s song, an original composition titled “Walk the Walk,” written by Cardiac Surgery administrative assistant Kurt Eger and cardiologist Mark Glazer, M.D.

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Multiple procedures, devices help heart patient pull through

Aug. 23, 2012—After Stacey Browning, R.N., a Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit charge nurse, got a report on a heart attack patient who was being transported to her unit from an outside hospital, her immediate thought was, “They are sending us a patient we are not going to be able to recover.”

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Town hall meeting outlines Heart Institute’s busy year

Aug. 16, 2012—The Department of Cardiac Surgery experienced its highest case volume to date with 1,245 adult cardiac surgeries at Vanderbilt University Hospital during the last fiscal year, according to department chair John Byrne, M.D., who spoke at Vanderbilt Heart’s quarterly town hall on Friday.

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Time was critical for new mother’s heart surgery

Aug. 9, 2012—Two weeks after giving birth to her second child on July 10, 31-year-old Samantha Neal began to experience chest pain. Initially diagnosed with a gall bladder issue in her local ER, her true diagnosis would prove much more serious and potentially life-threatening.

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Photo: Making a splash

Aug. 9, 2012—Doug Sawyer, M.D., Ph.D., chief of Cardiovascular Medicine, emerges from the dunk tank that was set up on the Medical Center plaza last week to raise money for the American Heart Association’s Nashville Heart Walk, which will take place on Saturday, Oct. 6, on the Vanderbilt campus. (photo by Joe Howell)

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VHVI reaches milestone in heart valve procedures

Aug. 2, 2012—Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute recently performed its 100th transcatheter aortic heart valve-replacement (TAVR) on 91-year-old Murline Westover from Lavinia, Tenn.

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Vanderbilt mourns loss of Friesinger

Aug. 2, 2012—Gottlieb C. (Bud) Friesinger II, M.D., professor of Medicine, emeritus, and the first director of the Division of Cardiology, died July 28. He was 83.

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Heart Walk seeking team captains

Aug. 2, 2012—The American Heart Association’s 2012 Nashville Heart Walk is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 6, and Vanderbilt University is recruiting team captains with the hope of having 270 in place by Aug. 31. Last year, Vanderbilt raised more than $254,000 for the American Heart Association and was among the top three organizations in the country. Team...

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Minimally invasive therapy eases some pulmonary embolism

Jul. 12, 2012—A pulmonary embolism (PE) is a blood clot that travels to the lungs and is one of those sneaky, and dangerous, conditions that can appear in perfectly healthy people, perhaps after a long flight or, as in the case of veteran NBC News reporter David Bloom, after sitting in a cramped military tank for several...

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Study examines sleep apnea’s role in lung diseases

Apr. 13, 2012—Vanderbilt’s idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis research group is embarking on a study to determine the prevalence of sleep apnea in people with other interstitial lung diseases.

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