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Author: Kathy Whitney

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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Vanderbilt uses first FDA-approved stent for heart patients with diabetes

Mar. 28, 2012—Vanderbilt Heart recently used a newly approved medical device to open narrowed coronary arteries, even in heart disease patients who also have diabetes.

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Investigators seek clues to paradox of atrial fibrillation risk

Feb. 17, 2012—Vanderbilt researchers are seeking genetic clues to explain why risk factors for AF are more prevalent in African-Americans but their incidence of the disease is lower than European-Americans.

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Love, chocolate good for the heart, cardiologist says

Feb. 14, 2012—Being involved in a healthy, loving relationship is good for the heart, says Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute cardiologist Julie Damp. Giving your loved one a box of dark chocolates and a bottle of red wine won’t hurt either. Studies suggest they are good for the heart, too.

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Cutting calories doesn’t reduce ventilator use: study

Feb. 10, 2012—A new study found that lower-calorie tube feedings do not reduce a patient’s ventilator use.

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VHVI at Williamson Medical Center set to open

Jan. 5, 2012—Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute (VHVI) is relocating its cardiac practice in Williamson County and announcing the addition of five cardiologists. Formerly located at 2105 Edward Curd Lane in Franklin, Tenn., the practice will relocate to 4323 Carothers Pkwy., Suite 405, within the Williamson Tower, the medical office building attached to Williamson Medical Center in...

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