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Author: Kathy Whitney

Quick response saves devoted Commodore football fan

Oct. 28, 2011—A Vanderbilt alumnus and longtime football season ticket holder suffered a sudden cardiac arrest at Oct. 22’s game at Vanderbilt Stadium. Thanks to the quick response of Vanderbilt’s LifeFlight Event Medicine team and the presence of an automatic external defibrillator (AED), Jim Askew, 77, will be back in the stands in a few weeks cheering...

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Vanderbilt rolls out Level 1 Cardiac Emergency System

Oct. 24, 2011—Vanderbilt University Medical Center is the first health care institution in the state, and the third in the nation, to implement a Level 1 Cardiac Emergency System, designed to deliver coordinated, expedited care for heart patients.

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Supplements don’t help lung injury patients

Oct. 13, 2011—Supplements did not improve outcomes of patients with acute lung injury.

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Writer’s block: Removing songwriter’s benign brain tumor unlocks lyrics

Aug. 19, 2011—Every songwriter has his or her own process of writing. Beth Nielsen Chapman, for example, almost always starts with the melody. Then, she discovers the lyrics in what she describes as a surreal, intuitive way. “I start with a sound, and I follow the sound,” she explained. “I use my voice as a divining rod....

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Study seeks genetic profile of mitral valve regurgitation

Aug. 15, 2011—The Department of Cardiac Surgery and the Division of Cardiology are collaborating on a study to better understand the genetic profile of mitral valve regurgitation.

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Heart & Vascular Institute first in state to perform life-saving valve replacement

Jul. 25, 2011—Doctors at the Vanderbilt Heart & Vascular Institute have successfully performed the state’s first trans-catheter heart valve-replacement procedure.George Ellenberg, 85, of Crossville, Tenn., was VUMC’s first recipient of the novel valve replacement technique. Acceptance into the trial saved his life.

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Trial tests novel treatment for heart failure patients

May. 27, 2011—A new implantable device currently being studied gives heart failure patients the ability to monitor their heart and take action when their condition begins to worsen.

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Lady Gaga fan dies, brought back to life at Nashville concert

Apr. 22, 2011—For 33-year-old Crystal Thornton, of Lyles, Tenn., Tuesday evening’s Lady Gaga concert in Nashville was one she had looked forward to for five years. As she and her best friend, Christina Tugman, settled into their seats in section 103 at the Bridgestone Arena, they were enjoying the opening act when Thornton suddenly began to experience...

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Vanderbilt Heart to participate in CoreValve clinical trial

Apr. 18, 2011—Vanderbilt Heart will soon begin testing the safety of a novel, non-surgical approach to treating aortic stenosis, a common heart problem caused by an abnormal narrowing of the heart's aortic valve.

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