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Author: Kathy Whitney

Cancer therapies’ impact on heart, kidneys explored

Sep. 24, 2015—Vanderbilt is embarking on a multi-disciplinary approach to understand how promising cancer treatments, specifically certain kinase inhibitors, affect the heart and kidneys.

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Study shows lower systolic BP targets reduce death risk

Sep. 17, 2015—The initial results of a landmark clinical trial sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) indicate lowering systolic blood pressure below a commonly recommended target significantly reduces rates of cardiovascular events and lowers risk of death in a group of adults 50 years and older.

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Pioneering transplant patient readies for Heart Walk

Sep. 17, 2015—In April 1986 Bonnie Davis of Mt. Pleasant, Tennessee, became the first female patient to receive a heart transplant at Vanderbilt University Hospital. On Oct. 3, she will return to campus to participate in the Greater Nashville Heart Walk.

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Beckman to direct newly formed Section of Vascular Medicine

Sep. 10, 2015—Joshua Beckman, M.D., MSc., previously a faculty member at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, has been named director of Vanderbilt’s newly formed Section of Vascular Medicine within the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine.

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New device monitors pulmonary artery pressures

Aug. 20, 2015—For patients with heart failure, changes in pulmonary artery (PA) pressures are an early indication that their condition is worsening, even before they notice symptoms such as shortness of breath or weight gain.

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Million Veteran Program data spurs research in pharmacogenomics of kidney disease

Aug. 13, 2015—A team of Vanderbilt and Nashville VA researchers, led by Adriana Hung, M.D., MPH, has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to use the Million Veteran Program (MVP) data to conduct diabetes research.

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VUMC recognized for high standard of cardiac care

Aug. 6, 2015—The American College of Cardiology has recognized Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) for its commitment to and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients.

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Noted VUSM alum Robert Heimburger dies at 97

Jun. 18, 2015—Robert F. Heimburger, M.D., a member of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine class of 1943, died June 9. He was 97.

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Vanderbilt Heart offers alternative to blood thinners for atrial fibrillation

Jun. 17, 2015—Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute now offers patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) an alternative treatment to reduce their risk of stroke, potentially avoiding the long-term use of blood thinners such as warfarin.

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Study seeks to bolster outcomes for acute heart failure patients

May. 21, 2015—With support from a three-year, $2 million research grant from Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the American Heart Association are teaming up to study heart failure care in the Emergency Department.

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Study team uses metabolomics to study longevity

Apr. 30, 2015—The keys to longevity have been a source of curiosity and the basis of many research studies for years, yet the mechanisms underlying a person’s ability to live a long life are still not fully understood.

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Team sees success clearing blocked coronary arteries

Apr. 9, 2015—When atherosclerosis develops in the coronary arteries over a period of time, complete blockage of that artery can result in chest pain, shortness of breath and decreased quality of life.

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