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Author: Kathy Whitney

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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Friends of Children’s Hospital dedicated to showing support

Mar. 26, 2015—For more than 40 years, a group of dedicated volunteers known as the Friends of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt has worked to turn scary hospital visits into happier memories.

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New research group oversees studies in advanced heart failure

Mar. 19, 2015—Vanderbilt’s Department of Cardiac Surgery has developed an Advanced Heart Failure Clinical and Translational Research Group that serves as a central research resource for advanced heart failure surgeons and cardiologists.

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VU study finds peanut consumption associated with decreased total mortality and mortality from cardiovascular diseases

Mar. 2, 2015—If you’re looking for a simple way to lower your risk of dying from a heart attack, consider going nuts.

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National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute director to speak Feb. 25

Feb. 20, 2015—Gary Gibbons, M.D., director of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), will deliver a special cardiology grand rounds on Wednesday, Feb. 25. His lecture, entitled “Charting Our Future Together: Setting an Agenda for the NHLBI,” begins at noon in 208 Light Hall. Boxed lunches will be served.  The third largest institute at the...

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Vitamin D found to have no impact on blood pressure

Feb. 19, 2015—Despite prior epidemiologic and experimental data to the contrary, new research shows that vitamin D supplementation does not reduce blood pressure in individuals with prehypertension or stage I hypertension and vitamin D deficiency.

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