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Heart transplant program reaches new record

Jan. 25, 2018—Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) performed a record number of heart transplants in 2017, surpassing the 2016 milestone and securing its place as the second-busiest heart transplant program in the country.

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HDL and kidney injury after surgery

Jan. 17, 2018—Higher concentrations of high-density lipoproteins — HDL, the “good” cholesterol — may be protective against acute kidney injury after cardiac surgery, Vanderbilt researchers have discovered.

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Tenacity, teamwork, love, drive heart patient’s treatment journey

Nov. 2, 2017—Sixty-six year-old Frank Donatelli knew the $39 he spent to join eHarmony was worth it.

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Teamwork key to saving heart patient and her baby

Sep. 14, 2017—As people in Middle Tennessee were experiencing the remnants of Hurricane Harvey during the early hours of Sept. 1, Catherine Hurt was battling another storm of her own.

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VUMC testing new system to keep donor hearts viable longer

Aug. 3, 2017—For decades the miracle of organ donation has relied on an ice cooler. Until now.

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Shah named to lead Department of Cardiac Surgery

Jul. 20, 2017—Ashish Shah, M.D., director of Heart Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support at Vanderbilt, has been named chair of the Department of Cardiac Surgery.

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Heart transplant program reaches major milestone

Apr. 6, 2017—Surgeons at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) performed five heart transplants in four days to place the institution among an elite group of transplant centers in the country — reaching 1,000 heart transplantations.

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Heart transplant program at VUMC reaches new milestone

Feb. 2, 2017—Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) is home to the second busiest heart transplant program in the country, according to the most recent data released by the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network (OPTN).

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New center focuses on Marfan syndrome, aortic disease

Jan. 5, 2017—With the recent opening of the Vanderbilt Marfan Syndrome and Aortic Disorders Center, the state’s only comprehensive clinic serving entire families, hundreds of patients with connective tissue disorders now have a one-stop shop for health care.

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Ranking lauds VUMC’s Cardiac Surgery program

Nov. 10, 2016—Vanderbilt University Medical Center was recognized as the No. 1 hospital in Tennessee for Medical Excellence in Major Cardiac Surgery by CareChex 2017 Hospital Quality Ratings Analysis.

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Mississippi family finds joy in giving back to VUMC

Jun. 23, 2016—When the Pharr family wears Vanderbilt regalia around their Mississippi town, people often say, “I thought you were Ole Miss people.”

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Heart Institute celebrates LVAD program milestone

Apr. 14, 2016—On April 7, a 48-year-old man from Bethpage, Tennessee, became the 300th person to receive a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) at Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute (VHVI).

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