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American Heart Association releases information about Children’s Heart Muscle Diseases

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – A new scientific statement from the American Heart Association focuses on Cardiomyopathies (heart muscle diseases) in children  and provides insight into the diagnosis and treatment of the diseases as well as identifying future research priorities. It will be published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.

Cardiomyopathies (heart muscle diseases) in children are the focus of a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association that provides insight into the diagnosis and treatment of the diseases as well as identifying future research priorities. (American Heart Association)

Cardiomyopathies (heart muscle diseases) in children are the focus of a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association that provides insight into the diagnosis and treatment of the diseases as well as identifying future research priorities. (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association says Genomic Medicine may one day revolutionize Cardiovascular Care

 

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American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – A new scientific statement from the American Heart Association summarizes the state-of-the-science of genomic medicine — the study of the health effects of the molecular interactions of a person’s unique genes — for studying cardiovascular traits and disorders and for therapeutic screening.

Genomic medicine could enable doctors to make predictions about people's health, from the likelihood of developing heart disease or stroke to the severity of disease, as well as medications for treatment. (American Heart Association)

Genomic medicine could enable doctors to make predictions about people’s health, from the likelihood of developing heart disease or stroke to the severity of disease, as well as medications for treatment. (American Heart Association)

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My Two Cents: The Backstory

 

My Two-Cents with Hank BonecutterClarksville, TN – This week I’ve had the privilege of working with a young lady I had never met.  

If you followed our series of articles, “Miscarriage, One Woman’s Story” we brought you the story of Candace Baker and her recent miscarriage.   

Throughout my career, I’ve had the opportunity to tell the real stories of real people and their tragedy and triumph.  Their pain and grief.  Their victory and defeat.   

Hank and Candace meeting for the first time.

Hank and Candace meeting for the first time.

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American Heart Association says Drug therapy, LVAD helps Severe Heart Failure Patients recover function

 

American Heart Association Meeting Report

American Heart AssociationNew Orleans, LA – More than a third of advanced heart failure patients treated with a combination of an artificial heart assist device, called a left ventricular assist device, or LVAD, and intensive drug therapy have recovered their heart function enough to allow removal of the LVAD device, according to preliminary results of an ongoing study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2016.

Advanced heart failure patients who are treated with an artificial heart assist device combined with intensive drug therapy may recover their heart function (American Heart Association)

Advanced heart failure patients who are treated with an artificial heart assist device combined with intensive drug therapy may recover their heart function (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association says Eliminating Blood Test may increase availability of Donor Hearts

 

American Heart Association Rapid Access Journal Report

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – A blood test that leads to the rejection of donor hearts may be unnecessary in predicting whether a heart transplant will succeed or fail, according to new research in Circulation: Heart Failure, an American Heart Association journal.

“Heart transplantation is an incredible therapy for patients with end-stage heart failure, but there are only 2,000-2,400 transplants each year. A lot of focus has been on finding ways to sign up more people as organ donors, but there is also a problem in that only an average of one in three donor hearts are placed,” said Snehal R. Patel, M.D., senior author of the study and assistant professor of medicine at Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in the Bronx, New York.

Heart Illustration. (American Heart Association)

Heart Illustration. (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association says 3D image may provide better size match for Child Heart Transplants

 

American Heart Association Meeting Report

American Heart AssociationOrlando, FL – A new 3D computer modeling system may significantly improve a surgeon’s ability to select the best sized donor heart for children receiving heart transplants, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2015.

Transplant centers currently assess compatibility of a potential donor heart by comparing the donor weight to the recipient weight and then picking an upper and lower limit based on the size of the patient’s heart on chest X-ray. But the assessment is not precise and variations in size and volume can have a major effect on the recipient’s outcome.

Models of multiple children’s hearts who were born with congenital heart defects, used for surgical planning. (Cardiac 3D Print Lab, Phoenix Children’s Hospital Heart Center)

Models of multiple children’s hearts who were born with congenital heart defects, used for surgical planning. (Cardiac 3D Print Lab, Phoenix Children’s Hospital Heart Center)

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American Heart Association report shows Wealthiest not Sickest Patients may have edge in Organ Transplants

 

American Heart Association Meeting Report: Abstract 15991

American Heart AssociationOrlando, FL – Registering with more than one organ transplant center appears to give an edge to wealthy patients over those with the most medical need, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2015.

Researchers studied the national database of organ donors from 2000 to 2013 and found that patients who simultaneously listed at more than one center had higher transplant rates, lower death rates while waiting, were wealthier and were more likely to be insured.

Raymond Givens, M.D., Ph.D. - Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Fellow, Columbia University Medical Center, New York. (American Heart Association)

Raymond Givens, M.D., Ph.D. – Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Fellow, Columbia University Medical Center, New York. (American Heart Association)

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Suzanne Simpson: One Woman’s Heart – Part Five

 

Heart TransplantThe Vanderbilt Extraction Team had taken flight, to retrieve the heart Suzanne needed.

There was excitement in the air, as family and friends gathered in the waiting room.

David and Suzanne spent some final moments together, as the medications began to sedate her. He sat in the bed with his wife and hugged her.

He told her he loved her and he would be waiting for her when the operation ended.

David would not be able to hold back his emotions much longer.

Suzanne said, “It’s ok.”

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Suzanne Simpson: One Woman’s Heart-Part Four

 

David overheard the doctors talking in the hallway.  The weather was so bad, it was doubtful that the helicopter could fly and the Vanderbilt Extraction Team could retrieve the heart.  They would classify this as a “dry run” and let Suzanne go home.

David went back into the room to be with his wife.  Doctors and nurses were attending to her, monitoring her condition.

Just as the surgical team was about to call the operation off, a member of the medical team burst into the room.

“They’ve taken off.  It’s a go!”

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Suzanne Simpson: One Woman’s Heart – Part Two

 

Heart TransplantSuzanne decided it was time to get a complete physical.  She was having trouble catching her breath.

Climbing the stairs was too difficult.  “Maybe I’m just a little out of shape” she thought.

Her doctor said, “the EKG doesn’t look good” and ordered another round of tests.  He scheduled her for an echocardiogram, ultra-sound and more.  When the nurses had her all hooked up, they told her to sit down.

“We’ll be right back” they said.

When the nurses returned, they told Suzanne they weren’t going to go through with the tests.  They had seen something that bothered them, and called her doctor.  He wanted her to see a cardiologist immediately.

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