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American Heart Association says Too many Patients receive Mitral Valve Replacement when Repair is Safer

 

American Heart AssociationPhiladelphia, PA – While clinical guidelines recommend mitral valve repair over replacement, too many patients who would benefit from repair receive replacement valves, with higher rates of death or complications within five years after surgery.

In an effort to combat this, the Mitral Foundation and the American Heart Association® today launched a joint recognition program to identify, recognize and promote the nation’s recognized medical centers for mitral valve repair surgery.

The mitral valve is a valve that lets blood flow from one chamber of the heart, the left atrium, to another called the left ventricle. In mitral valve prolapse, part of the mitral valve slips backward loosely into the chamber called the left atrium. (American Heart Association)

The mitral valve is a valve that lets blood flow from one chamber of the heart, the left atrium, to another called the left ventricle. In mitral valve prolapse, part of the mitral valve slips backward loosely into the chamber called the left atrium. (American Heart Association)

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Austin Peay State University coach Dave Loos undergoes successful surgery to remove Tumor

 

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APSU Men's Basketball - Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – Dave Loos, Austin Peay State University’s longtime basketball coach, recently underwent surgery to successfully remove a malignant tumor.

“Our thoughts and concerns right now are for the health and well-being of Coach Loos,” APSU Athletics Director Ryan Ivey said. “We look forward to welcoming him back when he has made a full recovery.”

APSU Basketball coach Dave Loos to undergo chemotherapy treatments and is expected to make a full recovery. (APSU Sports Information)

APSU Basketball coach Dave Loos to undergo chemotherapy treatments and is expected to make a full recovery. (APSU Sports Information)

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What’s a Cataract and How Do I Get Rid of It?

 

CataractClarksville, TN – When I recently had surgery on both my eyes to remove cataracts, I was told at Clarksville Ophthalmology that some people come to their first appointment expecting to have surgery that day. That’s not how it works.

Dr. C. Patrick Fitch carefully explained the procedures to me after I had had numerous tests. Dr. Fitch has literally performed at least 10,000 cataract surgeries during his career and is dedicated to the health of all his patients.

It seems appropriate to look at what is involved in cataract surgery since a large portion of the population will at some time encounter the need for this procedure.

Cataracts

Cataracts

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Instant Peay Play: APSU Softball’s Lauren de Castro wants to end career with post-season berth

 

Legends Bank, Clarksville TNClarksville, TN – If Austin Peay State University softball player Lauren de Castro never gets another at bat, or make another start in the circle for the Lady Govs in her career, the senior will go down as one of the best players in the programs 29-year history.

But one hole in her athletic resume still drives her; as she enters her last go around through Ohio Valley Conference regular-season play and that’s a trip to the post season.

APSU Women's Softball's Lauren de Castro. (Brittney Sparn/APSU Sports Information)

APSU Women’s Softball’s Lauren de Castro. (Brittney Sparn/APSU Sports Information)

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Instant Peay Play: APSU’s A.J. Gaura’s return to the pitcher’s mound still a work in progress

 

Legends Bank, Clarksville TNClarksville, TN – After seeing his 2013 baseball season come to an end following a broken arm suffered by being hit by a line drive, Austin Peay State University redshirt junior A.J. Gaura is still working his way back to the Governors starting rotation.

APSU pitcher A.J. Gaura on the mound against Iowa. (Michael Rios-Clarksville Sports Network)

APSU pitcher A.J. Gaura on the mound against Iowa. (Michael Rios-Clarksville Sports Network)

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“Instant Peay Play:” APSU Softball’s Kristin Whitmire gets final chance to go out on her own terms

 

Legends Bank, Clarksville TNClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s Kristin Whitmire has had a lot of reasons to call it quits on her softball career, after losing three years to injuries – including the past two – but the fifth-year senior will get a final chance to leave the game on her own terms and not on the sideline.

Austin Peay Softball's Kristin Whitmire.

Austin Peay Softball’s Kristin Whitmire.

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Clarksville’s Gateway Medical Center ranks average in Consumer Reports new ratings for U.S. Hospitals for Scheduled Surgeries

 

Ratings Analyze Length of Hospital Stays and Mortality Rates; Includes Ratings for Five Common Surgery Types

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – For the first time, Consumer Reports has rated U.S. hospitals on how patients fare during and after surgery.

In Tennessee, 38 Hospitals were evaluated. Only the Center for Spinal Surgery and Saint Thomas Hospital, both in Nashville, TN, got a top rating. Seven Tennessee Hospitals were ranked at the bottom which included The University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville TN, and Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, TN, to name a couple. Thirty Tennessee Hospitals were ranked average including Gateway Medical Center in Clarksville, TN. «Read the rest of this article»

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Two Montgomery Central High School Cheerleaders injured in DUI accident Thursday Morning

 

The Tennessee Highway PatrolClarksville, TN – On Thursday, May 16th, around 7:10am, a 1998 Chevy S10 driven by Roni Proctor was traveling north on Highway 48/13 when the truck crossed the center line and drifted into the south bound lane where it struck a 2006 Chevy Malibu near Ball road according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol. The Malibu tried to avoid the oncoming vehicle but could not and was hit head on.

The driver of the Malibu, 17 year old Kylie Eastin, who along with her passenger, 15 year old Ashley Travis were Lifeflighted to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN. Roni Proctor was transported by EMS to Gateway Medical Center. All three were wearing seat beats according to the THP report. «Read the rest of this article»

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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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Tennessee Titans Center Eugene Amano out for Season due to Arm Injury

 

Tennessee TitansNashville, TN – Tennessee Titans center Eugene Amano was injured during Thursday night’s practice when he was hit by a helmet during pass blocking. Amano will be out for the season with a torn triceps muscle in his right arm.

Amano will have surgery next week.

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