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Cedars-Sinai reports excellent outcomes for its cardiac surgery division
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's heart surgery division recently released its 1998 statistics and sixth annual report card. According to the data, the division continues to have excellent outcomes despite the fact that it serves the highest-risk populations based on patient age and medical condition. Cedars-Sinai's cardiology and cardiac surgery program ranked 12th in the nation and second in the entire state in U.S. News & World Report's 1999 ranking of top hospitals and medical centers. (1999-08-18)

New clinical trial to test promising U-M heart valve reconstruction operation for patients with serious heart failure
Heart failure patients once thought too sick for surgery may now have their ailing hearts repaired, in the first clinical trial of a promising surgical procedure developed at the University of Michigan. The surgery repairs the valve that controls the flow of blood between two of the damaged heart's chambers. (1999-08-16)

Risk factors for stroke after heart surgery identified
A new study helps identify which individuals may have the highest risk of stroke following heart surgery. Reporting in today's Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, researchers found that heart surgery patients who had previously had a stroke faced the highest risk. They had a 14-times higher risk of having a new stroke during or after surgery. (1999-08-09)

Heart valve disease increases risk of death, research shows
For decades, doctors have believed that early signs of aortic heart valve disease were harmless if the valve was functioning normally. But research by a Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center cardiologist and colleagues at the University of Washington and Mayo Clinic suggests that the condition significantly increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, angina and even death in older adults. (1999-07-15)

3-D echocardiography reduces examination times and dramatically improves accuracy of the most common diagnostic test for heart function
The first fundamental breakthrough in diagnostic ultrasound for the heart in more than a decade --real-time 3-dimensional echocardiography-- is now available to instantaneously provide ultrasound scans of the whole heart, rather than a single isolated section. Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center, Chicago, is one of the leading institutions in the world using the new technology. (1999-07-07)

Mitral valve prolapse less common, less harmful than previously thought
Researchers from the NHLBI Framingham Heart Study report that mitral-valve prolapse (MVP) is substantially less common and less serious than previously believed. The researchers report that MVP affects about 2 percent of the population rather than the 5 to 35 percent indicated in earlier estimates. And, contradicting earlier studies suggesting that MVP occurs more commonly in women, the researchers found that men and women are equally likely to have the condition. (1999-06-30)

MGH study shows mitral valve prolapse not a stroke risk factor
Researchers from the Massachusetts General Hospital report that mitral valve prolapse, an abnormality of a heart valve, does not appear to be associated with an increased risk of stroke among young people. Earlier studies, many using outdated imaging techniques, had led to the belief that mitral valve prolapse was a significant risk factor for stroke. (1999-06-30)

New Coating Process May Prevent Body From Rejecting Medical Implants
University of Washington bioengineers, reporting in the April 15, 1999, issue of Nature, describe a process for coating medical implants with tiny imprints that bind specific proteins. This coating could potentially trigger natural healing rather than the body's typical, and often disruptive, reaction to foreign materials such as medical implants. (1999-04-15)

UB Researchers Identify Specific Oral Bacteria Most Likely To Increase Risk Of Heart Disease
Oral biologists from the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, among the first researchers to report a relationship between gum disease and risk of heart attack, now have identified the specific types of bacteria that are most damaging to the cardiovascular system. If the findings are confirmed, it may be possible to target the bacteria with antibiotics or vaccines and lower the risk of heart attack in persons with periodontal disease. (1999-03-12)

Heart Valve Abnormalities Examined In Relation To Duration Of Diet Drug Use
In the largest study of its kind, Duke University Medical Center researchers found that the longer a person used a popular duet of diet drugs known as (1999-03-09)

AHA Issues Scientific Statement On Infective Endocarditis
The American Heart Association issues a new scientific statement that updates the procedures for diagnosing and treating infective endocarditis, a life-threatening heart infection that can be caused by common microbes such as streptococcus or (1998-12-21)

Penn Scientists Find No Link Between Dental Procedures And Heart Valve Infection
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine researchers say that the current practice of administering antibiotics to at- risk patients to prevent the onset of heart-valve disease resulting from dental work is unnecessary, according to results of their latest study. Indeed, the scientists found that there is no link between dental procedures and heart- valve infection. (1998-11-14)

New Surgical Strategy For Congestive Heart Failure May Reduce Need For Heart Transplants
A new surgical procedure may help extend and improve the lives of people with severe congestive heart failure (CHF), according to research presented today at the American Heart Association's 71st Scientific Sessions. (1998-11-09)

Rheumatic Fever Reports Increasing In The Utah Area
Rheumatic fever, which seemed almost eradicated in the United States in the early 1980s, is on the rise again. A similar resurgence of rheumatic fever in the mid-1980s worried medical professionals, and this time the number of cases seems to be rising even faster, says the study's lead author. (1998-11-08)

Advanced Surgery Performed In Los Angeles Will Be Seen Live At American College Of Surgeons Convention In Orlando
TELEMEDICINE - Advanced telephone technology will enable physicians attending the 84th Clinical Congress of the American Colleges of Surgeons in Orlando, FL, on October 26, to watch LIVE, a laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication being performed at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Two new pieces of technology will be introduced. (1998-10-20)

Coal Slurry Studies Have Applications Closer To The Heart
Little did a CWRU engineering professor know that his open heart surgery and aortic valve replacement would have a major impact on his research. Nor did he realize that a graduate student's use of laser diagnostic techniques he developed to study coal slurries might be applied to blood flow in an artificial heart. (1998-09-21)

The Problem With Fen-Phen
Researchers at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that the diet drug duo, fen-phen, should never have been prescribed together because they result in dangerous levels of serotonin in the blood. The mistake may have occurred because drug labels are not updated. The researchers also found that similar potential problems may result from using antidepressants with certain over-the-counter drugs. (1998-08-28)

Body Building: Tissue Engineered Organs A Heartbeat Away
Researchers at the University of Toronto have initiated an international research project focused on creating a tissue- engineered heart, suitable for transplant within 10 years. (1998-06-23)

Hard Hearts: New Discovery Of Bone In Heart Tissue May Explain Valve Disease
For the first time, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center have confirmed that bone--similar to that found in the human skeleton--is present in a substantial portion of diseased heart valves.This finding could lead to the development of therapies to prevent or treat heart-valve disease. (1998-04-01)

Balloon Procedure Shown To Improve Quality Of Life In People With Narrowed Mitral Heart Valves
A relatively non-invasive surgical procedure, similar to balloon angioplasty, can dramatically improve the quality of life for patients who suffer from narrowed heart valves resulting from rheumatic heart disease. (1998-01-27)

Strokes Associated With Heart Surgery Exact High Costs
One in five people who has a stroke associated with heart surgery dies before leaving the hospital and only one in four is able to return straight home after hospitalization for their surgery, according to a study by Johns Hopkins physicians. (1997-11-10)

Bone-Making Protein Found In Calcified Heart Valves
Researchers at the Univeristy of Pennsylvania Medical Center have found a bone-making protein in calcified heart valves. Identifying the molecular mechanisms underlying ossification of valves could lead to novel therapies to prevent or treat valve disease, and help to determine how calcium deposits form in atherosclerotic arteries. (1997-09-11)

Mini Drug Pump Could Simplify Diabetics' Lives
Biomedical engineers at Case Western Reserve University have built a prototype drug pump the size of a contact lens. The miniature implant could monitor its own flow rate to ensure a steady stream of medicine, such as for monitoring blood glucose levels to pump just the right amount of insulin. (1997-07-17)

New American Heart Association Guidelines Clarify Need For Antibiotics To Prevent Bacterial Endocarditis
To reduce the risk of bacterial endocarditis, a rare but potentially fatal infection, antibiotics should be given to certain heart patients before they undergo some dental and surgical procedures, according to updated recommendations from the American Heart Association (1997-06-11)

Study Shows Gum Disease Increases Risk Of Future Heart Disease
Persons with gum disease are at high risk of developing heart disease in the future, particularly if they also are diabetic, researchers in the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine reported today at the annual meeting of the International Association for Dental Research. (1997-03-23)

A Drug Pump On A Computer Chip
Biomedical engineers have built a prototype drug pump the size of a contact lens, a miniature, closed-loop implant that could monitor its own flow rate to ensure a steady stream of medicine (1997-03-20)

Study May Yield Better Heart Valves And Need For Less Anticoagulant
Heart-valve surgery is a medical miracle that extends life, but mechanical valves require anticoagulants to prevent life- threatening blood clots, and tissue valves have shorter life spans. Enter the pig, which may boost the work of both heart researchers and valve manufacturers (1996-12-06)

Johns Hopkins Becomes One Of Few U.S. Hospitals Using New Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery
Johns Hopkins surgeons have begun performing a revolutionary method of minimally invasive heart surgery designed to make patients' recovery easier and reduce costs. Following recent FDA approval, Hopkins and five other medical centers across the nation started performing -- and soon will train other surgeons to perform -- the new technique called Port-Access for single-graft coronary artery bypasses and heart valve replacement and repair (1996-10-28)

Bee Sting Treatment Should Emphasize Speed, Not Method Of Removal
Immediate treatment of bee stings -- one of the most common insect-caused injuries to humans -- should emphasize quick removal of the sting, rather than the method by which the sting is removed, according to entomologists at Penn State and the University of California, Riverside. (1996-08-06)

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