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Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute Archives

Clair named Heart Institute Executive Medical Director

Nov. 5, 2015—After serving in an interim capacity, Walter Clair, M.D., MPH, associate professor of Medicine and medical director of Cardiac Electrophysiology, has been named executive medical director of the Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute (VHVI).

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Shah named to direct VHVI’s heart transplant program

Oct. 15, 2015—Ashish Shah, M.D., has joined Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute (VHVI) as director of Heart Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support.

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New device monitors pulmonary artery pressures

Aug. 20, 2015—For patients with heart failure, changes in pulmonary artery (PA) pressures are an early indication that their condition is worsening, even before they notice symptoms such as shortness of breath or weight gain.

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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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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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Former heart patient inspired to create Discovery Science Fund

Jun. 11, 2015—Two vastly different causes of heart failure, both of which can devastate a patient’s life, are being studied at Vanderbilt University Medical Center thanks, in part, to the generosity of a grateful patient whose own damaged heart was repaired at Vanderbilt more than five years ago.

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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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Study to explore myeloma treatment’s impact on heart

Feb. 5, 2015—Vanderbilt is embarking on an observational study to define and understand how a promising treatment for multiple myeloma affects the heart.

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Heart patient uses ICD experience to promote benefits of exercise

Oct. 16, 2014—Carrie Romero of Columbia, Tennessee, is running for her life. In 1997, when she was 28, Romero was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy — a heart muscle disease that puts her at risk for sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).

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Heart Institute celebrates implantation program success

Oct. 9, 2014—Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute (VHVI) reached a significant milestone recently with the 100th implantation of the miniaturized HeartWare HVAD Pump, a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) that supports the heart.

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VHVI screening brings heart care to young athletes

Oct. 2, 2014—Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute (VHVI) recently hosted a cardiovascular health screening for participants in a nonprofit organization called the Enplay Foundation, for middle and high school athletes and their adult family members.

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Churchwell to depart VHVI; Clair to assume interim role

Sep. 25, 2014—Keith Churchwell, M.D., executive director and chief medical officer for the Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute (VHVI), is departing Vanderbilt and will join Yale-New Haven Health System as vice president and executive director of Cardiovascular Services on Dec. 1.

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Keeping pace: Nashville, once a mid-size city with a Southern small-town feel, is experiencing explosive growth.

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Keeping pace: Nashville, once a mid-size city with a Southern small-town feel, is experiencing explosive growth.

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Vanderbilt University School of Medicine entrance

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Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital with helipad

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