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Author: Kathy Whitney

External defibrillator jumpstarts patient’s heart

Jan. 24, 2013—Typically, when a person experiences sudden cardiac arrest while asleep, the chance of survival is poor.

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Laffer named director of Hypertension Service

Jan. 17, 2013—Cheryl Laffer, M.D., PhD., professor of Medicine, is the new director of the Hypertension Service within the Division of Clinical Pharmacology.

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VHVI first in state to implant new ventricular assist device

Jan. 9, 2013—On Monday, Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute became the first heart program in Tennessee to implant the HeartWare ventricular assist system (VAS) as a bridge to transplantation.

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Cardiovascular Medicine chief Sawyer stepping down

Dec. 20, 2012—Doug Sawyer, M.D., Ph.D., Lisa M. Jacobson Chair of Cardiovascular Medicine and Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology, will step down as director of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and physician-in-chief of the Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute (VHVI), effective April 1, 2013. Sawyer will continue to pursue his clinical, teaching and research endeavors at VHVI....

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Multidisciplinary team takes on rare plasma cell disorder

Dec. 6, 2012—The Vanderbilt Amyloid Multidisciplinary Program (VAMP) is a new approach to treating a rare and misunderstood disease that can kill its victims before they understand what they have been diagnosed with.

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Heart Association honors Roden’s research efforts

Nov. 15, 2012—Dan Roden, M.D., assistant vice chancellor for Personalized Medicine and William Stokes Professor of Experimental Therapeutics, received a 2012 Distinguished Scientist Award at the annual Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association (AHA) last week in Los Angeles.

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Advanced heart failure care now offered in Columbia

Nov. 15, 2012—Under the direction of cardiologist Rebecca Hung, M.D., Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute is offering advanced heart failure services at its Columbia, Tenn., office.

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Cardiology conference set for Jamaica

Nov. 15, 2012—The International Cardiovascular Scholars Exchange program, sponsored by Vanderbilt’s Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, is co-hosting the inaugural Advances in Cardiovascular Care Conference, which has adopted the theme “Hearts of Legends: Extending the Heart Beat of Jamaica.”

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Byrne to take post at Brigham and Women’s

Nov. 8, 2012—John G. Byrne, M.D., William S. Stoney Jr. Professor of Cardiac Surgery and chair of the department, is stepping down from his position to become the chief of Cardiac Surgery and the vice president of Surgical Services at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He becomes the Lawrence H. Cohn Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, effective April 1, 2013.

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Heart Walk raises spirits, funds for fight against disease

Oct. 11, 2012—The skies cleared and the sun shone on the 2012 Nashville Heart Walk that took place on Vanderbilt’s campus on Saturday.

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PREDICT helps pinpoint right statin for patient

Oct. 4, 2012—When O.T. Hayes, 67, of Lebanon, Tenn., first starting seeing his cardiologist, David Hansen, M.D., for treatment of his coronary artery disease, it was hard to predict which of the various medications available would help control Haynes’ high cholesterol.

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Teams, walkers ready to show support for Nashville Heart Walk

Oct. 4, 2012—The American Heart Association's 2012 Nashville Heart Walk is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 6.

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