Author: Kathy Whitney
Oct. 24, 2011—Vanderbilt University Medical Center is the first health care institution in the state, and the third in the nation, to implement a Level 1 Cardiac Emergency System, designed to deliver coordinated, expedited care for heart patients.
Jul. 25, 2011—Doctors at the Vanderbilt Heart & Vascular Institute have successfully performed the state’s first trans-catheter heart valve-replacement procedure.George Ellenberg, 85, of Crossville, Tenn., was VUMC’s first recipient of the novel valve replacement technique. Acceptance into the trial saved his life.
May. 27, 2011—A new implantable device currently being studied gives heart failure patients the ability to monitor their heart and take action when their condition begins to worsen.
Apr. 18, 2011—Vanderbilt Heart will soon begin testing the safety of a novel, non-surgical approach to treating aortic stenosis, a common heart problem caused by an abnormal narrowing of the heart's aortic valve.