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American Heart Association Archives

Studies combine genetic testing, electronic health records to find undiagnosed diseases

Apr. 28, 2022—Combining genetic testing with information from electronic health records revealed undiagnosed heart rhythm disorders and new conditions associated with inherited cancer gene mutations.

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VUMC research team receives $1 million grant from AHA to study impact of long-COVID on heart

Apr. 14, 2022—A research team led by Cyndya Shibao, MD, MSCI, associate professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC), has received a three-year, $1-million grant from the American Heart Association to study long-term effects of COVID-19 on the heart and cardiovascular system.

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Peptides promote AFib arrhythmia

Apr. 11, 2022—Peptide oligomers have detrimental metabolic effects and cause pro-arrhythmic electrophysiological changes in heart atria, suggesting they may contribute to atrial fibrillation.

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Wear Red Day

Feb. 10, 2022—Members of Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute (VHVI) gathered for a photo last week to recognize National Wear Red Day — an observance created by the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to raise awareness of heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in the United States.

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Harrison Society researcher discovers key regulator of kidney cell structure

Nov. 4, 2021—New research from Vanderbilt could aid efforts to promote kidney regeneration after injury or to develop engineered organs.

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Nashville Heart Walk set for Nov. 6 at TSU

Oct. 28, 2021—Vanderbilt is proud to again serve as the presenting sponsor for the Greater Nashville Heart Walk, set for Nov. 6 on the campus of Tennessee State University.

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Molecular imaging of C. diff infection

Sep. 30, 2021—C. difficile — the leading cause of hospital-associated intestinal infections — induces a rapid influx of bile acids into the gut, which could provide a novel target for blocking infection.

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Vitamin D impact on disease biomarkers

Aug. 10, 2021—In a randomized controlled trial, vitamin D supplementation did not improve biomarkers for cardiovascular and metabolic disease.

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American Heart Association honors Biaggioni’s research

Aug. 5, 2021—Italo Biaggioni, MD, professor of Medicine and Pharmacology, has been selected as a Distinguished Scientist of the American Heart Association for his contributions to cardiovascular and stroke research.

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Probing statin-associated diseases with genetics

Jul. 12, 2021—Vanderbilt researchers used genetics tools and biobanks with linked electronic health records to explore the associations between statins and noncardiovascular diseases.

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Heat for hypertension in autonomic failure

May. 25, 2021—Heat therapy could offer a novel nonpharmacologic approach for treating the overnight hypertension that affects patients with autonomic failure.

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Study revises understanding of cancer metabolism

Apr. 7, 2021—Tumors consume glucose at high rates, but a team of Vanderbilt researchers has discovered that cancer cells themselves are not the culprit, upending models of cancer metabolism that have been developed and refined over the last 100 years.

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