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Cell connections key in valve disease

Feb. 14, 2013—A protein that connects cells together participates in the calcification that occurs in heart valve disease.

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Study tracks genes involved in heart rhythm disorders

Feb. 7, 2013—A team led by Vanderbilt University investigators has discovered two new genes — both coding for the signaling protein calmodulin — associated with severe early-onset disorders of heart rhythm.

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Cell source of heart’s blood vessels

Feb. 1, 2013—An unexpected group of cells generates the coronary arteries and may be useful for regeneration therapies following injury to the heart.

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Preventing hardened heart valves

Dec. 26, 2012—Blocking a serotonin receptor may provide a novel therapy for heart valve disease.

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Key to a woman’s heart (condition)?

Aug. 10, 2012—Females may be at higher risk of potentially fatal heart condition due to gender differences in a protein involved in the heart’s electrical activity.

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Obesity linked to kidney problems after heart surgery

Jul. 3, 2012—Obesity increases the risk of acute kidney injury following cardiac surgery, according to a Vanderbilt study published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

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Long live the therapeutic stem cells

May. 17, 2012—Enhancing stem cell survival is key to improving cell-based therapies for regenerative medicine, and a new drug could help.

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Vanderbilt recognized by AHA as a fit-friendly company

Apr. 20, 2012—For the fifth consecutive year, Vanderbilt has been recognized by the American Heart Association with its Platinum Level Start! Fit-friendly Company Award. This award is given to companies that demonstrate progressive leadership toward making health and wellness a priority for their workforce. Vanderbilt will receive recognition in the September issue of Fortune magazine for the...

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New tool hooks heart failure drugs

Apr. 6, 2012—A new screening tool – using glowing fish embryos – could identify therapeutics for myocardial hypertrophy and heart failure.

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Stem cells take heart

Feb. 20, 2012—Signaling pathway discoveries suggest ways to induce stem cells to become cardiac muscle cells, which could be useful for regenerating damaged heart muscle.

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Dr. Keith Churchwell: Advances in Heart Care

Jan. 12, 2012—Watch video of Dr. Keith Churchwell speaking on advances in heart care. Churchwell spoke Jan. 11 as part of the Osher Lifelong Learning class, “Medical Advances.” The course is presented by faculty of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center and focuses on what the future of medicine holds. Physicians are now able to use a patient’s DNA...

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Vanderbilt Heart at Williamson Medical Center opens Jan. 6

Jan. 3, 2012—Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute (VHVI) is relocating its cardiac practice in Williamson County and announcing the addition of five cardiologists. Formerly located at 2105 Edward Curd Lane in Franklin, Tenn., the practice will relocate to 4323 Carothers Pkwy., Suite 405, within Williamson Tower, the medical office building attached to Williamson Medical Center in Franklin....

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