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Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute Archives

Minimally invasive treatment option for AFib studied

Oct. 22, 2020—A minimally invasive procedure that combines ligation of the left atrial appendage (LAA) with hybrid epicardial-endocardial ablation is a feasible, safe and effective method of treating patients with longstanding atrial fibrillation (AF or AFib), according to a new Vanderbilt-led study.

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New device may aid advanced heart failure patients

Sep. 17, 2020—Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute (VHVI) has implanted its first V-Wave, an interatrial shunt device, as a part of a multi-center clinical trial.

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Keith Churchwell, MD, appointed president of Yale New Haven Hospital

Aug. 4, 2020—Former Vanderbilt cardiology leader Keith Churchwell, MD, has been appointed president of Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH) in Connecticut.

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Device allows VHVI doctors to monitor heart patients remotely

Jul. 30, 2020—In 2018, Ronnie Kreis began to develop severe heart failure. After being hospitalized multiple times that year near his home in Oliver Springs in East Tennessee, he was told that nothing else could be done.

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Ventricular assist device program hits major milestone

May. 6, 2020—VHVI’s cardiac surgery and heart failure teams recently celebrated a milestone — implanting the 500th adult patient with a ventricular assist device.

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Tiny pacemaker helps keep patient’s heart in rhythm

Mar. 12, 2020—In February, Martha Hawks became the Southeast’s first recipient of the Medtronic Micra AV, the latest version of the tiny pacemaker that Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute began testing in a clinical trial in 2014. The FDA approved the latest device in January.

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Hall of Fame company

Feb. 7, 2020—Hall of Fame wide receiver Raymond Berry wore a tie honoring VUMC when he was named to the NFL’s 100th Anniversary All-Time Team and was recognized at the Super Bowl in Miami on Feb. 2.

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Interim directors of Cardiovascular Medicine named

Jan. 9, 2020—Dan Roden, MD, and Daniel Munoz, have been named interim directors of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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New Physician Spotlight: Colin Barker

Oct. 14, 2019—Colin Barker, MD, a national leader in percutaneous heart valve therapies, has joined Vanderbilt University Medical Center as the new director of Interventional Cardiology. He began seeing patients July 2.

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Heart Institute offering new option to clear carotid arteries

Jul. 24, 2019—Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute is now offering a new procedure that reduces stroke risk for many high-risk patients during interventions for extracranial carotid disease

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Device helps heart patients ditch blood thinners

Feb. 7, 2019—For the first time in 27 years, Jerry Flowers is looking at life without using blood thinners, thanks to a small device that was implanted in his heart in a clinical trial at Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute (VHVI).

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Bacchetta to help expand pulmonary surgery program

Oct. 25, 2018—Matthew Bacchetta, MD, MBA, MA, has joined the Department of Thoracic Surgery as an associate professor and the surgical director of a new respiratory institute at Vanderbilt University Medical Center that will be launched soon.

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