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Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute Archives

Heart patient uses ICD experience to promote benefits of exercise

Oct. 16, 2014—Carrie Romero of Columbia, Tennessee, is running for her life. In 1997, when she was 28, Romero was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy — a heart muscle disease that puts her at risk for sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).

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Heart Institute celebrates implantation program success

Oct. 9, 2014—Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute (VHVI) reached a significant milestone recently with the 100th implantation of the miniaturized HeartWare HVAD Pump, a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) that supports the heart.

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VHVI screening brings heart care to young athletes

Oct. 2, 2014—Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute (VHVI) recently hosted a cardiovascular health screening for participants in a nonprofit organization called the Enplay Foundation, for middle and high school athletes and their adult family members.

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Churchwell to depart VHVI; Clair to assume interim role

Sep. 25, 2014—Keith Churchwell, M.D., executive director and chief medical officer for the Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute (VHVI), is departing Vanderbilt and will join Yale-New Haven Health System as vice president and executive director of Cardiovascular Services on Dec. 1.

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Heart Institute testing world’s tiniest pacemaker

Sep. 18, 2014—Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute is participating in a global clinical trial to test the safety and efficacy of the world’s smallest pacemaker.

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Team effort key to ease patient’s rare heart disorder

Aug. 21, 2014—Vanderbilt employee Drew Casey, 27, was at home when he began to experience shortness of breath. Thinking it might be a panic attack, his wife, Katie, called 911, and an ambulance took Casey to the Emergency Department, where he progressed very suddenly to circulatory failure and shock.

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Photo: Vanderbilt Heart Town Hall

Jun. 19, 2014—Keith Churchwell, M.D., executive director and chief medical officer of the Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute, spoke at last week’s Town Hall, a quarterly gathering of Vanderbilt Heart faculty and staff. Churchwell announced that Vanderbilt Heart – Shelbyville has moved into new office space and that a new outreach clinic has opened in Collinwood, Tennessee....

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VHVI educates airport screeners on heart devices

May. 8, 2014—Thanks to advances in technology, heart patients with ventricular assist devices (VADs) are able to travel with greater frequency.

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New heart pump allows minimally invasive approach

Apr. 17, 2014—Sometimes smaller is better. This is especially true of left ventricular assist devices, the mechanically operated heart pumps that are implanted in heart failure patients to bridge them to transplantation.

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VU first to offer new implantable defibrillator

Mar. 20, 2014—Vanderbilt is the first hospital in Tennessee to use a new subcutaneous implantable defibrillator (S-ICD) to treat patients at risk for sudden cardiac arrest.

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Vanderbilt cardiologist says love is good for the heart

Feb. 13, 2014—With Valentine’s Day just one day away, Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute cardiologist Julie Damp, M.D., says being involved in a healthy, loving relationship is good for the heart.

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