Heart Health

The latest heart health and cardiovascular news from UNC Health Care and the UNC School of Medicine.

Cell molecule identified as central player in the formation of new blood vessels

Cell molecule identified as central player in the formation of new blood vessels

The molecule is the protein Shc (pronounced SHIK), and new blood vessel formation, or angiogenesis, is seriously impaired without it.

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Scarring a necessary evil to prevent further damage after heart attack

Scarring a necessary evil to prevent further damage after heart attack

Researchers have long sought ways to avoid scarring of the heart after a heart attack. But now new research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine shows that interrupting this process can weaken heart function even further.

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UNC cardiologist named 2012 Judah Folkman Award recipient

UNC cardiologist named 2012 Judah Folkman Award recipient

Cam Patterson, MD, MBA, division chief of cardiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, has been named the recipient of the 2012 North America Vascular Biology Association Judah Folkman Award in Vascular Biology.

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UNC shares $6 million Leducq award to study heart failure

UNC shares $6 million Leducq award to study heart failure

A collaborative network of European and North American scientists, including from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, have been awarded a total of $6 million over five years to explore the biology of heart failure and to find new therapies for it.

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A second chance for Jakeina

A second chance for Jakeina

UNC heart surgeon Dr. Andy Kiser reflects on the remarkable story of one of his patients, Jakeina Sutton of Rose Hill, N.C., a 16-year-old who recently received a heart and kidney transplant. For Jakeina, this was her second heart transplant.

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Kiser named chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Kiser named chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Andy C. Kiser, M.D., has been named chief of the UNC Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, effective July 1, 2011. Dr. Kiser is a cardiothoracic surgeon who joined UNC as professor of surgery on Nov. 1, 2010. He is recognized as an international leader in arrhythmia surgery, having pioneered the paracardioscopic procedures to treat atrial fibrillation.

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UNC Hospitals qualifies for American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Recognition for heart attack care

UNC Hospitals qualifies for American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Recognition for heart attack care

The award recognizes UNC Hospitals’ commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients that effectively improves the survival and care of STEMI (ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction) patients.

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Mackman appointed Director of the UNC McAllister Heart Institute

Mackman appointed Director of the UNC McAllister Heart Institute

The School of Medicine is pleased to announce the appointment of Nigel Mackman, PhD, FAHA, as the new Director of the UNC McAllister Heart Institute (MHI).

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Stavas inducted into SIR as a Fellow

Stavas inducted into SIR as a Fellow

Joseph Stavas, MD, professor of Radiology, has been inducted into Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) as a Fellow. The induction took place on March 30, during SIR's 36th Annual Scientific Meeting in Chicago.

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Project TICKER underway; first newsletter published

Project TICKER (Teamwork to Improve Cardiac Kids' End Results), which began in September of last year, aims to implement a patient- and family-centered safe practice infrastructure for pediatric congenital heart disease patients at N.C. Children’s Hospital.

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Family House Diaries: A New Heart + A New Kidney = A New Life

Family House Diaries: A New Heart + A New Kidney = A New Life

A new heart and a new kidney give a 28-year-old Wilson woman, unwell since age 7, a second chance at life. Crystal Sharpe becomes the 11th recipient of a heart and kidney transplant at UNC Hospitals.

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New implantable cardiac pacemaker approved for use in MRI

The FDA has approved for use in MRI a new implantable cardiac pacemaker, Medtronic’s RevoMRI SureScan Pacing System.

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UNC, Feins win grant to study surgery simulation training

UNC, Feins win grant to study surgery simulation training

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has awarded a three-year, $1.05 million grant to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to study use of simulators for cardiac surgery training.

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FDA approves pacemaker for use in MRI

The FDA has approved for use in MRI a new implantable cardiac pacemaker, Medtronic’s RevoMRI SureScan Pacing System.

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Mackman to give the Jeffrey M. Hoeg Lecture at ATVB Spring Meeting

Mackman to give the Jeffrey M. Hoeg Lecture at ATVB Spring Meeting

Nigel Mackman, PhD, FAHA, is the John Parker Distinguished Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology/Oncology. He is also Associate Director of the UNC McAllister Heart Institute. He will give the honorary lecture at the 2011 Spring Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology meeting in April.

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Scientists identify molecule that can increase blood flow in vascular disease

Scientists identify molecule that can increase blood flow in vascular disease

UNC researchers have discovered that a molecule called Wnt1 can improve the function of endothelial progenitor cells, increasing the blood flow to organs that previously had been cut off from the circulation.

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Smith leads World Heart Federation

Smith leads World Heart Federation

Dr. Sidney Smith, Professor of Medicine/Cardiology, began serving a two-year term as President of the World Heart Federation (WHF) in January 2011.

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Just in time for Valentine’s Day: UNC researchers identify a gene critical for heart function

Just in time for Valentine’s Day: UNC researchers identify a gene critical for heart function

It's a gene called DOT1L, and if you don’t have enough of the DOT1L enzyme, you could be at risk for some types of heart disease. These findings by UNC researchers appear in the journal Genes and Development.

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Arjun Deb awarded Louis N. and Arnold M. Katz Basic Science Research Prize for Young Investigators

Arjun Deb awarded Louis N. and Arnold M. Katz Basic Science Research Prize for Young Investigators

The Louis N. and Arnold M. Katz Prize is one of the oldest and prestigious awards offered by the American Heart Association and encourages new investigators to continue research careers in basic cardiovascular science.

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CICU wins Beacon Award

The Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) has received the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses! Only 315 of the estimated 6,000 intensive care units in the United States have earned this award. Congrats to our team in the CICU!

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