Heart Health

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

High mortality associated with STEMI heart attacks that occur in hospitalized patients

High mortality associated with STEMI heart attacks that occur in hospitalized patients

A new study by UNC researchers confirms their surprising earlier finding: Patients who suffer a STEMI heart attack while while in the hospital for something else are more likely to die than patients who have the same type of heart attack outside the hospital.

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Popular cancer drug target implicated in cardiovascular defects

Popular cancer drug target implicated in cardiovascular defects

Research led by UNC’s Kathleen Caron, PhD, shows that halting the protein CXCR7 leads to over activation of adrenomedullin, a hormone needed at proper levels for normal cardiovascular development

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In the Gazette: Inspiring heart health in the ‘stroke belt’

In the Gazette: Inspiring heart health in the ‘stroke belt’

Alice Ammerman, PhD, a professor of nutrition in public health and director of Carolina’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, reached out to county health officials along with her colleagues and built a project that helps encourage healthy living in Lenoir County.

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Frequent in-person home visits can reduce both readmission and death for patients with heart failure

Home-visiting programs and multidisciplinary heart failure clinic interventions can reduce hospital readmission and improve survival for patients with heart failure, according to research from RTI International and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Web-based and live counseling programs can reduce patients’ risk for heart disease

The work, by UNC researchers, adds to a growing body of evidence suggesting that nontraditional approaches to health care are becoming ever more important in managing health and disease.

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UNC Hospitals Achieves New Status as Accredited Chest Pain Center

UNC Hospitals Achieves New Status as Accredited Chest Pain Center

Hospitals that have received Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) accreditation have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack, emphasizing the importance of treatment programs that provide more efficient and effective evaluation as well as rapid treatment of patients with chest pain and other heart attack symptoms.

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Hope for Elijah

Hope for Elijah

3-year-old boy Elijah Smith had 13 surgeries in his first 2 years of life to correct lymphatic malformations. If left untreated these malformations would have caused him serious problems in breathing, eating and speaking.

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Simple Diagnosis - Complicated Solution

Simple Diagnosis - Complicated Solution

The UNC Center for Heart and Vascular Care collaborates with specialists in the Raleigh area to provide care for the most complex heart cases. (This feature was originally published in UNC Health Care's Well Magazine, Winter 2014 issue)

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Human Interactions, Robotic Solutions

The university's culture of collaboration is leading to new possibilities for diagnosing and attacking cancers – by using robots.

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Aortic Aneurysms: The Silent Killer

Aortic Aneurysms: The Silent Killer

Ultrasound screening for aortic aneurysms is vital for patients at high risk

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UNC researcher earns American Heart Association award

UNC researcher earns American Heart Association award

Wolfgang Bergmeier, PhD, will use the $400,000 award to study the role of blood platelets in inflammation and injury.

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UNC Cardiac Catheterization Lab reduces average radiation dose to physicians and staff by 25 percent

When technologist Mike Wolter, RT, moved from Vascular Interventional Radiology (VIR) to the Cardiac Catheterization Lab in the fall of 2012, he was reviewing radiation doses in the lab and wondered if a small reduction in the frame rate would make a difference in the long-term total radiation dose to which the cath lab employees were exposed. Here's what he found.

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Li Qian receives New Scholar in Aging Award from Ellison Medical Foundation

Li Qian receives New Scholar in Aging Award from Ellison Medical Foundation

Qian’s lab plans to investigate the fundamental events underlying the progression of various cardiovascular diseases as well as to discover the basic mechanisms of cell reprogramming.

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UNC Hospitals recognized for quality in cardiac care

UNC Hospitals recognized for quality in cardiac care

Hospital among first to receive new designation for delivering quality and cost-efficient cardiac procedures

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Afghan girl departs for home after heart surgery at UNC

Afghan girl departs for home after heart surgery at UNC

A North Carolina nonprofit organization and a UNC Hospitals volunteer partnered to bring an 8-year-old girl with congenital heart problems to UNC for medical treatment.

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Inpatients who have STEMI heart attacks more likely to die than outpatients

Inpatients who have STEMI heart attacks more likely to die than outpatients

A new study by UNC researchers finds that patients who suffer a STEMI heart attack while hospitalized are 10 times more likely to die than patients who suffer a STEMI outside the hospital.

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Owens wins multi-year “Pathway to Independence” K99/R00 grant award

Congratulations to A. Phil Owens, III, PhD, a post-doctoral trainee in the Mackman lab at the UNC McAllister Heart Institute. With this award, Dr. Owens will have support to transition from a mentored research environment with Dr. Nigel Mackman to an independent laboratory setting. Dr. Owens’ research focuses on abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) and the role of coagulation and platelets in protecting AAA from ruptures.

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Newly approved blood thinner may increase susceptibility to some viral infections

Newly approved blood thinner may increase susceptibility to some viral infections

A study led by UNC researchers indicates that a newly approved blood thinner that blocks a key component of the human blood clotting system may increase the risk and severity of certain viral infections, including flu and myocarditis.

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