Heart Health

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

Setting the stage for a new paradigm in treatment of heart failure

Setting the stage for a new paradigm in treatment of heart failure

New evidence shows the root of heart failure lies in misfolded proteins in the heart’s cells, according to UNC researchers. The finding may pave the way for dramatically new treatment approaches.

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Endovascular Aortic Repair Devices approved by the FDA Following Testing at UNC

Endovascular Aortic Repair Devices approved by the FDA Following Testing at UNC

Two endovascular aortic repair devices tested in clinical trials at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in the United States.

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Heart and Vascular Nurses Honor Colleague with Service and Donations to Local Charity

Heart and Vascular Nurses Honor Colleague with Service and Donations to Local Charity

In honor and support of Deirdre Maisano, Nurse Manager of the CTICU, staff from 3 Anderson recently volunteered their time and donated supplies to support a local charity.

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Study shows higher healing rate using unique cell-based therapy in chronic venous leg ulcers

Study shows higher healing rate using unique cell-based therapy in chronic venous leg ulcers

A unique living human cell formula is applied on leg ulcers in a topical spray, providing 52 percent greater likelihood of wound closure than patients treated with compression bandages only.

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Patterson, Willis co-edit new book entitled Translational Cardiology

Patterson, Willis co-edit new book entitled Translational Cardiology

Cam Patterson, MD, MBA, Physician-in-Chief of the Center for Heart and Vascular Care and Chief of the Division of Cardiology, and Monte S. Willis, MD, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, are the co-editors of a new book that discusses the molecular basis of cardiac metabolism, cardiac remodeling, translational therapies and imaging techniques.

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Three UNC specialties nationally ranked by U.S. News

Three UNC specialties nationally ranked by U.S. News

Overall, eleven specialties at UNC Hospitals were recognized as nationally ranked or high performing by U.S. News & World Report in its annual "America's Best Hospitals" issue.

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UNC Hospitals qualifies for American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Gold Level Performance Achievement Award for heart attack care

UNC Hospitals qualifies for American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Gold Level Performance Achievement Award 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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Heart and Vascular begins offering Stress Test Services at Caswell Family Medical Center

Heart and Vascular begins offering Stress Test Services at Caswell Family Medical Center

The Center for Heart and Vascular Care is now offering stress tests to cardiac patients at Caswell Family Medical Center as part of a community clinic partnership that began in 2008.

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UNC is first in U.S. to use new device to treat complex abdominal aortic aneurysms

UNC is first in U.S. to use new device to treat complex abdominal aortic aneurysms

On Monday, June 18, 2012, the UNC Center for Heart & Vascular Care’s Aortic Disease Management team became the first in the U.S. to successfully treat a complex abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) with the Zenith® Fenestrated AAA Endovascular Graft.

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Collaboration leads to success during the first VT ablation with pLVAD in place

Collaboration leads to success during the first VT ablation with pLVAD in place

Dr. Eugene H. Chung of the UNC Center for Heart and Vascular Care performs UNC’s first ventricular tachycardia (VT) ablation with a percutaneous ventricular assist device (pLVAD) in place.

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Center for Heart & Vascular Care & Prosthetics/Orthotics initiate amputee peer visitation program

This program is designed to provide an additional resource to help the Center for Heart & Vascular Care and the Prosthetics/Orthotics department to meet the emotional needs of their patients following an amputation.

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UNC receives $10 million commitment for art collection, heart disease research

Dr. Hugh A. “Chip” McAllister Jr. of Houston has made a $10 million commitment to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that will include a collection of nearly 50 works of art for the Ackland Art Museum and expand an endowment dedicated to heart disease research at the School of Medicine.

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A supercharged protein reduces damage from heart attack

A supercharged protein reduces damage from heart attack

UNC researchers tap into the body’s own repair system to protect heart cells after an attack. The approach could also help prevent cardiac damage in cancer patients.

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Are you HeartAware? Check your risk!

February is Heart Month. Heart-health assessment can be as easy as taking the HeartAware Risk Screening offered by the Heart and Vascular Centers at UNC and Rex. Unlike some diseases, cardiovascular disease can largely be predicted and prevented.

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ROCK off: Study establishes molecular link between genetic defect and heart malformation

ROCK off: Study establishes molecular link between genetic defect and heart malformation

The study also shows that treatment with a drug that regulates cell shape rescues the cardiac defect, pointing to therapeutic avenues that could one day benefit Noonan syndrome patients.

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Benefits of statin therapy may extend beyond lowering lipids

Benefits of statin therapy may extend beyond lowering lipids

A study led by researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine has identified a molecular pathway that leads to the formation of abnormal blood clots. They turned it off using a popular class of cholesterol-lowering drugs, statins.

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UNC Hospitals Center for Heart & Vascular Care at Meadowmont offers new services, spaces

UNC Hospitals Center for Heart & Vascular Care at Meadowmont offers new services, spaces

Since expanding in April 2011, the UNC Hospitals Center for Heart & Vascular Care at Meadowmont has grown to over 14,000 sq. feet and now offers more services than ever before.

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