Penn Medicine News Blog Archive: Heart Month

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By Robert Press | April 14, 2014 | Comments

In late February, Penn Medicine’s Heart and Vascular Center joined forces with the City of Philadelphia to wrap up American Heart Month by offering free cardiovascular screenings for city employees. The screenings, which included blood pressure screenings, cardiac risk assessments, peripheral vascular screening and abdominal aortic aneurysm screens, are preventive... Read more

Changing the Course of Heart Disease

By Sally Sapega | February 14, 2014 | Comments Jess maciey

Jessica (Maciey) Minot, a nurse at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, never knew her older sister, who died of what was diagnosed as a “congenital heart defect” at eight months old. And she was only seven years old when she lost her mother to heart disease as well.... Read more

Art Beat: Penn Medicine Researchers Launch Nationwide Contest to Spotlight Lifesaving AEDs

By Jessica Mikulski | February 10, 2014 | Comments image from http://aviary.blob.core.windows.net/k-mr6i2hifk4wxt1dp-14021020/7d401b28-71c6-4e72-a07d-303a91e2d37b.png

The inaugural design in Amtrak's 30th Street Station in Philadelphia. To celebrate February as American Heart Month, the News Blog is highlighting some of the latest heart-centric news and stories from all areas of Penn Medicine. It’s a lifesaving device that you might walk by every day and not even... Read more

Could Statins be Used to Fight a Deadly Viral Infection?

By Karen Kreeger | February 6, 2014 | Comments Hanta entry path Hannah Barbian

Two Perelman School of Medicine microbiologists may have found a way to use statins, the well-known blockbuster cholesterol-lowering drugs, to fight the hantavirus, a mysterious and lethal microorganism that appeared suddenly in the US southwest over 20 years ago Read more

Take Control of Your Heart Health

By Sally Sapega | February 21, 2013 | Comments

To celebrate February as American Heart Month, the News Blog is highlighting some of the latest heart-centric news and stories from all areas of Penn Medicine. The mortality rate from both heart disease and stroke have decreased significantly in the past decade, but they still remain the #1 and #4... Read more

Heart Research Hits Close to Home for a New Penn Med Prof

By Karen Kreeger | February 20, 2013 | Comments Voight Ben desk shot Jan 13

 To celebrate February as American Heart Month, the News Blog is highlighting some of the latest heart-centric news and stories from all areas of Penn Medicine. “I know this sounds like a cliché, but one of the main reasons I’m interested in learning about the genetic basis of heart... Read more

Lasso It Up: How a Rodeo Roping Technique Can Help Treat an Age-old Heart Ailment

By Olivia Fermano | February 19, 2013 | Comments Cowboy Lasso Image

To celebrate February as American Heart Month, the News Blog is highlighting some of the latest heart-centric news and stories from all areas of Penn Medicine. At first pass, lariat seems like just a hifalutin' word for the more down-to-earth, lasso – a long, noosed rope. For most, either word... Read more

iPod-like Advances Changing the Face of Cardiac-Assist Technology

By Jessica Mikulski | February 29, 2012 | Comments VAD

To celebrate February as American Heart Month, the News Blog is highlighting some of the latest heart-centric news and stories from all parts of Penn Medicine. This month marks the five-year anniversary of Penn Medicine’s first implantation of a temporary total artificial heart (TAH) in a patient suffering from end-stage... Read more

A Million Chances to Save a Life

By Holly Auer | February 23, 2012 | Comments Raina Merchant bio picture

Would you be able to find an automated external defibrillator if someone’s life depended on it? Despite an estimated one million AEDs scattered around the United States, the answer, all too often when people suffer sudden cardiac arrests, is no. In a Perspective piece published online this week in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality Outcomes, Penn Medicine emergency physician Dr. Raina Merchant outlines the tremendous potential associated with greater utilization of AEDs in public places. In cases of ventricular fibrillation – a wild, disorganized cardiac rhythm that leaves the heart unable to properly pump blood through the body, which is the leading cause of sudden cardiac death – quick use of an AED and CPR improve a patient’s chance of surviving by more than 50 percent. Read more

Menopause, Hormones and Heart Disease: The Battle to Find the Lesser of Three Evils

By Olivia Fermano | February 22, 2012 | Comments Hormone-replacement-therapy

To celebrate February as American Heart Month, the News Blog is highlighting some of the latest heart-centric news and stories from all parts of Penn Medicine. Hot flashes. Night sweats. Sleep disturbances. Mood swings. Irregular and racing hearts. These are all signs of menopause setting in, the time in a... Read more

Women & Heart Disease – the Usual and Unusual Risk Suspects

By Olivia Fermano | February 16, 2012 | Comments Nazanin Moghbeli, MD

To celebrate February as American Heart Month, the News Blog is highlighting some of the latest heart-centric news and stories from all parts of Penn Medicine. The flowers and cards have all been delivered. The chocolates were devoured and Cupid can now take his annual break. But just because Valentine’s... Read more

What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? Penn Cardiovascular Institute’s Tissue Bank Uses Broken Hearts to Unlock the Mysteries of Heart Failure

By Jessica Mikulski | February 14, 2012 | Comments Brokenheart

To celebrate February as American Heart Month, the News Blog is highlighting some of the latest heart-centric news and stories from all parts of Penn Medicine. It may seem thoroughly unromantic, but researchers at Penn Medicine’s Cardiovascular Institute are hoping for some broken hearts this Valentine’s Day. But these broken... Read more

AEDS: A Lifesaver, Not a Liability

By Holly Auer | February 9, 2012 | Comments MHMC_pressrelease flow image

It’s Day 10 of Penn Medicine’s MyHeartMap Challenge, and more than 200 teams have signed on for the hunt, submitting more and more AEDs each day. From the farthest reaches of the city – all the way up in Northeast Philly’s Pennypack Park area to the Philadelphia International Airport in Southwest Philly – and throughout Center City, participants are snapping pictures and sending them to our team. Read more

Multi-Organ Transplantation Gives Hope for Patients with Complex Heart-Liver Disorders

By Katie Delach | February 8, 2012 | Comments Pochettino_Alberto_2

Due to the complex, interdependent nature of the human body’s internal organs, transplant specialists are constantly working to develop new procedures for disorders that extend beyond a single organ. Increasing success with single solid-organ transplantation over the last 50 years has helped propel the field into the more complicated realm of multi-organ transplantation. The first dual-organ transplant, which provided a 6-year-old Texas girl with a new heart and liver, took place on Valentine’s Day in 1984, but just over 100 heart-liver transplants have been performed in the nearly three decades since. Penn Medicine transplant physicians are at the forefront of this work, performing 19 of these combination transplants since 2002 – the second largest number of any transplant center in the U.S., most of whom have only done one or two of the procedures. Read more

What Every Woman Needs to Know About Heart Disease and How to Recognize Signs of Trouble

By Olivia Fermano | February 7, 2012 | Comments Nazanin Moghbeli, MD

Heart disease remains the number one cause of death in the US for both men and women. Heart disease, in all its forms, is responsible for over 400,000 deaths a year among women – more than all forms of cancer combined. Read more

Growing Pains: Adult Congenital Heart Disease Patients Find a Home at Penn

By Jessica Mikulski | February 6, 2012 | Comments

To celebrate February as American Heart Month, the News Blog is highlighting some of the latest heart-centric news and stories from all parts of Penn Medicine. Congenital heart disease (CHD) is the number one birth defect in the U.S., affecting one out of 120 babies. This group of conditions consists... Read more

Penn Medicine Kicks Off Heart Month With MyHeartMap Challenge

By Holly Auer | February 1, 2012 | Comments Myheartmap screenshot_02.320x480-75

To celebrate American Heart Month, the News Blog is highlighting some of the latest heart-centric news and stories from all parts of Penn Medicine. Just in time for the start of American Heart Month, Penn Medicine kicked off the MyHeartMap Challenge yesterday. For the first time, the wisdom of the... Read more

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