Penn Medicine News Blog Archive: Heart

An Annual Learning Experience

By Abbey Anderson | November 18, 2015 | Comments image from

As adults in our 20s and 30s, after we leave college or graduate school, we will rarely find another opportunity where we are completely surrounded by other like-minded individuals with an incredible desire to learn. As unfortunate as it sounds, after spending a majority of our life learning, this daily... Read more

The Skinny on Fat

By Olivia Fermano | September 14, 2015 | Comments Junk food head

For more than a few decades the medical community told us that fat was bad. Much maligned, fat was deemed enemy number one of hearts and minds (clogged arteries, heart attacks and strokes, oh my!) as well as waistlines. However, as new research shows, the tide against some fats is... Read more

When It’s More Than Just Routine Fatigue

By Anna Duerr | June 3, 2015 | Comments image from

Sites on vacation in Miami, enjoying a return to traveling following treatment for PH So many of us have been there: working long hours and feeling exhausted! But how do you know if it's just the body’s normal reaction to being overworked or something more serious? For Tiffany Sites of... Read more

250 Years of Progress, Here's to 250 More

By Robert Press | May 26, 2015 | Comments

A whole lot can happen in 250 years. That’s partially because — and I guess this isn’t much of a surprise — 250 years is a long time. Long enough for a standard snail to circle the globe about 2.64 times (seriously, I did the math). Long enough for Niagara... Read more

Using Twitter to Tackle Cardiovascular Disease

By Anna Duerr | April 16, 2015 | Comments Twitter CV Health blog image

When you think of Twitter, a zillion things probably come to mind — breaking news, personal rants, life observations — but health research probably isn’t one of them. However, the Penn Social Media and Health Innovation Lab is changing that, one tweet at a time… or rather, millions of tweets... Read more

The Best Way to a Woman’s Heart

By Sally Sapega | February 9, 2015 | Comments image from

Chileshe Nkonde-Price (third from left) with members of Penn Medicine's cardiovascular team on "Go Red" Friday. Most women fear breast cancer more than heart disease but, in fact, cardiovascular disease is the more deadly. Indeed, more women die from a cardiac condition than all cancers combined. “More men are diagnosed... Read more

Heart Transplantation: The Gift of Normalcy

By Anna Duerr | February 2, 2015 | Comments Navaz Mehta - GO RED 2014

Throughout the month of February, affectionately known as American Heart Month, the News Blog will highlight news and stories related to cardiovascular health from across Penn Medicine. In April of 2011, Navaz Mehta, a 43-year-old busy sales operations director from Dresher, Pa., was getting ready for work when her stomach... Read more

Metabolism’s Surprising Importance in Cardiology

By Anna Duerr | November 14, 2014 | Comments 320px-ATP-3D-vdW

When you hear the word “metabolism,” the first thing that comes to mind is probably weight. You’ve likely heard people talk about having a slow metabolism or a fast metabolism, in reference to how quickly their bodies process food and burn calories. But did you know that metabolism plays an... Read more

Penn Doctor Named Semifinalist in Philadelphia Magazine’s Health Hero Challenge

By Anna Duerr | September 29, 2014 | Comments IMG_6739

Raina Merchant, MD, MSHP, assistant professor of Emergency Medicine at Penn, senior fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics and director of the Penn Social Media and Health Innovation Lab, has been named one of 16 semifinalists in Philadelphia Magazine’s Be Well Philly 2014 Health Hero Challenge! She... Read more

A Great Save

By Sally Sapega | September 17, 2014 | Comments Lucky save 002

Running along the Schulykill River Trail was a frequent outing for Todd Tewksbury, a 27-year-old mechanical engineer. So when he started his run one evening last month, the last place he expected to end up was in the emergency room of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. “I remembered...

A Picture Really is Worth 1000 Words

By Karen Kreeger | August 1, 2014 | Comments Talamas winning image 2014

The winners of the Penn Medicine 2014 “Art in Science" can certainly make pretty pictures with fancy microscopes, but there is also a rich story of scientific inquiry behind each. Read more

Cycling for Rare Diseases

By Karen Kreeger | May 1, 2014 | Comments image from

The first annual Million Dollar Bike Ride is finally here. On Saturday, May 3, 2014, close to 500 riders and many other volunteers and family members will gather at Highline Park on Penn’s campus to raise funds for and awareness about rare diseases. Read more

More Photos from Around Penn Medicine

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

Where Do We Go From Here? Public Health and Unconventional Natural Gas Drilling

By Karen Kreeger | February 25, 2014 | Comments CEET Symposium flyer Feb 14

Last week the Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology (CEET) and the Center for Public Health Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania co-hosted a symposium on the public health effects of natural gas drilling operations 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

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

The “Other”Circulatory System

By Karen Kreeger | January 10, 2014 | Comments Kahn JCI image graphic Jan 14

Blood is the life force of animals. But behind the more well-known system of veins, arteries, and capillaries functions the mop-up crew, the vascular network called the lymph system. Read more

Penn Medicine and Monaco’s Princess Grace Hospital Forge Partnership for Academic and Scientific Advancement

By Kim Menard | November 8, 2013 | Comments image from

Prince Albert II of Monaco and Philadelphia Mayor Nutter Attend Ceremonial Signing Event at Penn Medicine

Inside Look: Penn’s Bridge-to-Recovery Research May Help Heal Failing Hearts

By Jessica Mikulski | October 4, 2013 | Comments

An article in the Wall Street Journal this week highlights ongoing research at Penn Medicine looking at a new way to use ventricular assist devices (VADs) for heart failure patients. This same research was also featured in the article “Rest, Recovery, Reconditioning” in a recent edition of Penn Medicine’s System... Read more

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