Penn Medicine News Blog Archive: Heart

Painkiller Study Sparks Controversy at National Meeting of Heart Experts, Penn Expert Questions Results

By Abbey Anderson | November 16, 2016 | Comments Pills

Earlier this week at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2016 in New Orleans, researchers presented data – which was simultaneously published in the New England Journal of Medicine – from the PRECISION trial, which evaluated the impacts of celecoxib – commonly known as Celebrex – on risk of heart... Read more

A Visit from the Nobelists

By John Shea | June 1, 2016 | Comments 6a0168e81dfe9c970c01b8d1f0db3c970c

Michael Brown delivers the graduation address What does Stanley B. Prusiner, MD 1968, have in common with Michael S. Brown, MD 1966, besides graduating from the Perelman School of Medicine? Both are members of an exclusive and celebrated group -- recipients of the Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology. In... Read more

The Heart: A Rare Glimpse into Organ Donation

By Abbey Anderson | May 18, 2016 | Comments IMG_1329

More often than not stories of organ donation tend to focus on happy and healthy organ recipients, public education of why or how to become an organ donor, or even the startling depiction of just how many people are currently awaiting transplant. But rare are the times when the experience... Read more

Pregnancy and Heart Disease – Expanding the SCOPE of our Understanding

By Katie Delach | February 29, 2016 | Comments Preeclampsia

Today marks the last day of Heart Month, an annual campaign raising awareness about cardiovascular disease, a condition including heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure that is responsible for one out of every three deaths, and is the leading cause of death in both men and women. In all... Read more

Let’s Take a “Micro-break” and Talk about Standing Desks

By Steve Graff | February 26, 2016 | Comments Standing

As news media professionals working for a health system, the people in Penn Medicine’s Communications office are not only an inquisitive bunch, but also a health-conscious one. So when the opportunity to get standing desks, a workplace trend sweeping through cube farms and office spaces around the world, came our... Read more

Saving a Life ... in 24 Hours

By Sally Sapega | February 17, 2016 | Comments Kim Pimley cropped more

Saving a patient’s life can take days, weeks or even months. But, in the case of Kim Pimley, a patient with a rare, deadly heart disease, a combination of teamwork, solid clinical knowledge, and lifesaving technology administered over 24 hours made the difference between life and death. The clock starting... Read more

The Plate Debate: Reducing the Risk of Heart Disease

By Abbey Anderson | February 5, 2016 | Comments image from

In the past few months, there has been a lot of controversy over what Americans should be eating in order to protect themselves against cardiovascular disease (CVD), cancer and obesity. From the October 2015 World Health Organization (WHO) report that sent bacon-lovers into a tailspin and the latest US Department... Read more

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

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