Deborah Heart and Lung Center

December 22, 2017 - 9:36 am
These cardiologists are highly sought-after, as the incidence of heart failure continues to rise due to an aging population and the obesity epidemic that can aggravate disease processes that result in a weakened heart muscle
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October 27, 2017 - 9:35 am
Mitral valve regurgitation is sometimes called mitral insufficiency or mitral incompetence. Whatever term your doctor uses, it’s describing a mitral valve that leaks, allowing blood to flow backward in your heart.
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June 22, 2017 - 11:30 am
Traditional open heart surgery. Deborah Department of Surgery Chair Dr. Paul Burns says advancing technology means that “tradition” is becoming more of an exception than an expectation. Minimally invasive procedures are increasingly allowing him and his colleagues to treat cardiac issues without...
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April 27, 2017 - 11:50 am
The majority of clots form in a pouch on the heart called the left atrial appendage. Atrial fibrillation in the upper chamber of the heart, the atrium, causes it to quiver instead of pump. So the left atrial appendage fills with blood that it can’t squeeze out, and blood clots can form there. The...
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December 20, 2016 - 9:34 am
In 1927, a Chicago chemist invented an early breathalyzer in which the breath moving through chemicals in water would change color. His target market wasn’t law enforcement, but housewives -- to test whether their husbands had been drinking!
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October 27, 2016 - 9:10 am
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is painful as well as dangerous, characterized by a build-up of plaque that blocks blood flow in the arteries of the legs and feet, preventing oxygen-rich blood from reaching the extremities. In severe cases, it can lead to amputation.
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August 18, 2016 - 1:05 pm
At the supermarket, the question can be “Paper or plastic?” Increasingly, when surgeons at Deborah Heart and Lung Center consider a stent to keep a leg artery open to treat peripheral artery disease , they ponder “Metal or bio-absorbable?” And that’s if they’ve determined a stent is needed at all,...
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June 27, 2016 - 1:46 pm
While the heart is the master pump in the body, it’s the humble kidney that is the most important to regulating blood pressure.
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April 28, 2016 - 2:19 pm
It’s not an exaggeration to say an electrophysiologist needs nerves of steel as well as a feather-light touch: to thread a catheter through a leg artery to a precise spot of tissue in a beating human heart, to apply enough radiofrequency energy to deactivate cells causing an irregular heartbeat in...
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October 29, 2015 - 12:16 pm
Sponsor Provided Content People with atrial fibrillation, or irregular heartbeat, are up to 7 times more likely to have a stroke, because of blood clots that can form in a section of the heart called the left atrial appendage. Deborah Attending Cardiac Interventionalist Dr. Vincent Varghese and his...
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