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Highlights of NHLBI-supported research presented at American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions
Date:11/17/2009

New education strategies for better controlling hypertension and research suggesting a possible link between short-term and long-term exposure to air pollution and increased risk of constricted blood vessels are among the research highlights from studies supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) at the American Heart Association's 2009 Scientific Sessions in Orlando held Nov. 14-18. Other NHLBI-supported studies to be presented focus on the detection of fat in the tissue layer surrounding the heart, and a comparison of surgical strategies to treat a heart defect in newborns. The NHLBI is part of the National Institutes of Health.

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Study reveals mixed results comparing surgical methods for ventricle lesions. (Embargoed until 4 p.m. EST, Sunday, Nov. 15) Babies born with one working ventricle (lower chamber of the heart) instead of the standard two ventricles require a series of operations to optimize heart function, and are at high risk of medical problems and death. At a featured research session, Pediatric Heart Network investigators will announce the results of a unique study involving 555 infants that compared two approaches in current use for the initial surgery, known as the Norwood procedure, in newborns. The trial is the first to directly compare the two approaches and is the first North American multi-center, randomized surgical trial in infants with congenital heart defects. The traditional method uses a modified Blalock-Taussig shunt (MBTS), which connects the aorta (the main artery that carries oxygen-rich blood pumped from the left side of the heart out to the body) to the pulmonary artery (the major blood vessel that carries blood pumped from the right side of the heart to the lungs to pick up a f
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