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Jefferson vascular surgeon heads national trial for torn aorta repair

... (PHILADELPHIA) Tears in the aorta which affect thousands of people each year coast ... opening the chest cavity and clamping off the aorta to implant a graft to treat the damaged section, ... catheter to form a continuous tube through the aorta that carries the blood and reduces pressure on ...

Despite More Tests, Some Aren't Getting Results

... -- More than half of the time, test results revealing abnormalities in the aorta were not included in patients' electronic medical records within three ... or 440 people, were found to have aortic dilations, or an area of the aorta that was weakened or bulging. The aorta, which runs from the heart through ...

Study in Nature Medicine establishes major new treatment target in diseased arteries

... complete protection against abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). The aorta is the main artery carrying blood from the heart, and AAA is a progressive outward dilation of the aorta under the stress of blood pressure due to a breakdown in the vessel's ...

Verathon(R) Introduces BladderScan(R) BVI 9600 Bladder Volume Instrument with AortaScan(TM) Mode to Help Physicians Identify the Presence of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms

... Abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs), a localized dilation of the abdominal aorta that exceeds normal diameter by more than 50%, occur most frequently in ... calculates and displays the bladder volume or diameter of the abdominal aorta on the color console, and offers aiming assistance to the user, on both ...

Enzyme weakens the heart

... of Sciences . Long-term high pressure and stenoses of the valves or aorta make the heart work harder. When it compensates by excessive muscle growth ... could no longer produce this enzyme by surgically obstructing the main aorta to put the heart under greater stress and thus simulate permanent high ...

Gene Test Could Catch Deadly Heart Problem

... Tear in the aorta is unpredictable and often fatal, researchers say,, THURSDAY, ... in Keystone, Colo. In the study, Mohamed's team looked at samples of aorta tissue from 19 patients who had acute dissection. These patients had no ...

2nd Option Improves Abdominal Aorta Repair Outcomes

... of Vienna in Austria. Ruptured abdominal aneurysms occur when the aorta -- the large blood vessel that supplies blood to the pelvis, legs and ... In this surgery, done through an open incision, the damaged segment of the aorta is replaced with a synthetic graft. Post-surgery death rates are 40 ...

Kidney donor age linked to aortic siffening

... 74 patients who had received kidney transplants from deceased donors. The aorta is the body's large central artery; increased stiffness is a sign of ... related exclusively to characteristics of the transplant recipient. The aorta was stiffer in transplant recipients who were men, older, and had higher ...

Yale hosts summit meeting on acute aortic diseases, Nov.1-2

... cost is $695 for non-Yale employees and $200 for Yale employees. The aorta is the largest artery in the body. It originates from the left ventricle ... program also will include a keynote address by Denton Cooley, M.D., on The aorta and I: A Lifetime Relationship. Cooley, of the Texas Heart Institute, ...

Freshly crushed garlic better for the heart than processed

... garlic reduced damage from lack of oxygen, but the fresh garlic group had a significantly greater effect on restoring good blood flow in the aorta and increased pressure in the left ventricle of the heart," Das said. ...

Fewer Dying Now From Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms

... has remained stable for patients who have surgery to repair ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms. An abdominal aortic aneurysm is a bulge in the aorta (the main artery leading away from the heart) that occurs in the abdomen, the American Heart Association explained in a news release about the study. ...

Arizona Heart Institute Enrolls First Patient in Anaconda(TM) Investigational Study for the Treatment of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

... AAAs," continued Rodriguez. Abdominal aortic aneurysm, or "ballooning" of the body's main artery, is a serious condition in which the aorta is prone to rupture often causing sudden death. Studies report that emergent, open surgical repair of a ruptured aortic aneurysm carries a 25 to 50 ...

AGH Joins Select Group of Medical Centers in Study of Promising New Technology for Treatment of Heart Failure

... an LVAD functions via a tube connected to the heart’s left ventricle that pulls blood into the pump, where it is then propelled through the aorta - the primary vessel that circulates blood throughout the body. The small pump sits in the upper part of the patient’s abdomen. A second ...

First-degree relatives of patients with bicuspid aortic valve should be screened

... suggest that patients with bicuspid aortic valve and their first-degree relatives should have a screening echocardiogram to be evaluated for dilated aorta and bicuspid aortic valve. ...

New target for maintaining healthy blood pressure discovered

... product, thromboxane, also lowers blood pressure, slowing atherosclerosis, but in this previous study, the relevant genes are present in the aorta and its atherosclerotic lesions. PG F2-alpha by contrast, acts via the kidney and represents a distinct therapeutic opportunity. "The picture is ...

MRSA Cases Dropping in Hospital ICUs

... Marketing. A central line is a catheter inserted into a large blood vessel. The tip of the catheter is typically close to the heart or in the aorta or jugular vein. The drop in these infections is largely due to better procedures that have improved the safety of catheters, Burton said. "There ...

St. Mary Medical Center Opens New Cardiovascular Catheterization Labs Reaffirming Role as a Regional Leader in Cardiovascular Medicine

... national average. Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Stent Graft - This minimally invasive procedure is used to repair a weakened section of the aorta (an abdominal aortic aneurysm). The stent graft allows blood to flow through the stent, entirely bypassing the aneurysm, thus reducing the risk of ...

Hypertension May Hit Black Males Earlier

... by researchers at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. The findings suggest that measuring central blood pressure (the pressure in the aorta -- the main artery leaving the heart) may be more valuable than measuring brachial blood pressure (on the arm) when assessing black men for ...

Ospedale Niguarda Ca' Granda-Milano Adopts Latest Technology to Treat Patients with Heart Failure

... percutaneous device addresses patients suffering from acute decompensated heart failure by moving blood from an iliac artery to the descending aorta through the use of an extracorporeal circulatory support. This proprietary therapy uniquely bridges the treatment gap between medical management and ...

JCI online early table of contents: Aug. 1, 2008

... to access sites of injury. As this was also true in a mouse model of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), a chronic degenerative condition of the aorta that is usually fatal if it ruptures, the authors suggest that targeting the plasminogen/MMP-9 pathway might be a viable approach to controlling ...

Stereotaxis Magnetic Navigation System Used to Successfully Treat an Inoperable Congenital Heart Defect in a 10-Year Old Patient

... a magnetic guidewire through the entire length of the difficult vessel and place a specialized stent that now permits increased blood flow from the aorta to the left lung, increasing the amount of oxygen that can be pumped around the body. Fewer than 2 days after the procedure, the young patient was ...

NYC first: Complex aneurysm treated using new fenestrated endograft stent

... a tubular, fabric graft with supporting metal stents that features custom-positioned holes (fenestrations) that ensure proper blood flow through the aorta and to the kidneys and nearby organs. The three-hour procedure was performed under local anesthesia on July 1 at NewYork-Presbyterian ...

St. Mary Announces Major Expansion in Cardiology Capabilities

... tissue that often causes the treated artery to close up again. -- Abdominal Aortic Stent Graft - Used to repair a weakened section of the aorta (an abdominal aortic aneurysm), a stent graft allows blood to flow through the stent, entirely bypassing the aneurysm, and thus preventing ...

MAQUET Cardiovascular Launches HEARTSTRING III Proximal Seal System for Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery

... is no foreign material left inside the vessel after completion of the anastomosis. The Aortic Cutter makes a single, clean hole in the aorta for graft placement. The HEARTSTRING III system allows for maximum surgical flexibility. Surgeons have the option to perform distal or proximal ...

Woman's Abdominal Organs Removed in Unique Cancer Surgery

... South Florida woman, was diagnosed last May with leiomyosarcoma, a rare cancerous tumor deep inside her abdomen that had wrapped itself around her aorta and other arteries that supply blood to vital organs such as the stomach, intestines and spleen. Surgery wasn't an option, she was told, because ...

America's 50 best hospitals 2008 released by HealthGrades

... Repair Pancreatitis Peripheral Vascular Bypass Pneumonia Prostatectomy Pulmonary Embolism Resection/Replacement of Abdominal aorta Respiratory Failure Sepsis Stroke Total Hip Replacement Total Knee Replacement Valve Replacement Surgery Methodology ...

Minimally Invasive Surgery Fixes Aneurysms

... surgery, Schermerhorn said. "If the anatomy is good, EVAR is worth considering for any age group," Schermerhorn said. The length of the aorta beneath the arteries to the kidneys must be long enough to allow the procedure, he added. Dr. Roy Greenberg, director of endovascular research at ...

Two Hospitals Collaborate to Give Baby With Rare Heart Condition the Best Chance at Life

... Brenlee could go home, she needed one more catheterization procedure where a second stent was inserted to allow adequate flow to reach her tiny aorta and coronary arteries. This is performed to keep her heart healthy until she can have open-heart surgery at approximately six-months-old. Finally, ...

Stents Slightly Better Than Bypass for Blocked Left Coronary Artery

... the growing use of a valved stent for aortic stenosis, a condition in which narrowing of a valve reduces the flow of blood from the heart to the aorta and onward to the rest of the body. The study, by French cardiologists, of 35 cases in which a valved stent was implanted for severe aortic ...

Balloon Valve May Be Alternative to Open-Heart Surgery

... time at this point," he said. According to the American Heart Association, aortic stenosis involves a blockage of the heart's aortic valve. The aorta is the body's main artery. The aortic valve closes over after each heartbeat to prevent blood from flowing back into the heart's left ventricle. ...

Research sheds light on carotid artery stenting risk in elderly

... aortic arch calcium content is related to either age or arch type classification. (The aortic arch is the bend between the ascending and descending aorta sections from which the carotid arteries branch.) Patients under 40 or those who had recently undergone thoracic aortic or cardiac valve surgery were ...

A new key to detecting deadly aortic aneurysms

... (PLoS), represents the collaborative work of Yale School of Medicine, Applied Biosystems, and Celera Diagnostics. TAAs occur in the part of the aorta that passes through the chest. They can become huge without causing symptoms. In fact, only one in 20 patients has symptoms before internal rupture ...

America's Top Hospitals Are Real Lifesavers

... embolism (17.4 percent) and diabetic acidosis and coma (16.6 percent). The smallest declines were seen in resection/replacement of the abdominal aorta (0.4 percent), coronary procedures such as angioplasties and stents (0.8 percent), and heart attack treatments (8.9 percent). "While we are ...

Mortality rates 71 percent lower at top-rated hospitals: HealthGrades 2008 hospital-quality study

... (17.4 percent) and diabetic acidosis and coma (16.6 percent). Those with the smallest improvement were resection/replacement of the abdominal aorta (0.4 percent), coronary interventional procedures such as angioplasties and stents (0.8 percent) and treatment of heart attack (8.9 percent). Full ...

Meso Awareness Day, September 26th:

... and hardens, crushing the lungs and suffocating the patient, invading the chest wall so that even breathing is excruciating, or invading the heart, aorta or other vital organs and causing catastrophic failure. Average prognosis is only 4 - 14 months. Meso is caused by exposure to asbestos, identified ...

Childhood Obesity Epidemic a Long-Term Challenge

... study, a group of researchers from across the United States analyzed post-mortem blood samples and evaluated atherosclerosis in coronary artery and aorta specimens from roughly 3,000 15- to 34-year-old men and women who died from causes such as accidents, homicide or suicide. One of the surprising ...

Catheter angiography may be an unnecessary follow-up to CT angiography

... angiogram is indeterminate for aortic injury, Dr. Sammer said. The study consisted of 72 patients who had bleeding and other injuries around the aorta who underwent both CTA and invasive catheter angiography. The CTA results were noted as being indeterminate. Of the 72 patients, no aortic injuries ...

Natural aorta grafts have few side effects for infection-prone patients

... Sept. 10, 2007 A vascular surgery technique pioneered at UT Southwestern Medical Center, in which veins are removed from the thigh to repair the aorta does not create blood-flow problems and painful side effects in a majority of patients, researchers report. Vascular disease is a major ...

Pot bellies linked to early signs of cardiovascular disease

... twice as likely to have calcium deposits in their coronary arteries as those with the smallest WHR. The likelihood of atherosclerotic plaque in the aorta was three times as high in those with the largest WHR as compared to the smallest. The relationship between WHR and arterial plaque remained ...
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