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Stereotactic radiation offers new hope for high-risk heart patients

UT Southwestern is the only center in North Texas offering cardiac radioablation, a novel therapy that uses focused stereotactic radiation to assist in cardiac ablation for high-risk patients.

COVID; Heart

Video visits offer high-quality heart failure care from the comfort of home

Video visits are an effective, high-quality alternative to in-clinic visits for patients with advanced heart failure. Find out what to expect and how remote care can benefit patients.

Heart

Warning signs when an artery is blocked, and how to fix it

Imagine driving through a tunnel. On Monday, you encounter a pile of rubble. There is a narrow gap, big enough to drive through. On Tuesday, you’re driving through the tunnel and find

COVID; Heart

Cardiac MRI for COVID-19 return-to-play is not ready for prime time

With many major college football conferences returning to play, researchers are studying whether cardiac MRI can help student-athletes safely get back in the game after COVID-19 infection. But MRI might not be the best tool for the job. Learn why.

COVID; Heart

Tragic trifecta: Coronavirus, heart attacks, and empty ERs

Fear of COVID-19 in the ER has led to fewer visits for heart attack symptoms. Unfortunately, the virus itself can cause severe heart damage. Do not ignore chest pains, especially during the pandemic. Get the facts in this week's MedBlog.

Heart

Destiny's patient: A heart-stopping story of survival at UT Southwestern

Paul Garner made the right turn, got the right doctors, and UT Southwestern had the right stuff to save him after he had a massive heart attack and died for 30 minutes.

Digestive; Nutrition

Robotic bariatric surgery: A new weapon in the fight against obesity

Weight-loss surgery has evolved dramatically in the last 20 years, and now the newest weapon in the fight against obesity is available at UT Southwestern: Robotic bariatric surgery. Learn about the advantages of the new technology from bariatric surgeon and division chief Benjamin Schneider, M.D., in this week’s MedBlog.

Heart

What we know – and don’t – about South Asians’ heart disease risk

Why do South Asian people living in the U.S. have a higher risk of heart disease than other populations? In this week’s MedBlog, Parag Joshi, M.D., discusses the latest research shared at the 2019 American College of Cardiology conference in New Orleans. Learn more.

Heart

Fish oil for heart health? A tale of two studies

Many people take fish oil supplements daily to reduce the risk of heart attack. But do omega-3 fatty acid pills really work? In this week’s blog, Joseph A. Hill, M.D., Ph.D., discusses the ongoing debate, as well as scientifically proven strategies to reduce heart attack risk.

Heart

Davy’s story: Getting creative to save a heart failure patient

Davy came to us with two medical devices implanted in his heart. With his life on the line, we gave him two more to save him.