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First-of-its-kind aortic root and valve surgery saves unique patient's heart

Shelley Lynne had an aortic root aneurysm, a leaky heart valve, and no room in her life for traditional open heart surgery and a long recovery. See how a new procedure designed by UT Southwestern's Neelan Doolabh, M.D., saved Shelley's life – and livelihood.

COVID; Heart; Prevention

5 tips to keep Thanksgiving meals safe and satisfying

Thanksgiving is a holiday that often revolves around food and family – large portions of both. But that simply isn't prudent this year. UT Southwestern's Susan Rodder shares strategies to enjoy a safe and satisfying holiday, even during the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

After heart attack, this rare procedure can save patients from a hole in the heart

VSD, or ventricular septal defect, is a complication in 1/1,000 patients who don't get ER care for a heart attack – and 97% die within a year of suffering this complication. This procedure is the last chance to save their lives.

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.

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.

Brain; COVID; Heart

Are stroke sufferers silent victims of COVID-19?

COVID-19 fear and isolation is keeping patients with stroke symptoms from coming to the ER until it’s too late. Babu Welch, M.D., discusses the crisis in this 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.

Heart

Transradial angioplasty – a handy fix for blocked coronary arteries

Transradial angioplasty is a "handy" way to fix blocked heart arteries – by way of the wrist. It's safer than the standard approach for some patients. Dharam Kumbhani, M.D., Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab at UT Southwestern discusses the benefits and the procedure. Learn more.

Aging; Heart; Prevention

Why fatal heart disease is striking middle-aged patients younger and more often

After years of steady decline, heart disease death rates have increased 1.5% among the 45-60 age group – right in the prime of their personal and professional lives. In this MedBlog, Amit Khera, M.D., discusses the major causes and how preventive cardiology can help reverse this alarming trend.