Houston – 9/24/2013
A tweak in how a life-saving balloon pump is placed inside the aorta could help some heart failure patients survive long enough to get a heart transplant and improve outcomes.
Houston – 9/15/2013
When unclogging a drain, plumbers insert a device from the top and guide it down to push through the grease, hair, or whatever is causing the blockage. Endovascular surgeons use the same technique when trying to open up the vessels of patients with peripheral artery disease, or PAD, a serious condition that develops when arteries in the legs become clogged.
Houston – 8/23/2013
The fifth annual Cardiovascular Fellows' Bootcamp brought more than 150 cardiovascular trainees from across the United States to Houston earlier this week for hands-on training in and discussion of the latest advances and techniques in cardiovascular surgery and cardiovascular medicine.
Houston – 7/29/2013
Dr. Basel Ramlawi, a Houston Methodist cardiothoracic surgeon, thinks he can prevent strokes in millions of people who have atrial fibrillation and require blood-thinning medicines to avert formation of life-threatening blood clots. Ramlawi soon will lead a national, Phase IV, multi-site clinical trial to prove the surgery's effectiveness.
Houston – 7/10/2013
Drugs that help millions of people cope with acid reflux may also cause cardiovascular disease, report scientists from The Methodist Hospital and two other institutions in an upcoming issue of Circulation (now online). It is the first time researchers have shown how proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, might cause cardiovascular problems.
Houston – 6/24/2013
A new heart valve can be implanted in people suffering with adult congenital heart disease without open heart surgery. Many adult congenital heart patients have undergone multiple heart surgeries by the time they reach their 20s.
Houston – 3/4/2013
John P. Cooke, M.D., Ph.D., a renowned expert on the use of stem cells to repair blood vessels, has agreed to join The Methodist Hospital faculty as chair of the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences, and director of the Center for Cardiovascular Regeneration at the Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center. He starts work July 1.
Two brothers with muscular dystrophy live with heart pumps that help keep them alive
Houston – 1/28/2013
Tyler Wertz, 18, and his 16-year old brother Austin Tucker, fight, tease, love and support each other like most brothers do. Unlike most brothers, however, they share the same uncertain future—both have heart assist devices keeping them alive while they struggle with a debilitating disease.
As young boys, Tyler and Austin were diagnosed with Becker's Muscular Dystrophy, a disease that slowly weakens the arms and legs and damages the heart.
"Sometimes I'll be walking and I'll fall down for no reason," Tyler said. "It can be scary and embarrassing, but it's just something I have to deal with."
In 2010, Tyler's heart condition became so grave that doctors at the Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center implanted a left ventricular assist device (LVAD), a battery-run device that assists the pumping of the heart, in an attempt to improve his quality of life. Austin received one in 2012.