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Alcohol may ease the nerves that cause atrial fibrillation

Houston Methodist cardiologists have helped devise a way to treat atrial fibrillation by adding a little alcohol to minimally invasive therapies that target a cluster of misbehaving nerves known to trigger arrhythmia. The researchers say the new therapy may dull or stop the transmission of electrical impulses that cause atrial fibrillation. Principal investigator Miguel Valderrábano, M.D., chief of cardiac electrophysiology at Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, found that adding four or fewer injections of 98 percent ethanol to the catheter-aided radio wave ablation of nerve clusters near the vein of Marshall was enough to damage or kill the nerves. Doing so prevented the doctors from being able to artificially trigger atrial fibrillation using electricity. Electrical stimulation is used during atrial fibrillation procedures to determine whether ablations were successful. Read more >

Houston Methodist among Fortune's 100 "Best Companies"

For the ninth year in a row, Houston Methodist has been ranked on FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list, remaining the only hospital system ranked in Texas. Read more >


New academic agreement with Purdue Univ.

The Houston Methodist Research Institute and Purdue University are in talks to develop an academic relationship to speed the development of new biomedical technologies and help train future biomedical scientists and engineers. Read more >

March 24
Triple negative breast cancer's progression and relapse pinned to a gene 

Houston Methodist scientists have found a gene previously unassociated with breast cancer plays a pivotal role in the growth and progression of the triple negative form of the disease. Read more >


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March 21
Procedure opens world for people who have trouble swallowing food 

Six weeks ago 67-year old John Galbreath welcomed death, rather than live one more day. Intense pain in his chest had left him nearly bedridden for four months. Read more >













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