Cardiovascular Diseases

Plasma Ceramides – A Novel Biomarker of Unstable Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease

Jeffrey (Jeff) W. Meeusen, Ph.D., discusses studies of plasma ceramides in three different patient populations.

Publish Date: 10/31/2016

Genetic Risk Information for Coronary Heart Disease Leads to Lower Bad Cholesterol

A group of researchers led by Mayo Clinic has discovered that disclosing genetic risk for coronary heart disease results in lower low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL), also known as bad cholesterol.

Publish Date: 6/15/2016

Severe Calcific Mitral Valve Stenosis

Sameh M. Said, M.D., a cardiovascular surgeon at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, discusses surgical treatment options for severe calcific mitral valve stenosis. Mitral valve surgery in the presence of severe annular calcification is associated with degenerative valvular disease. About 2.8 percent of patients have severe annular calcifications.

Although mitral valve replacement with annular debridement is the gold standard for treatment, says Dr. Said, mitral valve bypass is a safe and more-practical option in patients at high risk.

Publish Date: 4/22/2016

Re-operative Cardiac Surgery: When 1 Operation is Just Not Enough

Joseph A. Dearani, M.D., and Sameh M. Said, M.D., cardiovascular surgeons at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, discuss considerations surrounding cardiac re-operation surgery with cardiologists Naser M. Ammash, M.D., and Rajiv Gulati, M.D., Ph.D.

Publish Date: 2/3/2016

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Cardiovascular Diseases

High Altitude Physiology Research on Mt. Everest

Bruce D. Johnson, Ph.D., an exercise physiologist with an independent research program in the Division of Cardiovascular Diseases at Mayo Clinic, discusses altitude physiology.

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Institution Wide QT Alert System Identifies Patients with High Risk of Mortality

Dr. Michael Ackerman and Dr. Pedro Caraballo, assess the outcome of a study appearing in the April 2013 issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings regarding the development of an institution wide QT alert system.

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Fibromuscular Dysplasia: Explanation, Treatments, and Resources

Thom W. Rooke, M.D., a professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic's Gonda Vascular Center, provides information about fibromuscular dysplasia (FMD). Dr. Rooke highlights what FMD is, the problems it causes, treatments, and resources available for patients to obtain more information.

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Diagnosis and Treatment of Viral Myocarditis

Dr. Leslie Cooper, Mayo Clinic cardiologist, discusses the diagnosis and treatment of viral myocarditis, published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

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Current Status of Endomyocardial Biopsy

Dr. Charanjit (Chet) Rihal, Chair of the Division of Cardiovascular Diseases at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, discusses the Proceedings on the state of the art technique and outcomes with the use of endomyocardial biopsy.

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Applying Annual Meeting Teachings to Practice

Robert D. Simari, M.D., Vice Chair of Mayo Clinic's Department of Cardiovascular Diseases discusses this year's American College of Cardiology Meeting (ACC)

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Myocardial Dysfunction in Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock

Dr. Juan N. Pulido interprets the results of a study described in the July 2012 issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, frequency and significance of myocardial dysfunction in patients with severe sepsis and septic shock using transthoracic echocardiography.

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Mayo Clinic Study on Radiation Risks of Angioplasty

Body size, gender and the complexity of heart disease significantly influence how much cumulative radiation skin dose that patients receive during percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) therapy, also known as angioplasty.

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