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Our University of Minnesota Heart Care specialists are committed to providing life-saving care to people with heart disease. By advancing innovative treatment techniques, they work to continually improve patients' lives. Read about our latest offerings.

February 2018


Boosting Survival Rates in Sudden Cardiac Arrest

A new protocol helps improve brain-healthy survival rates for a subset of sudden cardiac arrest patients. Developed and implemented in Minnesota, the approach is now being tested nationally.

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Patient Survives Sudden Cardiac Arrest with Early Access to Cath Lab

Immediate access to the cardiac catheterization lab and care team leads to complete recovery for a patient whose shockable heart rhythm was refractory to defibrillation.

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Heart Care Specialty Updates

A clinical trial evaluating protocols for sudden cardiac arrest begins enrolling patients, and new super ambulances may help improve outcomes for cardiac arrest patients who live far from advanced care facilities.

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November 2017

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New Devices in the Treatment of Heart Failure

Left ventricular assist devices have emerged as a viable heart-failure treatment or bridge to transplant. The latest LVADs seek to reduce the risk of thrombosis and further improve outcomes.

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Left Ventricular Assist Device Gives Patient Time to Receive a New Heart

A patient with heart failure and complex, co-occurring conditions enters a clinical trial and receives an LVAD as a bridge to further therapy. At 2 years post-treatments, he is free of heart-failure symptoms.

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Heart Care Specialty Updates

Cardiothoracic surgeons join the M Health team and new transplant and LVAD clinical trials open.

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August 2017


Device Assists A-fib Patients Not Eligible for Anticoagulant Use

Left atrial appendage occlusion provides an alternate approach to addressing stroke risk in patients with atrial fibrillation. The appendage is the origin of most atrial clots in those with nonvalvular A-fib.

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Risk of Stroke and Bleeding Addressed with Occlusion Device

Placement of a left atrial appendage occlusion device reduces stroke risk in a patient with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation who was at risk for falls and bleeding.

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Heart Care Specialty Updates

A new care model promises to expand access to heart care specialists. TAVR procedures are now available at Fairview Southdale, while a new clinical trial tests the minimally invasive procedure in lower-risk patients.

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May 2017


New Angioplasty Procedures for Chronic Total Occlusion Provide Relief

A difficult-to-treat condition often traditionally addressed through coronary artery bypass grafting finds new treatment options as new technology and surgical approaches are improving patient outcomes.

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Heart Patient Free of Angina after Chronic Total Occlusion Angioplasty

Angioplasty via a reentry technique and aided by advanced imaging provides long-term relief to a heart patient whose condition had reemerged after earlier surgical and medicinal interventions.

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Heart Care Specialty Updates

New guide wire technology improves the success rate of retrograde angioplasties. Old tools find new uses in treating chronic total occlusion. Read more.

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February 2017

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Empowering Heart Failure Patients to Manage Their Condition and Thrive

Among older adults, heart failure remains a leading cause of hospitalization. Outpatient programs are changing that outlook and extending quality of life for those with chronic heart failure.

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Outpatient Program Returns Patient to Independent Lifestyle

Patient education, ongoing monitoring, and tailored interventions help a patient with chronic heart failure regain his active, mobile life.

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Heart Care Specialty Updates

Heart failure program achieves ranking among the best in the nation. Learn more.

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November 2016


Treating Pulmonary Hypertension

New drug therapies and surgical interventions are extending the life expectancy of patients with pulmonary hypertension, a condition that, while rare, complicates the course of many diseases.

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Skilled Reevaluation Spares Patient with PAH from Heart-Lung Transplant

A patient with pulmonary hypertension and exercise intolerance is referred for surgery. A full reevaluation and new drug therapy stabilize the patient’s condition and return her to her former activities.

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Heart Care Specialty Updates

New trial tests beta-blockers in treating PAH and M Health is recognized as a Pulmonary Hypertension Center.

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September 2016


Mitral Valve Repair for High-Risk Patients

As the population ages, the number of individuals affected by MR is rising. Less-invasive approaches hold promise in improving outcomes for older patients and those who cannot undergo open procedures.

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Successful Repair of Severe Mitral Regurgitation in a High-Risk Patient

An elderly patient with MR and COPD undergoes percutaneous mitral valve repair. At follow-up, the patient’s MR was downgraded to mild, and she no longer requires supplemental oxygen.

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Heart Care Specialty Updates

Clinical trial for MitraClip now enrolling, and a registry allows physicians to monitor the effectiveness of new transcatheter valve procedures.

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August 2016


Vascular Medicine: Holistic Vascular Disease Diagnosis and Treatment

A preventive, long-term approach creates cost-effective, quality outcomes and helps patients better manage the risks of peripheral arterial disease and other vascular conditions.

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Integrated Care Produces Successful Outcome in Patient with PAD

Patient with severe claudication joins a supervised exercise and wellness program. After 3 months, he doubled the distance he could walk pain free.

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Management of Refractory Leg Edema (Chronic Venous Insufficiency)

An exercise program followed by radiofrequency venous ablation help heal a leg ulcer and dramatically improve patient’s edema and pain symptoms.

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Vascular Medicine Specialty Updates

University of Minnesota Health physician honored. Studies reveal the benefit of exercise and smoking-cessation programs for patients with PAD.

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June 2016


Comprehensive Care Enhances Atrial Fibrillation Outcomes

Atrial fibrillation is a serious and growing public health concern. With its incidence expected to double by 2030, risk reduction and coordinated care approaches offer new avenues for managing the condition.

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Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation Returns Patient to Active Lifestyle

Unable to manage his recurrent atrial fibrillation with medication, a patient turns to a targeted ablation procedure. At 1-year follow-up, he remains symptom free and has resumed his normal activities.

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Heart Care Specialty Updates

A University of Minnesota Health physician wins major NIH grant to study the impact of subclinical atrial fibrillation in elderly individuals. Find this story and related research news.

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November 2015

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Less-Invasive Mitral Valve Surgery Matches Outcomes, Speeds Recovery

Recent advances now allow many patients with mitral valve disease to opt for minimally invasive surgery. Studies have found no differences in morbidity or long-term survival rates between these patients and those who underwent sternotomy.

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Minimally Invasive Approach after Prior Bypass Surgery Produces Excellent Outcome

An active, 76-year-old man with a history of prior coronary artery bypass surgery successfully underwent minimally invasive mitral valve surgery. He tolerated the procedure well and returned to work within 4 weeks and continues to do well at 1-year follow-up.

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Heart Care Specialty Updates

Heart Care facilities achieve exceptional survival rates and a much-publicized heart transplant clinical trial opens.

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August 2015

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Care for Adults with Congenital Heart Disease or Inherited Cardiovascular Conditions

With the successes in pediatric care, the number of adults with congenital heart disease or inherited cardiovascular conditions has greatly expanded, and these adults often have unique healthcare needs.

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Arrhythmias Emerging Decades after Tetralogy of Fallot Repair Resolved with Re-Ablation

Cardiac re-ablation corrected symptomatic arrhythmias in a 55-year-old female with a complex history of tetralogy of Fallot, resulting in improved heart function and the patient’s return to an active lifestyle.

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Adult Congenital Heart Disease Specialties Update

Find information on new clinic locations, a patient registry, and recent research findings.

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May 2015

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Latest Devices Offer Improved Outcomes for Advanced Heart Failure Patients

Left ventricular assist devices are emerging as an effective treatment option when heart transplantation is not indicated. Discover the research findings.

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LVAD Placed as Long-Term Therapy for Postpartum Cardiomyopathy

A female with severe heart failure secondary to postpartum cardiomyopathy underwent left ventricular assist device placement and subsequent exchange with excellent results at 8-years follow-up.

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Heart Care Specialty Updates

Learn more about available clinical trials on treatments for advanced heart failure.

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February 2015


Catheter-Based Treatment Options for Valvular Heart Disease Patients

Learn how new technologies and a multidisciplinary team approach are allowing many patients ineligible for traditional surgery to undergo successful mitral valve repair or aortic valve replacement.

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Successful TAVR Despite Advanced Age, Co-Morbidity, and Impaired Functional Ability

An 87-year-old patient whose co-morbidities made open-chest surgery too prohibitive a risk underwent successful transaortic valve replacement.

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Heart Care Program Updates

Find conference news and discover three clinical trials now enrolling patients with heart valve disease.

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October 2014


Leading Edge, Minimally Invasive Procedures for Cardiac Arrhythmias

The minimally invasive LARIAT™ procedure eliminates the main source of AF-related stroke without open heart surgery, while avoiding potentially serious side effects associated with blood-thinning medication.

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AF Management in a Patient Intolerant to Oral Anticoagulation Therapy

The case of an elderly gentleman with atrial fibrillation in the setting of a complex cardiac history who was intolerant to oral anticoagulation therapy. He was successfully managed using the LARIAT™ procedure.

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Targeted Radiofrequency Ablation to Manage Electrical Storm

Here we describe a patient with a complex cardiac history and VT electrical storm that was successfully managed using highly targeted radiofrequency ablation.

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Heart Care Specialty Update

The latest in research and clinical trials from University of Minnesota Heart Care: Leadless pacemaker clinical trial, a study of the relationship between AF and cognitive decline, and more.

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