Norton Healthcare first in region to implant Watchman FLX for A-fib patients

Norton Heart & Vascular Institute Heart Rhythm Center is the first in the region to offer the Watchman FLX left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) implant, a device designed to prevent stroke in patients with certain […]

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Norton Heart & Vascular Institute expands heart failure program to include care for people needing ventricular assist devices

Norton Heart & Vascular Institute has expanded services for patients with advanced heart failure to include surgical implantation of ventricular assist devices (VADs) at Norton Audubon Hospital, which recently received VAD accreditation from DNV GL – […]

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When referring heart failure patients, earlier is better

Knowing when to refer a heart failure patient for specialist care can be crucial, according to Bassel Alkhalil, M.D., medical director of Norton Heart & Vascular Institute’s mechanical circulatory support program. In general, earlier is […]

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Improving outcomes for Black Americans with advanced heart failure

Abbott and the Association of Black Cardiologists will host a webinar Oct. 27, “Advanced Heart Failure and Black Americans: Strategies for Improved Patient Outcomes.” The program will feature a panel of presenters from 5 to […]

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Specialized training for pediatric CICU nurse practitioners

By Misty D. Ellis, DNP, APRN, CPNP-AC/PC Nurse practitioners in the Jennifer Lawrence Cardiac Intensive Care Unit are trained and certified in pediatric acute care. They are dedicated to caring for and managing critically ill […]

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Advanced Heart Failure and Recovery Program grows in 1st year

From Kelly C. McCants, M.D., medical director, Norton Heart & Vascular Institute Advanced Heart Failure and Recovery Program Physicians and surgeons throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana are partnering through the Norton Heart & Vascular Institute […]

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Bariatric surgery can alleviate heart conditions

Lori Lively’s gradual seven-year weight gain after an automobile accident raised her blood pressure, elevated her blood sugar level to diabetic range and worsened an existing heart condition. After the wreck and later, a hysterectomy, […]

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What a heart failure patient really looks like

By Kelly C. McCants, M.D., medical director, Norton Heart & Vascular Institute Advanced Heart Failure and Recovery Program The stereotype of the heart failure patient often does not match the reality, which frequently leads to […]

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Shared care means getting the right heart failure care close to home

Lynnwood Butler first noticed issues with his heart on Derby Day in 2013, when hypotension resulted in syncope. Two years later, the Louisville native had a heart attack at the end of his shift waiting […]

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LaGrange man’s journey from heart failure to heart recovery

By Kelly C. McCants, M.D., medical director, Norton Heart & Vascular Institute Advanced Heart Failure and Recovery Program The day Keith Drury’s heart stopped, the last thing he remembers is driving to a job site […]

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Monitoring heart failure patients remotely, in real time

Innovative technology allows providers with the Norton Heart & Vascular Institute Advanced Heart Failure and Recovery Program to see changes in patients’ conditions in real time, adjust their medications and diet as needed, and schedule […]

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When to refer a patient for heart failure care

We encourage you to refer your patients early to the Advanced Heart Failure and Recovery Program. When referred early enough, patients potentially can recover from heart failure with medical therapy. Consider referring your patients to […]

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