Treating amyloid cardiomyopathy (ATTR-CM) with tafamidis

New treatments are available for patients with transthyretin amyloid cardiomyopathy (ATTR-CM), a rare, underdiagnosed condition that causes faulty proteins to build up in the heart. Untreated, the condition leads to heart failure and death. An […]

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Health disparities in cardiology

In a recent continuing medical education presentation, Kelly C. McCants, M.D., executive medical director, Norton Heart & Vascular Institute Advanced Heart Failure & Recovery Program, and executive director, Institute for Health Equity, a Part of […]

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Features of systolic murmur

A heart murmur is a sound that can be heard via stethoscope. These whooshing or swishing sounds are caused when blood flow is turbulent as it moves through the heart. A normal heartbeat makes a […]

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Hybrid ablation for persistent atrial fibrillation

Hybrid ablation is used as treatment for long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation (A-fib), the most severe form of the condition affecting about 45% of A-fib patients. Steven M. Peterson, M.D., cardiothoracic surgeon with Norton Heart & […]

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CT angiography now a first-line tool in evaluating coronary artery disease patients

New American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) guidance strongly recommends coronary computed tomography (CT) imaging as a noninvasive, first-line tool for evaluating patients with stable chest pain suspected of having possible coronary artery disease […]

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New approach to left atrial appendage occlusion

A group of Norton Healthcare physicians is using a novel approach to mitral valve repair. Research has shown that many patients with suture-based left atrial appendage surgical ligation have incomplete closure that puts them at […]

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Case study: Treating protamine anaphylaxis in adult congenital heart disease patient

The patient A 33-year-old male presented with a history of a bicuspid aortic valve. He had previously undergone two aortic valve replacements. The patient first underwent aortic valve replacement in 2009 due to severe aortic […]

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Ayryn P. Chilton-Gelfo, PA-C, joins Norton Heart & Vascular Institute

Ayryn P. Chilton-Gelfo, PA-C, has joined Norton Heart & Vascular Institute. The physician assistant is seeing patients in offices in downtown Louisville, on the Norton Audubon Hospital, Norton Brownsboro Hospital and Norton Healthcare – St. […]

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First successful “valve-in-MAC” transcatheter mitral valve replacement in Louisville region

A multidisciplinary team of interventional cardiologists and a cardiothoracic surgeon performed Louisville’s first successful transcatheter replacement of a native mitral valve this week. The team with Norton Heart & Vascular Institute Structural Heart Program used […]

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American College of Cardiology ‘Distinction of Excellence’ for Norton Audubon Hospital

The American College of Cardiology recognizes exceptional care at cardiology hospitals with its HeartCare Center National Distinction of Excellence award. The award recognizes forward-thinking heart hospitals with goals to advance the cause of sustainable quality […]

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Subclinical hypertension warrants heightened attention in Black patients and other people of color

In Black patients and other people of color, subclinical or borderline hypertension even in young patients warrants medical therapy as early as possible, according to Kelly C. McCants, M.D., executive medical director of the Norton […]

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Atrial fibrillation incidents found in large trial with stroke patients not thought to be at risk

Compared with usual care, implantable cardiac monitors (ICM) detected significantly more atrial fibrillation (AF) events in stroke patients who likely would not have been monitored long term for AF otherwise, according to a study published […]

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