Heart & Vascular Meet Melissa Lee Perrotta, M.D., Norton Children’s new adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) assistant medical director

Meet Melissa Lee Perrotta, M.D., Norton Children’s new adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) assistant medical director

By Kim Huston From working in a genetics lab to teaching yoga, Melissa Lee Perrotta, M.D., has found a way to blend all of her passions into one career. Her drive to understand and solve complex medical issues and her interest in integrative healing have led her to caring for patients with adult congenital heart …

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Heart & Vascular Mostafa El-Refai, M.D., thrives on the quick results of opening blocked arteries

Mostafa El-Refai, M.D., thrives on the quick results of opening blocked arteries

For Mostafa El-Refai, M.D., interventional cardiology is the best of both worlds. He gets to develop long-term relationships with patients and their families. He also gets to perform emergency stenting procedures to open blocked coronary arteries after heart attacks. “Interventional cardiology gets my blood rushing a little bit because we get to treat patients with …

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Heart & Vascular Sofya Kuznetsov, M.D., joins Norton Heart & Vascular Institute

Sofya Kuznetsov, M.D., joins Norton Heart & Vascular Institute

Sofya Kuznetsov, M.D., who is board certified and fellowship trained in clinical cardiac electrophysiology and cardiovascular disease, has joined Norton Heart & Vascular Institute. Dr. Kuznetsov completed her clinical cardiac electrophysiology fellowship at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center in Ohio, where she was chief fellow. She completed her cardiovascular fellowship at University Hospitals Case Medical …

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Heart & Vascular Heart failure monitoring technology provides early warning of worsening condition

Heart failure monitoring technology provides early warning of worsening condition

By Lynne Choate Living with advanced heart failure can be every bit as scary as it sounds. For patients, it means following a strict regimen that includes medication and regularly monitoring for the slightest signs that the condition is getting worse. Heart failure patients need to check their weight daily and report even slight changes …

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Heart & Vascular Easier referrals to the specialists at the new Atrial Fibrillation Clinic

Easier referrals to the specialists at the new Atrial Fibrillation Clinic

The new Atrial Fibrillation Clinic at Norton Heart & Vascular Institute Heart Rhythm Center is accepting referrals for newly diagnosed patients, those with paroxysmal or persistent symptomatic atrial fibrillation (A-fib) and patients who are having difficulty with their current treatment. The clinic is designed for evaluation, diagnosis and advanced treatment for A-fib. Kent E. Morris, …

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Heart & Vascular Norton Healthcare hospitals recognized with three awards for exceeding patient care standards in heart attack cases

Norton Healthcare hospitals recognized with three awards for exceeding patient care standards in heart attack cases

By Lynne Choate Norton Healthcare hospitals were recognized today during a presentation by the American Heart Association with Mission: Lifeline Gold Plus and Gold awards for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks. The American Heart Association also presented Norton Healthcare with the Mission Lifeline: Regional Trailblazer Award. The award recognized Norton Healthcare …

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Heart & Vascular Health care providers can help improve outcomes for African Americans at higher risk for heart disease and heart failure

Health care providers can help improve outcomes for African Americans at higher risk for heart disease and heart failure

By Rebecca Hall Heart disease kills more Americans than any other disease, and according to the American Heart Association, African Americans may face a higher risk for heart disease compared with other groups. Kelly C. McCants, M.D., cardiologist and medical director of Norton Heart & Vascular Institute Advanced Heart Failure Program, said uncontrolled high blood …

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Heart & Vascular Ebstein anomaly discovered in pregnancy treated with interdisciplinary care

Ebstein anomaly discovered in pregnancy treated with interdisciplinary care

Audrey Sims’ first clue that her twins’ birth would be complicated came at 14 weeks of pregnancy, when a routine ultrasound found that one of her sons, Aiden, had a cystic hygroma, a fluid collection on the neck. Audrey’s OB/GYN at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison, Indiana, referred Audrey and her husband, Andrew, to Norton …

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Heart & Vascular Your pediatric patients don’t need to travel too far from home for quality heart care

Your pediatric patients don’t need to travel too far from home for quality heart care

Norton Children’s Heart Institute, affiliated with the University of Louisville, includes an expansive outreach service, with 29 participating sites in the region. These sites, throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana, link directly to Norton Children’s Hospital and the specialists at Norton Children’s Heart Institute. Technicians perform echocardiograms on patients from in utero to young adults to …

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Heart & Vascular Could your patient benefit from VAD/heart transplant evaluation?

Could your patient benefit from VAD/heart transplant evaluation?

Follow these advanced heart failure signs that indicate your patient may benefit from VAD/heart transplant evaluation LVEF <40% Inability to walk one block without shortness of breath Intolerance of beta blockers Intolerance of ACEi/ARBs Inotrope dependence Progressive renal insufficiency Cardiac index <2.2 l/min BNP or NT-proBNP > 5x normal (BNP > 1000) One heart-failure-related hospitalization …

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