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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Heart & Vascular Cardiologist makes critical diagnosis of peripartum cardiomyopathy after new mom has her baby

Cardiologist makes critical diagnosis of peripartum cardiomyopathy after new mom has her baby

After 10 years of trying for a second child, Amanda Slayton and her husband, Scott, were jubilant when they conceived their son Seth. Born in February 2018, he is every parent’s prayer — happy, healthy and undemanding. In ways they couldn’t have predicted, their baby’s good nature has been a godsend to the Slaytons. Less …

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Heart & Vascular Left atrial appendage closure: A life-changing procedure for patients with nonvalvular A-fib

Left atrial appendage closure: A life-changing procedure for patients with nonvalvular A-fib

Atrial fibrillation (A-fib) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia, currently affecting over 5 million people in the U.S. Twenty percent of all strokes occur in patients with A-fib, and A-fib-related strokes are more frequently fatal and disabling. The most common treatment to reduce stroke risk in patients with A-fib is a blood-thinning medication such as …

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Heart & Vascular New Advanced Heart Failure Program location open on Norton Brownsboro campus

New Advanced Heart Failure Program location open on Norton Brownsboro campus

Norton Heart & Vascular Institute Advanced Heart Failure Program has opened a second location at 4915 Norton Healthcare Blvd. on the Norton Brownsboro Hospital campus. Providers will see referred patients with a heart failure diagnosis at the new location Monday through Thursday. The new clinic will provide more convenient access in the area for an …

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Cancer New study says cancer may soon overtake heart disease as nation’s top killer

New study says cancer may soon overtake heart disease as nation’s top killer

A new study shows cancer is on its way to becoming the leading cause of death in more counties nationwide. The study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, analyzed records for 32 million people in the U.S. who died between 2003 and 2015. It found that while overall deaths due to heart disease and cancer …

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