Norton Heart & Vascular Institute

Norton Heart & Vascular Institute

News and insights from the Louisville area’s leading cardiovascular disease prevention and treatment program. The institute provides diagnostic, medical, interventional and surgical care at Norton Healthcare’s accredited chest pain and stroke centers, as well as numerous outpatient offices.

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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Heart & Vascular Big cause of strokes now treatable with minimally invasive TCAR procedure

Big cause of strokes now treatable with minimally invasive TCAR procedure

Removing plaque buildup in the carotid arteries typically required  a carotid endarterectomy. Now, Norton Heart & Vascular Institute physicians use the TCAR procedure to help reduce risk of complications. Conventional surgery to clean stroke-causing plaque buildup from carotid arteries often comes with risks ranging from infection to heart attack and nerve damage. Now, a minimally …

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Heart & Vascular Pulmonary rehabilitation through Norton Heart & Vascular Institute

Pulmonary rehabilitation through Norton Heart & Vascular Institute

The pulmonary rehabilitation program through Norton Heart & Vascular Institute Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation Centers is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. We incorporate evidence-based guidelines in managing your patients, through our medically supervised program that teaches lifestyle modification techniques, disease process education and exercises needed to increase endurance and daily functioning. …

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Heart & Vascular Norton Heart & Vascular Institute purchases lifesaving equipment for patients with heart failure

Norton Heart & Vascular Institute purchases lifesaving equipment for patients with heart failure

Norton Healthcare is the first hospital system in the region to invest in the Remote Dielectric Sensing (ReDs) system. This equipment will add to the care available for patients in the community with heart failure. The device uses medical radar technology in a wearable vest system, allowing direct and actionable lung fluid measurement. Care providers …

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Heart & Vascular Ferenc Nagy, M.D., and Stephen B. Self, M.D., join Norton Vascular Surgery

Ferenc Nagy, M.D., and Stephen B. Self, M.D., join Norton Vascular Surgery

Expanding our team to better serve the community Norton Vascular Surgery welcomes Ferenc Nagy, M.D., and Stephen B. Self, M.D., to our team of board-certified vascular surgeons. They bring with them the new minimally invasive transcarotid artery revascularization (TCAR) procedure, designed to reduce the risk of stroke during the insertion of a stent. Treatment Procedures …

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Cancer Top Surgeons as voted by peers

Top Surgeons as voted by peers

Few things are more trusted than a doctor’s recommendation – which is why being named a Top Surgeon, according to fellow doctors, is so meaningful. To all the talented and dedicated Norton Medical Group surgeons who topped the list, congratulations from all your colleagues, friends and patients at Norton Healthcare. APPENDECTOMY R. Craig DeWeese, M.D. …

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Heart & Vascular Free education classes for patients with heart failure

Free education classes for patients with heart failure

Norton Heart & Vascular Institute offers “Living Fully With Heart Failure,” a free class for patients who have been newly diagnosed with heart failure and those struggling to manage their condition. “We want our patients to live a full life and reduce side effects while managing their heart failure,” said Kelly C. McCants, M.D., medical …

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Heart & Vascular Welcome new Norton Heart & Vascular Institute providers

Welcome new Norton Heart & Vascular Institute providers

Arpit Agrawal, M.D. Norton Heart Specialists Specialty: Cardiology Dr. Agrawal earned his medical degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He completed his internal medicine residency with Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri. He completed his cardiovascular medicine clinical fellowship with Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Agrawal …

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Heart & Vascular Norton Heart & Vascular Institute nationally recognized for severe heart attack quality measures

Norton Heart & Vascular Institute nationally recognized for severe heart attack quality measures

Three Norton Healthcare facilities recently received national recognition for their heart care. Norton Audubon Hospital and Norton Brownsboro Hospital received the Mission: Lifeline® Gold Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks. In addition, Norton Hospital received the …

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Heart & Vascular American College of Cardiology recognizes A-fib program

American College of Cardiology recognizes A-fib program

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) has recognized Norton Audubon Hospital and Norton Hospital for their demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with A-fib. Both facilities were awarded Atrial Fibrillation with Electrophysiology Services (EPS) accreditation based on rigorous on-site evaluation of staff ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients with A-fib. Facilities earning Atrial …

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Heart & Vascular Remote device monitoring team for heart patients

Remote device monitoring team for heart patients

A 10-member Norton Heart & Vascular Institute team remotely monitors heart patients’ implantable devices every day, looking for abnormalities that require immediate attention. The team also performs routine scheduled remote device checks. Patients with pacemakers, defibrillators and implantable loop recorders send alerts that are reviewed daily. Some of the monitors send patients’ signals automatically. Other patients …

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Heart & Vascular New technology monitors heart rhythms like never before

New technology monitors heart rhythms like never before

ALIVECOR Tech-savvy patients eager to monitor their own heart rhythm can use a device that connects to a smartphone app. In 30 seconds, patients can record an electrocardiogram (EKG) on their smartphones using the Kardia app from AliveCor. Patients touch the record button and then place two fingers from each hand on small sensors positioned …

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Heart & Vascular New subcutaneous implantable cardioverter-defibrillator available

New subcutaneous implantable cardioverter-defibrillator available

SUBCUTANEOUS IMPLANTABLE CARDIOVERTER-DEFIBRILLATOR A subcutaneous implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (S-ICD) is offered for patients at risk of sudden death from ventricular tachyarrhythmias. Unlike traditional defibrillators, the S-ICD does not have intracardiac, transvenous leads. The S-ICD is a small can that is placed under the armpit; a wire is tunneled under the skin next to the chest wall …

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Heart & Vascular Variety of surgical offerings for A-fib

Variety of surgical offerings for A-fib

A variety of procedures are available for A-fib patients. CONVERGENT PROCEDURE Norton Heart & Vascular Institute offers a Convergent procedure for A-fib patients with longstanding, persistent symptoms who either are not suitable for ablation or have had unsuccessful ablations. A Convergent procedure combines epicardial and endocardial ablation. The procedure is performed in two stages. First, …

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Heart & Vascular Free consultations for heart patients

Free consultations for heart patients

Norton Heart & Vascular Institute Resource Center offers free heart-healthy lifestyle consultations with a registered nurse to heart patients and their families. During the one-on-one consultation, a cardiac nurse will check the patient’s body mass index, blood pressure and waist circumference and will discuss nutrition, exercise, risk factors and signs and symptoms that might suggest …

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Heart & Vascular Managing the A-fib patient – new guidelines released

Managing the A-fib patient – new guidelines released

The latest update of the atrial fibrillation (A-fib) guidelines from the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology and Heart Rhythm Society incorporated data regarding the novel anticoagulants (NOACs), updated the preferred risk assessment tool to the CHA2DS2-VASc score, and updated the data and recommendation level for A-fib ablation. KEY RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE UPDATED GUIDELINES …

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Heart & Vascular New tower opens at Norton Audubon Hospital

New tower opens at Norton Audubon Hospital

Part of the five-year construction and renovation project at Norton Audubon Hospital has reached a significant milestone with the completion of a new tower. It opened in April and features 74 additional private patient rooms for intensive care, open heart and progressive cardiac care. Norton Healthcare is investing $125 million in the project, which focuses …

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Heart & Vascular Pulmonary embolism response team (PERT) launches

Pulmonary embolism response team (PERT) launches

Norton Healthcare has established uniform protocols for the treatment of pulmonary embolism (PE). The move is intended to improve patient outcomes for the life-threatening condition that claims tens of thousands of lives each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Our goal was to create a systemwide approach with the same agreed-upon …

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Heart & Vascular New rehabilitation program for PAD patients

New rehabilitation program for PAD patients

Norton Heart & Vascular Institute’s Peripheral Arterial Disease Supervised Exercise Therapy (SET) Program is a new program available for patients with symptomatic peripheral arterial disease. If you have a patient diagnosed with peripheral arterial disease (PAD), this program can be used after surgery, with your recommendation, to avoid further invasive treatment or as a means to …

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Heart & Vascular Welcome new heart failure specialist, Kelly C. McCants, M.D.

Welcome new heart failure specialist, Kelly C. McCants, M.D.

Norton Healthcare is pleased to welcome Kelly C. McCants, M.D. back to the community, and have him lead the Norton Heart & Vascular Institute Advanced Heart Failure Program. Dr. McCants earned his medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. He completed his internal medicine residency and cardiology fellowship with the University of Louisville School of …

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Heart & Vascular Free vascular screenings for at-risk patients

Free vascular screenings for at-risk patients

Norton Heart & Vascular Institute is offering free vascular screenings for at-risk patients. Screenings include vascular ultrasound of the carotid arteries and abdominal aortic artery, and ankle brachial index. They are free to ages 50 and older with at least one of the following risk factors and no prior screening in the past five years: …

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Heart & Vascular View from the emergency department on tPA

View from the emergency department on tPA

The American Heart Association (AHA) calls tPA the “gold standard” for treating ischemic strokes. AHA guidelines for the early management of acute ischemic stroke call for administering tPA as quickly as possible. Emergency physician Jeff A. Spain, M.D., has seen firsthand what a difference tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) can make in the treatment of ischemic strokes. …

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