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09/26/2014: Hearts in the right place

Sixteen teams formed by the MGH Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care painted the town red when they participated in the 2014 American Heart Association (AHA) Boston Heart Walk on Sept. 6.

09/26/2014: Januzzi first incumbent of Hutter Family Professorship

James Januzzi, MD, director of the MGH Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, was honored Sept. 8 in a ceremony at Harvard Medical School (HMS) as the first incumbent of the Hutter Family Professorship in Medicine in the Field of Cardiology.

09/22/2014: Cardiovascular Images Newsletter

Cardiovascular Images is a web-based monthly newsletter produced jointly by the Department of Radiology and the Department of Cardiology. Presented in case-study format and with plenty of actual clinical images, the newsletter provides physicians and healthcare professionals with factual and up-to-date information about cardiovascular examinations and procedures.

09/12/2014: Marking PAD awareness month

September is PAD awareness month, and in recognition Michael R. Jaff, DO, medical director of the Mass General Fireman Vascular Center and chair of the Mass General Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care, addresses some questions about the disease.

09/11/2014: Russell Museum Fall Lecture Series

All MGH Russell Museum lectures are open to the public. To register, please email mghhistory@partners.org.

08/08/2014: Managing adult congenital heart disease

In order to address the value of wellness in adults patients with congenital heart disease, doctors and nurses from the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program have launched the ACHD Health and Wellness Program at MGH West in Waltham.

08/08/2014: Magic in the making

David Oliver, a well-known magician from Weymouth, awaited a double lung transplant in the spring of 2014, close to death. When he arrived at the MGH, he had to undergo ambulatory extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).

08/01/2014: The journey home

Lacy Neff, a radio broadcaster from West Virginia, recently underwent a heart transplant as part of his treatment plan for amyloidosis, a rare disease that occurs when amyloid proteins accumulate in the organs. The MGH is one of only seven hospitals in the United States studying cardiac amyloid transplants – and the only one in the Northeast.

07/15/2014: #1 in New England, #2 in the nation

U.S. News & World Report ranks Massachusetts General Hospital among the top hospitals in America based on our quality of care, patient safety and reputation in 16 specialties.

07/07/2014: Study demonstrates the feasibility of evaluating myofibers after stem cell therapy in the heart

A team of researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care has taken a giant leap toward the possibility of noninvasively assessing the efficacy of stem cell therapy in the heart.

06/30/2014: Studies provide important new information on genetic risk of sudden cardiac death

Two international research studies, both led by investigators affiliated with MGH and the Broad Institute, have uncovered new information about genes that may increase the risk of serious cardiac arrhythmias.

06/20/2014: Celebrating survival

12 cardiac patients with MGH Cardiac Surgery clinicians from the extracorporeal membrane oxygenation program came together for a reunion at the Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation.

06/18/2014: Broken gene found to protect against heart disease

By scouring the DNA of thousands of patients, researchers have discovered four rare gene mutations that not only lower the levels of triglycerides but also significantly reduce a person’s risk of coronary heart disease

05/14/2014: Mass General recognized for stroke care

Massachusetts General Hospital is the recipient of the 2014 Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award and the Target: Stroke Honor Roll. These awards, sponsored by the American Stroke Association and the American Heart Association, recognize hospitals that provide the highest quality stroke care.

05/06/2014: Fountain of Youth in Running

Aaron Baggish, MD, director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Cardiovascular Performance Program in the Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care, discusses the benefits of exercise at any age.

05/02/2014: Innovation, collaboration

On April 22, the hospital extended its rich history of innovation with the launch of the Healthcare Transformation Lab in collaboration with the MGH Corrigan Minehan Heart Center in the MGH Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care.

03/07/2014: Mass General leads protocols for managing cardiac CT radiation exposure

Since Mass General acquired an advanced dual-source CT scanner in 2009, researchers in the Department of Radiology have used new scanning methods to minimize radiation dose for cardiac CT.

02/28/2014: A second chance

Since childhood, Keith and Kevin Mullen have shared many life experiences, but the twin brothers never thought open-heart surgery would be on that list.

02/14/2014: A dose of happiness

Alix Chaguan, 34, is one of many adults with Down syndrome who also was born with debilitating heart disease.

02/07/2014: Heart smarts

In recognition of American Heart Month, MGH physicians share their tips for the best ways to "love your heart."

02/04/2014: Ask the expert: The myths and facts about women and heart disease

Malissa Wood, MD, co-director of the Elizabeth Anne and Karen Barlow Corrigan Women's Heart Health Program at Massachusetts General Hospital discusses the myths surrounding women and heart disease.

12/18/2013: New hypertension guidelines could lower use of blood pressure medications

Randall Zusman, MD, director of the division of hypertension at the Massachusetts General Hospital Corrigan Minehan Heart Center responds to the new hypetension guidelines published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

11/15/2013: First time’s a charm: MGH performs first heart-lung transplant

36-year-old Connecticut resident Benard Basant got his life back when he underwent the MGH’s first combined heart-lung transplant surgery.

10/14/2013: New, minimally invasive mitral valve repair system treats patients with severe mitral regurgitation

Massachusetts General Hospital now offers the MitraClip system for patients with severe mitral regurgitation. This new, minimally invasive mitral valve repair approach is a potential treatment option for patients who are too high risk for open-heart surgery.

10/11/2013: Shaping the delivery of care

For more than a decade, the MGH Patient and Family Advisory Councils have provided communication vehicles for patients and families to share their experiences.

10/09/2013: Newly discovered biomarker can predict diabetes onset

A study led by Robert Gerszten, MD, director of clinical and translational research at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care, identifies a biomarker that can predict diabetes risk.

10/02/2013: Does a High Statin Dose Reduce Periodontal Inflammation?

New data showing that high-dose atorvastatin can reduce periodontal inflammation in as little as four weeks suggests a new mechanism of action for statins.

09/17/2013: Molecule Linked to Diabetes Risk

A study, led by Robert Gerszten, MD, director of clinical and translational research at the Massachusetts General Hospital Corrigan Minehan Heart Center, identifies a biomarker that could predict the onset of Type 2 diabetes up to 12 years in advance.

08/28/2013: A new study examines cancer screening rates among patients with adult congenital heart disease.

For the first time, researchers are beginning to document and evaluate cancer screening rates among ACHD patients. Doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital collaborated with researchers at the University of Massachusetts: School of Medicine to conduct this study.

08/28/2013: A new study examines cancer screening rates among patients with adult congenital heart disease.

For the first time, researchers are beginning to document and evaluate cancer screening rates among ACHD patients. Doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital collaborated with researchers at the University of Massachusetts: School of Medicine to conduct this study.

07/29/2013: Playing college football linked with high blood pressure risk

College football players, especially linemen, may develop high blood pressure over the course of their first season, according to a small study in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.

07/16/2013: #1 in New England, #2 in the nation

U.S. News & World Report ranks Massachusetts General Hospital among the top hospitals in America based on our quality of care, patient safety and reputation in 16 specialties.

07/12/2013: Study combines two minimally invasive procedures to treat atrial fibrillation

A new clinical trial is now underway at the MGH to investigate whether combining two catheter-based procedures will improve the long-term outcome in the treatment of atrial fibrillation, the most common heart rhythm disorder. The MGH is the first hospital in New England – and only the second in the nation – to pair renal artery sympathetic denervation with pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) for patients with atrial fibrillation and hypertension.

07/01/2013: Massachusetts General Hospital combines two minimally invasive procedures to treat atrial fibrillation

A new clinical trial is now underway at the Massachusetts General Hospital to investigate whether combining two endovascular catheter-based procedures will improve the long-term outcome in the treatment of atrial fibrillation, the most common heart rhythm disorder. Mass General is the first hospital in New England – and only the second in the nation – to pair renal artery sympathetic denervation with pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) for patients with atrial fibrillation and hypertension.

06/25/2013: Back on his feet, living angina-free:

New treatment option allows some coronary artery patients to "bypass" bypass surgery. Interventional cardiologists at the Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care at Mass General offer a less-invasive treatment with quicker recovery.

05/22/2013: Top 5 Things Latinas Should Know About Heart Health

Maria Vivaldi, MD, director of education at the Massachusetts General Hospital Corrigan Women's Heart Health Program, discusses the five things latinas should know about heart health.

05/22/2013: Las Cinco Cosas que las Latinas Deben Saber Sobre la Salud del Corazón

María Vivaldi, MD, directora de educación en el Programa de Salud Cardiovascular del Hospital General Massachusetts, Corrigan de la Mujer, habla de las cinco cosas que las mujeres latinas deberían saber sobre la salud del corazón.

05/08/2013: Innovating, Translating and Integrating Care in Clinical Electrophysiology

Experts from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care present insights and opinions on methods for treating refractory heart failure, genetically determined arrhythmias and atrial fibrillation in an integrated, multispecialty program.

05/05/2013: Collaboration at the heart of patient care

The collaborative care at Massachusetts General Hospital saved Julie Meyerholz when she suffered an ascending aortic dissection in the middle of a storm.

03/08/2013: Novel Therapeutic Strategies for Systemic Cardiovascular Disease

Experts from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care present a dynamic symposium on systemic cardiovascular disease.

02/28/2013: February Heart Month: Advances in Treating Adult Congenital Heart Disease

Throughout the month of February, our doctors and specialists in the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care will be sharing their expertise on various heart conditions and offering prevention tips in recognition of American Heart Month. Roughly one in every four deaths in the U.S. each year is due to heart disease, making it the leading cause of death for Americans.

02/20/2013: February Heart Month: Mass General Cardiac Surgeon Talks about Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Throughout the month of February, our doctors and specialists in the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care will be sharing their expertise on various heart conditions and offering prevention tips in recognition of American Heart Month. Roughly one in every four deaths in the U.S. each year is due to heart disease, making it the leading cause of death for Americans.

02/15/2013: Sugar and beverages: How much is too much?

Throughout the month of February, our doctors and specialists in the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care will be sharing their expertise on various heart conditions and offering prevention tips in recognition of American Heart Month. Roughly one in every four deaths in the U.S. each year is due to heart disease, making it the leading cause of death for Americans.

02/15/2013: Nutrition classes inspire better food choices

MGH dietician Deborah Krivitsky, MS, RD, LDN, covers the topic of avoiding impulse purchases in her regular “Supermarket Smarts” class at the MGH Corrigan Minehan Heart Center.

02/15/2013: ECMO patient on road to recovery

Keith Lordan has a new appreciation for heart awareness since having a major heart attack in 2011 and credits the MGH and the its ECMO program for saving his life.

02/08/2013: It's all in the genes: Identical twins fight high cholesterol

Identical twins control FH, an inherited lipid disorder, thanks to apheresis treatments at the MGH - the only site in Massachusetts to offer the treatments for adults.

02/08/2013: Going red for heart health

The MGH teamed up with the AHA’s Go Red for Women campaign to present a series of heart health events in recognition of February as American Heart Month.

02/04/2013: February Heart Month: Mass General Cardiologist Talks about Aortic Valve Stenosis

Throughout the month of February, our doctors and specialists in the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care will be sharing their expertise on various heart conditions and offering prevention tips in recognition of American Heart Month. Roughly one in every four deaths in the U.S. each year is due to heart disease, making it the leading cause of death for Americans.

02/01/2013: Having a healthy heart

Heart disease – the No. 1 killer of American women – and stroke account for 28.6 percent of all female deaths in Massachusetts, which makes prevention, early detection and prompt treatment key.

02/01/2013: The economics of cardiovascular disease

Michael R. Jaff, DO, chair of the MGH Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care, addresses rising costs in the treatment of cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death for Americans.

12/24/2012: Integrated Care for Better Outcomes: The Multidisciplinary Resynchronization Therapy Program

New research from the CRT Program within the Institute for Heart, Vascular, and Stroke Care at Massachusetts General Hospital shows that providing multidisciplinary integrated CRT care improves patient outcomes.

12/06/2012: New Procedure Treats Atrial Fibrillation Without Blood Thinners

Ed Cleary came to Massachusetts General Hospital in June 2012 to get his AFib treated. He had tried taking a blood thinner to help manage his AFib, but bled too much. Fortunately, he qualified for a new procedure now being used for the first time in New England by Mass General Hospital.

10/26/2012: Hutter named first Macomber Family Endowed Scholar

Adolph M. Hutter Jr., MD, was named the inaugural Macomber Family Endowed Scholar for Cardiovascular Performance Innovation during a Sept. 24 ceremony.

10/12/2012: Mass. General Patient First in New England to Receive Nerve Stimulator to Treat Heart Failure

Anita Levy, 59, arrived at Massachusetts General Hospital in 2012 with severe heart failure. The mother of four, grandmother of eight and wife of 38 years, was starting to lose hope. After trying a number of therapies without success, her doctors informed her she was a candidate for a new clinical trial.

09/21/2012: Institute laces up for Heart Walk

More than 250 MGHers gathered on the Charles River Esplanade on Sept. 15 to participate in the 2012 American Heart Association (AHA) Boston Heart Walk.

09/18/2012: Adult Congenital Heart Disease & Heart Surgery

Over one million adults in the United States have adult congenital heart disease (ACHD), a condition that occurs when the heart or related blood vessels do not develop properly before or at birth.

09/18/2012: Adult Congenital Heart Disease & Heart Surgery Recovery Process

For some adult congenital heart disease patients, heart surgery is needed. Patients often have questions about their condition, what the admission process is like, what to anticipate on the day of surgery and ask about expectations for their recovery process.

09/14/2012: Institute hosts ‘Health Information Day’

Designed to introduce the MGH community to the new interdisciplinary Institute, "Health Information Day" Sept. 12 featured informational sessions, panel discussions, hands-on demonstrations, samples from area food trucks and promotional giveaways.

09/07/2012: Collaborative caring

To introduce the Institute of Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care to the MGH community, “Health Information Day” will be held Sept. 12 from 7 am to 8 pm under the Bulfinch Tents.

07/25/2012: CT angiography speeds emergency diagnosis of heart disease in low-risk patients

Incorporating coronary CT angiography into the initial evaluation of low-risk patients coming to hospital emergency departments with chest pain appears to reduce the time patients spend in the hospital without incurring additional costs or exposing patients to significant risks.

07/17/2012: Massachusetts General Hospital Ranked #1 in the Nation on U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll

Massachusetts General Hospital has moved into the number one spot on the 2012-13 U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Hospitals” list.

07/16/2012: Integrated Model Speeds Understanding of Atrial Fibrillation and Stroke

The Mass General Institute for Heart, Vascular, and Stroke Care integrates services to accelerate advances in stroke-related atrial fibrillation research and patient care.

07/16/2012: MGH Heart Center Is Named for E. Gerald Corrigan and Cathy Minehan

Their $20 million gift will have broad impact on the field of cardiovascular medecine and surgery.

07/13/2012: Cardiac ECMO survivors celebrate each other and MGH staff

Seventeen MGH patients who experienced serious cardiac events received a second chance thanks in part to extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), a technique that oxygenates and removes carbon dioxide from the blood outside a patient’s body, allowing his or her damaged heart and lungs time to recover.

07/09/2012: Choice to use drug-eluting stents has little relation to patients' probable benefit

A new study finds that the use of drug-eluting stents after angioplasty bears little relationship to patients' predicted risk of restenosis (reblockage) of the treated coronary artery, the situation the devices are designed to prevent.

06/29/2012: An MGH transplant miracle

This marks the second time in the past 20 years that the MGH has performed a heart and liver transplant, also the second operation of its kind ever done in New England.

06/15/2012: Community event focuses on women’s heart health

More than 90 staff and community members gathered at the MGH Revere HealthCare Center to celebrate Community Health Day.

06/08/2012: Scholar program established

At age 81, Roman W. DeSanctis, MD, is one of the hospital’s most veteran and most beloved physicians. To honor the legendary MGH cardiologist, the Roman W. DeSanctis, MD, Endowed Distinguished Scholar in Medicine has been established through the generosity of donor Joan Fu and several others.

06/06/2012: Improved Clinical Outcomes for CRT Patients

Jagmeet Singh, MD, Director of the Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center, discusses his team’s recent study about multidisciplinary care (MC) versus conventional care (CC) in CRT (cardiac resynchronization therapy) patients.

05/16/2012: Raising HDL not a sure route to countering heart disease

A new paper published online in The Lancet challenges the assumption that raising a person’s HDL — the so-called “good cholesterol” — will necessarily lower the risk of a heart attack.

04/13/2012: CPR training empowers marathoners

Marathon runners, family members and spectators will have the opportunity to attend the first-ever CPR educational sessions on April 14 and 15 as part of the Boston Athletic Association’s (BAA) Health and Fitness Expo and led by Aaron Baggish, MD, associate director of the Cardiovascular Performance Program in the MGH Heart Center and an on-site cardiologist for the marathon.

03/21/2012: Making old hearts new again at Mass General

Learn how Massachusetts General Hospital doctors are changing the world of organ transplantation.

03/02/2012: The importance of heart health

In honor of American Heart Month, the MGH Heart Center hosted a number of events throughout February to raise awareness and educate patients and staff about heart disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S.

02/28/2012: Treating Heart Failure in the 21st Century

February is American Heart Month, and the spotlight is on heart health. Throughout this month, we will be featuring articles including discussions with physicians in the Massachusetts General Heart Center to learn more about the topics surrounding heart disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S. for both men and women.

02/22/2012: Widening Geographic Disparities in Hospitalized Heart Attack Incidence and Outcome Rates

February is American Heart Month, and the spotlight is on heart health. Throughout this month, we will be featuring articles including discussions with physicians in the Massachusetts General Heart Center to learn more about the topics surrounding heart disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S. for both men and women.

02/10/2012: Statin Effects in Women:

February is American Heart Month, and the spotlight is on heart health. Throughout this month, we will be featuring articles including discussions with physicians in the Massachusetts General Heart Center to learn more about the topics surrounding heart disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S. for both men and women.

02/02/2012: Pregnancy and Heart Disease

February is American Heart Month, and the spotlight is on heart health. Throughout this month, we will be featuring articles including discussions with physicians in the Massachusetts General Heart Center to learn more about the topics surrounding heart disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S. for both men and women.

01/11/2012: Participating in marathons, half-marathons not found to increase risk of cardiac arrest

A new study finds that participating in these races actually is associated with a relatively low risk of cardiac arrest, compared to other forms of athletics. The study also identifies bystander-initiated cardiopulmonary resuscitation as a key factor in patient survival.

12/16/2011: In General for Dec. 16, 2011

In General awards and honors

11/29/2011: Are caffeine inhalers safe?

Kimberly A. Parks, DO, FACC, cardiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and James Mojica, MD, associate program director of the Harvard Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Training Program discuss the safety of caffeine inhalers

11/06/2011: Combined arterial imaging technology reveals both structural and metabolic details

A new device that combines two microimaging technologies can reveal both the detailed anatomy of arterial linings and biological activities that, in coronary arteries, could indicate the risk of heart attacks or the formation of clots in arterial stents.

10/17/2011: Biomarker-guided heart failure treatment significantly reduces complications

Adding regular testing for blood levels of a biomarker of cardiac distress to standard care for the most common form of heart failure may significantly reduce the incidence of cardiovascular complications, a new MGH study finds.

10/03/2011: Sisters with congenital heart disease don’t miss a beat

As infants, Madelyn and Samantha Kanter were diagnosed with atrial septal defect. Following intervention as teens, they came to the Mass General Heart Center to keep them healthy through their adult lives.

09/26/2011: Surgical Options to Preserve the Aortic Valve Gain Wider Acceptance

Surgeons in the Heart Center at Massachusetts General Hospital are pioneers in developing and refining valve-sparing root reconstruction. (From Advances Fall 2011 issue.)

09/16/2011: Raising heart disease awareness

FOR JENNIFER MCINTYRE, RN, BSN, an MGH clinical nursing supervisor, witnessing complex medical procedures is an ordinary part of her day. It wasn’t routine, however, when she became a patient last year and needed double bypass surgery to treat a 90 percent blockage in her left main artery.

09/11/2011: International study identifies new gene targets for hypertension treatment

A new report from MGH scientists and colleagues around the world finds that common variants in 28 regions of DNA are associated with blood pressure in human patients. Most of the identified regions were completely unsuspected, and several may lead to a totally new class of hypertension drugs.

09/09/2011: Courageous heart patient follows the Bruins’ lead

31-YEAR-OLD Chad Boily from Lisbon, Maine, is a fighter. Born with a congenital heart defect, Boily had his first surgery when he was 3 months old. He received his first heart transplant at age 16. And this past spring, when he was told he needed another new heart, he once again faced a fight for his life.

08/26/2011: In General: 08.26.11

In General awards and honors

08/04/2011: New chief of Cardiac Surgery ready for impact

The Division of Cardiac Surgery at Mass General welcomes new chief. Thoralf M. Sundt III, MD, bridges legacy of surgical practice and passion for new ideas to improve upon the patient experience.

07/19/2011: MGH ranks #2 in nation

MGH ranks #2 in 2011-2012 U.S. News & World Report "Best Hospitals" rankings

07/14/2011: Congenital heart patient champions women’s heart health

Debby Flaherty-Kizer has been living with Ebstein’s anomaly for more than 30 years, but that hasn’t prevented her from participating in triathlons and advocating for women’s heart health across the country.

05/19/2011: Heart Abnormalities the Leading Cause of Sudden Deaths in Athletes

Approximately 200-300 adolescents and young adults die every year from partaking in sporting activities in the United States. While heat exposure, dehydration and overexertion are common causes, far and away the most common reason is that the person had some previously undiagnosed heart condition.

04/22/2011: Celebrating prize-winning MGH research

The presentation of the MGH's top research prizes was a highlight of the April 13 Celebration of Science, held in conjunction with the annual Scientific Advisory Committee meeting.

04/01/2011: Seconds count

MGH Hotline 4.1.11 From the time a person first experiences symptoms of a heart attack, such as shortness of breath or chest discomfort, to the time he or she undergoes cardiac catheterization -- a procedure used to diagnose and treat a blocked coronary artery -- every second is of utmost importance.

03/20/2011: Metabolite levels may be able to improve diabetes risk prediction

Measuring the levels of small molecules in the blood may be able to identify individuals at elevated risk of developing type 2 diabetes as much as a decade before symptoms of the disorder appear.

03/06/2011: International collaborative identifies 13 new heart-disease-associated gene sites

An international research collaboration has identified 13 new gene sites associated with the risk of coronary artery disease and validated 10 sites found in previous studies. Several of the novel sites discovered do not appear to relate to known risk factors, suggesting previously unsuspected mechanisms for cardiovascular disease.

02/18/2011: MGH goes red for women’s heart health

MGH Hotline 2.18.11 Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the MGH Heart Center and Corrigan Women’s Heart Health Program brought attention to hearts everywhere by celebrating “Go Red for Women” month with a series of events and activities to raise awareness of heart disease in women.

02/14/2011: Watchman Device May Offer an Alternative to Warfarin for Atrial Fibrillation Patients

Advances Spring 2011 Issue. Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common type of sustained irregular heartbeat. It affects approximately 6 million U.S. adults, mainly those ages 65 and older.

02/04/2011: Acute Stroke Quality Task Force recognizes fastest treatment time

MGH Hotline 02.04.11 TIME IS BRAIN when it comes to treating stroke.

01/24/2011: Heart Center fellows recognized at AHA meeting

Mass General Heart Center fellows were recognized for their clinical and research efforts at a national cardiology meeting.

01/21/2011: "Go Red for Women" events

MGH Hotline 1.21.11 The MGH Heart Center's Corrigan Women's Heart Health Program is hosting several events in honor of the American Heart Association's "Go Red for Women" week Feb. 1 through 4.

11/19/2010: VIVA Las Vegas

Mass General Heart & Vascular Center physicians perform demonstrations of complex vascular interventions for an educational conference in Las Vegas.

10/01/2010: MGHers walk for better heart health

MGH Hotline 10.01.10 Heart disease and stroke are the first- and third-leading causes of death in the United States.

09/24/2010: MGH continues to Be Fit

MGH Hotline 9.24.10 More than 3,500 MGHers have tracked their weekly food and exercise, attended rallies where relaxation exercises are practiced and met with personal trainers to develop their overall fitness levels through the MGH Be Fit program now in its 22nd cycle.

09/17/2010: MGH joins study of new heart-assist device

MGH Hotline 9.17.10 The MGH recently became the fifth site nationwide to participate in the study of an innovative rotary blood pump for late-stage heart failure patients.

08/06/2010: A walk with heart

MGH Hotline 08.06.10 This year the American Heart Association’s (AHA) 2010 Boston Start! Heart Walk is one of the two official charities of the MGH.

08/06/2010: Chatting with Kimberly Parks, DO, of “Boston Med”

MGH Hotline 08.06.10 Kimberly Parks, DO, a transplant cardiologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center, is one of several physicians featured in "Boston Med."

08/04/2010: Sorting out the genetic and biological links between cholesterol and coronary heart disease

Two papers in the current issue of Nature describe 95 gene variations that contribute to cholesterol and triglyceride levels and reveal the unexpected role of a metabolic pathway in lipid metabolism.

07/16/2010: MGH ranks among top

The MGH ranked third among the country's top hospitals on the annual list of "America's Best Hospitals" issue of U.S. News & World Report.

07/16/2010: Two Heart Center fellows have received 2010-2011 Full-Year Research Fellowship Awards

In General: Two Mass General Heart Center fellows have received 2010-2011 Full-Year Research Fellowship Awards from the Heart Rhythm Society

07/08/2010: Mass General Heart Center nurse honored as national leader in mentoring

A clinical nurse specialist on the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit received national recognition for her role as a educator and mentor.

06/14/2010: Novel ultrasound technique can help doctors detect heart muscle damage in chemotherapy patients

Mass General researchers unveiled a non-invasive ultrasound technique to help detect heart muscle damage in breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.

06/14/2010: Study finds heart and circulation ultrasound can better determine heart disease risk in obese women

Researchers found that heart and circulation ultrasounds are an important tool in assessing the risk of heart disease in women who are obese or have metabolic syndrome.

06/09/2010: Genome-wide study identifies factors that may affect vitamin D levels

An international research consortium has identified four common gene variants that are associated with blood levels of vitamin D and with an increased risk of vitamin D deficiency.

06/09/2010: Heart Attacks Declined 24 Percent in Kaiser Permanente Northern California Since 2000

Heart attacks declined by 24 percent within a large, ethnically diverse, community-based population since 2000, and the relative incidence of serious heart attacks that do permanent damage declined by 62 percent, according to a study in the current issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

05/26/2010: Detailed metabolic profile gives "chemical snapshot" of the effects of exercise

Using a system that analyzes blood samples with unprecedented detail, a team led by MGH researchers has developed the first "chemical snapshot" of the metabolic effects of exercise.

05/17/2010: New heart monitoring device may prevent hospitalizations, empower patients with heart failure

It’s estimated that more than 5 million Americans are affected by heart failure—a condition characterized by the slow, progressive deterioration of the heart’s pumping ability. The syndrome occurs when the ventricles become too weak to pump sufficient blood to the body or when the ventricles become stiff, hindering blood from filling the heart. Often, heart failure is accompanied by a buildup of fluid pressure in the pulmonary blood vessels.

05/13/2010: MicroRNA and host gene play key role in regulating cholesterol pathways

MGH researchers have identified tiny segments of RNA that may play an important role in the body's regulation of cholesterol and lipids.

05/13/2010: Freezing atrial fibrillation in its tracks

Cryoballoon ablation is a new procedure available at the Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center that is showing promise as an alternative therapy to treat atrial fibrillation, a type of heart rhythm disorder.

04/27/2010: Long-term anabolic steroid use may weaken heart more than previously thought

Long-term anabolic steroid use may weaken the heart more than previously thought and may increase the risk of heart failure, according to a study led by MGH investigator Aaron Baggish, MD.

03/25/2010: Massachusetts General Hospital to create international registry for coronary optical coherence tomography

Mass General researchers are spearheading an international effort to study optical coherence tomography (OCT), an imaging technology that could help doctors identify the vulnerable coronary plaques that cause heart attacks.

03/01/2010: Adding ECG to health exams may prevent sudden cardiac death in young athletes

A new study by researchers at the MGH Heart Center found the addition of electrocardiogram testing to the standard medical history and physical examination for young athletes may better identify key cardiovascular abnormalities responsible for sports-related sudden death.

02/21/2010: Common gene variant may increase risk for a type of cardiac arrhythmia

An international research team has identified a common gene variant associated with a form of the irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation that is seen in younger individuals with no other heart disease.

02/16/2010: Heart device may replace the need for long-term blood thinning medications

Mass General Heart Center physicians are evaluating a new medical device that shows promise in preventing strokes among patients with atrial fibrillation.

01/05/2010: Less invasive valve replacement offers new option for “untreatable” patients

Physician-researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center are studying percutaneous aortic valve replacement as a treatment option for patients with severe aortic valve stenosis who are considered high-risk or are not candidates for traditional openheart surgery.

11/25/2009: Thanksgiving holds new meaning for patient after heart surgery

On Thanksgiving Day, Richard Kezima was sent to Massachusetts General Hospital where Heart Center surgeons successfully performed a five-vessel bypass procedure.

11/05/2009: Miracle patient revived after 57 minutes

Mass General Hospital physician, Kenneth Rosenfield, MD, attributes Laura Geraghty's heart attack recovery to immediate and effective CPR. Now Rosenfield and Geraghty are advocating for CPR instruction in Massachusetts high schools.

11/03/2009: Mass General experts discuss diabetes

Our physicians discuss the education, management and prevention of diabetes, a condition affecting nearly 24 million adults and children in the United States.

10/15/2009: From stem cells to functioning strip of heart muscle

A team of Harvard Stem Cell Institute scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital and collaborators at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences has taken a giant step toward the possibility of using human stem cells to repair damaged hearts.

09/23/2009: Mass General raises funds to support cardiovascular research

Massachusetts General Hospital partnered with the American Heart Association during the 2009 Boston Heart Walk, an event that raises funds to support lifesaving heart and stroke research.

09/15/2009: Comprehensive cardiac CT scan may give clearer picture of significant heart disease

A team of researchers led by Massachusetts General Hospital radiologists has developed a computed-tomography-based protocol that identifies both narrowing of coronary arteries and areas of myocardial ischemia - restricted blood flow to heart muscle tissue - giving a better indication of clinically significant coronary artery disease.

09/04/2009: Cardiac biomarker levels strongly predict outcome of bypass surgery

Levels of a biomarker used in the diagnosis of heart attacks are almost universally elevated in patients who have undergone coronary-artery bypass grafting (CABG) and, when markedly elevated, powerfully predict the risk of complications.

07/21/2009: At home heart failure care

A new clinical trial at the Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center gives patients the power to monitor their hearts and change their medication dosing daily to prevent the symptoms of heart failure.

07/16/2009: Monitoring patients remotely

New wireless technology allows Heart Center clinicians to keep tabs on heart failure patients wherever they are

07/07/2009: Meet the da Vinci

Robotically assisted heart surgery is the latest advancement at the Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center aimed at reducing pain and risk of infection and allowing for faster recovery times.

06/30/2009: Biomarkers’ ability to improve prediction of cardiovascular risk is modest

Measurement of known biomarkers of cardiovascular disease slightly improves the ability to predict future heart attack or stroke in healthy individuals, but not enough to change preventive therapies.

06/23/2009: Common ECG finding may indicate serious cardiac problems

A common electrocardiogram finding that has largely been considered insignificant may actually signal an increased risk of atrial fibrillation, the future need for a permanent pacemaker and an increased risk for premature death.

06/22/2009: Free fun and educational activities for everyone to enjoy

Join Massachusetts General Hospital and MassGeneral for Children medical staff June 27 - 28 in casual, face-to-face discussions on a variety of topics addressing health concerns for people of every age.

06/04/2009: A strongman's second chance

In 2008, the Massachusetts General Hospital Transplant Center completed the most heart transplants in the region. Personal trainer and strongman competitor, Jim Murphy, is one shining example of the great successes of the program.

05/14/2009: Treating heart disease in Rwanda: Mass General team joins volunteer mission

On April 8th Terry Nearhos, RN, Jennifer Neary, cardiac sonographer, and J. Warren Harthorne, MD, departed for Kigali, Rwanda to join Team Heart in diagnosing and treating heart failure patients.

05/10/2009: International study identifies potential treatment targets for hypertension

Scientists from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), as part of a major international research collaboration, have associated common variants in eight regions of DNA with blood pressure levels in human patients. Six of the identified regions have not previously been implicated in blood pressure regulation.

04/27/2009: Eat like the Greeks for better health

Experts from Massachusetts General Hospital's Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Center and Department of Nutrition and Food Services shed light on the benefits of the Mediterranean diet.

03/23/2009: Common gene variants influence risk factor for sudden cardiac death

A new study has identified several common genetic variants related to a risk factor for sudden cardiac death. The report receiving early online release in the journal Nature Genetics identifies variants in genes, some known and some newly discovered, that influence the QT interval measured on the electrocardiogram (EKG) performed routinely in doctors’ offices.

03/11/2009: Nutritionist teaches how to shop for heart health

Armed with tips to tackle shopping, nutritionists at the Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center are teaching patients how to get the most out of the grocery store.

03/11/2009: Cardiac surgery team simulates surgery

Massachusetts General Hospital’s cardiac surgical team is participating in operating room simulation work, a training regimen designed to reduce medical errors by drilling staff in emergent situations.

03/09/2009: Heart disease in women: Dispelling the myths

Misconceptions have created a gender gap in treatment of women with cardiovascular disease

02/17/2009: Creating HAPPY hearts in Chelsea and Revere

A Massachusetts General Hospital awareness and prevention program aims to improve the cardiovascular health of women in Boston’s low-income neighborhoods.

02/15/2009: Common gene variants increase risk of hypertension, finding may lead to new therapies

A new study has identified the first common gene variants associated with an increased incidence of hypertension – a significant risk factor for heart attack, stroke and kidney failure.

02/11/2009: Heart Center celebrates Go Red

As advocates of the American Heart Association's Go Red movement, physicians and staff at the Heart Center offered tools and events to raise awareness of heart disease.

02/08/2009: International study identifies gene variants associated with early heart attack

The largest study ever completed of genetic factors associated with heart attacks has identified nine genetic regions - three not previously described - that appear to increase the risk for early-onset myocardial infarction.

02/04/2009: Mass General pioneers new technology to identify vulnerable plaques

Mass General physicians are using advanced imaging technology, called optical coherence tomography, to identify vulnerable plaque inside the coronary arteries.

02/03/2009: Specialized yoga can reduce cardiac risk factors

Specialists at the Heart Center are recommending a unique type of yoga to some heart disease patients. Designed to reduce risk factors, many patients benefit from this combination of physical postures and relaxation techniques.

01/16/2009: Mass General performs record-setting number of heart transplants in 2008

A record number for the program and more than any other medical center in New England, 28 patients received heart transplants at Massachusetts General Hospital in 2008.

01/16/2009: An unusual place for an aneurysm

Something was very wrong when Steve Leonard complained of intense jaw pain during a root canal. Concerned, his dentist recommended a routine stress test to rule out heart disease.

01/09/2009: In memoriam: Alan D. Hilgenberg, MD

A leader in the field of cardiothoracic surgery, Alan D. Hilgenberg, MD, was an expert in the surgical management of thoracic aortic aneurysms. In 1999, he was named co-director of the newly created Mass General Center for Thoracic Aortic Surgery.

12/23/2008: American Heart Association uncovers gender disparities in heart attack mortality

According to recent research done by the American Heart Association, there are vast disparities in the heart attack mortality rates between men and women.

12/19/2008: Advanced blood analysis may speed diagnosis of heart attacks

Study of 'planned' heart attacks identifies markers that could improve treatment, save lives.

12/19/2008: AWARE trial takes aim at chronic chest pain

Physicians at the Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center are investigating a new tool that could ease chronic chest pain in women.

12/07/2008: Study associates 11 new gene sites with cholesterol, triglyceride levels

An international research team has identified 11 novel locations in the human genome where common variations appear to influence cholesterol or triglyceride levels, bringing the total number of lipid-associated genes to 30.

11/17/2008: Getting to the heart of the matter: seeing arteries in 3-D

For the first time researchers are getting a detailed look at the interior of human coronary arteries, using an optical imaging technique developed at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.

09/26/2008: Physician receives NIH New Innovator Award

Sean M. Wu, MD, PhD, of the Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center, recently received the prestigious New Innovator Award from the National Institute of Health (NIH). This is the second year that the NIH has given these $1.5M grants to younger scientists interested in pursuing innovative research.

09/09/2008: Blood test could diagnose heart attacks more quickly

Someday doctors may be able to use a blood test to confirm within minutes, instead of hours, if a patient is having a heart attack, allowing more rapid treatment that could limit damage to heart muscle.

09/05/2008: Triumphs, losses and pulmonary embolism

Basketball has treated Peter Witts well. A high school basketball coach and school teacher for three years, Witts has experienced the triumphs, humble losses and irreplaceable moments that color the sport. But basketball has also been the scene where Witts discovered a life-changing cardiovascular condition.

09/04/2008: Committed to improving the heart health of Bostonians

Malissa, Wood, MD, cardiologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center proudly wears scrubs with the Go Red logo. A symbol of her commitment to the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women movement, Wood has made educating women about their heart health her life goal.

08/29/2008: Olympic medical research finds enlarged hearts can be good hearts

GE Healthcare and Olympic medical leaders hosted an event at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games where Malissa Wood, MD, cardiologist with the Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center, presented initial findings from her studies of U.S. Olympic athletes.

08/19/2008: An unlikely victim

Kim Farah has never battled high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or a family history of heart disease. Yet she is a victim of heart disease.

08/19/2008: Cardiac magnetic imaging could benefit ER patients

Sophisticated MRI technology may more accurately diagnose acute coronary syndrome in ER patients.

08/19/2008: The greatest comeback

For 15 minutes this football player's heart stopped. Then he made one of the greatest comebacks our team has seen.

08/19/2008: A miracle, a mystery, and a transplant

Deborah Heffernan uses vivid language, humor and honesty to get her point across, especially when telling her greatest story - the story of a personal comeback.

08/01/2008: New technology keeps heart failure patients healthy and at home

Specialists at Massachusetts General Hospital are now able to statistically identify which inpatients have heart failure and then facilitate connecting these patients to care.

07/18/2008: Mass General "with the guidelines"

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association are recognizing Massachusetts General Hospital for its performance in treating stroke patients using the association’s Get With The Guidelines program.

07/18/2008: Strengthening partnerships in cardiovascular care

Massachusetts General Hospital and Emerson Hospital in Concord are pleased to announce their partnership in developing the MGH-Emerson Hospital Cardiovascular Center, to be based at the Emerson Hospital Center of Specialty Care on Baker Avenue in Concord.

06/28/2008: Heart valve surgery without opening the chest

The Heart Center has joined a clinical trial evaluating the effectiveness of a novel therapy to replace heart valves using a minimally invasive, catheter-based approach.

06/13/2008: Stress less and relax more

These days stress makes its way into all of our lives, and it's no surprise that it takes its toll on our bodies. The cardiovascular system often suffers when the mind and body are stressed.

06/11/2008: Massachusetts General Hospital ranked on U.S. News national honor roll

The third oldest general hospital in the United States and the oldest and largest hospital in New England, Mass General continues its tradition of excellence today. The hospital is consistently ranked among the top five hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. In 2008, Mass General was redesignated a Magnet hospital, the highest honor for nursing excellence awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

05/30/2008: A procedure to repair it all

An aortic dissection caused pooling of blood around Gabriella Browne’s heart as well as complications to her abdominal organs - two conditions that greatly put her life at risk.

05/20/2008: Nurse honored by Boston Globe

In her role as a case manager in the Massachusetts General Hospital Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU), Janice Tully, RN, stands by her patients every step of their stay at Mass General Hospital.

05/01/2008: Program may reduce hospital readmissions

A remote monitoring program can improve the condition of heart failure patients who are mobile and may reduce hospital readmissions, according to a pilot study reported at the American Heart Association’s 9th Scientific Forum on Quality of Care and Outcomes Research in Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke.

04/22/2008: Study shows how exercise changes structure and function of heart

For the first time researchers are beginning to understand exactly how various forms of exercise impact the heart. Massachusetts General Hospital investigators, in collaboration with the Harvard University Health Services, have found that 90 days of vigorous athletic training produces significant changes in cardiac structure and function and that the type of change varies with the type of exercise performed.

04/22/2008: Heart attack patient tackles Boston marathon

For the past five months Arthur Manjourides, 66, has been hitting the road every Sunday for a fast walk/run around Boston. Despite the cold and snow this winter, Arthur kept up his weekly commitment with one goal in mind – to finish the Boston Marathon.

04/15/2008: Massachusetts General Hospital recognized for continued nursing excellence

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) formally designated Massachusetts General Hospital as a “Magnet” hospital through 2012. Magnet designation represents the highest available honor for nursing excellence, and in 2003, Mass General Hospital became the first hospital in the state to earn Magnet status.

03/27/2008: Relaxation training may improve control of hard-to-treat systolic hypertension

Adding the relaxation response, a stress-management approach, to other lifestyle interventions may significantly improve treatment of the type of hypertension most common in the elderly.

03/21/2008: Study verifies that cholesterol-associated gene variants can predict cardiovascular events

A study appearing in this week's New England Journal of Medicine confirms that a combination of gene variants previously associated with cholesterol levels does reflect patients' cholesterol levels and can signify increased risk of heart attack, stroke or sudden cardiac death.

03/05/2008: Creating HAPPY hearts in Chelsea and Revere

In conjunction with the Mass General Hospital Community Health Associates Wellness Center, Malissa Wood, MD launched the HAPPY Heart program in to improve the heart health of women served by the Mass General Hospital Revere and Chelsea HealthCare Centers.

02/27/2008: Intuition and heart disease

Sometimes it pays to listen to your inner voice. As Mary (MacIsaac) Kalogeros, a freelance writer from Massachusetts, can attest, intuition is often correct. For Kalogeros, that inner voice spared her life.

02/22/2008: A healthy heart for all ages

Heart disease isn’t just for men anymore. Although many women don’t realize it, heart disease is in fact the number one killer of American women, more lethal than all forms of cancer combined.

02/12/2008: Hope for patients with ischemic heart disease

Patients with ischemic heart disease, a serious condition that occurs when the heart’s own arteries become clogged with cholesterol plaque, may have new options if they have exhausted traditional cardiovascular therapies.

02/01/2008: Two doctors “dress up” for heart health

The American Heart Association sponsored event gathered Mass General Hospital Heart Center cardiologists Malissa Wood, MD, and Stephanie Moore, MD, local female heart and stroke survivors, and significant others of the Boston Bruins to model the 2008 red Sara Campbell spring line.

01/10/2008: Heart disease - not just chest pain

When Dale Hoppen experienced symptoms of heart disease, she says she felt like she was eating a lemon. Although there wasn’t a sour taste, the most prominent symptom was tightness in her jaws.

01/08/2008: Lack of vitamin D may increase heart disease risk

The same vitamin D deficiency that can result in weak bones now has been associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, Framingham Heart Study researchers report. The higher risk associated with vitamin D deficiency was particularly evident among individuals with high blood pressure, according to researchers.

12/28/2007: Patient investigates the right treatment, right physician

This New Hampshire-based journalist and producer has covered the United States invasion of Panama, terrorism in Peru, and the Ebola virus in Zaire. And in 1991 he produced the first reporting live broadcast from a battlefield. So it was only natural for Adam Mosston to attribute growing fatigue to his work schedule.

12/28/2007: Heart Center celebrates program milestone

Members of the Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center's Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) Program recently celebrated a program milestone — the 100th alcohol septal ablation.

12/14/2007: Winter risks: cold weather and heart attacks

Cold weather brings snow and holiday cheer, but also a multitude of risks, including risk of heart attack. Before you begin shoveling snow or setting out for holiday festivities, learn about your risk for heart-related conditions.

12/06/2007: Diagnosing heart disease: women are different

The traditional model of heart disease has been based on men’s disease, but women can have different symptoms and different diagnostic findings, and they are certainly offered fewer diagnostic and therapeutic options.

11/30/2007: A rhythm thrown off

James Puzinas, a 47-year-old fine art dealer from Massachusetts, has a rhythm in his life. He spends his days buying and selling American paintings around the country and living an active lifestyle - working outdoors, swimming, bicycling and downhill skiing. When he started feeling exhausted after doing simple yard work, Puzinas’s rhythm was thrown off, but he attributed the heaviness in his legs to age.

10/26/2007: Panic attacks may lead to heart disease

New research suggests that postmenopausal women who have had at least one panic attack may be at greater risk for developing coronary heart disease or stroke. Researchers found that women who reported panics attacks in the prior six months were four times at greater risk of cardiovascular events over a period of five years as compared to women who had not had a panic attack.

10/19/2007: Heart attack patients benefit from new, “cool” technology

After cardiac arrest, the risk of irreversible brain damage and death increases with every passing minute, but the Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center is using a new technology to improve the chances of recovery.

09/28/2007: An alternative treatment for high cholesterol

Jeffrey Doucette, 43, of Boston, takes care of his two children, two nieces and works full-time at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. And every two weeks he finds at least two hours to treat his high cholesterol with a dialysis-like therapy called LDL apheresis.

09/21/2007: Balancing act–finding a device that sustains life

Denise Mallen says she always tries to find the balance in her life between work, traveling and her loved ones. But at the age of 43 her life balance was thrown off with a diagnosis of cardiomyopathy—a damaged heart muscle, most likely caused by a virus.

09/17/2007: Physician honored with 2007 presidential scholar award

Marcos F. Vidal Melo, MD PhD, director of research in cardiac anesthesia at the Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center, is the recipient of the 2007 Presidential Scholar Award from the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

09/03/2007: Patient participates in triathlon

With a new found sense of motivation derived from the Cardiac Metabolic Syndrome Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center, at age 51 Anne Elise O’Connor competed in her first-ever triathlon.

08/06/2007: Novel candidate biomarker for heart failure strongly predicts risk of death

A potential new biomarker for heart failure may be more powerful than established measures in identifying patients at increased risk for death from several causes.

06/27/2007: Watchman could offer alternative to medications

A study underway at the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Cardiac Arrhythmia Service is evaluating whether a tiny medical device will offer patients with atrial fibrillation an alternative treatment to blood-thinning medications – medications like Coumadin or Warfarin that prevent blood clots from forming in the heart.

06/25/2007: Canine companion aids vasovagal patient

Marty Harris’s life is drastically different than it was a year ago – and it’s thanks to her two-year-old black lab, Adele. Since she was a child, Harris had been plagued by an unknown affliction that caused her to faint unexpectedly.

06/06/2007: Healing the mind and body through tai chi

Every morning Dan Petricca, 84, of Everett, MA, has breakfast, goes to church, and takes a two-mile walk around the neighborhood. Even though his morning routine exemplifies a healthy lifestyle, there was a time when Petricca could only walk about 20 feet before stopping.

02/04/2004: Gene transfer allows mammals to produce heart-healthy fats

Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital have found that tissues from mice transgenic for a gene usually found in the c.elegans roundworm contain omega-3 fatty acids, consumption of which has been shown to protect against heart disease.

12/27/2013: Cardiovascular Images

Low-radiation Coronary CT Angiography without Beta-blockers in an Emergency Department Patient with
A 44 year old male smoker with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and hypertension presented to the Emergency Department (ED), primarily because he had recently run out of his home inhalers, but noting recent progressive chest tightness and shortness of breath.
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04/29/2013: Cardiovascular Images

Atrial Baffle Stenosis: A Late Complication after Mustard Repair for d-TGA
A 37 year old male with a history of d-transposition of the great arteries and Mustard atrial switch operation as an infant presented with abdominal distension and facial swelling.
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02/11/2013: Cardiovascular Images

Bicuspid Aortic Valve Disease and Ascending Aorta Aneurysm
BAV is the most common congenital heart disease, with an estimated prevalence of 1-2% in the general population and a male-to-female ratio of 3:1. The pattern of inheritance of BAV is autosomal dominant with incomplete penetrance.
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01/21/2013: Cardiovascular Images

Rheumatic Heart Disease
Cardiac CT angiography has been shown to safely exclude obstructive coronary atherosclerosis prior to cardiac surgery. Moreover, it is also able to provide imaging of valve anatomy.
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12/21/2012: Cardiovascular Images

Unroofed Coronary Sinus – A Rare Type of ASD
Unroofed coronary sinus is a rare congenital cardiac anomaly which might be difficult to diagnose. It is classified as an atrial septal defect and constitutes the rarest form of this group of congenital heart disease.
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11/26/2012: Cardiovascular Images

Ruptured Coronary Sinus Aneurysm
Sinus of Valsalva aneurysms most commonly originate from the right coronary sinus in 70-80% and less commonly from the non coronary (10-20%) and left sinuses (<5%) and may be congenital or acquired.
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10/01/2012: Cardiovascular Images

Myocardial Infarction-induced Ventricular Septal Defect
Ventricular septal defect (VSD) is a mechanical complication of myocardial infarction and typically occurs three to five days after an acute MI.
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04/23/2012: Cardiovascular Images

Kawasaki Disease
Kawasaki disease is a systemic vasculitis presenting in the infant or young child, and is the leading cause of children's acquired cardiac disease in the United States.
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09/15/2014: Extreme Endovascular: Thrills, Chills, and Spills

The Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care presents a dynamic symposium on novel interventional treatment options for patients with peripheral vascular disease.

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Massachusetts General Hospital Cardiology Grand Rounds take place on Wednesdays from 8:00 am to 9:00 am in the O’Keeffe Auditorium of the Blake Building.

04/09/2014: Cardiology Grand Rounds

Massachusetts General Hospital Cardiology Grand Rounds take place on Wednesdays from 8:00 am to 9:00 am in the O’Keeffe Auditorium of the Blake Building.

04/02/2014: Cardiology Grand Rounds

Massachusetts General Hospital Cardiology Grand Rounds take place on Wednesdays from 8:00 am to 9:00 am in the O’Keeffe Auditorium of the Blake Building.

03/05/2014: Cardiology Grand Rounds

Massachusetts General Hospital Cardiology Grand Rounds take place on Wednesdays from 8:00 am to 9:00 am in the O’Keeffe Auditorium of the Blake Building.

02/19/2014: Cardiology Grand Rounds

Massachusetts General Hospital Cardiology Grand Rounds take place on Wednesdays from 8:00 am to 9:00 am in the O’Keeffe Auditorium of the Blake Building.

11/27/2013: Cardiology Grand Rounds

Massachusetts General Hospital Cardiology Grand Rounds take place on Wednesdays from 8:00 am to 9:00 am in the O’Keeffe Auditorium of the Blake Building.

11/20/2013: Cardiology Grand Rounds

Massachusetts General Hospital Cardiology Grand Rounds take place on Wednesdays from 8:00 am to 9:00 am in the O’Keeffe Auditorium of the Blake Building.

11/17/2013: Advanced Technologies: When, Who, Why? Patient Selection to Optimize Therapeutic Outcomes

Experts from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care present their experience and provide a practical guide to clinical decision making for patients with heart failure, pulmonary embolism and cardiogenic stroke.

11/13/2013: Cardiology Grand Rounds

Massachusetts General Hospital Cardiology Grand Rounds take place on Wednesdays from 8:00 am to 9:00 am in the O’Keeffe Auditorium of the Blake Building.

10/30/2013: Cardiology Grand Rounds

Massachusetts General Hospital Cardiology Grand Rounds take place on Wednesdays from 8:00 am to 9:00 am in the O’Keeffe Auditorium of the Blake Building.

10/16/2013: Cardiology Grand Rounds

Massachusetts General Hospital Cardiology Grand Rounds take place on Wednesdays from 8:00 am to 9:00 am in the O’Keeffe Auditorium of the Blake Building.

12/16/2009: Cardiology Grand Rounds

Listen to Ira Ockene, MD, discuss "The Lawrence Latino Diabetes Prevention Project: What is Translational Research so Difficult?"

12/09/2009: Cardiology Grand Rounds

Listen to Richard N. Channick, MD, discuss "Diagnosis and Treatment of Pulmonary Hypertension: Current Approaches and Controversies"

12/02/2009: Cardiology Grand Rounds

Listen to Michael A. Fifer, MD, discuss "HCM - the Most Interesting Heart Disease"

Advanced research on coronary artery disease

In a segment produced by ABC News, Thomas Wang, MD, cardiologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center, explains some of the innovative research done on the root causes of coronary artery disease.

Instead of explaining a stroke to 22 third graders,

we saved their teacher from having one.

Risk factors for heart disease

Risk factors for heart disease include smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, family history of heart disease and high cholesterol. Learn what you can do to overcome your risk for heart disease.

Specialized care for the cardiovascular system

Physicians from the Massachusetts General Hospital Corrigan Minehan Heart Center and Fireman Vascular Center work together to treat conditions of the heart and blood vessels.

The Watchman at work

Mass General Heart Center physicians offer a new technique to prevent blood clots in the part of the heart called the left atrial appendage. This innovative procedure shows promise in preventing strokes in patients with atrial fibrillation, freeing them from dependence on blood thinning medications.

Groundbreaking discoveries in heart research

The Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center has achieved significant advances in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart disease. Our research discoveries have led to breakthroughs in treatments and technologies, improving the lives of patients worldwide.

Trailer for Boston Med

Trailer for the eight-part documentary featuring clinicians at Mass General.

Malissa Wood, MD, explains how the symptoms of heart attack are different in women than in men

Malissa Wood, MD, Co-Director of the Corrigan Women's Heart Health Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center describes the heart attack symptoms that are unique to women, and why treatment of heart disease should be gender-specific.

Sekar Kathiresan, MD, explains what you can do to lower your risk of developing coronary artery disease

Sekar Kathiresan, MD, Director of Preventive Cardiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center says counteracting your genetic risk is within your control. Learn more about coronary artery disease, who is most at risk and about Mass General's Heart Attack Prevention Program, focused on people with a family history of the disease.

Aaron Baggish, MD, warns that even highly active people can develop heart disease

Aaron Baggish, MD, Associate Director for the Cardiovascular Performance Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center explains how heart problems are diagnosed in highly active people and how Mass General specialists help them exercise safely to reduce the risk of heart attack.

Stephanie Moore, MD, describes your risk for heart failure if you have a family history of this condition

Stephanie Moore, MD, cardiologist in the Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant Program at the Mass General Heart Center says if a close relative suffered from heart failure, you should be screened for other health issues that can put you at higher risk. Learn more about the early signs of heart failure and the various treatments available, from medications to pacemakers to transplants.

Campaign for the Third Century of MGH Medicine Kick Off on October 15

The Campaign for the Third Century of MGH Medicine kicked off Oct. 15 at the Westin Waterfront Boston. Nearly 500 of Mass General’s closest friends and supporters gathered to celebrate the public launch of the fundraising campaign that aims to raise $1.5 billion for the hospital. Already, $1 billion of that amount has been raised.

Frank Robinson's Story

Watch 46-year-old Frank Robinson tell the story of his life-saving experience at Mass General after a massive coronary.

Celebrating 200 Years: 1811 - 2011

Since 1811, people have counted on Mass General for answers, innovations and medical leadership. As our third century dawns, we remain ready to serve.

Jonathan Friedstat, 2012 Mass General Marathon Team Runner

As a burn and critical care fellow at Mass General, Jonathan has worked closely with MGHfC staff. Why is he running to raise money for pediatric cancer care and research? “None of these kids asked for this problem, and neither did their families."

Ask Yourself -- Ellinor

Patrick Ellinor, MD, discusses atrial fibrillation (AFib), its connection to stroke, and the new treatment options available at Mass General.

Dr. Patrick Ellinor, cardiologist at the Mass General Heart Center, says you should discuss your condition with your doctor

Dr. Patrick Ellinor, cardiologist at the Mass General Heart Center, says you should discuss your condition with your doctor, since many people who could benefit from specific treatments are not aware of them.

ECMO Event Slideshow

On June 28, 2012, nine cardiac ECMO patients came together with MGH Cardiac Surgery clinicians for a reunion at the Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation.

Mass General Chief of Cardiac Surgery Discusses Choice Among Valve Prostheses

Thor Sundt, MD, chief of cardiac surgery and director of the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center, talks about heart valve options for patients undergoing heart valve surgery.

Mass General Cardiologist Talks about Aortic Valve Stenosis

Jonathan Passeri, MD, co-director of the Mass General Heart Valve Program and director of Interventional Echocardiography, talks about aortic valve stenosis and answers common questions about symptoms to look out for and treatment options.

Epilepsy: The Road to a Cure

A young man's quest to find a cure for his epileptic seizures takes him on a journey from Albania to Boston.

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U.S. News and World Report Best Hospitals 2014-2015

U.S. News & World Report ranks Mass General #1 in New England and #2 in the nation based on our quality of care, patient safety and reputation in 16 clinical specialties.

Support the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center

When you support the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center, you are making a significant contribution to advancing care at the hospital.