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MCW Cardiovascular/Heart Disease/Cardiothoracic Surgery News

Heart Surgery Agreement Signed with Columbia St. Mary’s

July 29 - A new agreement between Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin and Columbia St. Mary’s will expand cardiothoracic surgery programs at Columbia St. Mary’s hospitals in Milwaukee and Mequon. Milwaukee Business Journal, and Biz Times

Dr. Gupta Co-Authors Article on Trends in Usage of Drug-Eluting Stents

July 16 - With colleagues at New York University School of Medicine, Dr. Navdeep Gupta (Medicine – General Internal) co-authored an article in the International Journal of Cardiology that traced trends in use of drug-eluting stents based on the release of research studies identifying potential hazards. HCPLive

Dr. Aufderheide Discusses Importance of Immediate Chest Compressions in Cardiac Arrest

July 16 - Dr. Tom Aufderheide contributes expert comment to a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article on advances in cardiac resuscitation. Dr. Aufderheide notes that hope of survival from cardiac arrest is dependent upon immediate application of chest compressions. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Berger Discusses Newly-Enacted Mandatory Newborn Heart Disease Testing

July 16 - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel notes that MCW and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin were among the institutions supporting Wisconsin’s newly-enacted mandatory newborn testing for congenital heart disease. Dr. Stuart Berger said he hoped the state eventually will allow researchers to collect data from the tests. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Kulinski Co-Authors Study that Finds Long Periods of Inactivity Negates Benefits of Exercise

July 16 - With colleagues at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dr. Jacquelyn Kulinski co-authored a study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings that found that long periods of low activity may not only lower cardiorespiratory fitness, but even negate the benefits of a brief period of exercise. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, The Morning Blend and WPR

Sitting too much may negate the benefits of exercise

July 07 - Cardiologists at the Medical College of Wisconsin and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center have found that sedentary behaviors may lower cardiorespiratory fitness, and sitting for several hours may negate a brief period of exercise.

U.S. News & World Report Ranks Children’s Among the Nation’s Best Children’s Hospitals

June 17 - U.S. News & World Report ranked Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin among the nation’s top children’s hospitals. BizTimes

More than 85 Lives Saved through Project ADAM

June 03 - A front-page article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel recognizes the 15th anniversary of founding of Project ADAM by Dr. Stuart Berger. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Shah Finds Ondansetron Does Not Trigger Tachyarrhythmias

May 22 - In a study presented at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies, Dr. Breanne K.P. Shah reported that the antinausea and antiemetic agent ondansetron does not trigger malignant tachyarrhythmias in pediatric patients who have a healthy heart. Family Practice News

Why one man’s story should be motivation for prostate screening

May 12 - Fox 6 News profiled a local man whose prostate exam revealed cancer, and who received treatment at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin. Monday, May 12 is the annual free prostate screening at Miller Park. WITI-TV

Dr. Pfeifer Comments on Study about Post-Surgery Heart Risks Posed by Aspirin

Apr 8 - Dr. Kurt Pfeifer provides expert comment in a Health Day article also published in U.S. News & World Report on a New England Journal of Medicine study that found that aspirin may not protect the heart after non-cardiac surgeries, and also may significantly increase the risk of major bleeding. U.S. News HealthDay

Dr. Gupta Reports that Mortality is Up for Patients Receiving PCI after Cardiac Arrest

Apr 3 - Dr. Navdeep Gupta reports that patients who undergo percutaneous coronary intervention after cardiac arrest are more likely to have more complex lesions, cardiogenic shock, and higher mortality. Monthly Prescribing Reference

Clinical Trial Will Evaluate Effect of a Diabetic Medication on Blood Vessel Function

Mar 18 - MCW is enrolling Type 2 diabetes patients in a clinical trial conducted by Dr. Michael Widlansky. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Patient Makes Lifestyle Changes to Qualify for New VAD Model

Mar 11 - Dr. Robert Love contributes to an NBC-TV/Channel 4 report on a Milwaukee man’s commitment to lifestyle changes so that he could become one of the nation’s first patients to be approved for a new model of a ventricular assist device. 620 WTMJ-AM

Governor Signs Legislation Requiring Newborn Cardiac Screening Test

Mar 11 - At a ceremony March 3rd conducted at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Governor Scott Walker signed legislation requiring all newborn babies to be tested for a critical congenital heart defect. MCW endorsed the legislation. Fox 6 News, CBS 58 News, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, & Wisconsin Public Radio

Dr. Gupta Finds No Increased Odds of In-Hospital Mortality for Cocaine Users with MI

Mar 5 - In a study published in the American Journal of Cardiology, Dr. Navdeep Gupta reports that cocaine users with myocardial infarction do not have increased odds of in-hospital mortality. MPR Publications

Cocaine Use Doesn’t Raise Inpatient Heart Attack Mortality Rate

Feb 27 - Navdeep Gupta, MD, studied the connection between myocardial infarction deaths in hospitals and cocaine use, and found that use of the drug did not impact mortality rates. HealthDay News

Health Systems Select Cardiac Surgery Partners

Feb 25 - Columbia St. Mary’s and ProHealth Care decided not to partner on finding an outside organization to provide cardiac surgery for both health systems. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee Business Journal & BizTimes

More than 700 Runners, Walkers Raise Over $30,000 for Cardiovascular Research

Feb 25 - The Milwaukee Business Journal provides a slide show of the 18th annual Steve Cullen Healthy Heart Club Run and Walk on February 15. Milwaukee Business Journal

Dr. Ebert Receives Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy Grant

Feb 25 - Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy announced that Allison Ebert, PhD, is one of eight scientists worldwide who will share in $600,000 in basic science research awards to study the disorder. Families of SMA

Second Part of Series on Heart Transplant Patient’s Saga

Feb 25 - In the second of a two-part series, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel follows patient Kathleen Shores from her diagnosis of heart failure, placement on an artificial heart machine, and heart transplant procedure. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Gut studies hold promise for prevention

Medical College of Wisconsin researchers are studying intestinal bacteria as a promising new approach for the prevention of heart attacks and a range of other conditions, including pediatric liver disease and antibiotic-resistant, hospital-acquired infections.

Cullen Heart Run and Walk Supports Dr. Broeckel’s Research on Ventricular Hypertrophy

Feb 18 - In a feature report in advance of the Steve Cullen Annual Healthy Heart Club Run and Walk, Dr. Ulrich Broeckel discusses his cardiovascular research studies with ABC-TV/Channel 12. WISN-TV

Change of Heart

Feb 17 - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel followed a Froedtert & the Medical College patient with heart failure as she was first put on a total artificial heart, then a portable device, and then, months later, a heart transplant. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Berger Calls for State Regulations Mandating Pulse Oximetry Screening of Newborns

Feb 12 - Dr. Stuart Berger calls for state regulations requiring Pulse Oximetry Screening for all Wisconsin newborns. 620 WTMJ-AM

Blood Cells Transformed to Beating Heart Cells for Cardiovascular Research

Feb 12 - A WISN-TV news story profiles the work of Ulrich Broeckel, professor of pediatrics (genetics) and an investigator at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Research Institute. WISN-TV

Partnering for lifelong heart care

Adults who were born with congenital heart disease find highly specialized, lifelong care at the Wisconsin Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program, a partnership of the Medical College of Wisconsin, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Froedtert Hospital.

Cullen Healthy Heart Club Run & Walk Supports Cardiovascular Research

Jan 21 - The 18th Annual Steve Cullen Healthy Heart Club Run & Walk will be held on February 15 at Wil-O-Way Recreation Center in Wauwatosa. WauwatosaNOW

Steve Cullen Healthy Heart Run/Walk to benefit MCW cardiac research

Jan. 14 - The 18th Annual Steve Cullen Healthy Heart Club Run & Walk will be held on Saturday, Feb.15, at 10 a.m. at Wil-O-Way Recreation Center, 10602 Underwood Parkway in Wauwatosa. The event supports heart research at the internationally recognized Cardiovascular Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin, in which more than 170 faculty physicians and research scientists study the causes, prevention and treatment of heart disease.

Dr. Johnstone Comments on Study on Gender Differences in Mild Coronary Artery Disease

Jan 10 - Dr. Candice Johnstone provides expert comment to Family Practice News on a study reported at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America that found that the mild coronary artery disease differences between men and women are not as great as earlier identified. Family Practice News

M Magazine Profiles Drs. Biblo, Ehlert and Toth in Best Doctors Edition

Jan 10 - M Magazine profiles Drs. Lee Biblo , Carey Ehlert and Heather Toth as part of the magazine’s article on the 2014 Best Doctors in America. M Magazine

Mandatory Newborn Heart Test Legislation Stalled in State Committees

Dec 27 - Dr. Stuart Berger tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that, “Early detection (of heart disease) saves lives.” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Mahr Discusses VAD as Bridge to Heart Transplantation

Nov 12 - Dr. Claudius Mahr provides expert information on ventricular assist devices as a bridge to heart transplantation story on a patient who has made positive lifestyle changes as he awaits a heart transplant. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Patient changed his life to save his heart

Nov 12 - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel interviewed a man who received a ventricular assist device, or VAD, to pump blood through his body while he awaits a heart transplant. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Gutterman Calls for Additional Research on Possible Risks Related to Beta Blockers

Nov 8 - Dr. David Gutterman notes that additional research is needed to confirm a study reported in CHEST that found that the perioperative administration of beta-blockers during non-cardiac surgery may put patients at risk of acute heart problems. MedPage Today

Bradley Tech Students Don Hard Hats at Froedtert & the Medical College

Oct 18 - Local high school students are participating in a pilot internship program called “Tech Terns,” in which the students learn about construction, architecture and project development. Milwaukee Business Journal

MCW Joins with University of Minnesota to Study Ways to Lessen CPR Injuries

Oct 8 - Drs. Matthias Riess and Tom Aufderheide and Martin Bienengraeber, PhD, are co-recipients of a five-year, $5.4 million NIH grant to investigate new ways to lessen injuries after cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Improving CPR: MCW Researchers Receive Prestigious NIH Grant

Oct 1 - Matthias Riess, MD, PhD, Tom P. Aufderheide, MD, and Martin Bienengraeber, PhD, are co-investigators of an NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award that has just been announced. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Improving CPR: MCW part of collaborative team to develop new life-saving strategies

Oct. 02 - Researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin are co-recipients of a five-year, $5.4 million NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award to investigate new strategies to minimize cardiac and neurologic injury after cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Dr. Cowley Receives $9.5 Million NIH Grant to Study Links between Peroxide and Hypertension

Sept 30 - Allen Cowley, Jr., PhD, received a five-year, $9.5 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to study the role of hydrogen peroxide in the development of salt-sensitive hypertension. WauwatosaNOW

Dr. Pavlov Receives NIH Grant to Study Link between Kidney Inflammation and Hypertension

Sept 24 - Tengis Pavlov, PhD, received a two-year, $180,000 grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to study how kidney inflammation is related to the development of hypertension. WauwatosaNOW

The kidneys and salt: researcher to study mechanisms of hypertension

Sept. 19 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received a two-year, $180,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to study how kidney inflammation is related to the development of hypertension, or high blood pressure.

Dr. Choi Questions Hypertension Treatment that Blasts Kidney Nerves

Sept 17 - Dr. Bill Choi expressed concern about the possible long-term negative consequences of blasting nerves in the kidneys with high frequency energy to treat uncontrolled hypertension. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Mahr Interviewed on WUWM-FM

Sept 17 - Claudius Mahr, DO, discussed advances in treating heart failure on WUWM-FM’s “Lake Effect.” WUWM FM

Dr. Malmsten Recognized by National Medical Association

Sept 17 - Dr. Catharine Malmsten was named one of the nation’s 40 “Top Health Professional s under 40” at the National Medical Association’s annual meeting. WauwatosaNOW

Heart Patient Has Bridge-to-Transplant Device Implanted at Children’s

Sept 17 - An NBC/Channel 4 special report focuses on a small-framed, congestive heart failure patient at Froedtert who had a Berlin Heart bridge-to-transplant device implanted at Children’s. Claudius Mahr, DO, provides expert comment. Today's TMJ4

Surgeon Cuts Out Heart, So Patient can Live

Sept 12 - Robert Love, MD, discusses his first “total artificial heart transplant,” which allowed the patient to leave the hospital while she awaits a heart transplant from a human donor. WUWM FM

Taking the Pulse of Heart Failure

Sept 12 - Claudius Mahr, DO, discusses heart failure and ventricular assist devices on WUWM’s Lake Effect program. WUWM FM

Dr. Catharine Malmsten named Top Healthcare Professional Under 40

Sept. 12 - Catharine Malmsten, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine) at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), was named a “Top Healthcare Professional Under 40” at the National Medical Association’s (NMA) annual conference. Dr. Malmsten is one of 40 physicians nationwide to receive this honor.

Dr. Berger Discusses Side-Effects of Anti-Arrhythmic Drugs

Aug 28 - Dr. Marcie Berger discusses side-effects of anti-arrhythmic drugs in Health Matters with Dr. Sanjay Gupta. Everyday Health

How the brain regulates breathing

Aug 26 - The Medical College of Wisconsin has received a $1.45 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s Heart, Lung, and Blood Institutes supporting research investigating the neural control of respiration.
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