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March 23, 2015
Doctor invents a device that could make life easier for dialysis patients
Texas Heart Institute surgeon William "Billy" E. Cohn has invented a device that makes the safest kind of dialysis accessible without surgery, a potentially huge advance in the treatment of chronic kidney disease. Read more in the Houston Chronicle.

March 18, 2015
New vascular aid pump anticipated to help millions with chronic heart fAortixailure
A catheter-deployed vascular aid pump, envisioned by Dr. Reynolds M. Delgado III, the Medical Director of Mechanical Support at the Texas Heart Institute, is anticipated to help millions of patients with chronic heart failure. Read more in Cardiovascular Disease News.


March 11, 2015
BiVACOR artificial heart deviceNew Bionic Heart Doesn't Beat and That's Why it Could Revolutionize Transplants
Scientists at the Texas Heart Institute say the perfect bionic heart is within their reach, but it doesn't beat.

The average human heart has to beat 42 million times a year, which means that if it were replaced with a machine with a lot of moving parts, it would quickly wear out, said Dr. William Cohn, chief medical officer of BiVACOR, the company working on the new bionic heart.
Read more at ABC News.


March 9, 2015
CHI St. Luke’s Health–Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center Becomes First and Only Hospital in Houston to Implant World’s Smallest Minimally Invasive Cardiac Pacemaker
CHI St. Luke’s Health–Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center (Baylor St. Luke’s) announced today that it has become the first hospital in Houston to implant the world’s smallest pacemaker―the Medtronic Micra™ Transcatheter Pacing System (TPS). The device was implanted as part of the global pivotal clinical trial, and Baylor St. Luke’s is the only hospital in the Houston area selected to take part in the trial.

“This miniaturized technology is designed to provide patients with the advanced pacing technology of traditional pacemakers via a minimally invasive approach,” said Dr. John Seger, Cardiac Electrophysiologist, Texas Heart Institute, who implanted the Micra transcatheter pacemaker. Read more on the Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center website.

March 4, 2015
One T
exas HDr. William eart Institute surgeon's invention is changing the game for patients with kidney failure
Toting a battered, silver pool-cue case over his shoulder like an Old West gunslinger, William “Billy” E. Cohn, M.D., cardiac surgeon and director of the Center for Technology and Innovation at Texas Heart Institute, as well as director of the Department of Surgery Incubator at Baylor College of Medicine, unveils one of his latest technological innovations. Read more in the TMC Pulse.

February 23, 2015
Texas Heart Institute and The University of Texas System renew affiliation agreement
The Texas Heart Institute (THI) and The University of Texas System renewed their decade-plus affiliation that allows them to collaborate on many fronts. The agreement has allowed UT System and THI to work together to recruit world-class scientists and cardiac specialists; provide internships and training for students; and engage in many cooperative efforts. Read more about the chancelor's visit to Houston on his blog. 
Texas Heart Institute and The University of Texas System renews decade-plus affiliation. Read more on UT System chancellors blog.
Front row (left to right), Denton A. Cooley, MD, president emeritus, THI; William H. McRaven, chancellor, The University of Texas System; James T. Willerson, MD, president, THI; David M. Grimes, chairman, THI Board of Trustees; back row (L to R) Fred Zeidman; Bud Frazier, MD; Randa Safady, PhD; Doris Taylor, PhD; Billy Cohn, MD; John Greer

February 19, 2015
Pastor heeded warning signs of stroke
The Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell drove to the Texas Heart Institute at CHI St. Luke's Health-Baylor, and by the time he needed to sign medical forms, he couldn't sign his name with his right hand. "At the risk of sounding like a preacher, the Lord impressed upon me, 'Go to the ER now,' " said Caldwell, who is 61. Dr. James T. Willerson, Pastor Caldwell's cardiologist, says that a stroke patient's best prognosis comes when he or she - women have more strokes than men - recognizes the symptoms of a stroke and gets to a hospital within an hour of its occurrence. Read more in The Houston Chronicle.

February 11, 2015
Heart disease risk can start in childhood
Though heart disease is not a major cause of death among children and teenagers, it is the largest cause of death among adults in the United States. There is a death every 37 seconds from some form of cardiovascular disease, according to Texas Heart Institute. Read more in the Paris Post-Intelligencer.

February 5, 2015
Pioneers of Regeneration
Ghost heart used to create new organs for transplantation.

Across the Texas Medical Center, scientists and physicians are leveraging stem cell and regenerative medicine research to usher in a new era of treatment.

In the world of regenerative medicine, the realm of science fiction is infiltrating the domain of real science. At Texas Heart Institute, cadaverous pig hearts, stripped of their cellular makeup, exude stark, ethereal beauty while cardiac tissue stem cells pulse rhythmically in a dish. Read more in TMC Pulse.

February 3, 2015
Occidental Petroleum Recognized for $4 Million Gift to Fund THI’s Cardiovascular Research
Officials with the Texas Heart Institute (THI) at CHI St. Luke’s Health-Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center announced today a gift from Houston-based  Occidental Petroleum Corporation of $4 million to support research to prevent, treat and cure cardiovascular disease.

“We are very grateful to Occidental for their generous gift that will help us change and save many lives,” said THI President James T. Willerson, MD. “We applaud Occidental for recognizing that heart disease is the No. 1 threat to the health of their workforce and to the people of the world.”

Publications of the Texas Heart Institute

Heart to Heart e-newsletter from THI President, Dr. James T. Willerson 

UPDATE recognizing donors and highlighting events 

Heart Watch research newsletter for medical professionals (En español)   

Texas Heart Institute Journal peer-reviewed scientific journal   

Index of Collected Papers of THI professional staff  

Library and LRC E-News resources, services and classes  

Women's Heart Health E-News "Straight Talk" by Dr. Stephanie Coulter 

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