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James T. Willerson, MD"Heart to Heart" from Dr. James T. Willerson

Dr. Edward T.H. Yeh leads a team of researchers who have discovered a mechanism causing sudden unexplained death in epilepsy (SUDEP), the most common cause of premature death in epilepsy patients.
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September 18, 2014
Two THI scientists named to the executive committee for the 2015 Medical World Americas Conference
Dr. Todd K.  Rosengart, DeBakey-Bard Chair of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine and a professor and a research scientist at THI, and Dr. Doris Taylor, director of Regenerative Medicine Research at THI, are among 17 members recently announced as participants on the Medical World America's Conference and Expo Executive Committee. The committee represents expertise ranging from health policy and ethics to nursing and chronic diseases. The second annual event will be held April 27-29, 2015 at Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center.

SeptWoodruffember 16, 2014
Experts debate implications of relaxed blood pressure target for high-risk patients
THI's Dr. Amy Woodruff was interviewed by Cardiology Today concerning the recent review published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology that discusses the recommended lower BP target for high-risk groups and its implications. Read more.

September 15, 2014
THI named top 100 hospitals and health systems with great heart programs
Becker's Hospital Review has named Texas Heart Institute as one of the top "100 hospitals and health systems with great heart programs" on its list for 2014-2015.

The hospitals on the list lead the nation in cardiovascular and thoracic healthcare. Many have pioneered groundbreaking procedures, and all have received recognition for top-of-the-line patient care.
Read more.

September 12, 2014
THI mCharles A. Washington, Sr. with his transplant surgeon Dr. Bud Frazierourns the loss of Charles Washington, one of the longest surviving heart transplant recipients
Texas Heart Institute expresses its most sincere condolences to the family of Charles A. Washington, Sr., of Oak Ridge, Tenn., who at the time of his death on Sept. 7, 2014, was one of the longest surviving heart transplant recipients.

Washington, a research chemist retired from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, underwent his transplant at THI on March 27, 1983.

During a visit to THI in November 2012, after the 29th anniversary of his transplant, Washington, then age 75, described his new heart, which he said, “began beating automatically [at the end of his surgery] and it hasn’t stopped.”

He added, “I’ve seen all of my children grow up and become adults.  I’ve seen my grandchildren be born and some of them are married. And I’ve seen some of my great-grandchildren grow up and become contributing members of society.”

In a 2011 article, Washington told his hometown newspaper, The Oakridger, that he would be forever grateful to the family of a 18-year-old heart donor who was the victim of a motorcycle accident.

Receiving  a donated heart, he said, "is one of the most civilizing things someone can get when you think about your relationship with God."

Dr. O.H. “Bud Frazier, who performed the transplant surgery, said, “We are humbled that we were able to help Mr. Washington live such a full life. He was a remarkable man and an inspiration to us all for more than 30 years.”  
Washington is survived by his  son, Charles A. (Jody) Washington Jr.; daughter, Charlotte (J.R.) Jeffreys; grandchildren, Mankell, Shavi, Charles, III, Christopher, Colin, and Austin, and host of great-grandchildren.

Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 20, at First Presbyterian Church in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

SeptembRazavi,-Mehdi_web160er 10, 2014
Read food labels correctly to lower heart disease risk, physician says
In an interview with the health and medical information site WebMD, cardiologist Mehdi Razavi, MD, says food labels can be your biggest friend or your worst enemy. While food labels contain useful information that can help you take charge of your health, they can also be confusing and even misleading if you don't know how to properly interpret the information they provide. To view tips and become food-label "savvy," read more in Las Vegas News and Web MD.

September 9, 2014Doris Taylor, PhD, FAHA, FACC
Hacking the code on aging
THI's Dr. Doris Taylor is leading a team to "hack the aging code" in a new health-related incentive prize competition - the $1 million Palo Alto Longevity Prize.  The event challenges 11 teams from all over the world to solve the underlying process of aging.  Read more about the teams and their projects at the Washington Post.

Sepyeh_webtember 4, 2014
Seizu
res and Sudden Death
THI's Dr. Edward Yeh, chair of cardiology at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, published research that shows a gene crucial for brain and heart development may also be associated with sudden unexplained death in epilepsy.  Read more at M.D. Anderson News.

September 3, 2014
The Cooley Legacy
TMC Pulse September 2014 cover: Denton A. Cooley, MDThe legacy of Dr. Denton A. Cooley reaches far beyond the walls of the Texas Heart Institute. It is alive in the patients around the world whose hearts are still beating today because of Cooley and his team.

From treating patients to developing new surgical techniques or mechanical assist devices, THI has been impacting lives for 52 years. For those who have worked alongside Cooley in that time, credit is due, in no small part, to his personal commitment to the institute and the patients. Read TMC News article.

August 26, 2014
Artificial heart that skips the beat
The TeBiVACOR artificial heart devicexas Heart Institute BiVACOR total artificial heart project is listed as one of "25 ideas to change the world" in the Australian newspaper, The Courier Mail.  Instead of using a pumping action to maintain a continuous flow of blood throughout the body,the BiVACOR device propels blood using blades which rotate at 2000 times per minute and is the size of a fist.  Read more here.

August 25, 2014
Dr. Stephanie CoulterDr. Stephanie Coulter, director of Texas Heart Institute's Center for Women's Heart & Vascular Health, discusses how the chances of dying from heart disease and stroke—the number one causes of death in America—have decreased by 50 percent in the last 20 years due to factors such as reduced smoking and improved medicines.
See more at CW 39.

August 14, 2014
DepthDario_Robletos of human heart meet science and art in solo exhibit
Artist Dario Robleto explores the history of the human heartbeat in his new exhibition, The Boundary of Life is Quietly Crossed, to be showcased at the Menil Collection from August 16-January 11, 2015.

The installation and series of public talks will link together the earliest historical attempts to record and visualize the human pulse and heartbeat, the female brain wave and heartbeat recordings onboard a NASA probe at the edge of the Solar System, and recent developments in artificial heart research that suggest a “beatless” heart may hold the answers for this life-saving technology to progress. Houston Chronicle.

August 12, 2014
How to protect your heart in the heat
An estimated 675 Americans die of heat-related health problems every year — more deaths than from hurricanes, tornadoes, and any other weather event combined, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although anyone can have a problem in the heat, the hottest days are particularly hard on those with atrial fibrillation (afib) and other heart conditions, the Texas Heart Institute warns.
Visit the Everyday Health website to read more.
Ghost heart used as scaffold for stem cells.
August 1, 2014
Houston scientist tackles medicine's big questions
Doris Taylor, PhD, director of regenerative medicine research at the Texas Heart Institute, is using a "ghost heart" as a framework to build a new heart with stem cells. Houston Chronicle

June 5, 2014
Stem Cells: Men vs Women
Dr. Doris Taylor and her research team at Texas Heart Institute are looking at differences between men and women's stem cells. Women's stem cells seem to have advantages. See more at KPRC-TV Channel 2 Houston.   

May 12, 2014
Surgeon Reflects on Distinguished Career
Dr. Bud FrazierIn a May 12 Houston Chronicle feature article, Texas Heart Institute surgeon Dr. O.H. "Bud" Frazier, who holds the record for performing more heart transplants than any other surgeon in the world, discusses his 30 years of work to develop heart-assist devices such as the continuous-flow pump. Frazier's contributions will be celebrated May 15 at a fundraiser for Texas Heart Institute and CHI St. Luke's Health at the St. Regis Houston. View a video of Frazier's career which debuts at the event. 

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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  

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

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