March 30, 2015Texas Heart Institute Halfway to Goal of Recruiting Patients With Peripheral Artery Disease for Adult Stem Cell Trial
Doctors and researchers at the Texas Heart Institute (THI) are halfway to their goal of recruiting 80 patients who suffer from peripheral artery disease (PAD) for a new clinical trial to assess the benefits and risks in the use of adult stem cells from patients’ own bone marrow to treat leg pain commonly associated with the disease.
March 23, 2015Doctor 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 failure
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
New 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.
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
St. Luke’s Health–Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center Becomes First and
Only Hospital in Houston to Implant World’s Smallest Minimally Invasive
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.
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 Texas Heart 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.