Pathologists at the Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital have led the way to a number of advances in understanding the cardiovascular system at the cellular level and thus have helped patients worldwide in many ways. For example, they
- Invented one of the first systems for grading the degree of tissue rejection in transplanted hearts, a system now used worldwide.
- Developed a technique for washing the blood that collects in the heart-lung machine during heart operations. This “saved” blood can then be given back to patients, often sparing them from blood transfusions.
- Discovered the cause of, and later the cure for, some heart diseases. For instance, THI pathologists learned that a condition called cardiomyopathy was caused by certain medicines that weakened the heart muscle. When patients stopped taking these medicines, the heart muscle returned to normal.
- Founded one of the first blood banks in the Houston area at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital.
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Updated August 2012