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

With gratitude and excitement, I am happy to report that ExxonMobil announced today some generous grants to the Texas Heart Institute (THI), The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and Texas Children’s Hospital that will help energize research and improved care and prevention for cardiovascular disease, cancer and children’s health issues.
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October 20, 2014
Radically changing human lifeDoris Taylor, PhD, FAHA, FACC
THI's Dr. Doris Taylor is leading a team competing for the Palo Alto Longevity Prize - aimed at extending the healthy human lifespan beyond its current limits. The new health-related incentive prize competition pays $1 million to the winner and reflects a turning tide in the way that doctors and scientists look at aging.  Go to the McGill Daily to find out more.

October 14, 2014
THI begins study to help identify patients at increased risk for heart attacks
Texas Heart Institute at Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center is enrolling participants in the Lipid-Rich Plaque (LRP) Study - a large-scale, multi-center, international study aimed at linking the presence of LRP, a type of fatty coronary artery plaque, to the occurrence of a heart attack or other cardiac event. Read more in the Spring Observer.

October 6, 2014
ExxonMobil donates $18 million to top Houston health institutions
ExxonMobil said it is donating $18 million to the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Texas Heart Institute and Texas Children's Hospital for research, prevention programs and patient care. "These world-renowned institutions are helping improve the health and lives of families in the greater Houston area and around the world, and we're proud to support their important mission," said Rex W. Tillerson, Exxon Mobil Corp.'s chairman and CEO. Houston Chronicle

October 2, 2014
THI Grateful Beneficiary of $5 million ExxonMobil Gift for Cardiovascular Research
Officials with the Texas Heart Institute at CHI St. Luke’s Health-Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center expressed their gratitude today to ExxonMobil for a pledge of $5 million to fund ground-breaking cardiovascular research. It is the largest such corporate gift in the more than 50-year history of the nonprofit Texas Heart Institute.

September 24, 2014
Study aimed at linking the presence of LRP, a type of fatty coronary artery plaque to heart attack
Texas Heart® Institute (THI) at CHI St. Luke’s Health–Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center announced today that it is enrolling participants in the Lipid-Rich Plaque (LRP) Study - a large-scale, multi-center, international study aimed at linking the presence of LRP, a type of fatty coronary artery plaque, to the occurrence of a heart attack or other cardiac event.

September 23, 2014
Known as "Trip" to his many friends, Dr. Ward Casscells was an admired colleague, a brilliant and caring physician-scientist, and an American patriot who dedicated his life to serving others. His impact on THI was and still is profound and we miss him. This Forbes article reflects the high esteem he carried with all his associates.

SeptembeDeborah Ellen Meyers, MD, FRACP, FACCr 23, 2014
Dr. Deb
orah Ellen Meyers, medical director of Heart Failure Programs at THI, and her team works together with clergy, pharmacists, social workers, and psychologists to address the spiritual, physical, and emotional concerns that arise during treatment of advanced illness. Read more at Health for America.

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, 2014
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
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.

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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