Cedars-Sinai Newsroom (Heart & Heart Surgery)

2019
November
11,
2019
| 11:01 AM America/Los_Angeles
A new study from researchers at the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai shows that electronic nicotine delivery systems, including devices such as e-cigarettes, may be just as harmful to the heart, if not more, than traditional cigarettes. The find...
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November
04,
2019
| 03:00 PM America/Los_Angeles
A study of thousands of patients with the most common form of heart disease shows that many are not receiving the best treatment to prevent future heart attacks and extend their lives. The study of patients with coronary artery disease, led by the...
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October
15,
2019
| 03:00 PM America/Los_Angeles
Since August, when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a minimally invasive heart valve procedure for an expanded group of patients with aortic stenosis, Raj Makkar, MD, vice president of Cardiovascular Innovation and Intervention at Ceda...
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September
19,
2019
| 03:00 PM America/Los_Angeles
When James Inman, 59, first experienced chest pain one night, he tried to brush it off and go back to sleep. But the pain became unbearable and Inman felt like something was wrong, so he called 911. As it turned out, Inman was right. Something was...
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September
09,
2019
| 03:00 PM America/Los_Angeles
Heart surgeon Joanna Chikwe, FRCS, has been named Chair of the newly established Department of Cardiac Surgery in the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai. Chikwe’s appointment recognizes her major standing as an international leader in cardiovascul...
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September
03,
2019
| 02:45 PM America/Los_Angeles
Following an extensive national search, physician-scientist Christine M. Albert, MD, MPH, has been named founding Chair of the newly established Department of Cardiology in the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai. “Dr. Albert is a national cardi...
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August
27,
2019
| 03:00 PM America/Los_Angeles
JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association recently published an editorial written by two Cedars-Sinai doctors, Bruce Gewertz, MD, and Michael Nurok, MD, PhD, urging health system leaders to change the method that is widely used to measure...
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August
16,
2019
| 11:36 PM America/Los_Angeles
Noel Bairey Merz, MD, director of the Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center in the Smidt Heart Institute, was recently featured in a new documentary, A Typical Heart, which explores the deadly disparities between men and women who have heart disease....
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August
04,
2019
| 04:15 PM America/Los_Angeles
89.3 WFPL radio news in Louisville, Kentucky, recently covered a story about a local medical center, Jewish Hospital, that announced it was suspending its heart transplant program. The implications for patients in the Louisville community and state o...
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June
12,
2019
| 03:00 PM America/Los_Angeles
Lots of parents and children go into related lines of work. But not many do it with as much heart–literally–as one father-and-son duo at Cedars-Sinai. Fardad Esmailian, MD, transplants hearts. His 23-year-old son, Gabby Esmailian, is part of the c...
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June
11,
2019
| 05:01 PM America/Los_Angeles
A new analysis conducted by investigators at the Cedars-Sinai Smidt Heart Institute shows for the first time that patients with a common heart defect who undergo catheter-based valve replacement procedures have the same survival and complication rate...
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June
08,
2019
| 03:00 PM America/Los_Angeles
The Curbsiders podcasters recently interviewed Noel Bairey Merz, MD, director of the Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center in the Smidt Heart Institute, about rethinking the paradigm of coronary artery disease in women. The Curbsiders team consist...
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May
25,
2019
| 03:00 PM America/Los_Angeles
NBC’s Today Show correspondent Maria Shriver recently interviewed Chrisandra Shufelt, MD, director of the Women's Hormone and Menopause Program in the Cedars-Sinai Smidt Heart Institute's Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center, about an eye-opening ne...
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May
16,
2019
| 11:31 PM America/Los_Angeles
People magazine recently interviewed Cedars-Sinai patient and beloved fashion designer Betsey Johnson about her recent open-heart surgery and the “beautiful people at Cedars-Sinai” who took care of her.  Just three weeks after undergoing open-hear...
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May
08,
2019
| 03:10 PM America/Los_Angeles
Knowable Magazine recently interviewed Eduardo Marbán, MD, PhD, director of Cedars-Sinai's Smidt Heart Institute, about extracellular vesicles, or EVs, in cardiac care. The magazine describes EVs, also called exosomes, as the body’s postal system – m...
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April
16,
2019
| 02:22 PM America/Los_Angeles
ABC 7 recently interviewed Raj Khandwalla, MD, assistant professor at the Smidt Heart Institute, about new research from the American Heart Association that shows the age a patient is diagnosed with diabetes could significantly raise or lower their r...
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April
05,
2019
| 03:00 PM America/Los_Angeles
Time magazine recently interviewed Noel Bairey Merz, MD, director of the Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center in the Smidt Heart Institute, about cardiovascular disease in women. Cardiovascular disease is the number-one cause of death in both men...
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April
03,
2019
| 03:00 PM America/Los_Angeles
Roxanne Hanks, an independent insurance broker from Simi Valley, is living proof that aneurysms are not always a deadly condition. Hanks' own subtle yet persistent symptoms were in fact signs of an aortic aneurysm. "I was healthy, I exercised and ...
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March
26,
2019
| 02:00 PM America/Los_Angeles
Jeong Yup Lee, senior pastor of the L.A. Onnuri Church in the heart of Koreatown, knows all too well the roadblocks to good health his congregation faces: a cultural reluctance to talk about illness, a lack of information about health risks and scree...
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March
25,
2019
| 06:44 PM America/Los_Angeles
Fox 11’s Good Day LA recently interviewed cardiologist Raj Khandwalla, MD, director of cardiovascular education at the Smidt Heart Institute, about a genetic link connecting insomnia with heart disease. The study, recently published in the peer-re...
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March
13,
2019
| 10:00 PM America/Los_Angeles
Susan Cheng, MD, MPH, MMsc, one of the nation's leading cardiologists specializing in population health sciences, has been named the Erika J. Glazer Chair in Women's Cardiovascular Health and Population Science. Cheng, who joined the Smidt Heart I...
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March
11,
2019
| 05:41 PM America/Los_Angeles
L.A. Parent recently interviewed Michelle Kittleson, MD, PhD, a cardiologist at the Smidt Heart Institute and a mother of three boys, about heart-healthy habits that parents should adopt for their children today to set them up for a healthier future....
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March
04,
2019
| 06:10 PM America/Los_Angeles
The Clinical Research Forum has recognized the Cedars-Sinai's Smidt Heart Institute with its most prestigious award, The Herbert Pardes Clinical Research Excellence Award, for its study aimed at developing a blood-pressure control program for African...
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February
28,
2019
| 08:21 PM America/Los_Angeles
The Jewish Journal’s Debra L. Eckerling recently interviewed Janet Wei, MD, a cardiologist in the Smidt Heart Institute’s Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center, about women’s heart health. As the article explains, Wei and her colleagues are focuse...
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February
28,
2019
| 08:10 PM America/Los_Angeles
CBS News recently interviewed Evan Zahn, MD, director of the Guerin Family Congenital Heart Program in the Smidt Heart Institute, about a device recently approved by the FDA that is used to treat babies born with patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), the m...
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February
25,
2019
| 03:00 PM America/Los_Angeles
In honor of Heart Month, three Smidt Heart Institute social workers, a nurse transplant coordinator and a cardiologist explained why they choose to specialize in heart transplantation. Here, in their own words, are their stories:  Transplant Coord...
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February
20,
2019
| 09:02 PM America/Los_Angeles
With Heart Month in full swing, cardiologist Robert Siegel, MD, the interim director of Cardiology at the Smidt Heart Institute, offers four tips to keep your heart healthy. "A heart healthy life is not a limiting one," said Siegel, who also serve...
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February
12,
2019
| 03:00 PM America/Los_Angeles
The Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai once again ranked first in the country for completing more adult heart transplants in 2018 than any other U.S. medical center. The Smidt Heart Institute transplant team completed 122 heart transplants duri...
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February
07,
2019
| 06:11 PM America/Los_Angeles
Maxwell and Mason Bradford were born at 27 weeks gestation – about 13 weeks early. Each weighed just 2 pounds, 10 ounces. Like many extremely premature babies, both Maxwell and Mason were born with patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), the most common hear...
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February
01,
2019
| 10:33 PM America/Los_Angeles
Click here to read about one woman's journey from heart attack to heart health.  ...
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