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Research snapshot: Potential therapeutic target for cardiomyopathy identified

New research out of the University of Minnesota Medical School shows a new potential therapeutic target for viruses causing cardiomyopathy, or disease of the heart muscle.

The paper was published in the July 2015 issue of Science Translational Medicine.

Research led by Joseph Metzger, Ph.D., looked at potential causes for cardiomyopathy, specifically related to enterovirus infection.

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Men’s health: Ganesh Raveendran, M.D., and the fight against heart disease

Heart disease is the top killer of Americans, both men and women, accounting for about one in four deaths each year. From diets high in fat and sugar to a growing sedentary lifestyle, combating heart disease is difficult. To curb this national epidemic, University of Minnesota researcher Ganesh Raveendran, M.D., is working to provide improved cardiac treatment.

Raveendran, director of the cardiac catheterization laboratory at the University of Minnesota Medical School, has conducted multiple studies on regenerative cardiac repair. Throughout his research, Raveendran has worked to find a way to help regrow damaged human hearts.

“If we identify the correct cell population, if we identify the correct dosage of cells, if we identify the correct rate of injection, I think that will make a huge difference in the patients who suffer from heart attack,” Raveendran said.

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Health Talk Recommends: U.S. causes of death then & now

Of the many spectacular inventions of the 1900s, it’s safe to say we never may have made it to where we are today without radar, plastics or the once-revolutionary vacuum tube triode (responsible, in case you’re wondering, for launching the age of electronics).

Medical advances made throughout the 20th century, too, are nothing to bat an eye at.

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U of M Expert Perspectives: Assessing the potential of the world’s first bioprosthetic heart

Twelve days after receiving the world’s first bioprosthetic heart from French company Carmat, a 75 year old Frenchman is in “very satisfactory condition” according to a statement from the Georges Pompidou European Hospital in Paris.

In addition, the surgeons who implanted the device released a statement to the media which said, “the artificial heart is functioning normally, automatically catering to the body’s needs without any manual adjustment.”

Should the patient continue to make progress, the case – which captured international headlines prior to Christmas – may offer hope to thousands of heart failure patients nationwide who cannot receive a donor heart due to their age or lack of organ availability.

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University of Minnesota surgeons unveil new hybrid OR

Earlier today, surgeons from University of Minnesota Heart at Fairview performed a complex endovascular aneurysm repair that demonstrated the technology and capabilities of a new hybrid operating room at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, that integrates vascular surgery, cardiology, interventional radiology, cardiac surgery and anesthesia services.

The room, developed in partnership with Philips Healthcare, is a unique combination; part endoscopy suite and part operating room that offers unparalleled technology including:

  • An integration of technologies that allows for 70 percent less radiation exposure to patients and clinical providers during X-ray based procedures
  • A Philips Flexmove x-ray beam mounting system that allows for better beam positioning
  • A complete compliment of ultrasound and echo technology, as well as the ability to display a patient’s previous CT and MRI images, allowing for improved disease targeting and a reduction or elimination of some surgical incisions.
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Positivity and physical activity remain key in the fight against cardiovascular disease

Two recent studies have armed cardiologists with even more evidence that a positive mindset and physical activity can reduce the risk and impact of cardiovascular disease.

First, in late September researchers from Tillburg University in the Netherlands announced results of a new study that found positivity might go a long way in helping people survive manage their heart disease.

Then, in a second study published earlier this month in the British Medical Journal, a research team comprised of experts from the London School of EconomicsHarvard Medical School and the Stanford University School of Medicine found that physical activity and exercise was often as effective as medical intervention in managing conditions like heart disease, heart failure and pre-diabetes.

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