Heart/Cardiovascular

Small device shows big promise for heart patients

[KARE 11, Oct. 16, 2018] Heart failure affects nearly 6 million Americans, but a new study on a tiny medical device is giving patients and their families hope. Almost 40 percent of the 6 million Americans with heart failure have some form of mitral regurgitation. The MitraClip device reduced deaths from heart failure by 40 […]

An aspirin a day? Not necessarily

[Star Tribune, Sept. 18, 2018] The conventional wisdom that taking a daily aspirin will help prevent heart attacks and strokes in otherwise healthy people is under renewed challenge. A major international study has found that healthy people over age 70 got no preventive benefit from aspirin and were at greater risk for harm such as […]

Quick action by St. Francis Regional Medical Center staff saves Bloomington man’s life

[KARE 11, June 18, 2018] An ordinary drive home from playing hockey with friends the Friday before the Minnesota Super Bowl is now a pivotal moment in the life of Patrick Ouellet. “I started feeling some chest cramps that felt unusual,” Patrick says. “This one was more like somebody was putting a weight or was […]

What new blood pressure guidelines mean for you and your doctor

[WCCO Radio, May 25, 2018] New guidelines, announced by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association are changing how doctors look at your blood pressure numbers and how they treat you. Dr. Michael Miedema, a cardiologist at Allina Health’s Minneapolis Heart Institute, talked with WCCO radio about what these new guidelines mean.

97 and still working out

[WCCO-TV, March 22, 2018] Sticking to a regular exercise routine has its challenges. Even though the health benefits are well-noted, many of us fail to exercise consistently. But not Loretta Jensen. Loretta is getting ready to celebrate her 98th birthday next month. Three times a week you’ll find her working out at the Mercy Hospital […]

Did the Vikings give you a heart attack?

[Sansevere Podcast, Jan. 18, 2018] If the stunning end to the Vikings – New Orleans Saints game got your heart beating extra fast, you weren’t alone. Minneapolis Heart Institute cardiologist Dr. Marc Newell talked with the Pioneer Press’s Bob Sansevere about how our bodies react to dramatic events.

New study casts doubt about heart stents

[KARE-TV, November 13, 2017] More than half a million Americans get heart stents to treat chest pain every year, but a new study finds the popular procedure may not be as effective as once thought. Dr. M. Nicholas Burke, a cardiologist with Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern, stopped by the KARE 11 News at […]

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Heart stents fail to ease nonemergency chest pain, landmark study says

[Star Tribune, November 2, 2017] A study of 200 heart patients in the United Kingdom shocked the international cardiology community on Thursday when it reported that patients who had stents put in to treat nonemergency chest pain showed about the same improvements as patients who got a “sham” placebo procedure. Michael Miedema, MD, and Nicholas […]

Local study may keep more hearts beating

Local study may keep more hearts beating

[Brainerd Dispatch, August 19, 2017] A local medical research study may soon yield new knowledge about a relatively unknown form of heart disease. The Minneapolis Heart Institute’s Baxter location will be the nexus of a planned research project tracking pulmonary hypertension. The institute’s Dr. Eric Fenstad has dedicated his career so far to fighting the […]

What varicose and spider veins reveal about health

[KARE 11, July 4, 2017] After trading in our jeans for summer shorts, many of us may notice some little red lines on our legs that we didn’t see before. And, experts say if you’re like half of all adults, you may have varicose veins. Dr. Joseph Karam, a vascular surgeon with the Minneapolis Heart […]