Heart/Cardiovascular

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 […]

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Doctor patient communication and better health

[Minnesota Public Radio, June 16, 2017] Cardiologist Amin Rahmattulah, MD, who practices at Mercy Hospital, part of Allina Health, was featured on Minnesota Public Radio. He was part of a round-table discussion about physician-patient communication based on the book What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear. Here’s the podcast:

CPR and AED Awareness Week

[KMSP Fox 9, June 7, 2017] A little over a year ago, Allina Health Edina Clinic nurse practitioner June Van Valkenburg was in a coffee shop chatting with a friend when a man collapsed nearby. After determining he wasn’t breathing and had no pulse, June started CPR. Now, June and the man whose life she […]

Medical procedure at Abbott Northwestern Hospital saves life of mom and baby

[KARE11-TV, May 22, 2017] At four months, Jaxon Dayton has good reason to be a smiley baby. He’s alive. Alive is no small feat after Jaxon’s mother, Danielle, was advised by her first doctor to terminate her pregnancy to save her own life.

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Rare heart valve procedure at Abbott Northwestern saves mother and baby

[Star Tribune, May 18, 2017] Complications from a heart-valve defect left Danielle Dayton with a couple mortifying options when she became pregnant last year: Undergo open heart surgery, which could be fatal to her baby, or press on with pregnancy even though her heart probably couldn’t keep up. Fortunately, there was a third option, though […]

Study: Most major heart attacks not linked with high cholesterol

[KARE 11, April 12, 2017] A new study shows that most people who had suffered a heart attack had normal cholesterol levels. The Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation authored the report that reviewed more than a thousand Minnesota heart attack patients. “Your cholesterol is important but it’s only one part of the picture,” said the lead […]

Blood pressure research at Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation

[KSTP-TV, April 11, 2017] One in three Americans has high blood pressure, Now, three Twin Cities siblings are part of a study at the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation exploring new ways to treat the disease.