Heart/Cardiovascular

Michael Miedema, MD

Short people have higher heart attack risk

[WCCO-TV, April 12, 2015] Being short has its shortcomings. But until now, no one thought you might be more at risk for a heart attack. Michael Miedema, MD, cardiologist with Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, was interviewed about a new study on the subject and what short people should do to improve their […]

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Boston Scientific, Medtronic and St. Jude in high-stakes heart-valve race

[Star Tribune, March 15, 2015] An 85-year-old Minneapolis woman lies on the operating room table at Abbott Northwestern ­Hospital and waits for the future of heart valve medicine. The diseased aortic valve in Anna Schu’s chest is threatening her health, but she’s not a good candidate for open-heart surgery. So she’s decided to have an […]

Study: Too much running may not be good for your heart

[KMSP-TV Fox 9, Feb. 3, 2015] Is too much running too much for you? A new study out of Denmark shows more running at a fast pace may not be as healthful as a more leisurely jog. Minneapolis Heart Institute cardiologist and Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation researcher Dr. Rob Schwartz talked with Fox 9 News […]

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His heart gaining strength, can he lose the implant?

[Star Tribune, Sept. 30, 2014] Blake Brunner is one of the first patients to be evaluated for an “explant” at the Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. A final decision might come this week. And two other patients are lined up behind him. “Pretty much any heart should show some signs of […]

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Mending a broken heart

[KMSP-TV, Oct. 1, 2014] Two years ago, Collette Koskinen was just an ordinary mortal who sold cars for a living. That all changed when a virus drove her to the hospital and she was placed on life support. Something needed to be done or else her kidneys and other organs would fail. Heart transplant surgery […]

Race is on to find fix for faulty heart valve

Race is on to find fix for faulty heart valve

[Star Tribune, September 15, 2014] A minimally invasive alternative to open-heart surgery has become a competitive battleground for devicemakers who are racing to get new products into the market. Open-heart surgery is still the preferred method of fixing a faulty aortic valve, but TAVR devices can be delivered to the heart through a small catheter […]

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‘Heart of New Ulm Project’ Wins National Award

[KEYC-TV, August 19, 2014] New Ulm celebrates national recognition of its effort to eliminate heart attacks. The Heart of New Ulm Project won a 2014 Nova Award from the American Hospital Association last month. New Ulm Medical Center president Toby Frier, and Minneapolis Heart Institute project director Jackie Boucher, and Congressman Tim Walz were among […]

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Leaders praise Heart of New Ulm program

[Mankato Free Press, August 19, 2014] Local health care and political leaders on Tuesday celebrated a New Ulm project that recently won a national award for its achievements in improving community health. The Heart of New Ulm project received the NOVA award in July from the American Hospital Association. It was one of five projects […]

Heart of New Ulm helps residents fight heart disease

Heart of New Ulm helps residents fight heart disease

[Minnesota Public Radio, August 16, 2014] When her weight crept past 300 pounds last year, Denise Leitz, of New Ulm, Minn., knew something had to change. Her clothes didn’t fit. Airplane seat belts weren’t long enough to reach around her waist — and she was always in pain. “I would drop something on the floor […]

Health beat: Signs of success for the Heart of New Ulm project

[Star Tribune, August 15, 2014] Denise Leitz says Adrian Peterson almost ended her journey to better health. When AP dropped a key pass in a Vikings game last fall, Leitz biked from her house in a huff and fell and broke her hand. Her plan to bike her way to a healthy weight crashed with […]