Newest Screen For Newborns Will Indicate Heart Problems (DukeHealth.org)
Aug. 22, 2011
About one in every 120 babies are born with congenital heart disease (CHD), of which about 25 percent is critical, requiring special care early in life. CHD is responsible for more deaths in the first year of life than any other birth defect, but often outcomes can be improved with early detection.
Gene Variant May Predict Sudden Cardiac Death Risk for Blacks (DukeHealth.org)
May 10, 2011
Researchers at Duke University Medical Center have pinpointed a common gene variant in blacks that may be associated with the development of life-threatening heart arrhythmias. The finding may help determine which patients are likely to benefit most from implantable cardio-defibrillators (ICDs).
Bypass Surgery Should Be Considered for Some Heart Failure Patients (DukeHealth.org)
Apr. 4, 2011
The first study to compare contemporary approaches to surgery and medical therapy for heart failure caused by clogged coronary arteries found coronary bypass surgery should be considered in addition to medical therapy, according to researchers at Duke Clinical Research Institute. The findings were presented today at the American College of Cardiology's Annual Scientific Session and simultaneously published online in the New England Journal of Medicine.