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New Options Make It Possible for More People to Receive Heart Transplants
New Options Make It Possible for More People to Receive Heart Transplants

Heart transplantation is the most effective treatment for end-stage heart failure; however, the nationwide shortage of donor hearts may mean a long wait on the ...

Alternatives to Heart Transplant? You Have Options
Alternatives to Heart Transplant? You Have Options

Heart transplantation can be a life-saving treatment for severe heart failure, but it’s a serious operation that requires a lifelong commitment. As a result, a ...

Daughter and Mother Get Heart Transplants at Duke Two Years Apart
Daughter and Mother Get Heart Transplants at Duke Two Years Apart

Carrie Hollander was just 31 years old when she was diagnosed with heart failure. Within three years, she needed a heart transplant. Since she was not a candida ...

Can a New Device Make More Hearts Available for Transplant?
Can a New Device Make More Hearts Available for Transplant?

Michael Woods’ heart and kidney disease were slowly worsening as he waited for a heart and kidney transplant in early 2020. With limited hearts available, he co ...

Don’t Let the Pandemic Stop You from Seeking Care for Heart Disease
Don’t Let the Pandemic Stop You from Seeking Care for Heart Disease

Concerns and fear about COVID-19 are causing people with heart disease to delay their care and avoid hospital visits. Being concerned is understandable, said Dr ...

What You Need to Know About High Blood Pressure
What You Need to Know About High Blood Pressure

Crystal Tyson, MD, a nephrologist at Duke Nephrology South Durham, answers common questions regarding your blood pressure.

New, Less Invasive Technique Shortens Recovery for Pulmonary Valve Replacement Surgery
New, Less Invasive Technique Shortens Recovery for Pulmonary Valve Replacement Surgery

A new surgical technique is changing the game for kids and adults with a congenital heart defect that often requires several major surgeries. Compared with the ...

Heart Attack Symptoms Women Need to Know
Heart Attack Symptoms Women Need to Know

Chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness. These are well-known symptoms of a heart attack. But what about the not-so-obvious symptoms? Many women experience h ...

How to Evaluate a Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery Program
How to Evaluate a Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery Program

Congenital heart defects are present at birth. These structural defects may require surgery to fix. So how do you find the best care? Here’s what you need to kn ...

Considering Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement?
Considering Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement?

Many doctors and hospitals now offer transcatheter aortic valve replacement for aortic valve disease, but their experience and success rates vary. Here’s what y ...

Heart Failure Treated at Same-Day Access Clinic
Heart Failure Treated at Same-Day Access Clinic

When heart failure symptoms strike, people can turn to Duke’s heart failure clinic for the intensive therapy they need right away. The clinic helps people avoid ...

Leg Pain: When to Worry
Leg Pain: When to Worry

Leg cramps are uncomfortable, sure, but most of us discount them. After all, it’s hard to get worked up about a condition commonly known as a “charley horse,” f ...