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Learn about the Innovative approaches that Duke cardiologists and cardiac surgeons use to care for people with heart disease.

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Duke Heart Surgeons Perform First Pediatric Heart Transplant of its Kind in the U.S.
Duke Heart Surgeons Perform First Pediatric Heart Transplant of its Kind in the U.S.

Duke surgeons successfully performed the first "donation after circulatory death” (DCD) heart transplant in a pediatric patient in the U.S. The transplant team ...

Ask These Questions Before Mitral Valve Surgery
Ask These Questions Before Mitral Valve Surgery

Mitral valve regurgitation can do serious damage to your heart. A leaky mitral valve causes blood to flow back into your heart, which makes it harder for oxyge ...

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

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

Duke Health Offers Same Day, Next Day Specialty Care Appointments
Duke Health Offers Same Day, Next Day Specialty Care Appointments

The last thing you want to do when you’re injured, don’t feel well, or simply want a preventive care check-up is to wait for an appointment. Getting seen quick ...

Treatments Reduce Stroke Risk in People with Atrial Fibrillation
Treatments Reduce Stroke Risk in People with Atrial Fibrillation

A new class of blood thinners and devices lower the high risk of stroke in people with atrial fibrillation (AFib). Duke doctors were involved in several of the ...

Heart Health at Every Age
Heart Health at Every Age

Although exercise and a healthy diet are important at any age, there are specific factors for women to be aware of at each stage in life. Duke cardiologist Rad ...

Clip Repairs Leaky Heart Valve When Surgery Is too Risky
Clip Repairs Leaky Heart Valve When Surgery Is too Risky

Linda Gallipo went to her doctor seeking a cure for her hepatitis C. Instead, she learned she had life-threatening mitral valve disease.

Chest Pain in Children and Adolescents
Chest Pain in Children and Adolescents

Chest pain is a common complaint in children and adolescents. Chest pain is often perceived as “heart pain” both to children and their parents, and it can caus ...

Surviving a Heart Attack When You Are Alone
Surviving a Heart Attack When You Are Alone

When no one is around to see your distress, it's important to know the signs of a heart attack and when to seek immediate medical care.

Hands-Only CPR for Sudden Cardiac Arrest
Hands-Only CPR for Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Hands-only CPR is a lifesaving technique that does not require mouth to mouth resuscitation. If you see someone collapse, check the person’s breathing. Someone ...

COVID-19 Vaccine is Best Defense for Black Americans with Heart Disease
COVID-19 Vaccine is Best Defense for Black Americans with Heart Disease

Have concerns about COVID-19 caused you to delay seeking care for symptoms of heart disease or a heart attack? Are you wondering whether the COVID vaccine is s ...

Thanks to a Heart Transplant, More Active Future a Possibility
Thanks to a Heart Transplant, More Active Future a Possibility

Asheville, NC resident John Welch had gotten used to sitting on the sidelines. As a child, he was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy -- a disease that ...