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Heart Care

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

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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 ...

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 candid ...

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 c ...