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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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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 ...

Fitness Trackers, Virtual Coaching Help Patients Stay Fit After Cardiac Rehab
Fitness Trackers, Virtual Coaching Help Patients Stay Fit After Cardiac Rehab

Heart patients typically do well during cardiac rehab programs but tend to lose momentum once the formal gym-based regimens end. Duke Health researchers wanted ...

Winning Senior Olympic Gold After Heart Surgery and Cardiac Rehab
Winning Senior Olympic Gold After Heart Surgery and Cardiac Rehab

Dick Mazur of Raleigh was a fit 76-year-old planning to compete in the Senior Olympics for his third year in a row when his plans got waylaid. Diagnosed with a ...

Heart Patients Help Doctors Determine Best Aspirin Dose in New Clinical Trial
Heart Patients Help Doctors Determine Best Aspirin Dose in New Clinical Trial

Doctors have known for decades that taking aspirin can reduce the risk for future heart attacks and strokes in people with cardiovascular disease. What is less ...