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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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Do I Need a Heart Failure Specialist?
Do I Need a Heart Failure Specialist?

A heart failure specialist is just what you might think -- a doctor who specializes in treating heart failure. But when is the right time to seek out this type ...

World’s First Heart Transplant, Cultured Thymus Implantation Performed at Duke
World’s First Heart Transplant, Cultured Thymus Implantation Performed at Duke

Duke pediatric heart and immunology experts performed the world’s first combined heart transplant and cultured thymus tissue implantation in a child born with ...

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 k ...

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 ...

Advances at Duke Fast-Track Second Heart Transplant for Charlotte Man
Advances at Duke Fast-Track Second Heart Transplant for Charlotte Man

Thanks to congenital heart disease, Dan Kummer had a heart transplant before he could even legally rent a car. His troubles returned 20 years later when his tr ...

Duke Surgeons First in U.S. to Place New-Generation Artificial Heart
Duke Surgeons First in U.S. to Place New-Generation Artificial Heart

For the first time in the U.S., heart surgeons at Duke University Hospital successfully implanted a new-generation artificial heart as part of a clinical trial ...

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 ...