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  • Anil Kishin Gehi, MD

    UNC Medical Center Launches New Therapy For Heart Failure in First For the Carolinas

    WRAL Tech Wire reports people dealing with heart failure and no longer adequately responding to medications have a new option to improve quality of life: Cardiaccontractility modulation, or CCM. The treatment is now available through UNC Medical Center, having been utilized recently for the first time in the Carolinas. “CCM therapy is a therapeutic option for heart failure patien … Continued

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    Smith, Cohen Recognized in Clarivate’s 2020 list of Highly Cited Researchers

    Sidney Smith, MD, and Myron Cohen, MD, have been recognized in Clarivate’s 2020 list of Highly Cited Researchers™.  Altogether the list includes 20 UNC School of Medicine and 16 UNC Chapel Hill researchers who have demonstrated significant influence in their chosen field or fields through the publication of multiple highly cited papers during the last decade. Their names were dra … Continued

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    UNC Medical Center Implants 100th WATCHMAN Device

    A multidisciplinary team of interventionalists, electrophysiologists, and cardiac imaging specialists in the division of cardiology implanted the 100th WATCHMAN device on September 16. Atrial fibrillation (AF), the most common cardiac dysrhythmia, is associated with a high risk for stroke in many patients. To reduce this risk, many patients are prescribed anticoagulant medication … Continued

  • Diuresis Clinic Receives Quality and Safety Award After Starting As VCAG Initiative Three Years Ago

    Heart failure has always had one of the highest readmission rates of any condition and approximately 80% of patients presenting to the ED with heart failure are admitted. These are costly encounters and historically, patients have had few alternatives when their oral diuretic regimens fail. The Outpatient Diuresis Clinic at UNC Meadowmont Heart and Vascular Center was designed to … Continued

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    UNC Researchers Find Increase In Comorbidities Among Hospitalized Patients With Heart Failure

    Patricia Pat-Yue Chang, MD, MHS, associate professor in the division of cardiology, and Sameer Arora, MD, MPH, fellow in the division of cardiology, are co-authors of a study that shows an increase in comorbidities and mortality risk among hospitalized patients with acute decompensated HFpEF and HFrEF. The study published in the journal Circulation looks at temporal trends in the … Continued

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    Cavender Talks With Forbes About COVID and Blood Clots

    Matthew Cavender, MD, MPH, associate professor in the division of cardiology and interventional cardiologist, was interviewed by Forbes magazine, discussing the use of blood thinners for patients with clots related to COVID-19. “COVID patients are clearly at higher risk of thrombotic events,” said Cavender, in the article. “Blood thinners certainly play a role in clot prevention. … Continued

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    Walker Presented Cardiology Study Program That Improved Provider Practices For AFib

    T. Jennifer Walker, ANP-BC, nurse practitioner in the division of cardiology, presented an overview of a study on a virtual case-based educational program that improved provider knowledge on practices for AFib, during the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) 2020’s virtual meeting. “We found that primary care provider play a significant role in the management of atrial fibrillation,” Walke … Continued

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    Gehi Receives Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation Grant To Help AFib Patients Through Pandemic

    Anil Gehi, MD, Sewell Family-McAllister Distinguished Professor in the division of cardiology, received a grant from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation to create a new patient education program to help patients with atrial fibrillation during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program uses MyChart to recruit patients with AFib to participate in a survey to understand how patients are ma … Continued

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    O’Leary, Cavender Recognize Emerging Ways to Use Real World Data

    Matt Cavender, MD, MPH, FACC, associate professor of medicine in the division of cardiology, recently published a paper in Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism with medicine resident Colin P. O’Leary, MD, analyzing new opportunities to utilize real world data. “Emerging opportunities to harness real world data: An introduction to data sources, concepts, and applications” recognizes r … Continued

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    Cardiologists Discuss What COVID-19 Means For the Cardiac Patient

    Heart disease does not stop during a pandemic. On May 13, the UNC Health Foundation hosted a webinar featuring four division cardiologists in a panel discussion called “What COVID-19 means for the cardiac patient.” Joseph Rossi, MD, Anil Gehi, MD, John Vavalle, MD, and Paula Miller, MD, participated in a one hour Zoom meeting to discuss how the division and UNC Health system is h … Continued