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Cardiovascular Report - Cardiovascular Report Fall 2009

Cardiovascular Report Fall 2009

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Hal Dietz
photo by Keith Weller

Articles in this Issue

Genetic Heart Disease

  • There may be only a couple of dozen cases of arterial tortuosity syndrome in the literature, but Johns Hopkins geneticist Hal Dietz is well acquainted with the unusual and life-threatening symptoms that characterize it.

Vascular Surgery

  • Vascular surgeon Thomas Reifsnyder has made it something of a personal mission to not merely treat but actually save the limbs of people with diabetes or other conditions that cause circulation problems in the legs and feet.

In Practice

  • In people 70 and older with atrial fibrillation, the risk of stroke is far higher than the risks associated with long-term anticoagulation therapy.

Cardiac Surgery

  • David Yuh, director of cardiac surgical research, is teaming up with engineers to develop a better way to plan reconstructive heart surgery.
  • A detailed study of lung-transplant outcomes has exploded several myths, including the notion that double-lung transplants are too risky in people over 60.

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Mary Ann Ayd, managing editor