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Cardiovascular Report - Cardiovascular Report Summer 2009

Cardiovascular Report Summer 2009

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Cardiac Stem Cells

  • As part of a clinical trial, Bill Beatty received an infusion of stem cells derived from his own heart tissue, making him the second patient in the world to undergo this procedure.

Cardiac Imaging

  • If you asked any of the hundreds of clinicians and researchers who’ve participated in the Johns Hopkins CTA Practicum what was most memorable, you’d likely get a common response: intense and impassioned.


  • Pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators have come a long way in the past two decades, yet the debate continues regarding the safety of performing MRI in patients who have the devices.

Vascular Surgery

Cardiac Surgery

  • For patients who survive a myocardial infarction, the aftermath is often left ventricular remodeling causing dilation of LV, congestive heart failure—and poor quality of life. One alternative to a heart transplant that cardiac surgeon John Conte has found effective in carefully selected patients is surgical ventricular reconstruction.  

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Mary Ann Ayd, managing editor