Recognizing American Heart Month

February 9, 2016 Brigham and Women's Hospital

Heart disease remains the leading cause of death among both men and women in the United States, but many advances are being made in the fight against heart disease. In recognition of American Heart Month, we have compiled videos from Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) heart disease experts to provide you with information on many of the latest approaches in heart disease treatment and prevention.

Targeting Inflammation– A Key to Preventing Heart Disease

Research led by Dr. Paul Ridker, Director of the BWH Center for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention, determined that people with higher blood levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a measure of inflammation, are at increased risk of having a heart attack or stroke in the future. In this video, Dr. Ridker discusses the role of inflammation in heart disease.

Improving Heart Function in Patients with Heart Failure

Heart failure treatment has evolved over time to include novel ways to improve heart function. In this video, Dr. Mandeep Mehra, Executive Director of the BWH Center for Advanced Heart Disease, explains options for effectively repairing, replacing, or recovering heart function, including ventricular assist devices, in patients with heart failure.

Family Connections in Heart Disease

In this video, Dr. Carolyn Ho, Medical Director of the Cardiovascular Genetics Center at BWH, discusses the role of genetics and the importance of family-centered care in inherited heart diseases, such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), familal dilated cardiomyopathy, inherited arrhythmias, inherited sudden deaths, and Marfan syndrome.

Diagnosing and Treating Acute Aortic Syndrome

Acute aortic syndromes are life-threatening conditions that cause a sudden disruption of blood flow from the aorta, the main vessel that supplies blood from the heart to the rest of the body. In this video, BWH cardiovascular specialist Dr. Marc Bonaca discusses the importance of immediate recognition and treatment of acute aortic syndromes to provide emergent care for patients with acute aortic syndromes.

Understanding Cardiac Amyloidosis

Cardiac amyloidosis refers to a group of diseases caused by deposits of abnormal proteins in the heart. In this video, Dr. Rodney Falk, director of the BWH Cardiac Amyloidosis Program, discusses the importance of early diagnosis, including determining the specific type of amyloidosis, and the recent advances in cardiac amyloidosis treatment.

 – Jessica F.

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