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James T. Willerson, MD"Heart to Heart" from Dr. James T. Willerson

August 27, 2014,
Three of THI’s world-class researchers were recognized for their innovation and dedication to changing the lives of others.  Read the current issue.
Heart to Heart archive  

August 26, 2014
BiVACOR artificial heart deviceArtificial heart that skips the beat
The Texas Heart Institute BiVACOR total artificial heart project is listed as one of "25 ideas to change the world" in the Australian newspaper, The Courier Mail.  Instead of using a pumping action to maintain a continuous flow of blood throughout the body,the BiVACOR device propels blood using blades which rotate at 2000 times per minute and is the size of a fist.  Read more here.

August 25, 2014
Dr. Stephanie CoulterDr. Stephanie Coulter, director of Texas Heart Institute's Center for Women's Heart & Vascular Health, discusses how the chances of dying from heart disease and stroke—the number one causes of death in America—have decreased by 50 percent in the last 20 years due to factors such as reduced smoking and improved medicines.
See more at CW 39.

August 14, 2014
DepthDario_Robletos of human heart meet science and art in solo exhibit
Artist Dario Robleto explores the history of the human heartbeat in his new exhibition, The Boundary of Life is Quietly Crossed, to be showcased at the Menil Collection from August 16-January 11, 2015.

The installation and series of public talks will link together the earliest historical attempts to record and visualize the human pulse and heartbeat, the female brain wave and heartbeat recordings onboard a NASA probe at the edge of the Solar System, and recent developments in artificial heart research that suggest a “beatless” heart may hold the answers for this life-saving technology to progress. Houston Chronicle.

August 12, 2014
How to protect your heart in the heat
An estimated 675 Americans die of heat-related health problems every year — more deaths than from hurricanes, tornadoes, and any other weather event combined, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although anyone can have a problem in the heat, the hottest days are particularly hard on those with atrial fibrillation (afib) and other heart conditions, the Texas Heart Institute warns.
Visit the Everyday Health website to read more.
Ghost heart used as scaffold for stem cells.
August 1, 2014
Houston scientist tackles medicine's big questions
Doris Taylor, PhD, director of regenerative medicine research at the Texas Heart Institute, is using a "ghost heart" as a framework to build a new heart with stem cells. Houston Chronicle

June 5, 2014
Stem Cells: Men vs Women
Dr. Doris Taylor and her research team at Texas Heart Institute are looking at differences between men and women's stem cells. Women's stem cells seem to have advantages. See more at KPRC-TV Channel 2 Houston.   

May 27, 2014
Read Food Labels Correctly to Lower Heart Disease Risk, Physician Says
In an interview with the health and medical information site WebMD, cardiologist Mehdi Razavi, MD, says food labels can be your biggest friend or your worst enemy. While food labels contain useful information that can help you take charge of your health, they can also be confusing and even misleading if you don't know how to properly interpret the information they provide. To view tips and become food-label "savvy," visit Texas Heart Institute's Facebook site or Web MD.

May 12, 2014
Surgeon Reflects on Distinguished Career
Dr. Bud FrazierIn a May 12 Houston Chronicle feature article, Texas Heart Institute surgeon Dr. O.H. "Bud" Frazier, who holds the record for performing more heart transplants than any other surgeon in the world, discusses his 30 years of work to develop heart-assist devices such as the continuous-flow pump. Frazier's contributions will be celebrated May 15 at a fundraiser for Texas Heart Institute and CHI St. Luke's Health at the St. Regis Houston. View a video of Frazier's career which debuts at the event.    May 7, 2014

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Publications of the Texas Heart Institute

Heart to Heart e-newsletter from THI President, Dr. James T. Willerson 

UPDATE recognizing donors and highlighting events 

Heart Watch research newsletter for medical professionals (En español)   

Texas Heart Institute Journal peer-reviewed scientific journal   

Index of Collected Papers of THI professional staff  

Library and LRC E-News resources, services and classes  

Women's Heart Health E-News "Straight Talk" by Dr. Stephanie Coulter 

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