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June 27, 2018

About 30 years ago, doctors started putting implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) in patients who had survived a sudden cardiac arrest.

picture of Joy Cruz playing soccer
June 13, 2018

Less than a year ago, an auto external defibrillator saved 43-year-old Joy Cruz, who had suffered a heart attack while playing soccer. His last memory of that event is that everything in his vision turned gray.

May 29, 2018

Ed Ward, a retiree living in Twisp, Washington, is the Pacific Northwest’s first recipient of a collar-like device implanted in the heart to improve its pumping efficiency.

May 8, 2018

You’d think you’d know if your heart were quivering instead beating normally, but many people who have atrial fibrillation – a serious form of irregular heartbeat or palpitations – don’t feel symptoms.

picture of Dr. Zachary Goldberger
February 9, 2018

Hopefully, as Valentine’s Day nears, you aren't feeling brokenhearted. Perhaps surprisingly, though, broken heart syndrome is an actual medical condition.

Dr. Larry Dean gestures at a coronary stent.
November 29, 2017

A provocative study and accompanying commentary pub

picture of UW Medicine cardiac specialists
August 17, 2017

(Downloadable video and script, and still images of patient)  On July 17, 2017, a UW Medicine team performed the first-ever catheter-based surgical laceration to replace a failing artificial aortic valve.

August 17, 2017

A UW Medicine cardiologist has taken another step into the realm of heart surgeons in performing a first-in-the-world intentional cut via catheter to replace a patient’s failed artificial aortic valve.

UW Medicine’s Regional Heart Center is enrolling patients in a clinical trial that may be the final threshold to a new standard of care for aortic-valve replacement. 

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