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12/16/2017
 
 

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We have been selected to perform clinical research on the newest heart medicines and medical devices by the following companies:
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  • Searle
  • Smith Kline Beecham
  • The National Institutes of Health
  • Wyeth-Ayerst

 
Patient Education

 

Clinical Research and Newsworthy Announcements Associated with
Stern Cardiovascular:


Articles written by our Physicians:

Vascular Screening: Safe and Cost Effective
The Best Times
By Holger P. Salazar, M.D., FACC
June 2010
Most people have either read or heard about heart disease but they have heard very little about vascular disease. Detection, treatment and more important, how to prevent vascular disease needs to be broadly dispersed among patients.

Stroke Prevention
Mid South Wellness Guide
By Daniel Otten, M.D., FACC
June 2010
To many, it’s a fate worse than death. A cerebrovascular accident (CVA), better known as a “stroke,” is the third leading cause of death in the US, but it is the number one cause of serious, long-term disability... 

Cardiovascular  Disease in Women--Why They are Unique
Midsouth Wellness Guide
Frank McGrew, M.D., FACC
April, 2010
Coronary artery disease (also known as hardening of the arteries of the heart) is the most common cardiovascular disease in advanced society. Men have a higher incidence of heart disease than women, but fi ve to 10 years after menopause, women’s cardiovascular death rate equals or exceeds that of men.

Coronary Calcium Scoring: A new tool in the fight against Coronary Artery Disease
Midsouth Wellness Guide
By James E. Klemis, M.D., FACC
April, 2010
Heart attacks are the leading cause of death among men and women worldwide.

Obesity and Coronary Artery Disease: An ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure
Midsouth Wellness Guide
By Richard J. Gordon, M.D., FACC
February 2010
Coronary artery disease is the leading cause of death in the US in both men and women. Coronary artery disease involves a narrowing of the blood vessels that supply blood to the heart muscle...

A Healthy Heart: A Guide for Everyone
Mid South Wellness Guide
By Arie Szatkowski, M.D., FACC
February 2010
Yearly, men and women die of heart related causes nine times more than every cancer death combined. Despite a 25 % reduction in death from heart disease and stroke over the last 25 years, Heart Disease still remains the number one killer of men and women in the United States...

Identifying Hibernating Hearts
The Wellness Guide
By Holger P. Salazar, M.D., FACC
Published, 2009
Over the last 20 years mortality due to coronary artery disease (CAD) has markedly decreased but the incidence and prevalence of heart failure has dramatically increased, making it the leading cause of hospitalization.

Management and Treatment of Hypertension in Pregnancy and Women of Childbearing Age
Midsouth Wellness Guide
By Arie Szatkowski, M.D., FACC
December 2009
This article will deal with several topics regarding the management of hypertension in women of childbearing age. Besides understanding the normal physiologic changes that occur with pregnancy and the diagnosis and treatment of essential hypertension in this group it is also important to recognize and treat, in a timely fashion, the hypertensive disorders that are associated with pregnancy.

Management and Treatment of Hypertension in Pregnancy and Women of Childbearing Age
Midsouth Wellness Guide
By Arie Szatkowski, M.D., FACC
December 2009
This article will deal with several topics regarding the management of hypertension in women of childbearing age. Besides understanding the normal physiologic changes that occur with pregnancy and the diagnosis and treatment of essential hypertension in this group it is also important to recognize and treat, in a timely fashion, the hypertensive disorders that are associated with pregnancy.

What you don't know can hurt you!
THE BEST TIMES
By James E. Klemis, M.D., FACC
May 2009
Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and a major cause of debilitating illness for those who survive.

Congestive Heart Failure in Women
Midsouth Wellness Guide
By Jennifer Morrow, M.D., FACC
April, 2009
Congestive heart failure in 2009 is one of the most common cardiac illnesses.

Midsouth Wellness Guide
February 2009
This issue includes articles by Arie Szatkowski, M.D., FACC, William L. Russo, M.D., FACC, Todd D. Edwards, M.D., FACC, FACP, and Jason Infeld, MD, FACC.

Diabetes, Heart Disease, Stroke and Peripheral Arterial Disease
Midsouth Wellness Guide
By Arie Szatkowski, M.D., FACC
December 2008
Diabetes, a disorder of blood sugar metabolism, is strongly linked to heart disease, stroke and peripheral arterial disease. In fact up to 85% of people with diabetes will die of a vascular related event.

Medicare Facing Cancer, Cardiac Care Cuts
The Commercial Appeal
By Dr. Arie Szatkowski, M.D., FACC
Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Venous Disease: More than just a cosmetic issue...
Midsouth Wellness Guide
By James E. Klemis, M.D., FACC
August 2008
Veins are blood vessels that return blood to the heart. Problems with the veins in the legs can lead to pain, swelling, varicose veins, skin discoloration, and in severe cases can lead to nonhealing ulcers which are often misdiagnosed and can lead to months and sometimes years of frustrating and unnecessary disability. In this article, we will focus on the diagnosis and treatment of symptomatic venous disease.

Sudden Death: What do we know and what can you do...
Midsouth Wellness Guide
By Arie Szatkowski, M.D., FACC
August 2008
The recent unfortunate event involving the sudden death of MSNBC's Tim Russert raised many questions for all of us. These ranged from, "How could this have happened?" to "Can it happen to me?"

Heart Disease in Women
Midsouth Wellness Guide
By Jennifer Morrow, M.D., FACC
April, 2008
Heart disease is usually thought of as a “man’s disease”—yet cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women.

Carotid Artery Disease and Stroke
Midsouth Wellness Guide
By James E. Klemis, M.D., FACC, FSCAI
February, 2008
Stroke is the 3rd leading cause of death in the US, and over 700,000 individuals are affected each year. Prevention of stroke is a major medical concern, as patients who survive a stroke are often left with major disability that affects them and their families for the rest of their life. The symptoms of stroke may include vision loss in one eye, difficulty speaking or slurred speech, and weakness or numbness on one side of the body. These symptoms may last for only a few minutes or may persist for hours, and represent warning signs of a stroke.

Left Ventricular Assist Devices: Bridge to Transplant or to a Better Life
Midsouth Wellness Guide

By Todd D. Edwards, M.D., FACC, FACP
June, 2007

Detection of Pulmonary Vein Stenosis by Transesophageal Echocardiography: Comparison with Multidetector Computed Tomography.
Authors: Sigurdsson G, Troughton R, Xu X, Salazar H, et al.
Published in: American Heart Journal, Vol 153, Issue 5, May 2007, Pages: 800-806.

Strategies for Optimal Management of Patients with Heart Failure: Pharmacologic and Device Therapy
Presented by Eric E. Johnson, M.D., FACC
April 18, 2007

Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Women
Midsouth Wellness Guide

By Arie Szatkowski, M.D., FACC
April, 2007

The Stern Cardiovascular Center Seeks Heart Failure Patients For Investigational Study
Midsouth Wellness Guide
Frank McGrew, M.D., FACC
Mark A. Coppess, M.D., FACC
Eric E. Johnson, M.D., FACC
February, 2007

An Overview and Insight on New Treatments
Midsouth Wellness Guide
By James E. Klemis, M.D., FACC, FSCAI
February, 2007
"Peripheral vascular disease is a term to describe disease of the peripheral (noncardiac) blood vessels. . We will use the term peripheral arterial disease (PAD) for diseases of the arteries which can affect various organs such as the brain, extremeties, kidneys, intestines, as well as the aorta, the major blood vessel in the human body. These diseased vessels (arteries) usually lead to a lack of blood fl ow (or ischemia) to the affected organ and can cause heart attacks, strokes, and a variety of other symptoms..."

Standard of Care for Heart Failure Management
Midsouth Wellness Guide
By Arie Szatkowski, M.D., FACC
February, 2007
"Heart failure is a clinical syndrome characterized by inadequate systemic perfusion to meet the body’s metabolic demands as a result of impaired cardiac pump function. This may be further subdivided into either systolic or diastolic heart failure. In systolic heart failure, there is reduced cardiac contractility, whereas in diastolic heart failure there is impaired cardiac relaxation and abnormal ventricular fi lling. There are an equal number of systolic heart failure cases and diastolic cases. There can also be a combination of both. The body responds by activating multiple systemic neorohormonal pathways that compensate initially by redistributing blood fl ow to vital organs, but later exacerbate the patient’s symptoms and lead to
clinical deterioration."

Mitral Stenosis
Authors: Nachimuthu S, Salazar H.
Published in: E-medicine. Last update Jan 3, 2007

Make a Note on Heart Disease
Midsouth Wellness Guide
By Jason Infeld, M.D. & Elissa Fine, MS
July/August 2006
"Research is moving quickly in the area of heart disease and there are bulletins and updates in the news constantly about what’s new and important. Here’s a “tack on the bulletin board” update on what’s the real skinny not only on the issues you’re hearing about but also what’s important that you may NOT hear about. Any changes you may be considering based on this or any other book, article, etc. should be discussed with your own doctor."

A Solution for a Chest Pain Dilemma
Midsouth Wellness Guide
By William L. Russo, M.D., FACC
February 2006
"In the practice of cardiology, we see a rainbow of patients with various chest pain syndromes."

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