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Researchers develop new muscular dystrophy treatment approach using human stem cells

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Image: AHC LogoResearchers from the University of Minnesota's Lillehei Heart Institute have effectively treated muscular dystrophy in mice using human stem cells. Rita Perlingeiro, Medical School and Lillehei Heart Institute, discusses the many aspects of her research.

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After Listening To Her Heart, A Minn. Woman Could Change The World

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Image: WCCO LogoHeart disease is the number one killer of men and women in the United States, and more than 1,100 people die from it each day. Bob Wilson, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, talks about a new device that quickly detects heart blockages.

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New artificial heart lets patients leave hospital

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Image: AHC LogoIn March, Alvin Carter became the first patient in Minnesota to receive a portable artificial heart that won't keep him tethered to a hospital. Peter Eckman, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, talks about who will receive artificial hearts in the future.

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Cheney doing 'exceedingly well' after heart transplant

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Image: Washington Post LogoFormer vice president Richard Cheney is doing very well after his recent heart transplant. Ranjit John, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, talks about how advances in ventricular-assist devices helped Cheney stay alive while he waited for the transplant.

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Heart, heal thyself

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Image: AHC LogoResearchers are looking into the use of stem cells to help damaged hearts repair themselves. Doris Taylor, Medical School and Stem Cell Institute, has been able to grow a rat heart that beats as if it were in the animal's live body but it is not strong enough to replace one.

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U of M researchers aim to restore heart muscle using stem cells

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Image: KARE 11 LogoA first-of-its-kind study is underway to test the impact of stem cells on restoring the heart's muscle function. Ganesh Raveendran, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, explains that the trial is designed for heart failure patients with no option for treatment.

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Millions of Women Are Unaware They Have Arterial Disease

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Image: AHC LogoBetween 4 and 5 million women in the US have peripheral artery disease but few are diagnosed and fewer receive adequate treatment. Alan Hirsch, Medical School, School of Public Health and University of Minnesota Physicians, discusses raising awareness about the disease.

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Meet Mousey: MN's 1st Cat With A Pacemaker

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Image: WCCO LogoLast month the University of Minnesota performed its first-ever pacemaker surgery on a cat. Christopher Stauthammer, College of Veterinary Medicine, explains that the U of M is the only place in the state that offers these types of procedures.

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Calvin Poeschl's two rare conditions have set his family on an unplanned journey

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Image: KARE 11 LogoA baby was born with nothing covering his heart or his abdominal organs. James St. Louis, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, explains that these are extremely rare conditions but the baby is getting healthier and growing normally.

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Omega-3s tied to lower risk of heart arrhythmia

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Image: AHC LogoIn a new study people with the highest levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their blood were 30 percent less likely to develop an irregular heartbeat in the future. Alvaro Alonso, School of Public Health, discusses what the study's results mean.

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Eagan 3-year-old waits for heart transplant

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Image: KARE 11 LogoRight now in Minnesota there are eight children waiting for hearts at Minnesota transplant centers. Rebecca Ameduri, University of Minnesota Physicians, explains why patients stay in the hospital until a donor heart is found.

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Minnesota Sounds and Voices: Paul Iaizzo is the Visible Heart Lab's beating core

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Image: MPR LogoThe U of M's Visible Heart lab is the only place in the world where researchers can study beating hearts outside the body. Paul Iaizzo, Medical School, discusses how working in the lab sometimes feels like a television show.

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Higher LDL Level Linked to Lower Incidence of Afib

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Image: AHC LogoA recent study found that lower LDL cholesterol levels are associated with developing atrial fibrillation. Faye Lopez, School of Public Health, discusses the potential reasons for the inverse relationship.

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Gum disease can lead to bacteria in arteries

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Image: AHC LogoMark Herzberg and Maurice Meyer, School of Dentistry, talk about their study that found people with severe chronic gum disease, or periodontitis, are almost twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease as those without periodontal disease.

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New Hope Woman Believes Her Pacemaker Is Affected by Store Security Systems

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Image: AHC LogoElectro-magnetic charges from anti-theft gates that people walk through at stores have the potential to send pacemakers off course. David Benditt, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, discusses how to avoid problems with store's security systems.

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Fetus donates stem cells to heal mother's heart

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Image: AHC LogoJakub Tolar, Medical School, Masonic Cancer Center, Stem Cell Institute and University of Minnesota Physicians, explains a recent study is the first to show conclusively that fetal cells assist in cardiac tissue repair.

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New device gives man energy and vitality after heart problems

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Image: AHC LogoIn 2010, Morris Beck was diagnosed with left-side heart failure, limiting his physical activity and threatening his life. Peter Eckman, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, talks about LVAD technology and how it can help many dealing with heart problems.

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PAD guidelines undergo facelift

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Image: AHC LogoUpdated guidelines for the management and treatment for peripheral artery disease have been released. Alan Hirsch, Medical School, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota Physicians and Lillehei Heart Institute, explains the new guidelines.

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Caring for the Caregiver - MarketWatch

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Image: AHC LogoMany hospitals and doctors are studying the quality of life for family caregivers of heart failure patients. Michael Petty, School of Nursing, discusses the role of extended support options in the care of patients with heart failure.

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Remember a Generation of 'Willpower' and not a Generation of Popping Pills?

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Image: AHC LogoThe ever diligent FDA had Pfizer put a warning on Chantix warning of potential cardiac problems while taking the drug. Jay Cohn, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, discusses the FDA imposing new restrictions on the use of certain prescription drugs.

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Work at University of Minnesota's new cancer-cardio building may set record

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Image: Finance & Commerce LogoThe new cancer and cardiovascular building, 285,000-square-foot, and its energy demands will require one of the largest -- perhaps the largest -- mechanical contracts the Twin Cities has ever seen.

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Living to 100 and Beyond

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Image: Wall Street Journal LogoScientists are on the brink of radically expanding the span of a healthy life. Doris Taylor, Medical School and Stem Cell Institute, discusses the health technology of tomorrow.

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Smoking increases heart risk more in women than men

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Image: BBC LogoWomen who start smoking increase their risk of a heart attack by more than men who take up the habit, according to a report by the U of M's Rachel Huxley.

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After stem cell hype, a new hope for heart therapy

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Image: Pioneer Press LogoPatients that received a stem cell injection, to treat the heart disease Refractory angina, had fewer reports of chest pain and could tolerate more exercise.

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Fairview physicians fixing hearts via the wrist

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Image: KARE 11 LogoCardiologists at University of Minnesota say they have a better approach that takes them through the wrist instead of the groin.

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Simple Sugar May Speed Heart Attack Recovery

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Image: Web MD LogoRibose, a simple form of sugar, may help the heart recover faster after heart attack or heart surgery, a study from the Medical School's John Foker suggests.

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