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Clinical Research and Newsworthy Announcements

Below are announcements associated with the Stern Cardiovascular Center:


Below are podcasts of radio interviews with people associated with the S Stern Cardiovascular Center:

Published Works

Below are announcements and articles written by people associated with the Stern Cardiovascular Center:

What you don't know can hurt you!
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
Mid South Wellness Guide
By Jennifer Morrow, M.D., FACC
April, 2009
Congestive heart failure in 2009 is one of the most common cardiac illnesses.

Diabetes, Heart Disease, Stroke and Peripheral Arterial Disease
Mid South 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.

Venous Disease: More than just a cosmetic issue...
Mid South 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...
Mid South 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
Mid South 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
Mid South 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
Mid South 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.

Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Women
Mid South Wellness Guide
By Arie Szatkowski, M.D., FACC
April, 2007

The Stern Cardiovascular Center Seeks Heart Failure Patients For Investigational Study
Mid South 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
Mid South 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
Mid South 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
Mid South 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."

Heart Failure Patients Needed for Implantable Cardiac Device Clinical Trial
Stern Cardiovascular Center
April 2006
"Dr. Frank McGrew at Stern Cardiovascular is now enrolling patients in an investigational study on the safety and efficacy of an innovative new treatment for moderate to severe heart failure. "

Dr. Frank McGrew Heads Renowned Research Group
Today's Physician Memphis/Mid-South Premiere
By Bill Eeisenberg
April 2006
"Dr. Frank McGrew, coordinator of clinical research for the Stern Cardio Group, is one of the most respected researchers with cardiovascular studies in the United States. Dr. McGrew heads up a talented group of researchers at the Stern's Memphis office."

A Solution for a Chest Pain Dilemma
Mid South 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."