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Major Milestone: MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute Performs 100th WATCHMAN Procedure

Most Experienced WATCHMAN Site on Mid-Atlantic SeaboardWashington, D.C., January 26, 2017 – Marc Favors of Centreville, Va., had a stroke in 2014, and it meant he had to take daily blood thinners. But thanks to WATCHMAN™, a stroke-reducing device that he received last year at MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute, he’s off the drugs, and he no longer suffers from the side effects caused by the blood thinners.Currently, MedStar Washington Hospital Center and MedStar Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore offer the device to patients who have atrial fibrillation (A-fib), an abnormal heart rhythm that causes a fast and erratic heartbeat.…

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Is There a Magic Number for High Pressure?

New Guidelines Recommend Higher Targets for Older AdultsWashington, D.C., January 25, 2016 – One in three adults in the U.S. has high blood pressure. That number climbs to two in three for older adults.Recently, two medical groups released recommendations that set safe blood pressure targets higher than ever for adults 60 and older – a group at high risk for complications from high blood pressure.Traditionally, the threshold for high blood pressure has been set at 140/90 mm/Hg. But the new guidelines, from the American College of Physicians and the American Academy of Family Physicians, state that patients older than 60…

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High Rate of Advanced Colon Cancer Found Among African Americans in Ward 5

Colon Cancer Prevention in the Neighborhood Program Launched, Part of White House Cancer MoonshotWashington, D.C., October 17, 2016 – Colon cancer is one of the very few preventable cancers, but too many residents from the District of Columbia’s Ward 5 are diagnosed with advanced colon cancer. Today, MedStar Washington Hospital Center is launching its “Colon Cancer Prevention in the Neighborhood” program, to increase early detection and prevention of colon cancer. The program focuses on African-Americans in the Ward 5 neighborhood, where a crisis of late-stage colon cancer exists. “Colon Cancer Prevention in the Neighborhood” is part of Vice President Joe…

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MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute Offers Fully Dissolving Heart Stent

Absorb™ Stent Opens Clogged Arteries, then Gradually Dissolves in the Body Washington, D.C., August 30, 2016 – A heart stent that slowly dissolves into the body is now available for patients with clogged arteries. MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute became the first in the Baltimore-Washington area to offer the Absorb scaffold, the first bioresorbable stent recently approved by the FDA. MedStar Heart was one of the top enrollers in the pivotal clinical trial that led to the scaffold’s approval. Currently, MedStar Washington Hospital Center and MedStar Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore offer the new stent. At the Hospital Center, a…

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