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Priority is U

May 13, 2019

Priority is U

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“Our mission as the UCLA Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiovascular Therapy Team is to ensure our patients with complex cardiac conditions and weakened hearts have access to the full spectrum of advanced therapies at UCLA” says Dr. Ali Nsair, medical director of the heart transplantation and mechanical circulatory support program. “Our multidisciplinary heart team offers […]

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Tags: Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Dr. Ali Nsair, heart transplant, heart transplantation, Mechanical Circulatory Support Program, UCLA Advanced Heart Failure


Updating to the Patient Perspective

May 13, 2019

Updating to the Patient Perspective

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“Our number one hope is that the 200 or so referring physicians, cardiologists and internists are being updated with the protocols that we are currently using,” says Dr. Mario Deng, cardiologist and active participant in the Heart Failure Symposium and UCLA Health. “The symposium provides us, every year, with an opportunity to advance the multi-disciplinary […]

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Tags: cardiologist, cardiologists, Dr. Mario Deng, Heart Failure Symposium, internists


Vision For The Future of Heart Failure

May 13, 2019

Vision For The Future of Heart Failure

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“The Heart Failure Symposium is an opportunity to give physicians in the local area and beyond an opportunity to come and have a day of learning and interaction with the UCLA faculty,” says Dr. Richard Shemin, chief of cardiac surgery at UCLA Health, executive vice chair of the department of surgery and co-director of the […]

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Tags: cardiac surgery, Dr. Richard Shemin, featured, heart and lung transplantation, Heart Failure Symposium


Heart Failure Doesn't Happen in a Vacuum

May 13, 2019

Heart Failure Doesn’t Happen in a Vacuum

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“The Heart Failure Symposium is for physicians, allied, personnel, and anyone who finds themselves interacting or involved with advanced heart failure patients,” says Dr. Murray Kwon, a cardio thoracic surgeon and surgical director of the mechanical circulatory support device program. “During the symposium I will be moderating a session on some of these mechanical circulatory […]

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Tags: advanced heart failure, Dr. Ali Nsair, Dr. Murray Kwon, Heart Failure Symposium, transplantation


Critical to Spread Knowledge

May 13, 2019

Critical to Spread Knowledge

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“It’s a really exciting time for interventional cardiology as new technologies come to light for valvular heart disease,” says Dr. Olcay Aksoy, an interventional cardiologist at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. “At the Heart Failure Symposium, I will be presenting ‘How to Treat Mitral Regurgitation.’ Mitral regurgitation is a complex problem. The main symptoms are […]

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Tags: Dr. Olcay Aksoy, Heart Failure Symposium, heart failure symptoms, heart transplant, interventional cardiology, MitraClip, mitral regurgitation, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, valvular heart disease


Knock Me Over With a Feather

April 23, 2019

Knock Me Over With a Feather

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“When you are on the other side, you feel like you’ve won,” says 72-year-old John Babcock, who received a heart transplant at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in 2018. “I have hope now, and I didn’t have that before. My story started in 2013 with an arrhythmia in my heart. I came to UCLA Health […]

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Tags: arrhythmia, featured, heart transplant, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center


Getting Patients Back to Daily Life

April 17, 2019

Getting Patients Back to Daily Life

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“Every Monday and Thursday morning we do biopsies for our post-heart transplant patients,” says Dr. Ali Nsair, director of the Heart Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support Program at UCLA. “We do this to confirm that they have no rejection. We’re one of the first programs to adopt a blood test based assay as well, to […]

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Tags: blood test, Dr. Ali Nsair, heart biopsy, heart transplant, Mechanical Circulatory Support Program, post-heart transplant


I'm Here Today

April 15, 2019

I’m Here Today

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21 years ago I had a quadruple bypass then last March I had a minor heart attack,” says 61-year-old James Harris, who was admitted to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center to wait for a heart transplant. “I was here for two and a half months waiting, and then a heart finally came. I thought I […]

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Tags: heart attack, heart transplant, quadruple bypass, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center


Heart Transplant Support Group

April 12, 2019

Heart Transplant Support Group

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“This is the heart transplant support group,” says Codie Lieto, far right, a clinical social worker at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. “We meet with patients, families, and their caregivers. It’s important to have peer-to-peer support. We try to facilitate patients and families being able to support one another and help each other through this […]

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Tags: featured, heart transplant, heart transplant support group, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, social worker, support group


Walking and Walking

April 10, 2019

Walking and Walking

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“I got my heart and kidney transplant done at the same time,” says 61-year-old Frank Poblete, who was admitted to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center after having heart problems since 2001. “I stayed here for about three months waiting for a new heart and in the meantime, my kidney started to fail. One kidney was […]

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Tags: dialysis, featured, heart and kidney transplant, heart problems, heart transplant, kidney transplant, pacemaker, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center