EDUCATION
Jan 29, 2021

Seven Questions for a Cardiologist

Dr. John Ryan, MD, MB, BCh, BAO, cardiologist at the U of U health discusses what he thinks the best and worst things you could do for your heart are, as well as why he chose to specialize in cardiology and what developments in the field of cardiology he is most excited about... Read More

EDUCATION
Jan 06, 2021

How One Utah Woman Developed A Heart Murmur After Getting A Strep Infection

As one young woman prepared to go on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints she discovered a heart condition she was unaware of, a heart murmur. Dr. John Ryan, MD, MB, BCh, BAO, Associate Professor in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at the U of U Health, who discovered the murmur, talk in this article about the nature of heart murmurs and the treatment options available. Thanks to the hard work done by the doctors at the University, this young women and many others are able to live full lives despite their heart murmur. ... Read More

EDUCATION
Jan 04, 2021

John J. Ryan: Trust in Health Care Means Acknowledging Mistakes

Health care methods and practices are always evolving. These improvements usually come from failure and the reevaluation that follows such failures. Dr. John Ryan, MD, MB, BCh, BAO, Associate Professor in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at the U of U Health discusses how failure is a natural part of the improvement process and a way for health care systems to continue to evolve. He encourages people to trust the health care system by acknowledging the failures and understanding that those failures are being used to make improvements. ... Read More

RESEARCH
Dec 21, 2020

New Cell Metabolism Paper Published Online

An exciting new paper on Cell Metabolism has recently been published by Dr. Stavros Drakos, MD, PhD, FACC and his team. This paper discusses how the pyruvate-lactate axis modulates cardiac hypertrophy and heart failure. To view the paper, click here... Read More

RESEARCH
Dec 16, 2020

Stavros G. Drakos: The pyruvate-lactate axis modulates cardiac hypertrophy and heart failure

The metabolic rewiring of cardiomyocytes is a widely accepted hallmark of heart failure (HF). These metabolic changes include a decrease in mitochondrial pyruvate oxidation and an increased export of lactate. We identify the mitochondrial pyruvate carrier (MPC) and the cellular lactate exporter monocarboxylate transporter 4 (MCT4) as pivotal nodes in this metabolic axis. We observed that cardiac assist device-induced myocardial recovery in chronic HF patients was coincident with increased myocardial expression of the MPC. Moreover, the genetic ablation of the MPC in cultured cardiomyocytes and in adult murine hearts was sufficient to induce hypertrophy and HF. Conversely, MPC overexpression attenuated drug-induced hypertrophy in a cell-autonomous manner. We also introduced a novel, highly potent MCT4 inhibitor that mitigated hypertrophy in cultured cardiomyocytes and in mice. Together, we find that alteration of the pyruvate-lactate axis is a fundamental and early feature of cardiac hypertrophy and failure.... Read More

EDUCATION
Dec 14, 2020

John J. Ryan: Solution to Medical Misinformation Is Patient Empowerment

Misinformation comes in all shapes and sizes. It can be particularly challenging to tell fact from fiction when it comes to medical misinformation. Dr. John Ryan, MD, Assistant Professor in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at the U of U Health, highlights the challenges that come when patients hold medical beliefs based in misinformation and discusses the best approach to helping patients correct misinformation. ... Read More

RESEARCH
Dec 09, 2020

The Push Is On in US to Figure Out South Asians’ High Heart Risks

South Asian Americans have a higher risk of heart disease or cardiovascular complications. Although many different studies are being conducted to find an answer for this issue, there is still no know cause for this issue. Dr. Kevin Shah, MD, Cardiologist at the U of U Health, encourages people, especially those with comorbidities like heart disease to stay healthy and active. ... Read More

RESEARCH
Nov 16, 2020

Internal Medicine Faculty Accepted into Vice President's Clinical & Translational (VPCAT) Research Scholars Program

Congratulations to four faculty members from the Department of Internal Medicine to be selected for the 2021-2022 Vice President's Clinical & Translational (VPCAT) Research Scholars: Dr. Rebecca Overbury, Division of Rheumatology; Dr. Candace Reno, Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism & Diabetes; Dr. Kevin Shah, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine; & Sumati Gupta, Division of Oncology. ... Read More

RESEARCH
Nov 09, 2020

Research Targets COVID-19

Since the early months of the pandemic the University of Utah has been dedicating time and resources to researching COVID-19. From treatments, to causes and hopefully eventually the curing of the disease. Researches like Dr. Adam Spivak, MD, Elizabeth Middleton, MD, and Robert Campbell, PhD are working on many different projects to enhance our knowledge and treatment of the virus. ... Read More

RESEARCH
Oct 01, 2020

U of U Health Cardiologists Recognize Cardiovascular System Complications in COVID-19 Patients

At first it was believed that COVID-19 was primarily a respiratory virus that only attacked the lungs. As scientists learn more about the virus it has become clear that it affects other organs in the body, including the heart. Dr. Kevin S. Shah, MD, a cardiologist at the U of U Health discusses the potential complications and factors that may make an individual more susceptible. ... Read More

EDUCATION
Sep 30, 2020

Why Women Experience Heart Attack Symptoms Differently than Men

Although heart attacks affect men and women similarly, the symptoms they experience can be different. In this interview with Dr. John Ryan, MD, MB, BCH, BAO, a cardiologist from the U of U Health, he discusses what these symptoms look like and why they may differ between men and women. ... Read More

New Grant for Study Conducted by Dr. Omar Wever-Pinzon
RESEARCH
Aug 28, 2020

New Grant for Study Conducted by Dr. Omar Wever-Pinzon

A study conducted by principal investigator Dr. Omar Wever-Pinzon, MD at the University of Utah Health has been awarded a new grant by the National Heart, Lung, And Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This grant will be used to further research related to the role of DNA methylation in cardiac failure and recovery. ... Read More

RECOGNITION
Jul 30, 2020

Dr. Dipayan Chaudhuri Chosen for Prestigious Study Section

The Department of Internal Medicine and the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine are proud to announce Dr. Dipayan Chaudhuri, MD, PhD, has accepted the invitation to be apart of the Myocardial Ischemia and Metabolism Study Section, Center for Scientific Review. ... Read More

The Department of Internal Medicine Remembers Dr. Frederick Anderson
RECOGNITION
Jun 10, 2020

The Department of Internal Medicine Remembers Dr. Frederick Anderson

The Department of Internal Medicine remembers Dr. Frederick Anderson, a long time faculty member in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine who passed away on June 8th. He is remembered for being a knowledgeable and effective teacher as well as a kind and patient physician. In addition to being an accomplished physician, he was known for his role in the care of Barney Clark, the first recipient of a total artificial heart. ... Read More

RECOGNITION
May 18, 2020

"From the Desk Of" Staff Highlight - May 2020

One staff member from the Department of Internal Medicine will be highlighted monthly as part of our "From the Desk Of" staff recognition initiative. This month's featured staff member is Jake Fetzer from the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. ... Read More

Research Focus: A Possible Path to Restoring Failing Hearts
RESEARCH
Jan 27, 2020

Research Focus: A Possible Path to Restoring Failing Hearts

Dr. Robin Shaw is bringing his more-than 15 years of research on failing hearts to University of Utah Health as the new director of the Nora Eccles Harrison Cardiovascular Research Training Institute (CVRTI). Thanks to years of research, Shaw and his team discovered the first-ever biomarker allowing for early detection of heart failure before clinical symptoms develop.... Read More

EDUCATION, RESEARCH
Jan 02, 2020

Dr. Kevin Whitehead on the Cure for HHT

Dr. Kevin Whitehead, associate professor in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, talks about the enormous genetic variations in HHT patients, and his hopes for the future of transforming this disease with treatments like Avastin.... Read More

EDUCATION
Jun 27, 2019

Katie Swade, MS, LCGC, receives 2019 Outstanding Genetic Counseling Clinical Supervisor Award

Katie Swade, MS, LCGC, of the University of Utah Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, is the UUGPGC recipient of the 2019 Outstanding Genetic Counseling Clinical Supervisor Award. This award is given by the Association of Genetic Counseling Program Directors (www.agcpd.org) to recognize the invaluable contributions clinical supervisors make to genetic counseling student training.... Read More

RESEARCH
Aug 17, 2018

Be Still My Beating Heart

Researchers identify a genetic mutation that sets the heart racing, producing an irregular heartbeat that can lead to heart failure.... Read More

How Testing Standardization Reduces Charges For Solid Organ Transplant Patients
RESEARCH, RECOGNITION
May 30, 2018

How Testing Standardization Reduces Charges For Solid Organ Transplant Patients

Congratulations to Sharon Ugolini, MSN, RN (Division of Cardiovascular Medicine). Sharon initiated a quality improvement project aimed at reducing laboratory related cost in solid organ transplantation. The project was selected for presentation at the "Best of Posters Session" at the April 2018 Evidence Based Practice Poster Fair. ... Read More

KP-RHYTHM: Greater AF Burden Increases Risk for Ischemic Stroke
RESEARCH
May 23, 2018

KP-RHYTHM: Greater AF Burden Increases Risk for Ischemic Stroke

Benjamin A. Steinberg, MD (Division of Cardiovascular Medicine) was involved in a study published in JAMA Cardiology. According to the study, greater AF burden was linked to an increased risk for ischemic stroke independent of known risk factors, among patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation.... Read More

Opioid Crisis Makes More Organs Available
RESEARCH
May 21, 2018

Opioid Crisis Makes More Organs Available

The Opioid Crisis is making more organs available for transplants. Researchers, including Josef Stehlik, MD (Division of Cardiovascualar Medicine) have noted that organs donated by overdose victims are safe. ... Read More

Surviving a Heart Attack at a Young Age
EDUCATION
Oct 04, 2017

Surviving a Heart Attack at a Young Age

Earlier this year, 26-year-old, Ashley Biehl survived a heart attack. She never expected it could happen to her. Ashley shares her story from the American Heath Association 2017 Heart and Stroke Walk. ... Read More

Rashmee Shah interviewed on Good4Utah
RECOGNITION
Jan 20, 2016

Rashmee Shah

Recently interviewed about Women's Heart Health, Rashmee Shah, MD reminds women to get active and eat well.... Read More

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