Screening for Sleep Apnea Can Help Heart Failure Patients

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Dec 16, 2016 12:30:10 PM

Patients hospitalized with heart failure could benefit from inpatient screening for sleep apnea, a practice that is not routinely done, despite the link between apnea and worsened heart failure, according to a new study. The study, whose lead author is Sunil Sharma, MD, of Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, found that patients diagnosed in the hospital were as likely to comply with apnea treatment, even though they were asymptomatic, as those who sought treatment for symptoms at outpatient sleep clinics. It also showed trends toward survival benefit in patients who were compliant with the PAP therapy. The study was be published in Thursday’s issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine (JCSM) (Dec. 15).

Previous studies have shown that patients who receive treatment are less likely to be readmitted to the hospital for heart failure than patients who don’t.

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Topics: Cardiology, Heart and Vascular Care

Einstein Pioneers New Heart Valve

Posted by Jill Porter on Nov 4, 2016 3:25:29 PM

Einstein Medical Center Montgomery has pioneered the use of an artificial aortic valve that takes half the time to implant than previous prosthetics, enabling patients to recover more quickly. Einstein Montgomery is the first and only hospital in the Philadelphia region to use the EDWARDS INTUITY Elite valve commercially, since it was approved by the FDA last summer.

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Topics: Cardiology, Heart and Vascular Care

Einstein Research: Big Boost in Heart Failure Admissions after July 4th

Posted by Jill Porter on Jun 30, 2016 2:57:06 PM


While Americans await the fireworks, flag-waving and food binging of July 4, hospitals await the apparent consequences of the holiday activities: increased heart failure admissions in the days afterwards.

A 10-year study conducted at Einstein Healthcare Network showed a drop in heart failure admissions on the actual day of the holiday, but a significant increase in the four days following.

Holiday revelers apparently avoid seeking medical attention so they can indulge in the holiday—salty foods, for instance, which aggravate heart failure—and then seek help afterwards.

Overeating, the stress of traveling and partying, and the lack of exercise, may contribute to the increase in heart failure admissions after the holidays.

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Topics: Cardiology, Heart and Vascular Care

Einstein Pioneers Use of Advanced Heart Failure Implant Device

Posted by Jill Porter on Jun 8, 2016 3:20:53 PM

Einstein Healthcare Network is using new technology to treat patients with heart failure, one of the biggest health scourges in the country. Einstein is the only hospital in Pennsylvania using a new implant that boosts the heart’s pumping function more effectively than previous devices.

“This is the most advanced biventricular device available,” said Sumeet Mainigi, MD, associate director of Electrophysiology at Einstein. “At every other hospital in Pennsylvania, patients will receive older, less sophisticated and less helpful models,” he said.

Heart failure, the leading cause of hospitalization of seniors older than 65, is a condition in which the heart doesn’t pump blood effectively, so patients with this condition are short of breath, weak and often become completely incapacitated.

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Topics: Cardiology, Heart and Vascular Care

Meet Our First Full-Time Female Cardiologist

Posted by Larry Blumenthal on Apr 13, 2016 3:51:54 PM

Marjorie Stanek, MD, joined the Einstein Cardiology Department in 1977, becoming the first full-time female cardiologist on the hospital’s staff. She has remained here for 39 years, watching the Cardiology Department grow from a unit of just six full-time doctors to close to 50 today.

After graduating from The Medical College of Pennsylvania (MCP), Dr. Stanek served her first two years of residency at The Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, R.I., and her last year at Hahnemann University Hospital and completed a cardiology fellowship at MCP.

Dr. Stanek, who is director of Einstein’s Cardiac Stress Laboratory and an assistant professor of medicine at Jefferson Medical College, recently sat down to reminisce about her early years at the hospital and how the practice of cardiology has advanced.

Let’s go back 39 years. Can you talk about how you wound up working at Einstein?

Dr. Stanek: I was a fellow at The Medical College of Pennsylvania. The head of my department, Dr. William S. Frankl, knew Dr. Harry Goldberg, the head of Einstein’s Cardiology Department. He called Dr. Goldberg. I came and interviewed, and they gave me the job. It was simple. I’ve been here ever since. [Dr. Goldberg was chief of cardiology at Einstein for 25 years and director emeritus for another 17 years.]

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Topics: Cardiology, Heart and Vascular Care

One Patient’s Story: Einstein Nurse is a Patient, Too

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Jan 14, 2016 12:59:50 PM

Harriet Bernstein (left) had been experiencing an irregular heartbeat for quite some time and knew that she needed to have her mitral valve repaired.

A nurse at Einstein, she had actually scheduled a surgery at another facility that offered a less-invasive procedure.

However, fate had something else planned. She broke her knee and had to cancel the surgery.

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Topics: Cardiology, Heart and Vascular Care

One Patient's Story: How VAD Implant Surgery Changed Her Life

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Dec 23, 2015 10:55:14 AM

Cheryl Henderson, 56, is the mother of two, with two grandchildren. She was born with a leaky heart valve that was never repaired, and she has had congestive heart failure for years. She came to Einstein for help. This is her story in her own words.

"Because of the heart failure, I couldn’t stand on my feet too long or lift things.  Living like this made me tired and depressed. I was told I am a candidate for a heart transplant, but that I needed help right away. Einstein doctors told me I could have a VAD (ventricular assist device) implanted, and that I needed it now.

"My boyfriend, daughter and mother wanted me to get the VAD.  They wanted me to live. I was excited thinking about getting the implant because I would be around to see my grandkids graduate from high school and get married. 

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Topics: Cardiology, Heart and Vascular Care

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