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pulsed-field ablation to treat atrial fibrillation
March 15, 2024

UAB leads state and nation in utilizing innovative technology to lower atrial fibrillation complications

Electrophysiologists at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Cardiovascular Institute are among the first in the nation to use pulsed-field ablation to treat atrial fibrillation. According to Tom McElderry, M.D., an associate professor of medicine in the UAB Division of Cardiovascular Disease, this novel therapy uses fast, high-energy electrical pulses to ablate pulmonary veins and atrial tissue safely and effectively.
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Nurse Manager Natalie Fortson, RN
March 14, 2024

Nurse manager accepted into leadership fellowship program

UAB Medicine Nurse Manager Natalie Fortson, RN, has been accepted into a prestigious leadership fellowship, the NurseTRUST Emerging Leaders Program, which is designed for nurses who are new to leadership roles.
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Doctor and patient discuss endometriosis
March 14, 2024

All about endometriosis: causes, symptoms, and treatments

The question “What is endometriosis?” is searched online millions of times each year. The condition affects an estimated 190 million women worldwide, yet many have not heard of it. Richard Burney, M.D., director of UAB Medicine’s Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, shares information on endometriosis, including the causes, symptoms, and treatment options.
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Emergency Department (ED) stroke launchpad
March 12, 2024

New ED stroke launchpad increases efficiency in diagnosis and treatment

Time is the key to preventing death and disability from stroke. So, when a patient suffering a stroke arrives at the UAB Hospital Emergency Department (ED), a rapid response team strives to provide the most appropriate care in the shortest time possible.
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Advanced Practice Providers Lisa Findley, CRNP, DNP, Lindsay Howard, CRNP, and Amy McElderry, CRNP Earn ACC Certification
March 6, 2024

APPs Earn ACC Certification

Cardiovascular Advanced Practice Providers (APPs) Lisa Findley, CRNP, DNP, Lindsay Howard, CRNP, and Amy McElderry, CRNP, earned the American College of Cardiology’s (ACC) Cardiovascular Knowledge Certification which demonstrates their professional commitment to cardiovascular excellence and clinical knowledge.
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Frank Reeves
March 4, 2024

Recipient Frank Reeves now serves as an ambassador for kidney transplantation

Frank Reeves says he has two birthdays. The first was the day he was born 62 years ago, and the second was May 12, 1998 – the day he received his kidney transplant. Reeves’ difficult path to that second birthday began when he was 35 and serving as a police officer in Dothan, Ala.
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A man being helped by another man after suffering basketball injury
March 1, 2024

The four most common basketball injuries, and how you should respond

With March Madness approaching, weekend warriors and parents of players may be curious about the most common basketball injuries. Understanding them can lower your risk and speed up your recovery. “Basketball is all about fast cuts and jumping, and the most common acute injuries follow from those forceful movements,” said UAB Sports & Exercise Medicine […]
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Sarah Hazen with golf cart
February 28, 2024

Senior golfer reclaims the greens at 86 after successful TAVR procedure

Vibrant. Active. Energetic. Sarah Hazen’s loved ones use these three words to describe her. At 85 years old, Hazen spent her time swinging her clubs at golf courses all over Alabama. If she was not on the links, friends and family might find her traveling across state lines to visit her grandchildren or spending time at the beach.
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Bill Wingate with family
February 27, 2024

UAB patient shares inspiring story of living with congenital heart disease to offer hope

Throughout the course of his life, University of Alabama at Birmingham patient Bill Wingate has had four open heart surgeries, seven heart valve replacements and multiple heart catheterizations. Wingate is one of the estimated 2 million people living with a congenital heart defect, and this Heart Month, Wingate is using his story to inspire others.
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Joy Marsh and Rebecca Burke
February 22, 2024

UAB Medicine employee saved after suffering a heart attack at work

UAB Medicine employees work together daily to save lives, and sometimes it’s for one of their own. This was the case with Joy Marsh, an administrative support specialist at the UAB Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics Lab, who suffered a heart attack shortly after arriving at work in November 2023. Her coworkers helped transport her to the UAB Emergency Department, then a surgery and cardiology team inserted a tiny tube called a stent to reopen a section of artery that was 100% blocked.
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heart healthy
February 20, 2024

Heart health diet tips: Insights from UAB expert for optimal heart health

February is American Heart Month, but heart health is important all year round. Elizabeth Jackson, M.D., a cardiologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Cardiovascular Institute, says making small lifestyle changes can reduce the risk of heart disease and the use of medications to regulate health.
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young women experiencing eating disorders
February 19, 2024

Eating disorders are life-altering and require professional treatment

An estimated 9% of Americans will develop an eating disorder at some point in their lives. This includes several serious but treatable mental and physical illnesses. National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is being observed Feb. 26 through March 3 this year to promote knowledge and encourage those affected to seek treatment.
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