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Norton Heart and Vascular Institute purchases lifesaving equipment for patients with heart failure

Norton Healthcare is the first hospital system in the region to invest in the Remote Dielectric Sensing system. This equipment will add to the care available for patients in the community with heart failure — a common heart condition that can be deadly. The device uses medical radar technology in a wearable vest system, allowing direct and actionable lung fluid measurement. Care providers can immediately...

Baptist Health has two of Kentucky’s top three hospitals, according to U.S. News & World Report

Baptist Health has two of Kentucky’s top three hospitals — Baptist Health Lexington, ranked second, and Baptist Health Louisville, ranked third — in the 2018-19 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Baptist Health Louisville was also named No. 1 in Metro Louisville – the sixth time in seven years that it has been either No. 1 or tied for that ranking. Both hospitals are listed...

UK reseachers developing computer software to deliver better therapies for heart failure patients

By Whitney Harder Special to KyFoward Picture this: you’re battling heart failure and meeting with your doctor to discuss treatment. Before prescribing anything, the doctor pulls up a virtual model of your heart on her computer and “treats” it with several drugs. A few moments later, she can see how your heart is doing five years down the road. Your doctor chooses the treatment with...

Barnstable Brown Diabetes and Obesity Research Day combines research with opera

Everett McCorvey,far right, is director of University of Kentucky’s Opera Theatre. Here he performs with fellow artists. (Photo from UKNow)   By Mallory Powell Special to KyForward     The Barnstable Brown Kentucky Diabetes and Obesity Center recently hosted its fourth annual Diabetes Day and used the event to combine new research with new opera singers.   With a focus on...

Heart-lung transplant can’t keep longtime middle school teacher out of the classroom

Teacher David Morrow, who received a combined heart and kidney transplant at UK Chandler Hospital, is back in his middle school classroom. (Photo from UKNow)   By Allison Perry Special to KyForward   After 34 years in the classroom, many schoolteachers might be looking to move on to new things.   Not David Morrow. The 57-year-old science and language arts teacher at East Washington Middle...

Your Health: Heart failure symptoms can be managed with medications, lifestyle changes

Heart failure currently affects 5.7 million Americans and causes 55,000 deaths per year in the United States. Heart failure is a serious chronic illness where the heart does not pump the blood as efficiently as it should. The heart continues to beat but pumps less nutrient and oxygen-rich blood to the rest of the body. As a result, fluid builds up in the body tissues and the lungs.   A common...