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As blood flows into and out of the heart’s chambers, it passes through tiny biological doorways that ensure everything flows in the proper direction at appropriate intervals. These doorways are heart valves—tissue flaps that open to let blood in and then close to prevent it from flowing backwards. The system works great unless the valve becomes too narrow or doesn’t seal properly.
A team of cardiologists at Missouri Baptist Medical Center (MoBap) is helping elderly patients with heart valve disease not only return to their daily lives, but become even more active. The hospital is among the first in the region and across the country to use transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), a new, minimally invasive procedure approved by the FDA in November 2011.
RESEARCHERS TO STUDY TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR HIGH-RISK LUNG CANCER PATIENTS
Love may be the figurative doorway to the heart, but valves are the literal doorways through which blood passes in its continual journey into and out of the heart’s four chambers.
Here’s a ‘happy’ thought…The 28th season of PARTIES IN THE PARK, one of the area’s original outdoor happy hour events, is coming soon! But there’s a big change this year: The event is moving out of Shaw Park onto the streets of downtown Clayton. The new setting on Meramec Avenue between Forsyth Boulevard and Maryland Avenue will include a live music stage, lounge furniture, drinks and food offerings from area restaurants. Parties in the Park begins May 11, and will be held every second Wednesday of the month through September.
A s legendary leggy beauty Marlene Dietrich once observed, the legs are the last to go. But as we age, even the shapeliest legs can develop varicose veins. “There’s more to it than injured vanity,” says Dr. Vidal Sheen, medical director at The Sheen Vein Institute. “Diseased or dysfunctional leg veins can lead to painful congestion and pressure buildup, ultimately resulting in inflammation, intermittent cramping and pain, and/or restless leg syndrome.” These complaints are often misinterpreted as age- or weight-related, when in fact they’re a direct result of subtle vein abnormalities, he adds. “If ignored, they can lead to more serious complications, including ulcerations, bleeding vessels, infections and even clot formation.”
Year after year, the American Heart Association works to fulfill its mission of ‘building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.’
February is American Heart Month, a time when all Americans should learn more about cardiac risk factors and prevention. This is an especially important task, considering that heart disease is the nation’s leading cause of death.
Even with gas prices falling, conserving gas and money is a good idea. Enter super fuel-efficient cars. One of the best in this category today is the Smart ForTwo car. Though it’s been around for about a dozen years in Europe, this Mercedes-built micro car has been introduced only recently to the North American market. The most striking feature is its size: It’s teeny, like an oversized rollerskate. That said, when you’re in one, it’s surprisingly roomy. A large greenhouse and plenty of glass prevent feelings of claustrophobia. In the convertible version this is even more true. It’s not until you’re stopped at a light and it looks like the driver behind you is in your backseat that you realize just how short the Smart is.