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New Multimillion-Dollar Heart, Vascular & Electrophysiology Facility Brings Life-Saving Care to Oklahomans

Monday, April 14th, 11 am

Oklahoma City— Time and treatment are critical when a person is having a heart attack or serious cardiovascular issue, and a new $20 million state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology (EP) laboratory at OU Medical Center well help provide even more life-saving diagnoses and treatments for Oklahomans needing urgent cardiac and vascular care.

OU Medicine Children's Experts Save Infant's Life

Friday, April 4th, 1 p.m.

High-Risk Pregnancy and Heart Surgery Teams Diagnose, Repair Rare Heart Defect                                                                                                      

Oklahoma City- Looking at 2-month-old Levi Carter, it’s hard to imagine he’s already faced frightening, life-threatening struggles in his short life. While he’s home and healthy and living like familya typical baby now, his introduction to the world was fraught with drama his family won’t soon forget.

Levi is alive and well thanks to the expertise of OU Children’s Physicians and their medical teams of experts at The Children’s Hospital who cared for his congenital heart problem—even before he was born.

If his medical condition had gone undiagnosed and he hadn’t had open heart surgery after birth, Levi could have died.

Syrian Teen Returning Home After Brain Surgery

April 1, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY – Suzana is a typical 17-year-old who enjoys computer games and hanging out with friends. One day, last fall, her life changed suzanaforever when she was shot by snipers in her hometown of Homs, a city in western Syria. Five months later, her physical scars are virtually non-existent, thanks to the help of surgeons and providers with OU Children’s Physicians and Dean McGee Eye Institute.

Last fall, Suzana was walking home from school with two of her friends when snipers began shooting at them. Her friends were killed and Suzana was shot in the head and left for dead. Somehow she survived, but she lost her left eye and some brain tissue. Her wound was attended to and her skin sewn closed at a Syrian hospital and she was sent home to recover.

New Treatment Offers Radiation at Time of Breast Cancer Surgery

March 31, 2014

Some patients with early stage breast cancer may now have the option of receiving both surgery and radiation treatment at the same time thanks to a new therapy offered by specialists at OU Medical Center and the Peggy and Charles Stephenson Cancer Center at the University of Oklahoma.

Secret to Weight Loss Success May Rest in Small Steps

March 12, 2014

Secret to Weight Loss Success May Rest in Small Steps
Diabetes Center program helps participants lose weight and gain a healthy lifestyle  

OKLAHOMA CITY – Three months into 2014, most who resolved to lose weight or lead a healthier lifestyle have long since abandoned those changes, but not so for participants of a Floyd Brassfieldrelatively new program at the Harold Hamm Diabetes Center at the University of Oklahoma.

The program is called Small Steps, Big Changes, established by Diabetes Center healthcare professionals as a diabetes prevention program that also empowers participants to live healthier   through nutritional planning and exercise education.

“Diabetes can overwhelm those at risk of developing it; but it can be prevented with a few changes to a person’s diet and by becoming more physically active,” said Steve Sternlof, Ph.D., licensed psychologist at Harold Hamm Diabetes Center. “Educating people to prevent diabetes through a healthy lifestyle is the closest thing we have to curing it.”

Body’s Immune Response May Play Role in Rapid Heart Rate

Tuesday, March 4th 2014

David Kem, M.D.Research at University of Oklahoma, VA Medical Center and Vanderbilt University could lead to new treatments The simple act of standing up can send some people’s heart racing. Now, new research may offer some important insights into this chronic and debilitating condition.

Researchers at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, the Oklahoma City Veteran’s Administration Medical Center and Vanderbilt University identified antibodies, circulating proteins in the blood that fight infections, which appear to play a role in the syndrome. The research findings are published online by the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Known in the medical field as postural tachycardia syndrome, or POTS, the hallmark of this condition is an abnormally rapid heart rate upon standing. Other chronic symptoms (lasting more than six months) may include shortness of breath, weakness upon standing as well as exercise intolerance. It affects about 500,000 people in the United States, most of them young women.

New $1.5 Million Grant to Fund Infertility Research at OU

February 26th, 2014

New $1.5 Million Grant to Fund Infertility Research at OU
Oklahoma City, Okla. - Advancing infertility research is at the heart of a new $1.5 million grant awarded to the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.Dr. Karl Hansen, an infertility specialist and researcher at OU Medicine,  and Rebekah Swantek, a patient and participant in a past clinical trial

The five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health is the largest to date for the OU reproductive medicine team. It adds the OU Health Sciences to an elite group of centers nationwide participating in cutting-edge infertility research.

“We were one of six sites selected to participate in a research cooperative, the Reproductive Medicine Network, that will conduct infertility research on a variety of issues,” said Karl Hansen, M.D., Ph.D., principal investigator.

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