- April 2012 -

Dr. Jannet Lewis and Chef Ris Lacoste Promote Women's Heart Health

Dr. Jannet Lewis and chef Ris Lacoste were interviewed on WTOP-AM (1490AM) radio show "Foodie & The Beast" on Sunday April, 1, 2012. Chef Ris Lacoste, who kicked off Ris Walk 60, a walking program to encourage an active lifestyle for heart health, has set a personal goal to lose weight and walk for sixty minutes everyday. Proceeds from Ris's walk campaign will benefit the Women's Heart Center at the GW Cardiovascular Institute. Dr. Lewis shared with the foodie audience information on heart health and the importance of practicing healthy eating habits and exercise.

On Tuesday, May 8, 2012, renowned chef Ris Lacoste will prepare a five course dinner paired with private collection wines to benefit the Women's Heart Center at the GW Cardiovascular Institute. The minimum donation to attend is $400. For more information or to RSVP, please contact: Jessica Johnson, jjohnson@mfa.gwu.edu, 202-741-3057. 
Honduras Medical Mission Documentary Receives Awards

A short documentary film produced by Brandon Bray, Senior Producer of Creative Services at the GW Medical Faculty Associates, on the Cardiovascular Institute's medical mission to Honduras received awards at both the 2012 American Advertising Federation Awards Gala and the 2012 Telly Awards for National Media & Broadcast Awards. The documentary called OUT+PACE competed against major production companies in the Mid-Atlantic region winning a Silver ADDY Award for the Internet Commercial category, a Silver Telly Award for Internet Fund Raising and Bronze Telly Award for Internet Documentary.
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New Approach to Managing Hypertension - Symplicity Clinical Study

The GW Cardiovascular Institute is one of the U.S. academic centers selected to participate in an innovative clinical study evaluating a new therapy for resistant hypertension. The study which is called Symplicity HTN-3, sponsored by Medtronic, will test an investigational medical device in subjects whose blood pressure is not controlled despite treatment with multiple blood pressure medications. The device delivers radiofrequency energy to the nerves that surround the renal arteries. This renal "denervation" procedure requires a small puncture in the groin and placement of a small catheter in the artery that supplies the kidneys. The denervation cather is positioned at multiple locations in the renal arteries and at each location radio frequency energy is delivered to disrupt the nerve communication to and from the kidneys. Quieting hyperactive renal nerves may cause a reduction in blood pressure and may protect the heart, kidney and blood vessels from further damage.
Cardiology Fellow Presents Research Study at GW's Annual Research Day

Benny Yang, MD, a third year cardiology fellow, presented his research project "Diagnosis of Coronary Artery Disease by Deep Sequencing of Blood" at GW's 17th Annual Research Day sponsored by the George Washington University Medical Center on March 28, 2012. Research Day celebrates the broad spectrum of research conducted by GW students, faculty and fellows through speeches, panels, poster displays, oral presentations and awards. Dr. Yang's project identified genomic markers in blood that predict the presence or absence of coronary artery disease. Co-authors included Drs. Katz, Reiner, Mazhari, and cardiology fellow Dr. Palak Shah. Timothy McCaffrey, PhD and the team in GW's genomics laboratory developed this sequencing technique and analyzed research samples.