Advances in Heart Care


Medical research and technology is advancing each day. Watch the videos above or read the items below to learn how we're using these breakthroughs to benefit heart patients.

Using your genome to guard against heart attack and stroke
Our PREDICT program is the first of its kind in a U.S. academic medical center. PREDICT uses a genetic test to find out which drugs will work best for each patient.

Regrowing damaged heart muscle
Were the first U.S. medical center to give a drug called GGF2 to patients recovering from heart failure. In trials, the drug has helped regrow damaged heart muscle.

Replacing heart valves without open-heart surgery
Our medical center is the only one in the state to use a new way to replace heart valves without open-heart surgery. This reduces patient risks, can speed recovery and makes surgery possible for fragile patients.

Using cooling therapy to protect the brain
When heart attack patients are on their way to Vanderbilt, we use a new therapy that cools the body. This prevents brain damage, which can make for a better recovery.

Treating blocked arteries without bypass surgery
Chronic total occlusion is when a coronary artery is blocked for three months or more. It can reduce blood delivery to the heart and leave you with chest pain, fatigue or shortness of breath. Until recently, many patients were told only medication or bypass surgery could help. But Vanderbilt has cardiologists specially trained in a minimally invasive procedure, CTO-PCI, to open these blockages.