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The Sanger Report

The Sanger Report is a quarterly publication featuring clinical updates, news and best practices from the physicians of Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute.

Fall 2013  |  Vol. 4  |  Issue 1 -  Download (PDF) 2mb

On the Global Forefront for TAA Repair With Novel Device

Frank R. Arko, MD
Frank R. Arko, MD

Providing an important alternative to open-chest surgery, Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute, part of Carolinas HealthCare System, is the first in the world to implant a branched stent graft designed specifically for branch vessel repair of thoracic aortic aneurysm (TAA) – the first such device available in a clinical trial. Read More...


Working as One: A Year of Clinical Innovation and Breakthrough Research

In 2012, Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute, part of Carolinas HealthCare System, experienced an exciting year of growth and innovation due, in large part, to the use of our collective experience and expertise to adapt and enhance standards to achieve the highest quality outcomes for all our patients. Read More...


A Promising Option for A-Fib Patients

Michael J. Rinaldi, MD
Michael J. Rinaldi, MD
Director of
Clinical Research

At five times the normal stroke risk, patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) face a Catch-22 when it comes to prevention: the anticoagulation medication meant to protect them also places them in danger of catastrophic bleeding. but ongoing research at Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute, part of Carolinas HealthCare System, using a device to stop clots from forming in the atrial appendage – where they can break off and trigger stroke – is proving superior to warfarin and is likely to receive Food and Drug Administration approval. Read More...


A Notable Walk

Simple things work. For the multitude of therapies we bring to the medical community, exercise is the “pill” that produces inexpensive, effective and enjoyable results. Read More...


LVADs Change Heart Failure Outlook

Sanjeev K. Gulati, MD
Sanjeev K. Gulati, MD

With the steady growth of heart failure cases over the past decade–about half of which are managed by noncardiologists–physicians and patients may not be aware of a pivotal device that can serve as a bridge to heart transplantation or even permanently do the work of an underperforming left ventricle. Read More...


Making Summer Camp a Reality for Cardiac Kids

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Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute employees, including physicians and nurses, worked behind the scenes at the first annual charity bike ride that raised close to $10,000 to support Camp LUCK (Lucky Unlimited Cardiac Kids). Read More...

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