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Fall 2008


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Features

Customized Cardiac Care Taking Patients' Needs To Heart

After doctors discovered a blockage in her artery, a 53-year-old mother of three was told she would need open-heart surgery. While the initial diagnosis shocked her, the idea of major surgery was more alarming. She was concerned about a scar from a large incision and a long recovery. A second opinion from a Washington University cardiologist offered a larger range of options for her specific heart problem and allowed her to receive a minimally invasive treatment that minimized her downtime.

Treatment Filters LDL Cholesterol Out of the Blood

Some patients genetically predisposed to high levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), also known as “bad” cholesterol, don’t respond well to medication. Now Washington University physicians can help these patients with a technique called LDL aphereis.

Talk, Eat and Breathe Easy...After Throat Cancer Surgery

Standard treatments for head and neck cancers can sometimes cause disabling side effects. However, Washington University surgeons are pioneering a minimally invasive transoral laser microsurgery that reduces side effects and improves long-term survival.

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Also In the Issue

Breakthroughs
A look at three of the latest technological advances being used at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, including Glaucoma Procedure, Signal Transponder, and Defibrillators.

Gold Medal Care
Four years ago, Scott Touzinsky thought his professional volleyball career was over after he tore his ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) during a game in Greece.


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