Month: February 2011

During Heart Month: Special Thanks to the Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center

Heart disease remains the number one killer of American men and women. It has touched the lives of most people in our region, our state and our UConn Health Center community.

As we reflect upon American Heart Month this February, this is an appropriate time to celebrate some of the impressive recent achievements at the Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center. Under the leadership of Dr. Bruce Liang, the Calhoun Cardiology Center continues to contribute to research advances in the prevention, detection and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. Their work will improve the quality of life for our generation and generations to follow. Here are just a few examples:

  • Dr. Liang’s research into the earliest warning signs of heart attack risk continues to move forward. He was the lead author of a recent paper in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
  • Dr. Eric Avelar is the lead investigator of an exciting new study looking at new ways of diagnosing heart disease among patients who experience chest pain.
  • Dr. William White, an internationally recognized expert in the diagnoses and treatment of high blood pressure, recently authored a paper in Hypertension on the efficacy of a new treatment of hypertension.
  • Dr. Kanwar Singh is the first physician in the region to take an innovative, minimally invasive approach to treating peripheral arterial disease through the use of the new Wildcat catheter.
  • Dr. Michael Dahn performed the first procedure in the Hartford area to repair an abdominal aneurysm using no surgical incision.
  • And the The Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center has received the Get With The Guidelines® Silver Performance Achievement Award from the American Heart Association in recognition of its successful treatment of patients with heart failure.

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