Each of your kidneys wears a little yellow cap that helps keep your blood pressure in check, and much more. But in some people, it starts running amok, pumping out a hormone that sends blood pressure sky-high. Why this happens is still a mystery. But new U-M findings could help figure out what’s going on.
A global hunt for genes that influence heart disease risk has uncovered 157 changes in human DNA that alter the levels of cholesterol and other blood fats – a discovery that could lead to new medications.
For the millions of Americans at risk for heart disease or diabetes, a diet that includes tart cherries might actually be better than what the doctor ordered, according to new animal research from the University of Michigan Health System.
Michigan’s top heart and heart surgery program has a new name – the University of Michigan Samuel and Jean Frankel Cardiovascular Center. The change recognizes $50 million in giving from the Samuel and Jean Frankel Foundation.
On March 8, the University of Michigan Health System will host a World Kidney Day event that includes free kidney, blood pressure and depression screenings, plus prize raffles and information about kidney transplantation.
During Heart Disease Awareness Month, experts at the U-M Cardiovascular Center are available to discuss new strategies for improving patient care and the quality of patients' lives. While cutting-edge techniques are transforming treatment of heart disease, there are ways to prevent getting heart disease in the first place.