New Studies: AI Captures Electrocardiogram Patterns That Could Signal a Future Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Two new studies by Cedars-Sinai investigators support using artificial intelligence (AI) to predict sudden cardiac arrest—a health emergency that in 90% of cases leads to death within minutes.

Patients Diagnosed With New-Onset, Persistent AFib Are More Likely to Have These Risk Factors

Patients who present with persistent atrial fibrillation at diagnosis are more likely to have certain risk factors as compared with patients with occasional atrial fibrillation (AFib). The findings, led by investigators in the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai, published in Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology.

Women Get the Same Exercise Benefits As Men, But With Less Effort

A new study from the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai shows there is a gender gap between women and men when it comes to exercise.

Why the Top Cause of Death for Women Has Been Ignored

Experts at the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai who have studied progress made over decades of research say there’s still a long way to go before medical science fully understands how heart disease is different in women than men.

Heart of the Matter: Media Tipsheet From Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai

Cardiologists and cardiac and vascular surgeons from the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai are available for interviews throughout February to discuss heart-related topics, including the latest advances in research and patient care.

Smidt Heart Institute Experts to Discuss Study Findings, Techniques at Society of Thoracic Surgeons Annual Meeting

Cardiothoracic surgeons and investigators from the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai will lead sessions featuring a range of heart procedures at the 60th Annual Meeting of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), Jan. 27-29, 2024, in San Antonio, Texas.

Adult Congenital Heart Surgery Team Saves a Life, Sparks an Idea

She was five days postpartum. Her first child was a perfect baby girl. What was supposed to be among the happiest times in Marisa Dominguez’s life was, instead, the scariest.

Cedars-Sinai Uses AI to Identify People With Abnormal Heart Rhythms

Investigators from the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai found that an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm can detect an abnormal heart rhythm in people not yet showing symptoms.

Cardiac Arrest: Hispanics, Latinos With Kidney Disease at High Risk

Hispanics and Latinos with chronic kidney disease are at significant risk for suffering from sudden cardiac arrest, according to a new study from the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai.

Cedars-Sinai Experts Available to Discuss AFib, Aortic Dissections

During National Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) Awareness Month throughout September and Aortic Disease Awareness Week, Sept.19-26, Smidt Heart Institute cardiologists and surgeons are available to speak with journalists about these common heart conditions.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Cedars-Sinai Experts Available to Discuss Safety, Benefits of Using Medications to Lose Weight

The science is unclear on exactly why an increasingly popular new class of federally approved diabetes and obesity medications work, but they do know that they are effective at helping people lose weight.

Cedars-Sinai July Research Highlights

A roundup of the latest medical discoveries and faculty news at Cedars-Sinai.

Smidt Heart Institute’s Hypertension Center Earns Accreditation

The Hypertension Center in the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai has earned accreditation from the American Heart Association, signifying that it exceeds the highest standards of care for patients with high blood pressure—a condition that affects nearly half of all U.S. adults and increases risk for heart attack, stroke and kidney failure.

Climbing to New Heights After Robotic Coronary Artery Bypass Graft

The summit is a good place to be. Staying active on the hiking trails around the southern highlands of Australia, where he retired earlier this year after a career in film marketing, Jon Anderson is feeling there’s little he can’t conquer.

Study: Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair Safe, Successful

Long-awaited outcomes data of transcatheter edge-to-edge procedures to repair patients’ leaky mitral valves revealed the minimally invasive procedure to be safe and effective in nearly 90% of patients, according to Cedars-Sinai physician-scientists.

Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes Increase Stroke Risk

Investigators from the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai found that women who experience an adverse pregnancy outcome—such as gestational hypertension, preeclampsia or preterm birth—have a higher risk of developing stroke in their lifetime, and at a younger age.

Smidt Heart Institute Surgeons Available for Interviews During AATS Annual Meeting

Throughout the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) Annual Meeting, taking place May 6-9 in Los Angeles, experts from the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai will be available to discuss advances and innovations in cardiothoracic surgery.

Mission Ax-2 Set to Launch Stem Cells to Space

Cedars-Sinai investigators, in collaboration with Axiom Space of Houston, are sending stem cells to space in early May to explore whether microgravity can make it easier and more efficient to produce large batches of stem cells.

American College of Cardiology Honors Women’s Heart Disease Pioneer

Noel Bairey Merz, MD, professor of cardiology and the director of the Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center in the Smidt Heart Institute, will receive the 2023 Master of the ACC Award from the American College of Cardiology (ACC) in honor of her pioneering contributions to the cardiovascular profession.

ACC Scientific Session 2023 to Feature Smidt Heart Institute Experts

Experts from the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai, California’s premier cardiology and heart surgery provider, will present innovative research findings and lead discussions on the latest high-impact medical breakthroughs during the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Annual Scientific Session & Expo March 4-6 in New Orleans.

Life Is Good After Complex, Robotic Mitral Valve Repair

Elizabeth Hinlein is freshly home from three weeks in Italy. The streets of Venice, Florence, Rome and Siena inspired her creative work as an artist and filmmaker, and also helped her regain her strength and build back her stamina. And count her lucky stars.

Renowned Cardiologist Honored for Medical Contributions in Heart Transplantation

Internationally recognized cardiologist in heart transplantation Jon Kobashigawa, MD, director of Advanced Heart Disease and the Heart Transplant Program in the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai, and chief medical officer of the California Heart Center Foundation, an affiliate of Cedars-Sinai, has been selected to receive the highly coveted 2023 Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT).

Smidt Heart Institute at 5: Breakthroughs in Research, Patient Care

Marking the five-year anniversary of the $50 million gift that named the Smidt Heart Institute, Cedars Sinai is highlighting major research breakthroughs and clinical innovations pioneered by one of the nation’s leading destinations for cardiac care.

Fetal Echoes: Caring for the Heart During Pregnancy

As the nation continues to recognize American Heart Month, the Smidt Heart Institute’s Ruchira Garg, MD, director of Congenital Noninvasive Cardiology in the Guerin Family Congenital Heart Program at Cedars-Sinai, and Susanna Tran, MD, sat down with the Cedars-Sinai Newsroom to spotlight specialized fetal imaging.

Women’s Heart Health Day: Experts Available for Interviews

Experts from the Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center in the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai are available for interviews to commemorate the 18th-annual Linda Joy Pollin Women’s Heart Health Day, Feb. 3.

What is MINOCA? A Type of Heart Attack Mostly Affecting Women

Heart disease is the leading cause of death among women in the U.S., and a type of heart attack called myocardial infarction with non-obstructive coronary arteries (MINOCA), which predominantly affects women, is garnering increased attention.

Investigators Closer to Predicting 2 Common Heart Conditions

Two novel research studies from Cedars-Sinai move the needle on predicting two important heart conditions—sudden cardiac arrest, which is often fatal, and increased coronary artery calcium, a marker of coronary artery disease that can lead to a heart attack.

Cedars-Sinai Launches New Division of Population Sciences Research

The Cedars-Sinai Department of Biomedical Sciences has established a new division that is charged with developing a deeper understanding of the impact of social, behavioral and environmental risk factors on human diseases.

Smidt Heart Institute Experts to Lead Training Sessions at Society of Thoracic Surgeons Conference

Cardiothoracic surgeons and investigators from the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai bring their leading-edge expertise in heart and lung surgery to the 59th Annual Meeting of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), Jan. 21-23, 2023, in San Diego.

Martha Gulati, MD, Named Anita Dann Friedman Endowed Chair in Women’s Cardiovascular Medicine and Research

Martha Gulati, MD, director of Preventive Cardiology and associate director of the Preventive and Rehabilitative Cardiac Center in the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai, has been named the Anita Dann Friedman Endowed Chair in Women’s Cardiovascular Medicine and Research.

Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai Welcomes Four New Specialists to Department of Cardiology

The Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai welcomes four new specialists to its Department of Cardiology: interventional cardiologist Aakriti Gupta, MD, electrophysiologists Eric Braunstein, MD, and Archana Ramireddy, MD, and adult congenital cardiologist Prashanth Venkatesh, MD.

A Heart Fix That Fits

Yvette Honda-Schumacher was 20 weeks pregnant and had just had a routine anatomy ultrasound when she was surprised to hear that a cardiologist was asked to come into the exam room.

Smidt Heart Institute Experts to Present the Latest in Heart Research, Patient Care

Cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons and interventionalists from the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai are presenting an array of innovative research data and leading discussions on medical breakthroughs during the American Heart Association (AHA) Scientific Sessions, taking place in Chicago, Nov. 5-7.

Smidt Heart Institute Welcomes New Director of Preventive Cardiology

Martha Gulati, MD, an expert in preventive cardiology and women’s heart disease, has joined the Smidt Heart Institute as director of Preventive Cardiology, associate director of the Preventive and Rehabilitative Cardiac Center and associate director of the Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center in the Department of Cardiology.

Artificial Intelligence Shown to More Rapidly and Objectively Determine Calcium Scores Than Physicians

A study published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC): Cardiovascular Imaging shows that artificial intelligence tools can more rapidly, and objectively, determine calcium scores in computed tomographic (CT) and positron emission tomographic (PET) images than physicians, even when obtained from very-low-radiation CT attenuation scans.

August Research Highlights

A Roundup of the Latest Medical Discoveries and Faculty News at Cedars-Sinai

Cardiologists, Cardiothoracic Surgeons Available for Expert Commentary Ahead of Upcoming Conferences

Cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons from the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai are available to discuss the latest advances in research, clinical care, transcatheter procedures and cardiothoracic surgery throughout the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT) Scientific Sessions 2022 and Heart Rhythm 2022.