Kelly Epps-Anderson, MD Announced as President of the American Heart Association Greater Washington Region


Kelly Epps-Anderson, MD, an interventional cardiologist at Inova Heart and Vascular Institute (IHVI), has been named the new President, American Heart Association Greater Washington Region. Along with incoming board members, Dr. Epps-Anderson will work to advance the mission and fundraising priorities for the American Heart Association. The board will also oversee opportunities for investment in…

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Aspirin Use: Significant Change in National Guidelines for Taking Aspirin to Prevent Heart Disease and Stroke

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The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recently finalized new guidance advising against daily aspirin use by certain people to prevent a first heart attack or stroke – a reversal of the panel’s 2016 recommendations.    In general, for people 40 to 59 years of age who are at increased risk of developing heart…

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All Five Inova Hospitals Nationally Recognized for Straight ‘A’s by the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

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Falls Church, VA – All five Inova hospitals have once again received “A” grades by the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for spring 2022. This national distinction recognizes Inova’s achievements in protecting patients from preventable harm and error in the hospital. Inova Loudoun Hospital is one of only 22 hospitals in the United States, and one…

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After a Heart-Lung Transplant, a Mother Gets a Second Chance

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Tandy was still in her 30s when she started experiencing shortness of breath. She was a runner, but suddenly she couldn’t run more than two minutes without having to stop. Eventually, she was diagnosed with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Despite medical management, her condition deteriorated rapidly. “I had stations set up in the hallway so…

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Inova Targeted COVID Vaccine Hesitancy with Personal Messages from Doctors

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In 2021, COVID-19 vaccines brought hope and the promise of a return to normal life for communities across our region, the nation and the world. Yet vaccine hesitancy functioned as a barrier that prevented some individuals from getting immunized. Lower levels of vaccination have corresponded to increased morbidity and mortality from COVID-19, exacerbating health disparities,…

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Inova’s Minimally Invasive Surgical Options Help Patients with Heart Valve Disease

Eric L. Sarin, MD, is a cardiac and thoracic surgeon with Inova Heart and Vascular Institute (IHVI). He is Section Chief of Adult Cardiac Surgery, Co-Director of the Structural Heart and Valve Program and Co-Director of Cardiovascular Research.  Matthew W. Sherwood, MD, MHS, is an Inova interventional cardiologist, Director of Inova’s Left Atrial Appendage Closure/WATCHMAN…

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Cardio-Oncology: What It Is, Who It’s For and How It Can Help

Jennifer Shea, MD, FACC, is a cardiologist at Virginia Heart’s Vienna office. She is Co-Founder of Inova Heart and Vascular Institute’s (IHVI) Cardio-Oncology Program.  Undergoing cancer treatment is a journey that demands your attention and focus. Many people will stop at nothing to eradicate the tumor and make the triumphant transition from “cancer patient” to…

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What You Need to Know About Cardiovascular Health During Pregnancy

Paula Pinell-Salles, MD, FACC, specializes in general cardiology and vascular medicine and is a Co-Founder of Inova’s Women’s Heart Health program. She is board certified in cardiovascular disease. Dr. Pinell-Salles is a cardiologist in Virginia Heart’s Fairfax office.  For most women, pregnancy is marked by good health and the excitement of bringing a new life into the world. Still,…

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