Heart disease is the nation’s leading killer. The heart can be damaged suddenly or over time. Why does the normal pattern of electrical conductivity in the heart sometimes go awry or stop abruptly? How do arteries become blocked? What strategies might scientists develop to help correct these problems, as well as to repair the heart after injury as occurs during a heart attack by reducing scar tissue in the heart that can lead to heart failure and facilitating the regeneration and/or repair of normal cardiac cells? Scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute’s Center for Heart and Regenerative Medicine Research aim to improve understanding of exactly how the heart functions, why it sometimes fails to work properly, and what to do to repair any damage.

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Anthony Rosenzweig

Oct. 2, 2018

Renowned cardiology expert to open newly named VTCRI Maury Strauss Distinguished Public Lecture Series

Exercise helps keep the heart healthy, but could it help teach us how to treat cardiac disease? That’s the question leading cardiologist Anthony Rosenzweig will ...

Steve Poelzing

Sept. 6, 2018

The spark of connection: VTCRI scientist awarded a new federal grant to study cardiac conduction in health, disease

Steven Poelzing, an associate professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, has received a new five-year grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood ...

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Aug. 26, 2018

The heart: digital or analog? VTCRI researchers shed dramatic new light on disorders of heart bioelectricity

Scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute (VTCRI) have found evidence that may disrupt conventional understanding about how electrical activity travels in the heart ...

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