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Keeping Abreast of Heart Disease Risk

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"I get my exercise acting as a pallbearer to my friends who exercise." -- American politician Chauncey Depew (1834-1928)

 

Medical History

This week in 1968, Denton Cooley of the Texas Heart Institute performed the first successful heart transplant in the United States on Everett Thomas, 47, whose heart was damaged from rheumatic heart disease. Thomas survived 204 days with a heart donated from a 15-year-old girl. One year later, Cooley became the first heart surgeon to implant an artificial heart in a man.

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