November 20, 2019

Baxter Cardiologist Seeking Answers About Pulmonary Hypertension


THE EMPLOYEE THEFT FROM BEMIDJI STATE IN LATE OCTOBER OF 2016.>>>A CARDIOLOGIST FROM THE MINNEAPOLIS HEART INSTITUTE FOUNDATION BAXTER CLINIC IS CONDUCTING RESEARCH ABOUT PULMONARY HYPERTENSION. SARAH WINKELMANN SHARES WITH US HOW STUDY HOPES TO GAIN INHE SITES AND IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR PATIENTS.>>Reporter: AFTER WORKING AT THE MINNEAPOLIS HEART INSTITUTE FOUNDATION IN THE BAXTER CLINIC FOR A FEW YEARS, DR. ERIC HAS SEEN OVER 150 PATIENTS WITH PULMONARY HYPERTENSION.>>HE SAW ALL OF THESE PATIENTS AT THIS CLINIC WITH PULMONARY HYPERTENSION AND HE WAS LIKE, WHAT IS GOING ON? HE DUG A LITTLE DEEPER AND CAME UP WITH HOW TO APPROACH THAT QUESTION TO GET ANSWERS.>>Reporter: RARELY DOES HE SEE PATIENTS AFFECTED THE SAME BY THE DISEASE.>>EVERY PATIENT SEEMS TO RESPOND A LITTLE DIFFERENTLY AND THEIR PULMONARY HYPERTENSION IS TREATED DIFFERENTLY AS SUCH. THIS RESEARCH STUDY IS REALLY DESIGNED TO ANSWER THE QUESTION OF WHY THIS HAPPENS AND HOW ONE PERSON’S PULMONARY HYPERTENSION IS A LITTLE DIFFERENT THAN THE NEXT PERSON’S.>>Reporter: PULMONARY HYPERTENSION IS AN ELEVATED BLOOD PRESSURE IN THE LUNGS THAT COMES FROM THE RIGHT HEART.>>PULMONARY HYPERTENSION IS A BIG ISSUE IN THIS COMMUNITY AND THE DOCTOR IS GOING TO DO THIS RESEARCH TO HELP US BETTER UNDERSTAND IT, BETTER TREAT, BETTER IDENTIFY.>>Reporter: IN ORDER TO CHECK FOR PULMONARY HYPERTENSION, PATIENTS LAY ON THIS BED TO HAVE PICTURES TAKEN OF THEIR LUNGS TO CHECK FOR BLOOD CLOTS.>>I’M HOPING THAT WE CAN MAKE A MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGH WITH PULMONARY HYPERTENSION AND GET TO THE ROOT CAUSE OF THIS PROBLEM AND HOPEFULLY UNLOCK SOME OF THE MYSTERY THAT HAS EVADED US THUS FAR.>>Reporter: VERYIEN JUST DONORS FROM THE BRAINERD AREA, ARNIE AND JOANNE, HAVE DONATED $25,000 TO GET THE RESEARCH PROJECT STARTED. THE MINNEAPOLIS HEART INSTITUTE FOUNDATION IS THERE TO SEE THE RESEARCH THROUGH ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE RESULTS.>>THE MINNEAPOLIS HEART INSTITUTE FOUNDATION IS A SEPARATE NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT EXISTS SOLELY TO SUPPORT THE RESEARCH AND EDUCATION OF THE MINNEAPOLIS HEART INSTITUTE PHYSICIANS.>>Reporter: BY OCTOBER, THE DOCTOR WILL START THE COLLECTION OF BLOOD SAMPLES FROM THOSE WITH PULMONARY HYPERTENSION. 150 TO 200 SAMPLES HAVE BEEN TAKEN, THE ANALYSIS WILL BEGIN. REPORTING IN BAXTER, SARAH WINKELMANN, LAKELAND NEWS.>>Josh: ONCE THE MATERIALS HAVE BEEN GATHERED, THE ANALYSIS

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