Cardiovascular


Spectrum Health Announces New Surgical Director for Heart Transplant and VAD Programs

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., October 30, 2020 – Spectrum Health has selected Marzia Leacche, MD, as the Richard DeVos Endowed Heart Transplant and Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) Surgical Director for its Richard DeVos Heart & Lung Transplant Program effective Jan. 1, 2021. Dr. Leacche has been a member of the transplant team since 2016.   “A comprehensive search process was conducted by a multidisciplinary committee, which evaluated both internal […]



Spectrum Health Answers Questions about COVID-19 and the Heart

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., April 14, 2020 – New research has determined that the novel coronavirus COVID-19 can do alarming damage to the heart. In fact, one out of five patients with COVID-19 experience heart damage, according to a study published in March in JAMA Cardiology. People already diagnosed and suffering from heart disease have increased […]



Spectrum Health Celebrates Heart Month

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Feb. 5, 2020 – February is Heart Month and Spectrum Health – the leading provider of cardiac care in West Michigan – is taking this opportunity to both educate the public and celebrate its successes. “We are very proud of the level of cardiovascular care we provide throughout West Michigan. Our experienced […]



Spectrum Health Seeks to Be Among First to Offer Recently FDA-Approved Heart Attack Alert System

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Aug. 27, 2019 – An implantable monitoring device may benefit those suffering from high-risk cardiac disease and Spectrum Health hopes to be among the first in the nation to offer the treatment to its patients. An acute coronary syndrome (ACS) event occurs when one or more of the coronary arteries supplying the […]



Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Earns Accreditation from the Adult Congenital Heart Association

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Oct. 25, 2018 – In recognition of its expertise in serving adults with congenital heart disease (CHD), Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital has received accreditation from the Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA). The ACHA is a nationwide organization focused on connecting patients, family members and health care providers to form a community of […]



Should seniors be taking low-dose aspirin for primary prevention of heart attacks?

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Sept. 17, 2018 – A new research study questions the effectiveness of daily low-dose aspirin for the primary prevention of heart attacks and strokes and has patients reaching out to cardiologists for direction. The joint Australian-U.S. study of greater than 19,000 healthy older patients was recently published online by the New England […]



Spectrum Health Offers Heart Disease “True/False” Test

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Feb. 13, 2018 – During February –Heart Month– there are messages everywhere about the importance of maintaining optimal heart health. Since heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, heart disease should be taken seriously by everyone. An expert from Spectrum Health says that, even with efforts […]



Spectrum Health Completes 100th Lung and 100th Heart Transplants During Four-Day Span in Late December

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Jan. 8, 2018 – Spectrum Health’s Richard DeVos Heart & Lung Transplant Program reached significant milestones in late December, with transplant teams completing the program’s 100th heart and 100th lung transplants within days of one another. Ascenda Denton, 42, of Stevensville, Michigan, the lung recipient, and Elaine Slikkers, 62, of Holland, Michigan, the […]



Spectrum Health Announces New Leader for Heart and Lung Transplant Program

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., May 1, 2017 – Spectrum Health today announced the retirement of one key physician leader and the promotion of another. Asghar Khaghani, MD, FRCS, will retire as Richard DeVos Endowed Director for heart and lung transplant surgery and mechanical circulatory support with the Spectrum Health Richard DeVos Heart and Lung Transplant Program. […]



Spectrum Health Cardiomyopathy Program Named National Center of Excellence

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., March 28– The Spectrum Health Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Program has been designated a national Center of Excellence by the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association (HCMA). Spectrum Health joins 25 other centers nationwide with this recognition, and becomes the second center in the state of Michigan. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is the most common genetic cardiovascular disorder, […]