The research committee of the American Heart Association recently awarded Dr. Nate Waldron, Duke Anesthesiology CA-3 resident, a two-year, $154,000 research grant for his project titled, “Temporary Autonomic Blockade to Prevent Atrial Fibrillation After Cardiac Surgery.”
Postoperative atrial fibrillation is a common complication after cardiac surgery that significantly increases morbidity, length of stay and mortality. With this two-year award, Dr. Waldron hopes to determine the effects of temporary autonomic modulation on incidence and duration of postoperative atrial fibrillation after cardiac surgery. Additionally, he plans to examine the role of regional autonomic modulation in systemic inflammation after cardiac surgery.
The award, “MAA Winter 2016 Mentored Clinical and Population Research Award,” begins July 1st of 2016. The mission of the American Heart Association is to “build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.”