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When Should You Have a Stress Test?

Posted 10/9/2017 by UHBlog

When Should You Have a Stress Test?

Experiencing shortness of breath or chest pains? Get answers with a stress test.

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What That Irregular Heartbeat Means

Posted 9/20/2017 by UHBlog

What That Irregular Heartbeat Means

Certain factors may increase your risk of developing abnormal heart rhythm.

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Keep Your Ticker Healthy

Posted 9/14/2017 by UHBlog

Keep Your Ticker Healthy

Follow these 7 steps to reduce your risk for heart disease.

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Are You at Risk for AFib

Posted 9/11/2017 by UHBlog

Are You at Risk for AFib?

Certain factors may increase your risk of developing abnormal heart rhythm.

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Don’t Cross Your Heart

Posted 6/13/2017 by UHBlog

Don’t Cross Your Heart

Find out more about how online heart disease risk-assessment tools can be a starting point for better heart health.

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When Hearts Grow Up

Posted 2/10/2017 by UHBlog

When Hearts Grow Up: Helping Your Child Plan for Life with Congenital Heart Disease

It is important to teach children with congenital heart disease about their limitations and how to manage their health as they become more independent.

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Don't Get Stent Out of Shape

Posted 2/9/2017 by UHBlog

Don't Get Stent Out of Shape

UH is one of the first hospitals in the country to use a new kind of absorbable stent for treating heart disease patients.

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What Type of Athletes Are at Greater Risk for Heart Attacks

Posted 1/26/2017 by UHBlog

What Type of Athletes Are at Greater Risk for Heart Attacks?

While endurance sports do not bring on heart attacks in otherwise healthy people, certain categories of athletes may be more at risk.

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Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring Reveals Early-Stage Heart Disease

Posted 1/6/2017 by UHBlog

Calcium Scoring

A simple test can help determine your risk for a heart attack.

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How Mammograms Can Reveal Heart Disease

Posted 8/17/2016 by UHBlog

How Mammograms Can Reveal Heart Disease

Did you know the screening test may uncover heart disease?

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Peripheral Arterial Disease: Not just a Pain in Your Leg

Posted 8/9/2016 by UHBlog

Peripheral Arterial Disease: Not just a Pain in Your Leg

Make sure leg discomfort is not peripheral artery disease.

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7 Ways to Avoid Heart Attack and Stroke If You Have Diabetes

Posted 7/20/2016 by UHBlog

7 Ways to Avoid Heart Attack and Stroke If You Have Diabetes

People with diabetes should take their condition to heart – literally.

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Not Just for Regularity Anymore – Meta Heart Health

Posted 7/1/2016 by UHBlog

Not Just for Regularity Anymore - Meta Heart Health

Not only will you be more “regular” by eating fiber, but you may be able to control your high bad cholesterol (LDL) as well.

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The Athletic Heart: Who to Screen Who to Bench?

Posted 4/29/2016 by UHBlog

The Athletic Heart: Who to Screen? Who to Bench?

Who to Screen? Who to Bench?

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New Novel Technology Changes the Way Heart Disease is Managed

Posted 4/26/2016 by UHBlog

New Novel Technology Changes the Way Heart Disease is Managed

Advances make monitoring easier and more comfortable.

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What Is HeartMath and Why Does it Matter?

Posted 2/23/2016 by UHBlog

What Is HeartMath and Why Does it Matter?

Learn how to effectively react to stress and improve your long-term wellness.

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Try the Mind Diet – A Smart Way to Eat

Posted 1/22/2016 by UHBlog

Learn how to keep your cognitive skills sharp and reduce the risk of dementia. Nutritional researchers have discovered that just a few tweaks to a grocery list may be the way to slow normal brain aging and cognitive decline. “The Mind Diet is a healthy, largely plant-based diet that can be very helpful for brain health,” says registered and licensed dietitian Joyce Kavaras, RD, LD. “The results from the initial study are very promising.” The Mind Diet is an acronym for M...

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New Heart and Vascular Treatment Options for High-Risk Patients

Posted 1/20/2016 by UHBlog

Newer technologies are leading to less invasive ways to treat heart conditions. Ask us how these advances can help you. In the past, if you needed open heart surgery, you could expect to undergo traditional surgery and a long recovery. Now, advanced minimally invasive approaches are making it easier to treat heart and vascular conditions without open surgery. For patients who might not be candidates for open surgery, this is especially good news, says interventional cardiologist Marco Costa, MD...

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Heart Disease and Family History

Posted 1/15/2016 by UHBlog

Many serious cardiac conditions are inherited or the result of genetic abnormalities. Talk to us about preventing heart disease. Take a quick look at the death notices in today’s newspaper. Statistics suggest that about a quarter of those people died of heart disease. In fact, heart disease impacts men and women equally and is the most common cause of death among both genders. Many cardiac problems occur from lifestyle choices, like smoking, poor diet or lack of exercise. Other conditions...

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Kids & Congenital Heart Disease: What Every Parent Should Know

Posted 1/14/2016 by UHBlog

Learn about congenital heart defects in children and the advances in discovery and treatment. Ask us. Nothing compares to the joy and wonder of a baby’s birth. But sometimes that joy is mitigated by the discovery that your precious infant is born with a congenital heart defect. Thankfully, new diagnostic screening and surgical techniques have enabled pediatric cardiologists to successfully detect and treat the vast majority of congenital heart defects. These early detection treatment met...

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A Dip in Performance May Be a Sign of Something Serious

Posted 10/12/2015 by UHBlog

Learn how undiagnosed heart conditions may be affecting your athletic performance. Ask us. Has your get-up-and-go suddenly got up and gone? Are you unable to complete a workout that used to be a piece of cake? Or, are your race times getting slower? These could be warning signs of an underlying cardiovascular problem, says cardiologist Barry Effron, MD. Heart conditions can affect athletes of all stripes, regardless of age, gender or physical fitness. “Heart disease is the leading cause of...

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Cholesterol: The Real Truth

Posted 7/29/2015 by UHBlog

Everyone needs cholesterol, but knowing how much you have can save your life. Ask us. For most of us, when we hear the word, "cholesterol," we often think it means something bad or unhealthy. But in reality, your body needs a small amount of cholesterol to function properly. It's when we eat too much of it or our bodies overproduce it, that problems develop. According to cardiologist Barry Effron, MD, too much cholesterol in your bloodstream clogs your blood vessels and increases your risk of h...

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Heart Disease: Myths vs. Facts

Posted 5/15/2015 by UHBlog

Heart disease doesn’t affect all women alike and the warning signs for women aren’t the same in men. Ask us. Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing one in three deaths each year. There are a lot of myths about heart disease in women. Cardiac electrophysiologist Judith Mackall, MD, president of the Cleveland chapter of the American Heart Association, talks about these myths – and tells you the facts – so you can lower your risk for this deadly disea...

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Bones, Balance and Weight Loss: Reasons Why You Should Start Strength Training

Posted 10/27/2014 by Kelli Santiago, RD, LD

Kelli Santiago RD LD You probably already know aerobic exercises like jogging, swimming and biking are good for your heart. But, while they may do a good job at improving blood pressure, insulin resistance and cardiorespiratory fitness (to name a few), cardio workouts don’t do much for building muscle. Muscle is vital, however, and its benefits span far beyond just strength. Maintaining adequate muscle mass impacts a number of health and age related issues like bone health, blood gluc...

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