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Running is a Life-Saver, Study Finds

Tags: cardiovascular disease, Dr. Phelan, exercise, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart health, prevention, running

Little has been known about the long-term effects of running on mortality. Researchers at Iowa State University conducted a 15-year study of more than 55,000 adults and found that runners had a 45 percent lower risk of death from heart disease and stroke. Here's why.


How doctors ID the best treatment for esophageal cancer

How Doctors ID the Best Treatment for Esophageal Cancer (Video)

Tags: cancer, cancer stage, cancer surgery, chemotherapy, digestive diseases, dr. raja, esophageal cancer, esophagus, heart and vascular institute, radiation, videos

When it comes to cancer of the esophagus, doctors carefully determine how far the cancer has progressed – and that information guides treatment options.


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Recipe: Spicy Beef Chili With Butternut Squash

Tags: fall, fruits and vegetables, healthy diet, Recipes

With a perfect flavor balance between the heat of the chili and the sweetness of the squash, this one-pot meal will please the whole family.


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TAVR Procedure Safe for Elderly with Aortic Stenosis

Tags: aorta, aortic stenosis, aortic valve replacement, aortic valve surgery, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart surgery, TAVR, transcatheter aortic valve replacement

TAVR is the latest advance in aortic valve replacement; its minimally invasive approach means patients who previously were out of options now have an effective, safe choice for treatment.


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Whether You’re 30 or 40, Starting to Exercise Improves Heart Health

Tags: exercise, heart and vascular institute, heart health, prevention

You can improve your blood pressure and overall heart health even if you start exercising after 40, research shows. Doctors stress that it is never too late to start moving.


Acid Reflux could be causing more Esophageal Cancer

What You Need to Know About a Cancer on the Rise (Video)

Tags: acid reflux, Barrett’s esophagus, dr. raja, esophageal cancer, esophagus, heart and vascular institute, heartburn, videos

When it comes to cancer of the esophagus, there’s a trend in the U.S., and it’s not a good one. This disease of the “food tube” is on the rise. Know your risk factors, including acid reflux.


Twice Baked Potato

Recipe: Healthier Twice-Baked Potatoes

Tags: fall, fruits and vegetables, healthy diet, Recipes

Twice baked potatoes are a family favorite. This version is so delicious – don't tell anyone that it is healthy! Make ahead a day or two, and bake when ready. It makes an easy side dish.


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Aortic Valve Repair May Mean No More Blood Thinner for You

Tags: aortic valve, aortic valve repair, aortic valve surgery, blood thinners, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart health, heart surgery

A recent study finds surgery to repair a common congenital aortic valve defect fixes the leaky valve and avoids the need for blood thinners.


Help for Achalasia

Help for Achalasia: What to Do if You’re Diagnosed (Video)

Tags: achalasia, digestive disease, digestive health, dr. raja, esophagus, heart and vascular institute, myotomy, poem, swallowing disorders, videos

The diagnosis of achalasia, a rare swallowing disorder, can be scary — but treatment doesn’t have to be. Many options are available, including medication and newer surgical approaches.


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6 Ways To Get the Most from Your Cardiac Care

Tags: cardiac exam, doctor's appointment, health history, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart health

You are an essential part of your cardiac care team. There are six essential steps to getting up to speed that will help you learn how to be your best advocate.