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How Cancer Treatments Can Damage Your Heart

Tags: ace inhibitors, arrhythmias, beta-blockers, cancer, cancer treatments, cardio-oncologist, Cardiomyopathy, dr tamarappoo, echocardiogram, heart failure, heart valves, radiation

Chemotherapy and radiation can damage your heart. A cardio-oncologist can help patients complete their cancer treatment without incurring damage to the heart.


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Do You Really Need a Stress Test? They’re Not for Everyone

Tags: coronary artery disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stress, stress test

Many patients who are at low risk for heart problems don’t need screenings such as EKG and stress tests, a national association of primary care physicians recently recommended.


Too Young to have a Heart Attack

Are You Too Young to Have a Heart Attack?

Tags: fibromuscular dysplasia, FMD, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart attack, heart disease, heart health, marfan syndrome, SCAD, sudden coronary artery dissection

When a young woman survives a heart attack, the cause may be sudden coronary artery dissection (SCAD), a little-known condition linked to several underlying diseases.


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Is Marathon Training Too Hard on Your Heart?

Tags: exercise and heart health, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart attack, heart disease, heart health, sports cardiology

Marathon training shown to positively alter heart structure and function in middle-aged men in Circulation study. Dr. Gordon Blackburn comments on results.


Preventing Your Atrial Fibrillation

Best Ways to Protect Your Heart From Atrial Fibrillation

Tags: atrial fibrillation, healthy diet, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart health

Controlling your weight, blood pressure and blood sugar may prevent or stop the heart-pounding episodes caused by atrial fibrillation.


Moderate Activity May Be All Your Heart Needs

Moderate Activity May Be All Your Heart Needs

Tags: activity, cardiovascular disease, exercise, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart health

A recent study shows that moderate physical activity (including walking and doing housework) two or three times per week may be best for cardiovascular health.


5 Simple Ways to Make a Healthy Pizza (Infographic)

5 Simple Steps to Healthy Pizza You’ll Love (Infographic)

Tags: diet, heart healthy diet, infographic, olive oil

In America, we love our pizza. But to avoid heart disease, we need to choose the right options for our pizza crust, sauce and toppings. Here are tips for making your pizza heart-healthier.


white soft cheese with olive oil on white dish

The Best Oil, Fish and Cheese Options for Your Heart

Tags: fish, healthy diet, heart health, Mediterranean diet, olive oil

Sometimes it seems like a world of endless food choices. But even for those of us who have settled on a particular way of eating -- such as the heart-healthy Mediterranean diet -- there's many decisions still to be made.


Lower Your Risk of Arrhythmia: Don’t Put Food in Plastic

Lower Your Risk of Arrhythmia: Don’t Put Food in Plastic

Tags: arrhythmias, Bisphenol, bpa, bps, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart health, heart rhythm

A recent study shows a link between heart arrhythmia and bisphenol-S (BPS), a chemical commonly used in “BPA-free” products.


celery with dipping sauce in heart-shaped dishes

Celery May Help Bring Your High Blood Pressure Down

Tags: antioxidants, blood pressure, fruits and vegetables, healthy diet, high blood pressure, low blood pressure, sodium

At almost every turn, science and medicine reveal a new “superfood." Now, the latest in wonder snacking: celery seeds to lower your high blood pressure (HBP). But does it really work? Find out.