Heart & Vascular Health:
The Beating Edge

Stay informed about heart, vascular and thoracic topics in this continuation of The Beating Edge blog from our Heart & Vascular Institute, which is ranked No. 1 in heart care in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

Posts from The Beating Edge TeamSubscribe feed
Fast and furious heart rhythm

Atrial Fibrillation: When the Electrical System Misfires (Video)

Tags: abnormal heart beat, arrhythmia, Dr. Tchou, electrophysiology, heart and vascular institute, heart video, video, whiteboard sessions

Atrial fibrillation, also called AFib, is the most common irregular heart rhythm. Our heart is powered by a complex electrical system, and sometimes it misfires – which causes a fast, chaotic rhythm that can be alarming. Learn more.

exercise-level

A Hip Replacement Is Good for Your Heart

Tags: heart disease, hip replacements

In patients sidelined by painful osteoarthritis, knee or hip replacement helps restore mobility. A recent study found that people who had knee or hip replacements also had a lower risk of heart disease.

Doctor and Patient

New FMD Guidelines Pave the Way for More Research (Video)

Tags: dr. gornik, fibromuscular dysplasia, FMD, heart and vascular institute, heart video, research, videos

The American Heart Association recently introduced new guidelines on fibromuscular dysplasia.The guidelines will help to pave the way for new research and help doctors better understand the condition.

man jogging

Medicare to Cover Rehab for Heart Failure

Tags: cardiac rehabilitation, heart and vascular institute, heart failure

Cardiac rehab improves quality of life for heart patients and may save lives, but until now, those with heart failure who rely on Medicare were out of luck. Reversing a 2009 denial of benefits, CMS now supports coverage.

Sign saying Weak Bridge

Rhythm of Your Heart: Bridge Out Ahead (Video)

Tags: abnormal heart beat, Dr. Tchou, electrophysiology, heart video, video, whiteboard sessions

People who experience a certain type of abnormal heart rhythm sometimes can see their beats per minute rise from a normal of 70 to up to 250. This occurs when there are issues with the “bridge” that connects the heart’s “circuits.”

question marks in shape of a heart

Myth or Truth: A Closer Look at Your Heart Health

Tags: coronary artery disease, e-News, heart 411, heart and vascular institute, heart facts, myth or truth, peripheral arterial disease (PAD)

There is so much health information on the web that it is important to separate fact from fiction. Here are a few commonly believed heart health issues you may have read about. Let’s find out if they are myth or true and why.

stethoscope with heart

Some Game Changers in New AFib Guidelines

Tags: afib, atrial fibrillation, heart and vascular institute, heart health, heart rhythm

There are some game changers in new guidelines for best treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF), the most common type of heart rhythm disorder. AF is a factor in thousands of deaths each year. See what's new.

people walking on treadmills

Study: Vigorous Exercise May Help Heart Failure

Tags: exercise and heart health, heart failure

Heart failure shouldn't keep you from exercising. In a boundary-expanding study, researchers found that vigorous exercise benefits some patients with heart failure more than low intensity workouts.

Flat line alert on heart monitor

The Ins and Outs of Irregular Heartbeats (Video)

Tags: abnormal heart beat, Dr. Tchou, electrophysiology, heart and vascular institute, heart video, video, whiteboard sessions

Your heart has its own “electrical system,” which powers the beating of your heart. The heart’s natural pacemaker regulates your heart’s rhythm, unless something irregular — called an arrhythmia — occurs.

fruits and vegetables in a basket

Budget-Friendly Tips for Heart-Healthy Eating

Tags: diet & nutrition, heart healthy diet

Life is stressful enough, and trying to buy heart-healthy foods that won't empty your wallet isn't easy. A few simple ideas can help.