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.

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Wiping Out Heart Arrhythmias

Wiping Out Your Heart Arrhythmias With Ablation (Video)

Tags: ablation, abnormal heart beat, arrhythmia, heart and vascular institute, heart rhythm, heart video, radiofrequency ablation (RFA), video, Walid Saliba MD, whiteboard sessions

Patients with a heart arrhythmia, or abnormal heart rhythm, can often benefit from a minimally invasive treatment called an ablation—which is a high-tech way to correct an issue with your heart’s electrical system.

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Shingles Vaccine May Protect You 2 Ways

Tags: heart attack, shingles, shingles vaccine

Shingles is the painful, adult version of the once-common childhood disease chicken pox. A recent British study sees a link between shingles and heart attacks. Find out if a vaccine may be right for you.

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Spider Veins: Now You See Them, Now You Don’t (Video)

Tags: dr. anton, heart videos, sclerotherapy, spider veins, vascular surgeon, video

For many people, the saying “if you’ve got it, flaunt it” doesn’t apply to the presence of spider veins. Learn more about how this common condition can be successfully treated using a simple outpatient procedure.

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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.