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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.


Statins and Diabetes: Risk-Benefit Round-Up (Video)

Tags: cholesterol, coronary artery disease, diabetes, Dr. Rocco, heart attack, heart disease, heart health, heart videos, prevention, statins, video

People with diabetes are more likely to develop heart disease. Clouding this issue, the FDA recently issued a warning that statin therapy may be associated with an increased risk of developing diabetes. What gives?

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Can Push-Ups Take the Place of Pills? Not Yet

Tags: coronary artery disease, exercise, statins, stroke

Physical activity is potentially as effective as many drug interventions for patients with coronary heart disease and stroke, a recent analysis suggests. But don’t trade your medications for a new pair of cross-trainers yet.


Be Alert to Statin Side Effects (Video)

Tags: cholesterol, coronary artery disease, Dr. Rocco, heart attack, heart health, heart videos, prevention, side effects, statins, video

Statin therapy is a popular first-line treatment to lower LDL cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart attacks and death. While most people tolerate statins quite well, occasionally side effects can occur. Dr. Michael Rocco explains what to watch out for.

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Don’t Despair If You Have Statin Intolerance (Video)

Tags: coronary artery disease, Dr. Rocco, heart and vascular institute, heart health, heart videos, high cholesterol, statins, video

Intolerance to a specific statin does not predict a poor response to another. Learn how specific dosing regimens that increase the dose/frequency over time can help increase your tolerance.

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When So-called ‘Good’ Cholesterol Goes Bad

Tags: bad cholesterol, cholesterol, coronary artery disease, good cholesterol, innovation, research

The discovery of how the carrier of so-called “good” cholesterol becomes dysfunctional represents the first step toward creating new tests and treatments for cardiovascular disease.

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Your Feet Hold Clues to Clogged Arteries

Tags: atherosclerosis, coronary artery disease, heart and vascular institute, peripheral artery disease, pulse

Clogged arteries in your legs or arms can signal potentially lethal blocked coronary arteries. Read more to learn who should be tested and who should not.

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An Accident Paves The Way For Modern Heart Care

Tags: blood vessels, Coronary Angiography, coronary artery bypass surgery, coronary artery disease, Dr. Sones, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, innovation

What seemed like a grave medical error on Halloween Eve, 1958, turned out to be a breakthrough in heart disease diagnosis.

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Study Reveals Aliskiren’s Unexpected Benefits

Tags: atherosclerosis, blood pressure, clinical trials, coronary artery disease

Intriguing results were found during the recent Aquarius study of the blood pressure medication aliskiren. Aliskiren takers had a lower risk of sudden death, stroke and heart attacks.

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A Better Way to Treat Severely Blocked Arteries

Tags: carotid stent, coronary artery disease

A Cleveland Clinic study shows there may be a new and better option for treating patients with severely blocked arteries in the heart and neck — with patients staying healthier longer.