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How You Can Outsmart the Widow Maker Artery (Video)

Tags: arteries, CAD, cardiac catheterization, coronary artery disease, family history, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart health, widowmaker

When you have a blockage in your left anterior descending artery (LAD), or “widow maker,” you may have a lower rate of survival from a heart attack than when the other two coronary arteries are blocked. Learn how you can take steps for better heart health now.

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Study: Implantable Defibrillator Can Save Your Life

Tags: heart and vascular institute, heart damage, heart disease, heart failure, heart health, ICD, implantable heart devices

Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) prevent sudden death when damaged hearts develop dangerous arrhythmias. They improve survival even if your heart has little damage, a new study confirms.

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Radiation That Cures Your Cancer Can Cause Collateral Damage (Video)

Tags: cancer, Dr. Clair, heart and vascular institute, radiation therapy, risk factors, vascular disease

Radiation therapy for head and neck cancers improves outcomes and even saves lives. However, the treatment also can have an unwanted side effect: Damage to blood vessels in the neck. Watch as one of our vascular surgeons explains.

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Control Your Weight for a Healthy Heartbeat

Tags: afib, atrial fibrillation, heart and vascular institute, heart health, weight loss

Atrial fibrillation is alarming, and experts say it's more dangerous than previously thought, but you can help control afib by watching what you eat.

When you have restenosis you also have options

When You Have Restenosis You Also Have Options (Video)

Tags: coronary artery disease, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart health, restenosis

When a too-large or too-small stent becomes clogged with plaque and you have restenosis, cardiologists can re-open the artery for better blood flow.

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Your Emotions Can Hurt Your Heart

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Feeling down hurts your heart, say two new studies that examine links between depression and heart disease, and how exercise helps both.

Improving Your Heart's Blood Flow Without Surgery

Improving Your Heart’s Blood Flow Without Surgery (Video)

Tags: angioplasty, arteries, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart health, stents

When medications or lifestyle changes don’t improve blood flow to the heart, angioplasty or stenting may help without surgery. Here's how.

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Study Says Heart-Healthy Diet Isn’t Only About the Fat

Tags: heart, heart and vascular institute, heart health, heart healthy diet, Mediterranean diet, saturated fat

New analysis of old studies says saturated fats may not be the main diet culprit in heart disease. But experts say current diet guidelines are still your best bet. Here's why.

Inflammation Education to Help Your Heart

Inflammation Education to Help Your Heart (Video)

Tags: CAD, CHD, heart and vascular institute, heart health, heart video, inflammation, statins, video

Inflammation doesn’t just occur with injury or infection, but can also affect your heart. It’s a driver for coronary heart disease, and is measured with a simple blood test. Statins may even reduce inflammation. Learn more.

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Hot Tubs Can Land Your Heart In Hot Water

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Relaxing in a hot tub sounds appealing, but if you have a heart condition, indulging in a steaming soak can cause problems. Limiting tub time and staying hydrated help reduce risk.