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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Peach Smoothie

Recipe: Peach-Vanilla Yogurt Smoothie

Tags: breakfast, fruits and vegetables, Recipes, smoothie, soy

Enjoy this very refreshing, tasty drink for breakfast or a snack. You can build from this recipe and modify it with different fruit such as strawberries or you can use a low-fat soy milk or skim milk.

vegetable

Eating Raw Veggies Best for Blood Pressure

Tags: blood pressure, diet, healthy diet, hypertension, vegetables

Your blood pressure benefits when you eat lots of veggies. A recent study suggests the biggest benefit may come from eating your vegetables raw. When you cook vegetables, you change their chemical composition.

How to make the most of your preadmission appointment

Surgery Scheduled? How to Make the Most of Your Preadmission Appointment

Tags: Dr. Sabik, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart health, heart surgery, informed consent, preadmission, risks and benefits, surgery

Meeting with your surgeon before an operation to discuss informed consent has changed over the years. Find out how to be prepared for this important meeting so you go into surgery feeling comfortable.

vegetables

5 Top Reasons You Should Eat the Mediterranean Way

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

Choosing what to eat shouldn't be complicated. For many years, the Mediterranean diet has helped lower incidence of heart attack and stroke, and it's a delicious way to better health.

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The Tumor Your Doctors Usually Don’t Expect (Video)

Tags: Dr. Roselli, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart surgery, heart video, heart videos, risk factors, Tumors, video

When a patient complains of cardiac symptoms, cardiac tumors are one of the last things doctors usually suspect. They are rare, and are usually benign or non-cancerous.

Quinoa

Recipe: Quinoa With Tomatoes, Mangoes and Toasted Almonds

Tags: fruits and vegetables, herbs and spices, Recipes, summer

This seasonal summer dish is delicious with a mixed green salad or grilled veggies. Or you can pair this dish with leftover poultry or fish, along with a salad or grilled vegetable.

Flat line alert on heart monitor

How You Can Outsmart the Widow Maker Artery (Video)

Tags: arteries, CAD, cad-videos, 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.

woman on scale

How Losing Weight Lowers Your Blood Pressure (Video)

Tags: blood pressure, hypertension, kidney, kidney health, video

Watch Michael Roizen, MD, demonstrate how a small drop in weight can have a big impact on high blood pressure.

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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.

Heart Risk

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.