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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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.

man with heartburn

Heartburn? Lifestyle Changes to Reduce Acid Reflux Symptoms

Tags: acid reflux, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), heartburn

What we know as heartburn, or more formally as Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), affects as much as 20 percent of the U.S. population. It can usually be controlled with modest lifestyle changes, doctor says.

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How to Prevent Cardiac Surgical Wound Infections (Video)

Tags: Dr. Sabik, heart and vascular institute, heart surgery, heart video, prevention, risk factors, surgery wounds, surgical site infections, videos

Infections following cardiac surgery don’t have to occur when you and your doctor team up to prevent them. Antibiotics, safe hair removal, plus your weight and diabetes control help before surgery.

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.

Let's Talk About Sex After a Heart Attack

Let’s Talk About Sex After a Heart Attack (Video)

Tags: heart and vascular institute, heart attack, heart health, Sex and Heart, sexual health

After a heart attack, sex is still an important component of your quality of life, as well as your partner’s. It stresses the heart only as much as climbing a few flights of stairs. Learn more.

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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.

Mushroom and Asparagus Quiche

Recipe: Asparagus, Tomato and Shiitake Mushroom Quiche

Tags: breakfast, eggs, healthy diet, Recipes, vegetables

This quiche, which has a whole-wheat crust, makes a nice meal with a simple green salad. Change up the vegetables by the season to baby artichokes, broccoli, cauliflower, squash or fennel.