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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Added Sugar = Added Risk for Your Heart

Tags: added sugar, cardiovascular disease, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart healthy diet

Results from a recent study might just make you put down that soda for good. They confirm what doctors have been saying for years: Too much sugar is a bad thing for your health, especially your heart.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.