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After Heart Surgery, This Ordinary Drug Could Be Right for Your Chest Pain

Tags: heart and vascular institute, heart surgery, NSAIDs, postpericardiotomy syndrome, pps, surgical trama

Inflamed tissues after heart surgery can cause discomfort, but there’s a solution. Here’s what you can do about postpericardiotomy syndrome.


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Low-Carb Eating May Be Best for Weight Loss, Heart Health

Tags: carbohydrates, diabetes, fiber, healthy diet, heart healthy diet, Mediterranean diet, saturated fat, weight loss

If you’re looking for a heart-healthy weight-loss diet to try, it appears that low-carbohydrate might be more effective than low-fat.


If you want to be heart-healthy this Thanksgiving, consider these tips from our Heart & Vascular Institute dietitians for preparing lighter versions of your favorite foods.

Thanksgiving Dinner: Serve This, Not That (Infographic)

Tags: healthy eating, holiday season, infographic, Thanksgiving

Overeating Thanksgiving dinner has become a national pastime. Learn how to lighten the calories and fat in the traditional foods you love.


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High Blood Pressure? Don’t Take Vitamin D for It (Video)

Tags: blood pressure, Dr. Nissen, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart health, prevention, research, vitamin D

Some claim that vitamin D can lower blood pressure, but these claims are unproven. Vitamin D is essential for your health but too much is dangerous.


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When Your Heart Stents Narrow, Brachytherapy Can Help

Tags: angioplasty, balloon angioplasty, brachytherapy, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, innovation, stents

Interventional cardiologists are now using brachytherapy — a radiation treatment usually used to treat cancer — to re-open clogged arteries.


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A Post ER Follow-Up Could Save Your Life

Tags: cardiology, chest pain, ER visit, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart attack, heart health

You can breathe easier once the ER doc says those chest pains weren't a heart attack, but don't brush aside your health scare; follow up with a doctor's visit − it could save your life.


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Recipe: Low-Fat Crunchy Pumpkin Pie

Tags: dessert, fall, fall season, heart healthy diet, pumpkin, Recipes, Thanksgiving

This low-fat crunchy pumpkin pie uses only a small amount of oil in the crust and skim milk in the filling to make it heart-healthy. The pie filling is flavorful with pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla.


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Varicose Veins: Not Just an Older Woman’s Problem

Tags: heart and vascular institute, sclerotherapy, spider veins, varicose vein treatments, varicose veins

Even though women most often seek treatment for varicose veins, men can also suffer pain and cramping from painful, swollen ropy veins. Three treatments offer effective symptom relief.


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How to Know if Your Heart Can Handle Non-Cardiac Surgery

Tags: cardiovascular health, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart health, pre-surgery health, surgery

Today, surgery is generally very safe, but any surgical procedures carry potential risk. It’s always wise to ask questions about heart risks and to advocate for your own health and safety.


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Researchers Find New Link Between Red Meat and Heart Disease (Video)

Tags: atherosclerosis, heart disease, red meat

If you're concerned about heart disease, here's another reason to consider setting down your steak knife. A new study adds to a growing body of literature linking red meat consumption with increased heart disease risk.