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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woman smoking electronic cigarette

E-Cigarettes: Tobacco-Free, But Your Heart May Still Be at Risk

Tags: e-cigarettes, heart and vascular institute, heart health, nicotine, tobacco

E-cigarette fans say they are a safer, tobacco-free alternative to smoking cigarettes. But vapers still inhale nicotine and a new study suggests nicotine directly damages heart cells.


air pollution

The Air You Breathe Can Hurt Your Heart

Tags: afib, air pollution, atrial fibrillation, blood clots, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart health

New studies show links between small particulate matter in air pollution and atrial fibrillation and blood clots in the lungs. Learn more.


man with bike helmet

No Time to Exercise? Turn Your Commute Into a Daily Workout

Tags: exercise, exercise and heart health, heart and vascular institute, heart health

No time to exercise? Biking to work can turn your commute into a daily workout that boosts heart health and clears your head.


Oatmeal Cookies

Recipe: Oatmeal and Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Tags: dessert, healthy dessert, oatmeal, Recipes

Nothing says home better than oatmeal cookies. You can adjust this recipe to your liking: Add your favorite dried fruits or chopped nuts or change the spice to ginger or cinnamon.


marathon runners

Can Too Much Extreme Exercise Damage Your Heart?

Tags: exercise, exercise and heart health, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart damage, heart disease

Exercise is good for you, but some extreme athletes can push past healthy limits. A recent study shows some athletes have higher rates of heart problems than people who exercise more moderately.


heart with pink ribbon

Hope and Help for Radiation-Damaged Hearts (Video)

Tags: cancer, chemotherapy, coronary artery disease, Dr. Roselli, heart and vascular institute, heart video, heart videos, radiation, video, videos

Cancer patients who’ve undergone chest radiation therapy may incur cardiovascular damage that shows up decades later. Surgeons recommend multi-component procedures, or other therapies based upon each patient’s risk.


Single Pill

New Drug May Transform Treatment of Heart Failure

Tags: clinical trials, fatigue, heart failure, shortness of breath

A new drug shows promise in improving the treatment of heart failure. A clinical trial showed it lowered the chances of death or hospitalization by about 20 percent compared to the current standard drug treatment.


dark chocolate

Can Dark Chocolate Help Ease Your Pain from PAD?

Tags: dark chocolate, heart and vascular institute, heart health, PAD, peripheral artery disease (PAD)

Researchers in Rome found that some patients with peripheral artery disease walked farther with less pain after eating dark chocolate.


Roasted Portobello Mushrooms

Recipe: Roasted Portobello Sandwich with Dijon Balsamic Vinaigrette

Tags: fruits and vegetables, grilling, heart healthy diet, Recipes, vegetarian

This portobello mushroom sandwich is packed with flavor thanks to a mix of tangy, flavorful balsamic vinegar dressing, fresh basil and tomato, red onions and roasted red peppers.


Blood Pressure Results

Blood Pressure Kiosks Often Inaccurate, FDA Says

Tags: blood pressure, hypertension

Measuring blood pressure seems so simple that desk-like kiosks for checking blood pressure have popped up everywhere. They may be accessible and easy to use, but they often don't provide accurate information.