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 Making Heart Shape with Hands

Unique Pacemaker Therapy Benefits Women Heart Patients

Tags: heart and vascular institute, heart failure, heart failure therapy, heart health, pacemaker

Heart disease develops differently in women and men. Women respond better to cardiac resynchronization therapy, but many women aren't treated.


Technology provides new set of eyes for your heart surgery

How Modern Imaging Technology Enhances Your Heart Surgery

Tags: digital imaging, Dr. Sabik, heart and vascular institute, heart health, heart surgery, innovation, minimally invasive surgery, modern technology

Modern digital imaging allows surgeons to treat previously inoperable conditions; wired operating rooms give instant access to technology during a procedure


Surprising Scoop on Salt

The Surprising Scoop on Salt in Your Diet (Video)

Tags: Dr. Nissen, heart disease, heart healthy diet, heart videos, high blood pressure, salt, videos

Anyone with high blood pressure should aim for a low-salt diet, but a heart doctor says healthy people don't have to worry as much about salt.


Sports Cardiology

Sports Beat: What to Expect When Your Doctor Orders an ECG

Tags: cardiovascular health, ECG, electrocardiogram, heart and vascular institute, heart health, prevention, sports cardiology, sports screening, sudden cardiac death

Calling all athletes: Learn why doctors sometimes recommend an electrocardiogram as a heart health benchmark before you hit the field, track or courts.


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.


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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.