Congenital Heart Disease

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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Blood Test Improves Prediction of Your Heart Disease Risk

Tags: blood pressure, blood test, cholesterol, heart disease, study

A new study has found that measurements of patients’ lipoprotein-a levels can help doctors more accurately predict the risk of developing heart disease over the next 15 years.

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Have a Health History Heart to Heart

Tags: family history, genetics, heart and vascular institute, heart health

At family gatherings, encourage relatives to talk about any known heart problems in the family. Creating a history of your family's heart health could be the best gift you give this year.

Heart Disease and Pregnancy

Heart Disease and Pregnancy: An Uneasy Mix

Tags: heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart health, pregnancy, risk factors

Having a child is generally a natural, healthy event, but women with heart problems face special medical challenges during pregnancy and delivery. Consult with your cardiologist to assess whether pregnancy puts you at risk.

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What Your Doc Listens for in the Stethoscope

Tags: congenital heart defect, heart murmur, stethoscope

Stethoscopes have been around since 1816, and they’re still a powerful tool for checking heart health. Find out what your heart can tell your doctor during this simple exam.

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New Music Comes Soon After New Heart Valve

Tags: aorta, aortic valve replacement, congenital heart defect, heart and vascular institute, heart surgery

Patient’s proactive approach to his own care leads to successful valve surgery—and healthy cognitive functioning soon after the procedure.

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Decoding Your Risk for Heart Disease

Tags: genetic testing, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease

An unhealthy lifestyle and diet can increase the risk of heart disease, but for some people, genetic traits can stack the cards against them from birth. Find out more about testing and prevention.

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The Longer You’re Obese, the Harder on Your Heart

Tags: childhood obesity, heart disease, obesity

A new study says the longer period of time that you’re obese, the risk for heart disease increases. Parents can play a role in intervening early with their kids.

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Stenting 101

Tags: heart attack, heart disease, stent, stents

Former President George W. Bush has had a stent inserted to clear a blockage in his artery. So what’s involved in this procedure?


AHA says: CHD? Get your Move on!

Tags: congenital heart disease, diabetes, exercise, heart disease

Newly released guidelines by the American Heart Association are a game changer when it comes to exercise and physical activity for patients with congenital heart disease.

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Most Common Birth Defect is Growing Risk for Adults

Tags: abnormal heart beat, congenital heart disease, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart health, prevention

Though advances in medicine are allowing patients with congenital heart disease to live longer, it's not without complications and additional medical needs. New research sheds light on growing risk.