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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Congenital Heart Disease

Born with a Heart Defect? Your Life Span Can Be Normal

Tags: congenital heart defect, congenital heart disease, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart health

More patients with congenital heart defects are living into adulthood, report two studies. While many have near-normal life spans, long-term medical care is still needed.


Genes and heart disease

Is Heart Disease In Your Genes?

Tags: abnormal genes, aortic stenosis, genetics, HCM, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart failure, heart health, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, long qt syndrome, marfan syndrome, research, statins, sudden cardiac death

Researchers continue to uncover ways genes influence or cause heart disease. But how best to use this information is not always clear.


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Doctors Combine 2 Heart Procedures for Positive Results

Tags: afib, congestive heart failure, heart surgery, mitral valve disease, mitral valve prolapse, mitral valve repair, mitral valve surgery

In the largest study of its kind, researchers find both a leaky mitral valve and AFib can be addressed successfully during the same surgery.


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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.


Blue stethoscope

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.


Musician Charles Doerr

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.