Coronary Artery 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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Myth or Truth: A Closer Look at Your Heart Health

Tags: coronary artery disease, e-News, heart 411, heart and vascular institute, heart facts, myth or truth, peripheral arterial disease (PAD)

There is so much health information on the web that it is important to separate fact from fiction. Here are a few commonly believed heart health issues you may have read about. Let’s find out if they are myth or true and why.

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Statins and Diabetes: Risk-Benefit Round-Up (Video)

Tags: cholesterol, coronary artery disease, diabetes, Dr. Rocco, heart attack, heart disease, heart health, heart videos, prevention, statins, video

People with diabetes are more likely to develop heart disease. Clouding this issue, the FDA recently issued a warning that statin therapy may be associated with an increased risk of developing diabetes. What gives?

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Restoring Circulation to Your Carotid Artery: 2 Options

Tags: carotid artery disease, carotid endarterectomy, carotid stent, head and neck cancer, stents

If your doctor recommends a procedure to restore circulation to a carotid artery (or what is called “revascularization”), you need to know about two options: carotid endarterectomy and carotid stenting.

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac Rehab: An Investment You Can Make in You (Video)

Tags: cardiac rehab heart month, cardiac rehabilitation, heart health, heart surgery, heart video, video

There’s no greater investment you can make than one in your own health. Cardiac rehabilitation offers multiple benefits in one—including a healthier heart, longer life expectancy and weight loss.

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Can Push-Ups Take the Place of Pills? Not Yet

Tags: coronary artery disease, exercise, statins, stroke

Physical activity is potentially as effective as many drug interventions for patients with coronary heart disease and stroke, a recent analysis suggests. But don’t trade your medications for a new pair of cross-trainers yet.

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Be Alert to Statin Side Effects (Video)

Tags: cholesterol, coronary artery disease, Dr. Rocco, heart attack, heart health, heart videos, prevention, side effects, statins, video

Statin therapy is a popular first-line treatment to lower LDL cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart attacks and death. While most people tolerate statins quite well, occasionally side effects can occur. Dr. Michael Rocco explains what to watch out for.

Cardiac Rehabilitation

How Cardiac Rehab Can Help You—And Your Heart (Video)

Tags: cardiac rehab heart month, cardiac rehabilitation, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart health, heart surgery, heart video, video

Cardiac rehabilitation can serve as a powerful prescription for better heart health. While many people think that this therapy is limited to patients who have had surgery or heart attacks, it can benefit many others, too.

Living With Carotid Artery Disease

Living With Carotid Artery Disease

Tags: atherosclerosis, carotid artery disease, cholesterol, Dr. Clair, heart attack, narrowed arteries, transient ischemic attack

If you’re newly diagnosed with carotid artery disease, know that making lifestyle changes and getting ongoing care can help you avoid the problems of atherosclerosis – and live a long, healthy life.

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Don’t Despair If You Have Statin Intolerance (Video)

Tags: coronary artery disease, Dr. Rocco, heart and vascular institute, heart health, heart videos, high cholesterol, statins, video

Intolerance to a specific statin does not predict a poor response to another. Learn how specific dosing regimens that increase the dose/frequency over time can help increase your tolerance.

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When So-called ‘Good’ Cholesterol Goes Bad

Tags: bad cholesterol, cholesterol, coronary artery disease, good cholesterol, innovation, research

The discovery of how the carrier of so-called “good” cholesterol becomes dysfunctional represents the first step toward creating new tests and treatments for cardiovascular disease.