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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Dietary Supplements and Heart Health

The Truth About 5 Common Dietary Supplements for Heart Health

Tags: heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart health, PAD, peripheral arterial disease (PAD), vitamins and supplements

Could taking particular vitamins or supplements be beneficial for peripheral artery disease (PAD)? Get expert advice about five common vitamins and minerals.


Your Feet Hold Clues to Clogged Arteries

Your Feet Hold Clues to Clogged Arteries

Tags: atherosclerosis, coronary artery disease, feet, foot health, heart and vascular institute, peripheral artery disease, pulse

Clogged arteries in your legs or arms can signal potentially lethal blocked coronary arteries. Read more to learn who should be tested and who should not.


Coronary Angioplasty procedure - ballon with stent opening lumen artery

Talk to Your Doctor – Understand Your Risks of Angioplasty, Stenting

Tags: angioplasty, coronary artery disease, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart attack, heart disease, heart health, stenting, stents

Individuals considering balloon angioplasty and stenting to unclog blocked arteries may not get enough information from their doctors to make the best choice, a small study suggests.


Statin pills

Take Statins? What You Need to Know about Diabetes Risk

Tags: body mass index, cholesterol, diabetes, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart health, lifestyle changes, risk, statins

A recent study linked statin use to higher Type 2 diabetes risk. Statin users are encouraged to control their modifiable risk factors. Here’s why.


fries and ketchup on plate

FDA Decision Aims to Eliminate Trans Fat From Your Food

Tags: cholesterol, diabetes, FDA, food labels, healthy diet, heart attack, heart-healthy oils, Trans fats

Everyone agrees: trans fat is unhealthy. Now federal regulators are taking steps to eliminate it from our diet completely. In three years, food manufacturers will have to phase out artificial trans fats from their products, under guidelines announced by the FDA.


PCI vs. CABG

Having Heart Surgery? Understand These 2 Techniques to Open Arterial Blockages

Tags: blocked arteries, CABG, Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG), coronary disease, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart surgery, PCI, Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI)

If you have arterial blockages, here's what you need to know about Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) versus full-blown surgery – or Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG).


New Cholesterol Lowering Drugs

New Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs Near FDA Approval

Tags: bad cholesterol, cholesterol, clinical trials, Dr. Steven Nissen, heart, heart disease, heart health, LDL, PCSK9, PCSK9 inhibitors, statins

Two exciting new drugs that can dramatically lower “bad” cholesterol levels have received approval from an FDA advisory panel, moving the drugs closer to being available for patient use.


Age Shouldn’t Solely Dictate Your Heart Care Decisions

Age Shouldn’t Solely Dictate Your Heart Care Decisions

Tags: angina, elderly patients, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart attack, heart disease, heart health, heart surgery, percutaneous intervention, stenting

While many physicians are hesitant to perform aggressive treatment procedures on older patients, one study finds that many healthy older patients can achieve good outcomes undergoing heart procedures.


Can you prevent narrowing of your aortic valve?

Can You Prevent Narrowing of Your Aortic Valve? (Video)

Tags: aortic stenosis, aortic valve, cholesterol, coronary blockage, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart health

It's been clear that high cholesterol is a risk factor for developing coronary blockages, but only recently has evidence emerged showing that it also causes a risk of narrowing of the aortic valve.


Choose the Best Diet for Your Peripheral Arterial Disease

Choose the Best Diet for Your Peripheral Arterial Disease

Tags: American Heart Association AHA, DASH diet, diet, healthy diet, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart health, low-carbohydrate, low-fat, Mediterranean diet, peripheral arterial disease (PAD)

If you have Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD), find out what different diets can offer, including the DASH, Mediterranean, low-fat and low-carb diets; Ornish Spectrum diet; Weil anti-inflammatory diet and Esselstyn diet.