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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How You Can Outsmart the Widow Maker Artery (Video)

Tags: arteries, CAD, cardiac catheterization, coronary artery disease, family history, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart health, widowmaker

When you have a blockage in your left anterior descending artery (LAD), or “widow maker,” you may have a lower rate of survival from a heart attack than when the other two coronary arteries are blocked. Learn how you can take steps for better heart health now.

When you have restenosis you also have options

When You Have Restenosis You Also Have Options (Video)

Tags: coronary artery disease, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart health, restenosis

When a too-large or too-small stent becomes clogged with plaque and you have restenosis, cardiologists can re-open the artery for better blood flow.

Improving Your Heart's Blood Flow Without Surgery

Improving Your Heart’s Blood Flow Without Surgery (Video)

Tags: angioplasty, arteries, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart health, stents

When medications or lifestyle changes don’t improve blood flow to the heart, angioplasty or stenting may help without surgery. Here's how.

Inflammation Education to Help Your Heart

Inflammation Education to Help Your Heart (Video)

Tags: CAD, CHD, heart and vascular institute, heart health, heart video, inflammation, statins, video

Inflammation doesn’t just occur with injury or infection, but can also affect your heart. It’s a driver for coronary heart disease, and is measured with a simple blood test. Statins may even reduce inflammation. Learn more.

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It’s Never Too Early for You to Prevent Heart Disease

Tags: children heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart health, high cholesterol

Heart disease usually affects older adults, but risk can develop early in life: Studies find 1 in 3 children have high cholesterol levels. Some experts recommend screening for kids aged 9 to 11.

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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)

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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.