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Heart Healthy Living

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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Walking During Long Runs Can Improve Your Fitness

How Walking During Long Runs Can Improve Your Fitness

Tags: exercise, heart health, marathon, running, walking

A recent study found that periodically walking during long runs doesn’t cost you any benefits to your heart health -- and may even save some wear and tear on your muscles. This is especially true for non-elite runners.


How Nurses Keep You Safe During Your Hospital Stay

How Nurses Keep You Safe During Your Hospital Stay

Tags: heart, heart and vascular institute, heart health, hospital stay, nurse, patient safety

During your hospitalization, nurses use technology, standardized processes and ongoing communication to deliver you the best care in the safest environment.


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Are You Eating Good Fats or Bad Fats? (Infographic)

Tags: good fat, healthy fats, heart disease, infographic, saturated fat, trans fat, Trans fats

Research has shifted experts’ opinions on which fats are heart-healthy. You'll be surprised to learn which fats you can eat more of and which you still have to avoid. 


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.


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Your Diet and Heart Disease: Rethinking Butter, Beef and Bacon

Tags: cholesterol, diet, eggs, healthy diet, heart disease, red meat, salt, saturated fat, sodium, trans fat

Is it okay to eat butter now? See what top cardiologists want you to know about what's changing in our view of diet and heart disease.


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.


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Have Diabetes? Why You Need to Know Your Blood Pressure Numbers

Tags: blood pressure, diabetes, study, Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes

A new study indicates diabetics with a BP level of 140/90 need treatment to reduce that level and your risks for cardiovascular or microvascular problems.


stress test screen

Do You Really Need a Stress Test? They’re Not for Everyone

Tags: coronary artery disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stress, stress test

Many patients who are at low risk for heart problems don’t need screenings such as EKG and stress tests, a national association of primary care physicians recently recommended.


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Is Marathon Training Too Hard on Your Heart?

Tags: exercise and heart health, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart attack, heart disease, heart health, sports cardiology

Marathon training shown to positively alter heart structure and function in middle-aged men in Circulation study. Dr. Gordon Blackburn comments on results.


Preventing Your Atrial Fibrillation

Best Ways to Protect Your Heart From Atrial Fibrillation

Tags: atrial fibrillation, healthy diet, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart health

Controlling your weight, blood pressure and blood sugar may prevent or stop the heart-pounding episodes caused by atrial fibrillation.