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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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11 Common Conditions Linked to Psoriatic Arthritis

Tags: arthritis, diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis, psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis

Patients with psoriatic arthritis need to be aware of their risk of conditions that often accompany the disease, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, IBD and eye disease.


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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.


woman getting ready for surgery

Scheduled for Surgery? Here’s Why You Need Sleep Apnea Screening

Tags: continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), CPAP, diabetes, heart attack, high blood pressure, sleep, sleep apnea, stroke, surgery, Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes

People who have sleep apnea are at risk for serious medical problems if they are not diagnosed before surgery. Get the facts from a sleep disorder specialist.


Bergamot May Lower Cholesterol

Bergamot Extract May Lower Your Cholesterol

Tags: antioxidant, bergamot, cholesterol, dr frid, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart health, statin, supplements

Preliminary studies show the citrus fruit bergamot may effectively lower cholesterol without the undesirable side effects of statins.


Fed up man blocking his ears from noise of wife snoring at home in bedroom

Do You Snore? How Sleep Apnea Can Hurt Your Heart

Tags: arrhythmias, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), CPAP, Headaches, heart failure, insomnia, sleep apnea, snoring

Daytime sleepiness, heavy snoring and waking abruptly and out of breath could mean you have sleep apnea. Find out how this can lead to arrhythmias and heart failure.


Watch This if You Have Heart Disease and Take ED Drugs (Video)

Watch This if You Have Heart Disease and Take ED Drugs (Video)

Tags: blood pressure, ED, erectile dysfunction, heart disease, study

A new study finds that drugs commonly used to treat erectile dysfunction could have heart benefits, including Viagra® (sildenafil citrate), Levitra® (vardenafil) and Cialis® (tadalafil).


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.


Young athlete with basketball

Heart Disorder May No Longer Keep Kids Out of Sports

Tags: arrhythmias, growing pains of parenting, heart rhythm, long qt syndrome, sports, sports cardiology, study, youth sports

A new study finds playing competitive, organized sports may be safe for some children with rare heart rhythm disorder.


3 Common Medications You May Need to Avoid with Heart Problems

Heart Patients: 3 Common Medications You May Need to Avoid

Tags: antibiotics, arrhythmia, aspirin, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart health, heart patients, heart risks, medications, NSAIDs

Heart patients should know risks of taking aspirin, NSAID pain relievers and some antibiotics. Studies show these common medications can increase risk of bleeding, arrhythmia and more.


Bread, pasta and rice

How Carbohydrates Can Affect Your Heart Health

Tags: carbohydrates, healthy diet, heart healthy diet

Carbohydrates are the body’s main source of energy. They’re found in almost all of the foods that we eat, but choosing the right ones can make or break a heart-healthy diet.