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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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New Treatments Emerging for Heart Failure

New Drugs Show Promise for Treating Your Heart Failure

Tags: atrial fibrillation, Corlanor, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart failure, heart failure treatments, heart health, ivabradine, LCZ696, medications

Nearly 6 million people in the U.S. are living with their heart not pumping properly, but there are several new medications emerging that provide better treatment options.


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.


Wiping Out Heart Arrhythmias

Finally: An Alternative to Your Blood Thinners (Video)

Tags: anticoagulants, atrial fibrillation, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart health, heart rhythm, minimally invasive, stroke, Warfarin, watchman device

Patients with atrial fibrillation, an irregular heart rhythm, are at a higher risk of stroke. Prevention has focused almost exclusively on long-term drug therapy that thins the blood. That is, until now.


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, 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.


Children measuring height

How Your Height Affects Your Risk of Heart Disease

Tags: genes, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart health, height

The shorter you are, the more likely you are to have heart disease or a heart attack. A recent study in the U.K. reveals why.


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.


Elderly woman grasping arthritic hands

11 Conditions You Can Develop If You Have 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.


Close up of corn on the cob with melted butter

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.