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Whether You’re 30 or 40, Starting to Exercise Improves Heart Health

Tags: exercise, heart and vascular institute, heart health, prevention

You can improve your blood pressure and overall heart health even if you start exercising after 40, research shows. Doctors stress that it is never too late to start moving.


Acid Reflux could be causing more Esophageal Cancer

What You Need to Know About a Cancer on the Rise (Video)

Tags: acid reflux, Barrett’s esophagus, dr. raja, dr. raja whiteboards, esophageal cancer, esophagus, heart and vascular institute, heartburn, videos

When it comes to cancer of the esophagus, there’s a trend in the U.S., and it’s not a good one. This disease of the “food tube” is on the rise. Know your risk factors, including acid reflux.


Twice Baked Potato

Recipe: Healthier Twice-Baked Potatoes

Tags: fall, fruits and vegetables, healthy diet, Recipes

Twice baked potatoes are a family favorite. This version is so delicious – don't tell anyone that it is healthy! Make ahead a day or two, and bake when ready. It makes an easy side dish.


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Aortic Valve Repair May Mean No More Blood Thinner for You

Tags: aortic valve, aortic valve repair, aortic valve surgery, blood thinners, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart health, heart surgery

A recent study finds surgery to repair a common congenital aortic valve defect fixes the leaky valve and avoids the need for blood thinners.


Help for Achalasia

Help for Achalasia: What to Do if You’re Diagnosed (Video)

Tags: achalasia, digestive disease, digestive health, dr. raja, dr. raja whiteboards, esophagus, heart and vascular institute, myotomy, poem, swallowing disorders, videos

The diagnosis of achalasia, a rare swallowing disorder, can be scary — but treatment doesn’t have to be. Many options are available, including medication and newer surgical approaches.


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6 Ways To Get the Most from Your Cardiac Care

Tags: cardiac exam, doctor's appointment, health history, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart health

You are an essential part of your cardiac care team. There are six essential steps to getting up to speed that will help you learn how to be your best advocate.


When You Think You Have Acid Reflux

When You Think You Have Acid Reflux- But It’s Not (Video)

Tags: achalasia, acid reflux, cardiovascular surgery, dr. raja, dr. raja whiteboards, esophagus, heart videos, swallowing disorders, thoracic surgery, videos, whiteboard sessions

Achalasia, which is sometimes confused with acid reflux, causes problems with swallowing foods and liquids and can result in malnutrition and other serious issues. Here’s how it’s diagnosed.


There are 7 important points you should know about cooking oils. Inforgraphic on HealthHub from Cleveland Clinic

Heart-Healthy Cooking: Oils 101

Tags: cooking, cooking oils, diet, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart health, heart-healthy oils, infographic, oils

Confused about which oils are heart-healthy and which aren’t? Keep this primer from our registered dietitian as a ready reference.


Woman Making Heart Shape with Hands

Unique Pacemaker Therapy Benefits Women Heart Patients

Tags: heart and vascular institute, heart failure, heart failure therapy, heart health, pacemaker

Heart disease develops differently in women and men. Women respond better to cardiac resynchronization therapy, but many women aren't treated.


Technology provides new set of eyes for your heart surgery

How Modern Imaging Technology Enhances Your Heart Surgery

Tags: digital imaging, Dr. Sabik, heart and vascular institute, heart health, heart surgery, innovation, minimally invasive surgery, modern technology

Modern digital imaging allows surgeons to treat previously inoperable conditions; wired operating rooms give instant access to technology during a procedure