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Tests and Treatments

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.


PCI vs. CABG

Having Heart Surgery? Understand These 2 Techniques to Open Arterial Blockages

Tags: blocked arteries, CABG, Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG), coronary disease, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart surgery, PCI, Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI)

If you have arterial blockages, here's what you need to know about Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) versus full-blown surgery – or Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG).


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.


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Ablation May Be Best Option for Your AFib

Tags: atrial fibrillation, catheter ablation, pulmonary vein antrium isolation, Walid Saliba MD

A new study shows that performing catheter ablation on patients who have heart failure and an irregular heartbeat (atrial fibrillation) yields better outcomes than treating them with a medication to improve heart rhythms.


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.


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.


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.


Noninvasive Test Helps Avoid Unexpected Heart Attack

Noninvasive Test Can Help You Avoid Heart Attack

Tags: Coronary Angiography, coronary artery disease, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart attack, heart disease, heart health

A noninvasive test called coronary CT angiography can help doctors determine which intermediate-risk patients are likely to have a heart attack.


PLAC blood test

Predict Your Risk of Heart Attack or Stroke

Tags: blood test, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart attack, heart disease, heart health, PLAC, stroke

The PLAC® Test is a simple blood test that can help predict risk of heart attack or stroke by measuring artery inflammation. Results help doctors determine when to increase preventive care.