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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Blood Transfusion

4 Best Ways to Avoid Blood Transfusions During Your Heart Surgery

Tags: anemic, blood transfusion, Dr. Sabik, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart health, heart surgery

If you need heart surgery, a blood transfusion can save your life. However, research shows that patients do better when they don't need a transfusion. Find out what you can do to lower the likelihood that you'll need one.


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Blood Test Improves Prediction of Your Heart Disease Risk

Tags: blood pressure, blood test, cholesterol, heart disease, study

A new study has found that measurements of patients’ lipoprotein-a levels can help doctors more accurately predict the risk of developing heart disease over the next 15 years.


heart electrocardiogramm

5 Things You Should Know About Stress Tests

Tags: diagnostic tests, heart attack, heart failure, stress echo

Taking a stress test isn’t as simple as jumping on the treadmill. Talk with your cardiologist about whether to eat, exercise or take your medications beforehand to ensure you’re prepared.


vitamin d

High Blood Pressure? Don’t Take Vitamin D for It (Video)

Tags: blood pressure, Dr. Nissen, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart health, prevention, research, vitamin D

Some claim that vitamin D can lower blood pressure, but these claims are unproven. Vitamin D is essential for your health but too much is dangerous.


patient on treadmill

4 Heart Tests You May Need Before Cancer Treatment

Tags: cancer treatment, cardiac exam, cardiac risk, cardio-oncology, echocardiogram, heart and vascular institute, heart health

Potent cancer-fighting treatments save lives but can also lead to long-term cardiac side effects; It's important to get heart function tests before and after your treatment.


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


Sports Cardiology

Sports Beat: What to Expect When Your Doctor Orders an ECG

Tags: cardiovascular health, ECG, electrocardiogram, heart and vascular institute, heart health, prevention, sports cardiology, sports screening, sudden cardiac death

Calling all athletes: Learn why doctors sometimes recommend an electrocardiogram as a heart health benchmark before you hit the field, track or courts.


Blood Pressure Results

Blood Pressure Kiosks Often Inaccurate, FDA Says

Tags: blood pressure, hypertension

Measuring blood pressure seems so simple that desk-like kiosks for checking blood pressure have popped up everywhere. They may be accessible and easy to use, but they often don't provide accurate information.


woman yawning

Study: Sleep Apnea Can Make Your Hypertension Harder to Treat

Tags: blood pressure, hypertension, news, sleep, sleep apnea

Some patients with severe untreated obstructive sleep apnea are unable to control their hypertension despite use of multiple meds, a study finds.


vegetable

Eating Raw Veggies Best for Blood Pressure

Tags: blood pressure, diet, healthy diet, hypertension, vegetables

Your blood pressure benefits when you eat lots of veggies. A recent study suggests the biggest benefit may come from eating your vegetables raw. When you cook vegetables, you change their chemical composition.