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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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.


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.


Doctor pushing and assisting patient in the hospital

Are You Having Heart Surgery? Here’s What You Can Expect

Tags: heart surgery, heart surgery questions, post-surgery recovery, pre-surgery health, surgery

Knowing what to expect before and after heart surgery can ease anxiety and smooth your recovery. A cardiac nurse practitioner answers FAQs.


Pilot Heart Health

Pilot Heart Health: Keeping You Safe in the Sky

Tags: Cardiomyopathy, coronary artery disease, heart, heart 411, heart and vascular institute, heart health, mitral valve disease, pacemaker, valve surgery

Any heart-related medical event can be an emergency, and a pilot suffering a heart attack at 35,000 feet puts you at risk as well. Learn what cardiologists and the FAA are doing to keep you safe.


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.


Drop of blood

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.