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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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.


How to make the most of your preadmission appointment

Surgery Scheduled? How to Make the Most of Your Preadmission Appointment

Tags: Dr. Sabik, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart health, heart surgery, informed consent, preadmission, risks and benefits, surgery

Meeting with your surgeon before an operation to discuss informed consent has changed over the years. Find out how to be prepared for this important meeting so you go into surgery feeling comfortable.


Fixing Your Aortic Tear Without Surgery

Fixing Your Aortic Tear Without Surgery (Video)

Tags: aortic artery, aortic-whiteboard, Dr. Clair, heart videos, high blood pressure, stent, Type B dissection, video, whiteboard sessions

A tear in the inner lining of the aortic artery can allow blood to seep between layers, impeding healthy blood flow. Doctors can now fix these “dissections” with a stent instead of open surgery.


High-Tech Procedure Restores Normal Heart Rhythms

High-Tech Procedure Helps Restore Your Normal Heart Rhythms (Video)

Tags: ablation, afib, heart and vascular institute, heart rhythm, heart rhythm whiteboard, heart video, video, Walid Saliba MD, whiteboard sessions

A minimally invasive procedure called pulmonary vein ablation uses targeted energy to correct atrial fibrillation, which is a very fast, chaotic irregular heart rhythm. Here’s how the procedure works.


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Fish Oil Supplements, Vitamins Won’t Lower Your Cholesterol

Tags: cholesterol, fish oil, heart health, multivitamins, omega, omega-3, stroke, triglycerides, vitamins, vitamins and supplements

If you’re taking supplements like fish oil or a multi-vitamin in the hopes of improving your cholesterol counts, save your money. There are better, more effective strategies.


Pacemaker helping the heart keep pace

Helping Your Heart Keep Pace (Video)

Tags: heart and vascular institute, heart rate, heart rhythm, heart rhythm whiteboard, heart video, heartbeat, pacemaker, video, Walid Saliba MD, whiteboard sessions

Sometimes a dangerously slow heartbeat occurs because the natural “battery” of the heart isn’t working as it should, or there’s another issue with the heart’s electrical system. Here’s how a pacemaker can help.


Wiping Out Heart Arrhythmias

Implantable Defibrillators Shock Your Heart Into Normal Rhythm (Video)

Tags: abnormal heart beat, arrhythmia, heart and vascular institute, heart rhythm, heart rhythm whiteboard, heart video, ICD, video, Walid Saliba MD, whiteboard sessions

An implantable cardioverter defibrillator is an electronic device that constantly monitors your heart rhythm. This often life-saving device sends energy to the heart muscle when a very fast, abnormal rhythm is detected.