Heart & Vascular Institute

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  • Why Breathing Winter Air Through Your Mouth Is Bad for Your Heart

    November 08, 2018

    There are extra benefits from exercising in the winter such as helping beat seasonal blues, increasing energy levels and boosting your immune system in cold and flu season, but just breathing cold air can have adverse effects on your body. “The rate of heart attacks may be as much as…

  • Study: Flu Shot Can Prevent Heart Attack, Stroke

    November 08, 2018

    Preventing the flu is reason enough to get an annual vaccine, but a research study this year also suggests that flu shots can help prevent heart attacks and stroke as well. A research team from the University of Toronto examined close to 20,000 patients testing positive for the flu and…

  • Deep Vein Thrombosis: Knowing the Signs can Save a Life

    October 26, 2018

    By Dr. Carissa Webster-Lake, Hartford HealthCare Heart and Vascular Institute Events such as a hospitalization, pregnancy, childbirth, or trauma to the lower leg can cause deep vein thrombosis, also known as DVT. DVT occurs when blood clots form in a deep vein in the body, most often in the lower leg…

  • That Pain in Your Leg? Find Out if it’s Peripheral Artery Disease!

    October 09, 2018

    Imagine yourself walking up the stairs, with the kids or grandkids at the park, down the driveway to get the mail or at the mall. And you start to experience pain or cramping in your leg — or both legs. It may be barely noticeable, but whether you are over…

  • Baby Aspirin a Day for Your Heart? Not For Everyone

    September 25, 2018

    While about 50 percent of older American adults take aspirin regularly to ward off heart disease, a new study reveals that the practice may actually cause more harm than good for healthy people. Dr. Paul Thompson, chief of cardiology and physician co-director of the Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute,…

  • Study: MitraClip Device a ‘Game-Changer’ for Heart-Failure Patients

    September 25, 2018

    Until now, patients with serious heart failure caused by leaky valves were treated so they felt a little better but the disease relentlessly stunted their life expectancy relentlessly. Recent research published in the New England Journal of Medicine, however,  gives hope to these patients, according to Dr. Sabet Hashim, chair…

  • TAVR Procedure Puts Putnam Couple Back on the Road

    September 17, 2018

    Download your free informational guide on the TAVR procedure.  Most days you’ll find Ken Corey of Putnam, and his wife, Donna, on the motorcycle. In 2018, they’ve covered over 6,000 miles of U. S. highways and by-ways in their quest to cross another spot off their “bike-it” list. Whatever you…

  • Know Your Heart Meds: Here’s The Lineup

    August 22, 2018

    Heart disease varies from one person to another, as does the type of medication prescribed to take care of it. What doesn’t change is the need to understand what medicine you’re taking, follow the instructions and know what the potential side effects. “It can be confusing to keep medications straight,…

  • When Aches in Legs, Thighs or Hips Signal Hardened Blood Vessels

    August 20, 2018

    As we age, our body tends to wear down. We feel aches and pains that we’ve never felt before and with no obvious reason. For almost 12 million people in America, the pain, aching and fatigue they feel in their thighs, hips and leg muscles may be from poor blood…

  • Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Donates Heart Defibrillator to Fairgrounds

    August 20, 2018

    Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, a Hartford HealthCare Partner, has donated a new heart automated external defibrillator (AED) to the Goshen Agricultural Society that will be kept on premises of the Goshen Fairgrounds. This lifesaving device helps perform life-saving treatment in the event that a person experiences a sudden heart attack. “We…


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