Heart & Vascular Topics

New Treatment for AFib Reduces Stroke Risk

If you have AFib, the Watchman TM Device may allow you to stop taking blood thinners for the rest of your life. Atrial fibrillation is an irregular heartbeat that can lead to stroke, blood clots, heart failure and other heart-related ...

What Your Fingernails Say about Your Health

Like hair, the appearance of your nails can reveal clues about your health. While it’s rarely the first clue that something is off, when you notice the color, shape or texture of your fingernail(s) change and aren’t sure why, ...

4 Heart Attack Symptoms Women Might Be Ignoring

We all associate chest pain with heart attacks. And while that is the most common symptom of a heart attack, women often have symptoms that aren’t related to chest pain at all. Women tend to chalk their symptoms up to less ...

Heart Attack or Heartburn ... Can You Tell the Difference?

Most people experience occasional heartburn (also called acid indigestion) in their lifetime, while others suffer with frequent episodes that interfere with daily living. Because heartburn often spreads across the chest, it sometimes mimics ...

4 Major Types of Headaches and Where They Hurt

Just about everyone has a headache now and then. Most are fairly easy to manage with over-the-counter medications, and we tend to blame them on stress, eye strain or lack of sleep. But some people have chronic or severe headaches with very ...

Blood Pressure Medication Recalled

*Since this article was published, the recall of Valsartan was expanded. Stay in touch with your doctor who will let you know if your medication has been affected and the treatment regimen that will work best for you. More than 100 million ...

How to Start Exercising When You're Overweight

Exercise can be a challenge for individuals who are already overweight, but it’s worth the effort health wise. Physical activity is fundamental in warding off illnesses such as obesity, hypertension, and diabetes, and it gets our ...

Dark Chocolate: Good for Your Heart

Here’s a “sweet” heart tip … dark chocolate is good for your cardiovascular health! Because it contains heart protective antioxidants called flavonols, dark chocolate has been shown to: Lower blood pressure Improve ...

Survive, Don't Drive

When it comes to surviving a heart attack, every second counts. That’s why first responders and healthcare workers across the country are encouraging people to “Survive, Don’t Drive.” The national campaign reminds ...

Hearts on the Mend

Christine Ragusa has helped thousands of patients recover from heart attacks, heart surgery, stent placement and congenital heart failure. As leader of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Baton Rouge General, she understands the emotions ...

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