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Getting comfortable with minimally invasive cardiac surgery

Getting comfortable with minimally invasive cardiac surgery

As minimally invasive surgical techniques become more widely available, how can cardiothoracic surgeons prepare themselves, healthcare teams and their patients? Three experts, including Dr. Todd K. Rosengart, professor and chair of Baylor College of Medicine’s Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, join members of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons roundtable at the society’s annual meeting to … Continue reading

Managing heart disease can improve quality of life

Managing heart disease can improve quality of life

More than 82 million American adults are estimated to suffer from some form of heart disease, according to statistics from the American Heart Association. Damage to the heart that has developed over time can’t be cured. But it can be treated, quite often with strategies to improve symptoms.

Throwback Thursday: Man on a mission

Throwback Thursday: Man on a mission

February is American Heart Month, a time to put taking care of your heart at the top of your mind. Today we’re looking back at the father of modern cardiovascular surgery, Dr. Michael E. DeBakey, who made many advances in caring for the human heart.

Chest pains: Heartburn or heart attack?

Chest pains: Heartburn or heart attack?

The holiday season means friends, family and good cheer, usually taking place around the dinner table. While a big meal may cause heartburn or aggravate chronic acid reflux, Baylor College of Medicine gastroenterology expert Dr. Lubin F. Arevalo, says you should not ignore these symptoms. “Some people suffer from chest pain that they describe as … Continue reading

Prevention is key to heart health

Prevention is key to heart health

June is Men’s Health Month, a great time to encourage men to make choices aimed at prevention and early detection of disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death among men in the United States. Heart expert Dr. Christie Ballantyne, Baylor College of Medicine professor of medicine and director of the Center for Cardiovascular … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Matters of the heart

Throwback Thursday: Matters of the heart

February not only marks American Heart Month, but also Valentine’s Day. As we celebrate both, this Throwback Thursday looks back on a variation of the heart theme: Dr. Michael E. DeBakey’s 1966 heart surgery. In this photo, courtesy of the Baylor College of Medicine Archives, DeBakey grasps the hand of Esperanza Del Valle Vasquez. Aug. … Continue reading

50 years of promoting heart health

50 years of promoting heart health

This February marks the golden anniversary of American Heart Month, first proclaimed by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964. According to the American Heart Association,  715,000 Americans have a heart attack each year. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women; approximately 600,000 people die from heart disease across the country each year—that’s … Continue reading

Eat this: Super Bowl food swap

Eat this: Super Bowl food swap

Super Bowl XLVIII is upon us. But while you’re busy debating the Seahawks versus the Broncos, health experts suggest thinking about celery sticks versus chips and dip. “You do not need to break the calorie bank this Super Bowl, especially if you are in charge of the menu,” Dr. Luis Rustveld, registered and licensed dietitian … Continue reading

Improving heart health: Adding supplements to your diet

Improving heart health: Adding supplements to your diet

If you’ve changed your diet and added some exercise to your daily routine but you’re still looking to up your heart health, then over-the-counter supplements might be what you need. Dr. Christie Ballantyne, chief of the section of atherosclerosis and vascular medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and the director of the Center for Cardiovascular … Continue reading

From the heart: Focusing on Men’s Health Month

From the heart: Focusing on Men’s Health Month

June is Men’s Health Month, so now is a good time to think about men’s health – keeping your heart healthy, maintaining male sexual health, making plans for cancer screenings, and more. Here’s some information about how men can keep their hearts healthy, including some prevention tips and symptoms. Read more: How maintaining male sexual … Continue reading

Heart Month

Did you see red this month? This month kicked off with a sea of red. No, it wasn’t in honor of Valentine’s Day or a sports team–it was to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease.