Category: Heart & Vascular

Heart Care for New Moms and Moms-to-Be

Heart Care for New Moms and Moms-to-Be

For pregnant women, the symptoms of heart problems may be indistinguishable from all the other physical changes she undergoes. Shortness of breath, swelling, hypertension, an increased heart rate—all these can be common during pregnancy.
But if these symptoms become pronounced—if swelling is significant, breathing difficulties happen when lying down or shortness of breath comes with

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Heart Attacks and Women: Recognizing the Symptoms

Heart Attacks and Women: Recognizing the Symptoms

Signs of a heart attack may not be as obvious as television shows and movies suggest. There may be no clutching of the chest, no debilitating pain. And that is especially true for women, who are more likely than men to have subtle symptoms, including:

Shortness of breath
Nausea
Vomiting
Dizziness or lightheadedness
Fainting

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Whole grains—more than a heart-health trend

Whole grains—more than a heart-health trend

Most of us know we’re supposed to eat whole grains, but we might not know why. What makes them so special? Can they really deliver on the promises we’ve heard—a longer life, a healthier one? And if all that is true, exactly what should we eat to reap the benefits?
Whole grains are good sources

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Heart attack led to sudden cardiac arrest for active man

Heart attack led to sudden cardiac arrest for active man

Fred Hawes, Jr., 53, is an avid squash player, sometimes playing up to five times a week. A physically demanding game similar to racquetball, the real estate agent’s weekly games kept him active. On Sept. 30, in the middle of his third game of the afternoon, Hawes says he suddenly felt “off.”
“It came out

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Hyperbaric oxygen therapy prevents amputation

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy prevents amputation

For Marty Clarke, PA-C, PhD, Washington University clinical psychologist at the Siteman Cancer Center, putting on socks every day has a whole new meaning. That’s because he came very close to losing his feet and his ability to pursue his passion – athletic competition.
“As an athlete, my feet are my tools,” said Clarke. He

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Ablation gives atrial fibrillation patient his life back

Ablation gives atrial fibrillation patient his life back

At the age of 24, Gregory Peppers was young, healthy and serving his country in the U.S. Navy. He ran every day to stay fit. Then one day, while out on a run, he felt tightness in his chest and found it difficult to breathe. Because he’d had asthma as a child, Mr. Peppers

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Why I Walk: Heart & Vascular Center team captain shares thoughts on Heart Walk

Why I Walk: Heart & Vascular Center team captain shares thoughts on Heart Walk

Patti Crimmins Reda, MSN, RN, is the executive director of the Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Heart & Vascular Center and one of the hospital’s American Heart Association Heart Walk team captains. She explains why participating in the 2014 Heart Walk at Busch Stadium May 10 is important to her.
The Heart Walk, particularly in the

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Marfan Awareness Month

Marfan Awareness Month

In addition to being American Heart Month, February is Marfan Awareness Month. It’s estimated that more than 200,000 people in the U.S. have the condition, which is a genetic disorder of the connective tissue that affects many organ systems, including the skeleton, lungs, eyes, heart and blood vessels.
The disorder can be difficult to diagnose,

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Bayless High School wins automatic external defibrillator

Bayless High School wins automatic external defibrillator

We’re happy to announce Bayless High School as the winner of our contest giving away an automated external defibrillator (AED).
Last week, members of the Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Heart & Vascular Center had the privilege of presenting the AED to the school during its winter sports recognition assembly.
We asked representatives from Missouri and Illinois high schools

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Healthy cookie baking tips

Healthy cookie baking tips

It’s that time of year again. Holiday cookies, cakes, candies and goodies are hard to resist and often break our healthy eating habits; however, there are simple substitutions that can be made in our recipes that can cut fat, calories and cholesterol.
To cut fat from recipes:

Unsweetened applesauce, nonfat Greek yogurt, plain yogurt,

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