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At Modern Heart and Vascular Institute, our focus is on preventing surgeries and use of medications when possible. We aim to take an educational and holistic approach to heart and vascular care for our patients. In the medical articles below, our esteemed writers break down various topics such as heart attacks, strokes, heart disease, coronary artery disease, prevention, athletic heart health, COVID-19's effect on the heart and much more.

How Does Stress Affect the Heart?

How Does Stress Affect the Heart?

Stress causes the body to release cortisol, causing an increase in blood sugar, triglycerides and cholesterol. While stress is a natural and sometimes beneficial emotion, chronic or severe stress can be unhealthy for your mental and physical well-being. Learn more about the types of stress and stress’s affect on the heart and cardiovascular health. What…
The difference between LDL and HDL cholesterol

The Difference Between LDL and HDL Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a natural substance the body creates that is found in many types of food. While cholesterol is important for many bodily functions, elevated cholesterol levels can be harmful and increase the risk of many medical conditions. Learn the difference between LDL vs. HDL cholesterol and how to lower unhealthy cholesterol below. What Is…
Heart-healthy substitutes to unhealthy foods

Heart-Healthy Substitutes to Unhealthy Foods

For better or worse, the foods you eat affect your heart. Click here for some heart-healthy dietary choices and substitutes for unhealthy foods!
Alcohol's effect on the heart

Alcohol’s Effect on the Heart

Drinking alcohol has many social benefits, but are there health benefits? We review alcohol's effects on the heart. Learn more with Modern Heart and Vascular!
how close are we to creating an artificial heart?

How Close Are We to Creating an Artificial Heart?

Two common types of artificial hearts include the heart-lung machine and mechanical heart. Learn more about the history and future of artificial heart technology.
What is a Healthy Heart Rate?

What Is a Healthy Heart Rate?

Your heart rate is an excellent indicator of your overall health. Learn how to measure your heart rate, determine your target heart rate and more in our guide!
The Best Exercises for Heart Health

The Best Exercises for Heart Health

It is never too early or too late to care for your heart proactively. Whether you are enjoying the treasured days of youth or have lived and loved well through many years, your heart remains with you through it all. To help you take steps to strengthen your heart, we have compiled some of the…
Breathing Techniques That Lower Blood Pressure

Breathing Techniques That Lower Your Blood Pressure

Hypertension or high blood pressure is a common condition impacting nearly half of U.S adults. High blood pressure is consistently 130/80 mmHg or above. It occurs when your blood pushes against the walls of your blood vessels with excessive force. It forces your heart to work harder and weakens the inside of your arteries, which can lead…
Early Warning Signs of Congestive Heart Failure

Early Warning Signs of Congestive Heart Failure 

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, impacting 659,000 people every year. It’s most common in people over age 65. Congestive heart failure is a life-threatening condition caused by various forms of heart disease and other complications. While the term failure makes it seem like your heart has stopped working, it just means…
How Smoking Affects Your Heart

How Smoking Affects Your Heart

Cigarettes contain more than 7,000 chemicals, and over 70 of these are linked to cancer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that over 16 million Americans have a disease caused by smoking. Smoking greatly increases a person’s risk of contracting serious diseases, and smoking itself can cause its own issues. It’s important to…
how does family history affect your risk of heart disease

How Does Family History Affect Your Risk of Heart Disease?

While you’ve probably heard that a family history of heart disease can affect your risk of developing it, you may not know why that’s the case. Depending on your family’s history and inherited conditions, you may face a higher risk of heart disease. Thankfully, you can always take medical and lifestyle measures to protect your…
How does a PET/CT scan work

How Does a PET/CT Scan Work?

You probably heard of a PET/CT scan, but it can be challenging to understand what it is and how it works. “PET” stands for positron emission tomography and “CT” stands for computed tomography. A PET/CT scan allows doctors to visualize internal organs and tissue of the body. Doctors can order this scan to check different…

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