Heart & Vascular Institute

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  • Why Heart Patients Shouldn’t Use Apple Watch to Detect AFib

    January 15, 2019

    Seems that the Apple smartwatch can do it all – check email, send an SOS, connect to your car, get directions, open your garage door and order a pizza — but checking your heartbeat for atrial fibrillation might not make sense. Dr. Steven Zweibel, director of electrophysiology at the Hartford…

  • 2019 Healthy Family FunFest Marks Event’s 10th Anniversary

    January 09, 2019

    Each February, thousands of people pass through the doors of the Aqua Turf in Plantsville/Southington for the Healthy Family FunFest. More than a health fair, it is an event built on strong local partnerships and a singular goal: provide the community with information, screenings and other resources to improve their…

  • HHC Cardiologist Brings Experience With Him on Mission Trip to Jordan

    December 10, 2018

    The moment Dr. Waseem Chaudhry examined a woman whose veins were protruding, filled with patches of yellow and red bumps because of her high cholesterol he knew he was far, far away from his Hartford office. Dr. Chaudhry, a cardiologist at the Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute, was in…

  • Why Athletes are More at Risk for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

    December 07, 2018

    Markelle Fultz makes a living – he was the NBA’s No. 1 pick overall in the 2017 draft by the Philadelphia 76ers — by keeping his arms aloft, guarding his team’s basket from the jump shots of opposing players. Now, that very movement has sidelined him for at least a…

  • Why Coronary Calcium Testing is a Focus of New Cholesterol Guidelines

    November 27, 2018

    The recent introduction of new American College of Cardiology (ACC) and American Heart Association (AHA) cholesterol guidelines underscored the need for a more personalized approach to assessing cardiovascular disease risk, including more widespread use of coronary calcium testing, an approach long supported by Hartford HealthCare’s Preventive Cardiology Program. The AHA,…

  • What Is Pulmonary Hypertension? A Doctor Explains

    November 21, 2018

    Pulmonary hypertension is a type of high blood pressure that affects the arteries in the lungs and the right side of the heart. Learn more from Dr. Dina Darsaklis, Cardiology Director of Pulmonary Vascular Disease at Hartford Hospital.  Q: What is pulmonary hypertension? What are its causes? A: Pulmonary hypertension is a…

  • Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute Opens Heart Failure Clinic in Norwich

    November 21, 2018

    While some of the symptoms of congestive heart failure (CHF) can be managed, patients often need advanced care as the disease progresses.  The stress of driving long distances for care and assessment can have a serious impact on the patient’s quality of life.  Thanks to the Hartford HealthCare Heart &…

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

    November 08, 2018

    Benefits from exercising in the winter include helping beat seasonal blues, increasing energy levels and boosting your immune system in cold and flu season, but breathing cold air can have adverse effects on your body. “The rate of heart attacks may be as much as 30 percent higher in the…

  • 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 & 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…


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